IGN Pulls Dead Cells Review After YouTuber Accuses Outlet of Plagiarism [Update: IGN Fires Writer]

"IGN takes plagiarism very seriously"

News by Matt Kim, .

Update: IGN has issued a statement regarding the accusations of plagiarism for its Dead Cells review writing, "After taking the time to investigate, we've determined that there were substantial similarities between a review posted weeks earlier and our review that could not be justified and warranted taking down."

IGN has apologized to the developers and to the YouTube reviewer and has parted ways with Nintendo eidtor Filip Miucin. The full statement is below:

Original Story

Video game media outlet IGN quietly pulled their recent review for Dead Cells in light of accusations from a YouTuber claiming their own video review for Dead Cells was plagiarized by IGN's reviewer.

In a video published Monday evening, YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming published a video titled, "IGN Copied my Dead Cells Review: What do I do?" In the video, Deadite from Boomstick Gaming put their own video review of Dead Cells from July 24, 2018 right next to IGN's Dead Cells video review, written by Nintendo editor Filip Miucin, from August 6, 2018 side-by-side to draw similarities between the two.

Deadite highlights sections from their earlier video review of Dead Cells and compares them to the language found in IGN's video review as examples of possible plagiarism. For example, here's a quote from Boomstick's video review:

"This combat system is fast, fluid, responsive and one of the most rewarding representations of 2D combat of the entire genre."

Compare that with a line from IGN's video review:

"Fights are fast, fluid, responsive, and hand's down one of the most gratifying representations of video game combat I've ever experienced."

After the video was published, IGN removed the Dead Cells review and issued a note from the editor addressing the removal.

"As a group of writers and creators who value our own work and that of others in our field, the editorial staff of IGN takes plagiarism very seriously. In light of concerns that have been raised about our Dead Cells review, we've removed it for the time being and are investigating."

Deadite from Boomstick Gaming says that IGN has not contacted them after the publication of Boomstick's YouTube video and the release of IGN's editor note. We have also reached out to IGN for comment.

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  • Avatar for Vodka-Tonic #1 Vodka-Tonic 14 days ago
    Seems like someone should've done the job they're paid to do, and put the thesaurus away.
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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #2 NiceGuyNeon 14 days ago
    Not a good look for one of if not the biggest games website in the world. Those videos are like carbon copies.Edited 2 weeks ago by NiceGuyNeon
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  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #3 Wellman2nd 14 days ago
    Haven't been able to watch the video but it does look dicey... also generically positive on both parts in terms of description. It would be hilarious if it was a horrifically similar coincidence but yeah hope whatever it is the truth comes out.
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  • Avatar for Ohoni #4 Ohoni 14 days ago
    @Vodka-Tonic I wonder if there's an auto-thesaurus out there these days, where you can input a standard document, and it would automatically go through and replace common words with equally common synonyms, and maybe re-order certain phrases. I bet it would be possible to rig something up that would produce perfectly readable documents that would pass as different than the original to people not paying attention.
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