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IGN
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You cannot spell ignorant without IGN.
Type of site: Entertainment
Created by: Chris Anderson
Owner: Peer Schneider
Date of launch: September 29, 1996
Status: Active

IGN (formerly known as 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 website was founded by Chris Anderson on September 29, 1996 and is currently located in SoMa, San Francisco.

Originally a network of desktop websites, IGN is now distributed on mobile platforms, console programs on Xbox and PlayStation, FireTV, Roku, and via YouTube, Twitch, Hulu, and Snapchat.

Why They Suck

  1. Although not as bad as Common Sense Media, most of their reviews are handled by childish amateurs who don't even review or play the game properly.
    • When they gave the 2017 SNES classic game, Star Fox 2 a 5/10, IGN praised it for feeling like a 90's game but criticized the outdated 3D graphics. (It was made for the Super Nintendo which was 27 years old by then; they also clearly failed to do their research as Star Fox 2 actually WAS made in the mid-90's, and was going to be released in 1995 before it was canned in favor of Star Fox 64.) Basically they contradicted themselves by criticizing and praising something for what it is at the same time.
    • Then there's the infamous "too much water" review of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire that became a meme. In the review, she criticized both the overabundance of empty water sections and water Pokémon that were fought almost 75% of the time against Team Aqua (which could get monotonous). The review was decent (even if it didn't take into account the main theme of the 3rd gen), but in the bullet point section it was summed up as just "too much water", which looks stupid.
    • The 4/10 Prey received from Dan Stapleton, all of this resulted from a glitch that erased Stalpeton's save file. 4/10 just because of ONE (albeit major) GLITCH. After the patch where they fixed the glitch, IGN gave Prey 8/10.
    • On October 10, 2006, they gave God Hand a 3/10 because they found the camera to be broken, and then proceeded to call the game "boring, annoying, and frustrating". Fortunately, a YouTuber named Saurian made a response to this review to prove them wrong the very next day.
    • Because of Jessica Chobot starring the game Daylight they gave it 8.5 out of 10.
    • They called Call Of Duty: Ghosts as groundbreaking whereas Doom was hated on as being derivative.
    • They did not even know who developed Torment: Tides of Numenera during a review.
    • Another example is their scathing review of Football Manager 2009 game because the reviewer, apparently unaware of the existence of the football manager genre, compared it with action games. IGN promptly removed the review, replacing it with an apology.
    • They gave Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition an 8/10, while they gave the Wii and 3DS versions 9/10 and 8.7/10, respectively, and stated that the Switch version is the best one. During the review, they also stated multiple incorrect statements, and mispronounced multiple names in a voice acted game. When they reposted it, they only fixed the pronunciations.
    • They gave Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown an 7/10, During the review video, the game was played with Normal instead of Expert controls, in which Kazutoki Kono, the director of the series, criticizes it for not being using the expert controls..
    • They gave The Guy Game a 7.7. out of 10, calling it an "excellent game", despite the controversy surrounding it.
    • They gave Pokemon Sword and Shield a 9.2/10 despite the fact that it was riddled with many flaws. Out of all the things to criticize about the game, they criticized the soundtrack which is one of the best parts of the whole game.
    • One reviewer gave SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated a 5/10 (mediocre) all simply because it's kid-friendly, it's easy and just basically being the same as the original despite being, you know, a remake! Rehydrated was intended as a love letter for fans of the original game.
      • Oh and let's not forget the fact that the same reviewer who gave Rehydrated a 5/10 gave The Last Of Us Part II a 10/10.
  2. Highly susceptible to video game developer influence and are often rightfully accused of being bribed by them.
    • They defend anti-consumer acts such as on-disc DLC's.
  3. They tend to start fanboy wars on their forums.
  4. Most reviews are biased and based on the opinion of the reviewer, instead of focusing on the game´s highlights and flaws, which can make the opinion of IGN as a whole seem inconsistent.
  5. Their TV channels and movie podcasts are of bad quality. Once they even published a video plagiarized from Gamespot's YouTube channel, you can clearly see how they overlaid their watermark over Gamespot's.
  6. Practically invented the Entitled Gamer term to dismiss criticism after gamers criticized the poor ending to Mass Effect 3.
  7. While not as severe as certain other websites, IGN is not free from corruption:
