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, GameStats, VE3D, 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 Now
- 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 However, he criticized the graphics for being outdated (the graphics are outdated because the game was planned to be released in 1996, but was cancelled in 1995 and released 22 years later).
- 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".
- 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 five stars from reviewers because they think the games are too easy.
- Any game that isn't for the Xbox series is rated lower. Anything for the Xbox series that is a first-person shooter that isn't Call of Duty or Halo is rated lower. Any game relatively fun is rated lower.
- Practically invented the Entitled Gamer term after gamers criticized the original ending of Mass Effect 3.
- Most of the reviews are based on the opinion of the reviewer, instead of focusing on the games' highlights and flaws.
- Most of the reviews are biased.
- The reviewers have never written (and will never write) a good review that isn't about a game made or published by EA, Activision, or Microsoft.
- It even tried to shut down GameSpy.
- It tends to start fanboy wars on blogs.
- Its TV channels and movie podcasts have bad quality.
- Reviewers often bash on the Sonic series and Sonic fans intensely without even playing the games properly, especially with a 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".
- Reviewers also like to provoke the Kingdom Hearts fanbase by insulting the characters by 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.
- It supports on-disc DLC.
- 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.
- As mentioned by Nathaniel Bandy, IGN lied about Waluigi being in Mario Kart: Super Circuit as an unlockable character, when he actually isn't.
- Go to 0:45 of this video to find out.
- The "too much water" remark on Pokemon Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire became an internet meme and was referenced in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
- They're still better than the SJWs known as Common Sense Media.