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You can't spell "ignorant" without "IGN".

IGN (formerly Imagine Games Network) is an American video game and entertainment media company operated by IGN Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Ziff Davis and wholly owned by j2 Global. The company is located in San Francisco's SOMA district and is headed by its former editor-in-chief, Peer Schneider. The IGN website was the brainchild of media entrepreneur Chris Anderson and launched on September 29, 1996. It focuses on games, films, television, comics, technology, and other media. Originally a network of desktop websites, IGN is now distributed on mobile platforms, console programs on the Xbox and PlayStation, FireTV, Roku, and via YouTube, Twitch, Hulu, and Snapchat.

Originally, IGN was the flagship property of the parent company IGN Entertainment, which owned and operated several other websites oriented towards players' interests, games, and entertainment, such as Rotten Tomatoes, GameSpy, GameStatsVE3D, TeamXbox, Vault Network, FilePlanet, and AskMen, among others. IGN was sold to publishing company Ziff Davis in February 2013 and now operates as a J2 Global subsidiary.

Why It Sucks

  1. Most of IGN's reviews are handled by childish amateurs who don't even review the game properly, like Star Fox 2, which Sam Claiborn gave five out of ten stars and praised for feeling like a fourth-generation game. However, he criticized the graphics for being outdated (the graphics are outdated because the game was planned to be released in 1996, but was canceled in 1995 and released 22 years later).
  2. Reviewers give many decent and good games low or average ratings and the reasons they do this are usually stupid. The most infamous example was when they docked points from Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire for having "too much water".
    • They also give babyish games good ratings. The infamous example is when they give God Hand a 3, but would give Imagine: Party Babyz a 7.5.
  3. Sometimes, reviewers rate games down for their difficulty. For example, Metro 2033 was given 6.9/10 just because Ryan Clements considered the game to be very difficult, and the Kirby series gets ratings that range from six to eight out of ten stars from reviewers because they think it's too easy.
  4. Reviewers deduct points from any fun first-person shooters that aren't Call of Duty or Halo (Star Wars Battlefront and Battlefront II excluded).
    Good-game-journalist-example

    Game journalists should protect gamers from bad games, not vice versa.

  5. Practically invented the Entitled Gamer term after gamers criticized the original ending of Mass Effect 3.
  6. Most of the reviews are biased.
  7. Reviewers automatically give nearly anything published by Konami, Valve, EA, Activision, or Microsoft a positive review.
    • For example, the Silent Hill HD Collection was given 9/10, even though both games in the collection are plagued with lots of technical issues (Konami apparently lost the final source code).
  8. It even tried to shut down GameSpy.
  9. It tends to start fanboy wars on blogs.
  10. Its TV channels and movie podcasts have bad quality.
  11. Reviewers often bash on the Sonic series and Sonic fans intensely without even playing the games properly, especially with an infamous video where one of the reviewers says that "Sonic was never good" and made fun of Sonic fans by saying "they wanted to have sex with Big the Cat". IGN, along with Game Grumps are the reason that the hatedom is growing and gets worse.
    • They also like to provoke the Kingdom Hearts fanbase by insulting the characters, calling them "garbage characters nobody cares about" and say that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has left them disappointed. They also hire someone who doesn't know anything about the franchise to do an analysis video on the Kingdom Hearts 3 Jump Festa trailer.
  12. It supports on-disc DLC.
  13. IGN sometimes contradict themselves in their reviews. For example, in their Stellaris review, the review deducted points due to the fact there was "no trade system". However, the game actually allows you to trade with alien species. IGN then proceeds to say it was "lackluster", completely forgetting the part about the system not existing.
  14. Most of the time, reviewers say a game is "OK" when the game is really boring and way worse than what they say it is.
  15. As mentioned by Nathaniel Bandy, IGN lied about Waluigi being in Mario Kart: Super Circuit as an unlockable character, when he actually isn't.
  16. They plagiarised articles TWICE: The first time is when they plagiarised NintendoLife for their review of the Nintendo Switch port of FIFA 18 in 2017 (Proof here) and most recently, now-former-Nintendo Voice Chat host and Nintendo editor for IGN Filip Miucin blatantly plagiarised Boomstick Gaming's review of Dead Cells and was exposed by Boomstick himself.
    • To make matters worse, both reviews were made and edited by Miucin himself!
      • Kotaku later discovered that he also plagiarised Engadget for his review of Metroid: Samus Returns. Proof here

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Some of their reviews are accurate like Super Mario Odyssey getting a perfect 10/10, the Ghostbusters (2016) game getting a 4/10, etc. Even they asked gamers not to buy Final Fantasy All the Bravest and bashed other unredeemable games such as Spanish for Everyone.
  2. It's still better than the social justice warriors known as Common Sense Media.
  3. The "too much water" remark on Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire became an internet meme and this was even referenced in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
  4. They usually make great and funny April fools pranks, such as the famous Legend Of Zelda Movie prank
  5. IGN responded to feedback regarding the plagiarism of the Dead Cells review within HOURS of the news going viral and responded by booting Filip out of the company and apologizing to Boomstick Gaming, something that is rare in the entertainment industry.

Videos regarding the Dead Cells plagiarism

Dead Cells- FINAL REVIEW (Kill, Die, Learn, Repeat)

Dead Cells- FINAL REVIEW (Kill, Die, Learn, Repeat)

The original Dead Cells review video that Filip Miucin plagiarised

IGN Copied my Dead Cells Review- What do I do?

IGN Copied my Dead Cells Review- What do I do?

Boomstick Gaming's proof of the plagiarism

IGN Fires Editor After Confirmation of Plagiarism

IGN Fires Editor After Confirmation of Plagiarism

The quick response that IGN made of the plagiarism

IGN's Statement on the Dead Cells Review Investigation

IGN's Statement on the Dead Cells Review Investigation

IGN Contacts Plagiarized YouTuber to Discuss Compensation

IGN Contacts Plagiarized YouTuber to Discuss Compensation

Dead Cells Review (v2)

Dead Cells Review (v2)

The new review without Filip Miucin

Fired IGN Editor Filip Miucin Responds, Refuses to Admit Plagiarism and Plays the Victim

Fired IGN Editor Filip Miucin Responds, Refuses to Admit Plagiarism and Plays the Victim

Filip Miucin's pathetic attempt at defending himself from the Dead Cells controversy

Fired IGN Writer's Slimey 'Apology' Is Cringe AF

Fired IGN Writer's Slimey 'Apology' Is Cringe AF

Let's Discuss Filip Miucin's Non-Apology Video And Cringe Uncontrollably

Let's Discuss Filip Miucin's Non-Apology Video And Cringe Uncontrollably

IGN Removes All Fired Editor's Articles After Dozens of Plagiarized Material Are Uncovered

IGN Removes All Fired Editor's Articles After Dozens of Plagiarized Material Are Uncovered