Friday, November 30, 2007

Who Is Jeff Gerstmann?

Jeff Gerstmann (born August 1 1975) is the former editorial director of the popular gaming website GameSpot. He began working at GameSpot in the fall of 1996, around the launch of VideoGameSpot (back when GameSpot separated PC and console games into completely separate entities). He shared his thoughts on a variety of other subjects every Monday on his GameSpot blog. He has also been quoted by the New York Times as a video game expert, and says that he owns over 2000 games.

Founding member of the bands Headboard, The Suburban All-Stars, and Midnight Brown, Gerstmann has an extensive musical career that has earned him a fair amount of musical fame.

Jeff was largely part of the audio section of GameSpot. Most of the background music or intro music for shows is provided by instrumental tracks from Midnight Brown. In older video reviews at the end of the video the numerical score would be announced, Jeff also provided the voice for these scores. Additionally, Gerstmann's vocal stylings can be heard on the theme songs for Time Trotters (A single episode live-action series that was later revived in animated form), GameSpot's game show, Button Mashing, and Indievelopment: a video documentary following Echelon Software's progress on their game Black Powder Red Earth.

Gerstmann also appeared on ABC's T.V. show, Good Morning America as a guest in September 1999 to discuss the launch of Sega's Dreamcast gaming console.

The first game system Gerstmann owned was a Fairchild Channel F which his parents, who own an auto-repair and tire business, bought opposed to the Atari 2600 as there were some educational games available for it. After being ruined in a flood, he then purchased an Atari home compiter.

He replaced Rich Gallup as the host of On the Spot.

Jeff Gerstmann is no longer an employee of GameSpot as of November 29, 2007. His email address with the site has been confirmed by moderators with GameSpot to be deactivated. The official details of his departure are unknown.


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