    • The aforementioned coining of Entitled Gamer by former writer Colin Moriarty can be considered as a case of corruption, as IGN was running an advertisement campaign for ME3 back then. Although Moriarty did apologize for his action later on.
    • Lauren Wainwright wrote several times about Square Enix positively without disclosing the fact she had done paid consulting work for the company. Later when Eurogamer writer Rab Florence criticized her in his article, Wainwright threatened Eurogamer with a lawsuit just to get them to edit her out of Florence's article.
    • Jose Ortega's review of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for IGN Spain does not disclose an involvement in the game’s Spanish "review camp". These very criticized events involved a heavily-controlled play environment with a company PR handler, constraints that pushed some journalists to cheat in order to progress faster and, at least in some of the camps, provided lavish accommodations and gifts. In this case, the participation appears extremely likely, since his outlet’s presence at the the review event has been confirmed by the Editor-in-Chief of IGN Spain.
  8. IGN sometimes rates games down for their difficulty, for example, they gave Metro 2033 a mediocre score just because they considered the game very difficult, and many games from the Kirby series get 6/7's from them because they think it’s too easy.
  9. One of their moderators admits to censoring discussion on GamerGate.
  10. IGN likes to attack certain fanbases with no apparent reason (likely just for dissing the fans or for funsies):
    • They bash on the Sonic the Hedgehog series and its fans intensely without even playing Sonic games properly, especially with their video where one of the members made fun of Sonic fans by saying "Sonic fans want to have sex with Big the Cat" and the infamous line "Sonic was never good". IGN, along with Game Grumps (Most notably Arin Hanson) are the reasons why the hatedom is getting worse by the time.
    • They also like to provoke the Kingdom Hearts fanbase by insulting its characters, calling them "garbage characters nobody cares about" and say that the game Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has left them disappointed even though it didn't come out yet, they also hired someone who doesn't know anything about the franchise to do an analysis video on the Kingdom Hearts 3 Jump Festa trailer. Max Scoville did it again as a joke, only to get backlash from the Kingdom Hearts fanbase.
  11. Former writer Marty Silva is an agenda-pushing Social Justice Warrior and a supporter of Anita Sarkeesian. He once compared individuals who downvoted the universally panned Ghostbusters (2016) trailer to Nazis. And like Author Gies from Polygon, Marty will penalize a game of sexualizing characters, for example, he once panned Killer Is Dead for its "offensively juvenile attitude toward sexuality".
  12. Ironically, former editor Steve Butts was fired for sexual misconduct. They also had to apologize to female staff members over sexual misconduct allegations.
  13. Vincent Ingenito, despite his anti-GamerGate beliefs, was also fired for sexual misconduct.
  14. They make false statements such as aforementioned "Sonic was never good" when Sonic had good games such as Sonic Generations and Sonic Adventure 2 and that Waluigi was in Mario Kart: Super Circuit as an unlockable character, when he actually isn't. Go to 0:45 of this video to find out.
  15. Also, despite claiming that Sonic was never good, there are a lot of Sonic games that they reviewed positively, such as Sonic Rush, Sonic Battle and Sonic Pocket Adventure, with the latter being one of the highest rated Sonic games on IGN.
  16. Their parent company tried to buy over Gawker.
  17. They were part of the group of people who defended Alison Rapp.
  18. Most of the time when they say a game is 'okay', the game is really boring and way worse than they say it is.
  19. They were blasted by their own readers for whinging over a WWE 2K cover for not having a female athlete on it.
  20. They, along with PC Gamer and The New York Times, spread false information about Saudi Arabia banning video games.
  21. They support Feminist Frequency, claiming they help both fictional and real women.
  22. They also mock developers as well, such as Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada who called out Social Justice Warriors after a fan asked him a question about localization of costumes for Tekken 7. He was attacked by one of the video producers of IGN Gav Murpgy calling him an "garbage developer".
  23. When Bethesda placed their policy on preventing reviewers getting copies before fans of Bethesda could get them, IGN complained about how unfair it was to their other journalists.
  24. They claimed guns in gaming were holding back the video game industry.
  25. They were caught plagiarizing a review for Dead Cells, and when caught they were forced to take down the video. After that, the writer who made the review was fired when the investigation was complete. In fact they even discovered that he was also copying from other journalists working for IGN and other YouTubers as well.
