Cronyism
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Cleaning
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corrections
27% correction rate, much higher than site average

Cronyism

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Cronyism

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IGN’s co-founder Matt Casamassina wrote numerous times about Nintendo before leaving game journalism—with a few articles still visible as of 2016, and with such frequency that his site still lists his primary game journalist career as a Nintendo writer. His writing never disclosed (archive) his marriage to the vice-president of Nintendo PR firm Golin Harris. Casamassina replied to the accusations when they were made public back in 2007, stating that he and his wife respected their respective NDAs, their relationship never influenced his coverage and she was never one of his sources.
Sensationalism

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Sensationalism

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Published a scathing review of a well-received football manager game because the reviewer, apparently unaware of the existence of the football manager genre, compared it with action games, with such as the fact that “apart from managing your roster and coaching your team” the game offered no gameplay. IGN promptly removed the review, replacing it with an apology.
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Cronyism

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Gave positive coverage to text adventure developer Porpentine in at least five articles, without disclosing their friendship.
Corruption

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Corruption

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Started the myth of the “entitled gamers” with a caustic video on IGN criticizing gamers for protesting Mass Effect’s ending and DLC, while IGN was heavily advertising the game. Years later, he discussed the video, and stated he considered the way it was published probably his “biggest blunder”, and that he “really fucked up”—and, while he stands by the overall message, he feels that parts of the video being cut made it come across ineffectively and too inflammatory, he and regrets how it coined the term “entitled gamer”.
Corruption

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Corruption

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Wrote several positive articles about Square Enix games without disclosing the fact she had done paid consulting work for the company.
Sensationalism

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Sensationalism

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His review of videogame Legend of Heroes: Trials of Cold Steel was a direct translation of the one by RPGamer, without credit or permission. When informed, IGN Spain promptly removed the review and released a through apology.
Corruption

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Corruption

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His 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 environement with a company PR handler, costraints that pushed some journalists to cheat to go through the game faster and, at least in some of the camps, lavish accomodations 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.
Corruption

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Corruption

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His review of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for IGN does not disclose an involvement in the game’s "review camp". While disclosure was never added, the participation the participation appears to have been very limited, with most of the review taking place with a review copy—possibly making this a minor issue. These very criticized review events involved a heavily-controlled play environement with a company PR handler, costraints that pushed some journalists to cheat to go through the game faster and, at least in some of the camps, lavish accomodations and gifts.
Cronyism

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Cronyism

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Covered video games studio Motive without disclosing that Mitch Dyer, a writer for Motive, had previously worked at IGN for a period of time which overlaps with Macy’s.
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Cronyism

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Covered video game studio Motive without disclosing that Mitch Dyer, who is a writer for Motive, previously worked at IGN for a period of time which overlaps Osborn’s.
Cronyism

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Cronyism

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Covered gaming studio Motive (also a very small mention), originally without disclsoing that Mitch Dyer, a writer for Motive, worked at IGN for a period of time which overalps with Goldfarb’s—they also appear to be on friendly terms. As soon as Goldfarb was informed, he immediately added a very exaustive disclosure to the article, explaining that the oversight was caused by Dyer’s then-recent change of employment.

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IGN
Address
www.ign.com
Activity
Founded in 1996
Part of
Ziff Davis
with 1UP.com
Publisher
Tal Blevins
Editor-in-Chief
Steve Butts

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Arguably the currently largest online gaming news and reviews outlet. Also has movie, tech, tv and comic sections, and is published in 24 editions and 18 languages.

Home to some controversies over the years — most notably, with its involvement in the creation of the myth of Gamer Entitlement, it has taken no stance on GamerGate, eventually updating its ethics policy during the controversy, and thus ending up on some support lists.

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