Added: Comparison of the original and edited text review of Kane & Lynch.
I usually find Croal's writing devoid of interest but this is a very well written and topical piece, thanks for the link.
NYT piece that mentions the incident he discusses at the end:
Lets face it it even worse then Croal put forward.
Jeff changed his own copy, GS editorial staff members pulled down a video review instead of just replacing it, so exactly what sort of hero is Jeff or his buddies?
The editorial staffs of websites & magazines have proven they have been complicit with what has been going on and that's a fact. So Let's stop pretending that the enthusiast press doesn't know how & why it is being controlled in small ways and big ways. Lets stop pretending they don't know the livelihood of their corporate parents is not their own livelihood.
It is a good article.
I think that the situation is neither as horrenduous as some people say, nor as innocent as GameSpot claims.
I think perhaps that gamers themselves also share some of the blame for this incident, by not clearly indicating to publishers with their wallet that game quality is paramount.