  26. They were part of the group along with ResetEra that boycotted Play Asia over Dead Or Alive 6 to the point Play Asia was so annoyed that they decided to release the game in the west anyways.
  27. One review of Dragon Quest XI got the backlash of JRPG fans due to forced in political correctness and finding non existent problems of sexism in it.
  28. There mishandling of the gameplay of Bayonetta 2 was so bad that Hideki Kamiya of Platinum Games has called them horrible.
  29. They were part of the group that attacked The Legend Of Zelda: Triforce Heroes for having no female characters playable.
  30. For their Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII review, they published four reviews of the same game. Sure, they covered the separate game modes, but the splitting of reviews made it seem like they did that for more views.
  31. The Fire Emblem: Three Houses part of their NVC podcast was awful (they took down the highlight of said podcast):
    • None of them seemed to have a good idea of what Fire Emblem was. One thing is minor nitpicks and the other is not knowing the name of the games.
    • They called Fire Emblem: Three Houses Fire Emblem: Three Heroes (confusing it with the mobile game, Fire Emblem Heroes).
    • They claim that it doesn't have a "zoom into the action and change of presentation" effect in battles... While the footage shows a zoom into the action and change of presentation.
    • "Fire Emblem Heroes on the 3DS", "The last one was Fates", "The first one on the 3DS was Heroes". So many misinformation in less than a minute. What's best is that one of them said they did wiki stuff, which given how inaccurate the FE wiki is, that explains a lot.
    • They called Fire Emblem a Real-Time Strategy game (for reference, a RTS game would be something like Starcraft, Fire Emblem is more of a turn-based strategy game).
    • They say the supports enhanced the storytelling... when talking about Fates, which had a lot of bad supports and a terrible story overall.
  32. They even defended 2K for sending goons to intimidate YouTubers for being critical of them.
  33. They also endorsed violence against people who disagree with them politically. For example, journalist Lucy O'Brien wishes death on Trump.
  34. They can't handle criticism either as one of the editors compared them to Qanon.
  35. As revealed by numerous former employees, they treat their staff like garbage. The higher-ups, especially Steve Butts and Tal Belvins when they were still there, usually manipulate and force them into doing whatever they wanted.
    • When the employees have to travel, they are given very low quality hotels to stay in, while the higher-ups stay in high-end hotels. They claimed that they didn't have the money to have the employees stay in better hotels, which isn't true.
    • If an employee has a question for the higher-up about something, they will often never get any straight answer.
    • IGN Russia doesn't even pay their own employees either.
  36. Even with the amount of pro-Social Justice politics within entertainment they are still not satisfied. Another journalist claimed that their allies weren't doing enough either.
  37. They copyright struck one YouTuber's video for pointing out the flaws in their logic.
  38. They were pissed at Totalbiscuit endorsing a game that he liked and out of spite they gave the same game a 6 out of 10.
  39. They are very petty as they actually attacked 2K for not liking a pic related to them on Twitter.
  40. They were also very pissed off at Bethesda's review copy policy as well.
  41. They also complained about how sexist the Deadpool movie is especially during the scene where Deadpool even wondered if attacking or not attacking a woman is sexist and still proceeded to shoot her dead.
  42. Similarly to Rotten Tomatoes, their review summaries in most of their negative reviews try way too hard to be funny, as they often don't get to the point or they're simply cringe worthy.
  43. They have often reported on rumours and speculation as facts without citing any legit sources; the most recent example was reporting unconfirmed rumours that Le Mans '66/Ford v Ferrari director, James Mangold, would be directing the second season of The Mandalorian. Not only was this false reporting that showed a lack of research, but Mangold himself slammed the article on Twitter, calling them out for not using actual sources.
  44. The IGN Boards are all filled with fanboys, trolls and toxic users.
  45. They posted a video of fake parody trailer of Mandalorian season 2 branded as a real trailer. after backlash, they changed the title just to ignore more backlash.
  46. One of the site's content creators, Max Scoville, openly supports Antifa.
  47. One of their journalists, Matt Thrower, convinced WizKids Games to sever all ties with Robert Burke Games just for promoting ethical behavior.
  48. Some of their editors bash other people's opinions on things should their opinion be different than theirs. One such example is when Lucy O'Brien labeled anyone who dislikes The Last of Us Part II a "virgin".

