(ENTREVISTA EM PORTUGUÊS SERÁ POSTADA MAIS TARDE/INTERVIEW IN PORTUGUESE COMING LATER TODAY)
The recent scandal at Gamespot.com (which we discussed in our last podcast) has generated a lot of backlash and anger amongst gamers, especially the ones that are a part of the Gamespot.com community.
Drew Watson is one of these gamers and he has organized protests scheduled to happen on the 8th, 9th and 10th of December from noon to 5p.m. in front of CNET (Gamespot’s parent company) HQ, where the Gamespot offices are also located. Many fans of the site have vowed to join this movement in support of the editors still working at Gamespot.
Continue reading after the break for the full interview.
Gus – Audiogame.com.br: Hello Drew, what do you do when not protesting unethical actions taken by internet companies?
Drew Watson: I am a physics student at Oregon State University and I have a part time job working for the university.
GUS – Audiogame.com.br: For how long have you been a Gamespot.com user?
Drew Watson: I became a paying member in May of 2005, but I used the site without ever setting up a profile for at least a few years before that… Actually, I may have become a paying member a few months after I set up my account, so it may have been later than May.
GUS – Audiogame.com.br: Are you an active member of the online community at Gamespot.com? Participating in the message boards, chats and other community features?
Drew Watson: I am an active member, definitely. I visit the boards and post regularly, nearly daily for bursts of times. I enjoy some of the live features they do for new games and tournaments and such.
GUS – Audiogame.com.br: When did you hear about the termination of Jeff Gerstmann? What was your first reaction?
Drew Watson: I heard about it on the 29th, a fellow gamespot user messaged me using instant messenger. At first I thought he was buying into some rumor that was unsubstantiated then he linked me to some articles and the more I read the more it seemed to be true. My disbelief turned to sadness for Jeff, and the rest of the Gamespot crew.
GUS – Audiogame.com.br: When did the idea for a protest come to you?
Drew Watson: I decided on December 1st that I wanted to do an in person protest, at some time in the evening.
GUS – Audiogame.com.br: What are you protesting for? What are do results you expect with this protest?
Drew Watson: I am protesting against Gamespot’s parent company CNET to show our disapproval with them firing Jeff. We are going to be showing our support for Jeff, the current Gamespot staff and the right to produce uninfluenced editorials. This is a really tough time for everyone who is a part of Gamespot and they need all the support they can get. They need to know we care about them, they need to know that we are going to stand behind them throughout this. I expect that I will warm the hearts of the Gamespot employees, and I sincerely hope that this protest will attract attention to the situation putting further pressure on CNET to answer the tough questions.
GUS – Audiogame.com.br: So if anyone that is not from the Bay Area or can’t be present at the protests, but wants to help out and show support for your cause how can they do so?
Drew Watson: I would absolutely love everyone who supports the protest to email me at Drew_watson99 [AT] hotmail.com with a heartfelt letter. I will be reading these aloud on the streets to show everyone that I am representing the voices of many people who simply could not make it. I also encourage everyone who is familiar with the protest to share the information with their friends and spread it across the net in any way that they can. The more they can get the word out the more people in the Bay area will likely hear of it.
GUS – Audiogame.com.br: Well, I guess that’s it, anything would you like to add?
Drew Watson: I can’t think of anything at the moment, other than I’d like to thank you for taking the time to interview me! So, thank you. And I want to remind people that the editorial staff of Gamespot is not the target of the protest. These individuals are fighting to keep the company that they’ve all worked hard to create from being destroyed by this entire event. We are there to show we support them in their endeavor to keep Gamespot’s integrity unsullied.
GUS – Audiogame.com.br: Great, thanks Drew.
Drew Watson: No problem, thank you!
To anyone that might be able to join the protest the adress of CNET/Gamespot in San Francisco is:
235 2nd St, San Francisco, CA