IGN’s John Phipps recently wrote an article titled “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the Cruel Realities of White Phosphorous” to a much deserved resounding chorus of jeers. The gaming community – journalists notwithstanding – criticized Phipps for what basically came across as subtext demanding censorship. Continue reading “IGN Staff Stir Outrage Over Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare White Phosphorous”
IGN updated their articles featuring automated affiliate links by adding in an automated disclosure that lets visitors know that certain articles contain paid affiliate links. Continue reading “IGN Adds Affiliate Link Disclosure To Articles After #GamerGate Campaign”
[Update 3/14/2019:] IGN has updated their web pages and now include an affiliate link disclosure for their content.
[Original article:] A lot of major media networks use automated affiliate links to help make some cash off of the hyperlinks featured in the articles across the website. Usually there are auto-link vendors such as Viglink or Amazon that offer such services, and you’ll occasionally encounter them across websites. What you probably didn’t know is that media publishers are supposed to disclose that they get paid for hosting these affiliate links on their site, and must declare that these are advertisements or that they make bank on said links. Well, IGN was called out recently for including affiliate links across nearly the entire site without disclosing that fact. Continue reading “IGN Gets Called Out For Affiliate Links That Breach FTC Standards”
The one thing you can’t expect from game reviewers is skill. They just don’t have it because they don’t care about video games. Most of them are gender studies majors, or Marxists in disguise as gamers, or Communists trying to indoctrinate the masses. Game reviewers aren’t gamers, though, and we’ve had plenty of supplemental evidence to indicate as much. In fact, IGN’s review of Ace Combat 7 was proof enough that most reviewers at major outlets are casual scrubs, as pointed out by Kazutoki Kono, the brand director for the Ace Combat series. Continue reading “Ace Combat 7 Brand Director Calls Out IGN’s Reviewer For Being A Casual Scrub”
Former IGN reviewer, Filip Miucin, was fired for plagiarizing reviews from other content creators. The topic was discussed across nearly 20 separate discussion threads over on Kotaku in Action, the #GamerGate hub, but for some game journalists that just wasn’t enough. Continue reading “Game Journalists Complain #GamerGate Isn’t Angry Enough About IGN Firing Filip Miucin”
IGN issued a public response on August 7th, 2018 detailing the outcome of their investigation into accusations of plagiarism by former Nintendo Switch reviewer, Filip Miucin. The response indicates that IGN has fired Miucin for plagiarizing a review of Motion Twin’s Dead Cells from YouTuber Boomstick Gaming, and the organization issued an apology for his unethical behavior. Continue reading “IGN Fires Filip Miucin For Plagiarizing Dead Cells Review”
[Update 8/8/2018: IGN has fired Filip Miucin for plagiarism]
[Original story:] IGN has removed the Nintendo Switch review for Dead Cells after being notified of the plagiarism charge. The accusation of plagiarism first popped up after YouTuber Boomstick Gaming noticed that IGN made almost identical comments in their review of Dead Cells, where contributor Filip Miucin basically repeated Boomstick’s review almost word for word in some parts. Continue reading “IGN Removes Dead Cells Review After Evidence Of Plagiarism Surfaces”
There was a time when most of the sociopolitical banter from major gaming websites was tolerated by the majority of readers.
When outlets complained that fictional game characters had breast that were too big and their clothing attire too sexy, the casual audiences reluctantly agreed that the games needed more realistic portrayals of female characters doing unrealistic things in completely surrealistic environments. And when outlets complained that more women needed to be represented in typically male dominated gaming franchises, various casual communities reluctantly agreed that adding more women to games that women have statistically rarely ever played would help bring more women into gaming (news flash: adding more playable women to action games did not bring more women into gaming nor did it help increase sales). Continue reading “IGN’s Readers Blast Them For Puling Over WWE 2K19 Not Having Female Cover Athlete”
IGN silently let go of former editor-in-chief Steve Butts following an investigation into alleged misconduct. According to Polygon, Mitch Galbraith, the executive VP at IGN, told them in a statement… Continue reading “IGN Editor-In-Chief Steve Butts Fired For Misconduct”
IGN was recently forced to address an elephant in the room when one of their former writing staff and anti-#GamerGate critic, Vincent Ingenito, was accused of sexually harassing another former writer. The issue blossomed into a toxic-spewing plant that contaminated the social media metaverse surrounding all things IGN. Before IGN issued the response all the IGN employees threatened not to work at the company in light of the sexual misconduct allegations that were levied at Vincent Ingenito. Continue reading “IGN Apologizes To Female Staff Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations”
Another game journalist has been called out for sexual misconduct, this time it was former IGN writer and anti-#GamerGate critic, Vincent Ingenito, being put under the spotlight operated by Kallie Plagge, also a former contributor to IGN. Continue reading “Vincent Ingenito, Anti-#GamerGate Critic And Ex-IGN Writer Addresses Sexual Misconduct Accusations”
IGN’s Standards and Practices page was recently updated following IGN’s acquisition of the digital storefront, Humble Bundle. If you visit the page you’ll notice that there’s an all new section discussing how IGN will handle Humble Bundle content, whether it be in news or reviews, and how they will have some review scores excluded from review aggregation sites if a proper disclosure cannot be included. Continue reading “IGN Updates Ethics Policy For Humble Bundle, Will Add Disclosures To Reviews”
Jeffrey Rosen, the co-founder and CEO of Humble Bundle, posted up a news blog on the official Humble Bundle website, announcing that the company has been bought out by IGN. Continue reading “Humble Bundle Gets Bought Out By IGN”