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Their game guides might be helpful, but there's a lot of other guides out there that will most likely prove more helpful.
  2. On some occasions they will give actual bad games accurate scores. One of the very, very few examples is that IGN has actively warned gamers not to buy Final Fantasy: All the Bravest (due to heavy usage of micro-transactions) and Spanish for Everyone (because it contains offensive material such as pedophilia, prostitution, drug smuggling, theft, animal abuse, etc.).

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References

  1. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/5wqeao/humor_ign_publishes_review_for_torment_tides_of/
  2. http://archive.is/SaNqm
  3. http://archive.is/zgmSN
  4. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/3t6fyb/ign_copyright_strikes_video_because_it_points_out/
  5. http://archive.is/xzGaq
  6. https://twitter.com/bobservo/status/1020044272957976577
  7. https://screenrant.com/ign-plagiarized-review-dead-cells/
  8. https://www.sankakucomplex.com/2018/08/30/ign-dragon-quest-xis-lack-of-consent-troubling/?pg=X
  9. https://twitter.com/pg_kamiya/status/963469198499303424?lang=en
  10. https://archive.fo/xF4he
  11. https://archive.fo/YK6oH
  12. http://archive.is/55meA
  13. https://archive.fo/E1Pv2
  14. https://archive.fo/eOsw
  15. http://archive.is/Bs38X
  16. https://archive.fo/VmKeL
  17. https://archive.fo/YzFKq
  18. http://archive.is/b632e
  19. https://boundingintocomics.com/2019/03/07/ign-co-founder-peer-schneider-whines-about-igns-captain-marvel-review-being-downvoted/
  20. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/8mupln/ign_its_okay_to_take_a_break_from_star_wars/
  21. https://i.redd.it/gzyemabxot611.jpg
  22. http://archive.is/K1yz8
  23. http://archive.is/OHtl7
  24. http://archive.is/grax3
  25. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/768snt/ign_acquires_humble_bundle_a_site_which_writes/
  26. http://archive.is/eGAjI
  27. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/6am0zm/totalbiscuit_wrote_a_response_to_ign_giving_the/
  28. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/6tqwhw/ign_game_journalist_chloi_rad_suggests_that_white/
  29. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/4ik20o/ign_reviewer_rowan_kaiser_who_was_angry_with/
  30. http://web.archive.org/save/_embed/http://m.ign.com/articles/2016/09/15/south-park-member-berries-review
  31. http://i.imgur.com/jNG2zeA.png
  32. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/7s9n2f/when_konami_blacklisted_ign_over_castlevania_cls/
  33. http://archive.is/psP3s
  34. https://archive.is/MOFJg
  35. https://archive.fo/AFkBZ
  36. http://archive.is/vhZD1
  37. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/5wqeao/humor_ign_publishes_review_for_torment_tides_of/
  38. https://archive.is/20160213175536/http://ca.ign.com/videos/2016/02/13/igns-deadpool-spoilercast-the-superhero-show
  39. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/3rwgcw/ign_actually_uses_problematic_to_describe/
  40. http://archive.is/2x4OG
  41. http://archive.is/kaZ7c
  42. https://imgur.com/RH8qVG2
  43. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/5506pg/ign_editor_lucy_obrien_tells_imc_to_stfu_and_that/
  44. http://i.imgur.com/oI49Ykn.png
  45. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/5mk2qc/in_regards_to_ign_italys_race_car_trip_a/
  46. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/410cgp/ign_senior_editor_bullies_2k_because_the_crybully/
  47. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2j3gsc/ign_journalist_plays_game_on_easiest_difficulty/
  48. https://archive.is/GScLq
  49. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2hb9ei/antigamergate_ign_writer_matt_clark_has_shut_down/
  50. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/3t3f89/ign_journalist_takes_down_youtube_video_showing/
  51. http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/04/29/daylight-review
  52. https://www.oneangrygamer.net/2017/01/ign-italy-et-al-accused-of-bribery-for-assetto-corsa-reviews/20673/
  53. https://archive.today/JUhN5
  54. https://www.sankakucomplex.com/2018/08/30/ign-dragon-quest-xis-lack-of-consent-troubling/?pg=X
  55. https://www.sankakucomplex.com/2019/08/20/ign-japans-top-10-open-world-games/
  56. https://www.sankakucomplex.com/2018/10/27/ign-black-ops-4-japanese-stereotype-offensive/

Comments


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JaguarByte Productions

22 months ago
Score 3

https://m.ig...ascar-review

Looks like IGN cares about how much water is in media.
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TC2000

