Long time video game reviewer Alex Navarro, a frequent contributor to GameSpot’s podcast The HotSpot and go-to video review narrator, will be leaving the site, according to the site’s Editorial Director Ricardo Torres. We learned in a phone call with Torres earlier today that Navarro, who many will remember from his infamous (and hilarious) video review of Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing, had given his notice yesterday, with the rest of staff told his last day of GameSpot editorial duties would occur on January 24th.
We haven’t been in touch with Navarro yet to learn more about his decision to leave GameSpot or if the termination of Jeff Gerstmann played a role in his departure. Navarro has made appearances on Jeff Gerstmann’s personal blog and Points! webcast over the past month, so it’s possible the two may work together in some capacity in the future.
Following Gerstmann’s removal and the decision of reviews freelancer Frank Provo to end his relationship with Gamespot, the review stable at the site appears to be woefully understaffed. When I asked Torres about the holes in the reviewer line up, he told me “We’re going to be realistic about our output” and that the outlet would be looking to fill open positions as quickly as possible.
Asked about the general mood of the remaining editorial staffers at GameSpot, Torres said that “We know we lost fans, but we’re still getting e-mails of support from folks who say ‘We still love the site and won’t give up on it’.” He reiterated multiple times that GameSpot is trying to “move forward”, stressing “We owe it to the site and our readers who support it.”