20 months ago
Score 7
It's IGN's fault that a bunch of losers around the internet are say "Sonic was never good". I'm not a huge fan of Sonic but I do like the classic games. Those fucking haters are worse than the fans!
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BlazePlastic2003

18 months ago
Score 0
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HammerBro101

8 months ago
Score 0
I know, right? IGN is one of the worst game reviewing websites on the Internet. Its reviewers don't even know how to review games properly. For example, they give a game a bad rating just because they suck at the game. If I were bad at a game, I would get better at it through practice.
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EnnardTrap1987

19 months ago
Score 6
IGN needs better reviewers.
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Jackal14

15 months ago
Score 0
I remember they made a misleading review about Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. They looked like they played the game till the Apple Woods dungeon. Game was good, better than they described it.
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HammerBro101

12 months ago
Score 0
The only good thing to come out of IGN is the "Too Much Water" meme.
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HunterZolomon

9 months ago
Score 0
IGN was never that good
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Eric Cartman 2001

7 months ago
Score 5

They recently gave Spongebob: Battle For Bikini Bottom Rehydrated a

5/10 for being "too easy". I mean what the actual fuck would you expect? The target audience of Spongebob is little kids, do you really think they should make a game brutally difficult for them? Also they gave Pokemon Sword and Shield a 9.3 claiming that it's the "best Pokemon game" despite the fact that it was incomplete. How much money did Nintendo give them?
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Paprika

7 months ago
Score 1
They also give Kirby games lower scores for being too easy as well, so I'm not surprised.
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SpazJR61

7 months ago
Score 5
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Zeephare

7 months ago
Score 2
Perhaps these two reviews are awful, they are written by different people.
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SpazJR61

7 months ago
Score 2
Still, these reviews are awful and the critics are stupid.
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LeroyManTheFirst

7 months ago
Score 2
At least Nintendo is adding new content.
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KalloFox34

one month ago
Score 1
Nintendo didn't bribe them to give a positive review to a game you personally didn't like.
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SkyBlueYoshi

5 months ago
Score 3
You can't spell ignorant without IGN
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MichaelNA2005

5 months ago
Score 0
The Brazilian IGN is even worse, even though there's no difference between two versions of the same review. Sometimes, it seems they translated a review by Google Translator or something else.
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AgentLocke

2 months ago
Score 1

Gamespot gives BFBB:Rehydrated a low score cause its too hard and ign gives it a low score because its too easy.

Theres a reason everyone hates game critics.
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Glitchedblood

one month ago
Score 0
They gave my childhood game a 4/10. A FUCKING 4/10
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Zhuguli232

one month ago
Score 0
What Game?
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Glitchedblood

one month ago
Score 0
Hot Wheels: World Race
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TheSwagSceptile

one month ago
Score 2

IGN: “Sonic was never good”

Me: *inhales* Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 and Knuckles, Sonic CD, Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Colours, Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Rush, Sonic Mania, Sonic and all stars racing transformed, Sonic Riders, Sonic Forces, Team Sonic Racing, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, IDW comics, Archie comics, Cartoon, SatAM cartoon, OVA movie, 2020 movie, Sonic Generations, Sonic Rush 2, Sonic Advance, Sonic Advance 2, Sonic Advance 3, Sonic Heroes, Sonic Dash, Sonic Forces: Speed Battle.
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EdEddandEddyFan

one month ago
Score 0
Some are good, and some are bad. Just beat it IGN.
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ItMeansNothing

one month ago
Score 1

"IGN? More like Ignorant Gay Nonsense. They give waifus like Rick Taylor and Clancy Gilroy bad reviews yet praise politics.

They deserve every dislike bomb they get.
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DoubleJumpMan

28 days ago
Score 1
This is why I rely on Youtubers to review games
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FightFireWithFire

14 days ago
Score 0
I guess IGN is secretly bunch of Nintendo fanboys.
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Glitchedblood

14 days ago
Score 1
Nah, they shat on Bowser’s Fury for being “the same fucking game but with odyssey freedom” and gave it a 7/10
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DeciduousWater534

13 days ago
Score 0
And to make matters worse, a 7/10 is average in their eyes and not good.
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MysteriousEdits

7 days ago
Score 2
Apparently, IGN accidentally tweeted a Splatoon 3 parody trailer instead of the actual trailer. https://twit...3214981?s=20
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LiamTheYoshi

6 days ago
Score 0

IGN stands for...

Idiotic

Gullible

Nagules (get the reference?)

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