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Submitted by Cobain19 559d ago | news

IGN Controversy Arises Due To Battlefield 4's Website Source Code, Hints At Incoming Previews

DSOGaming: "The official website of Battlefield 4 has gone live today, however its source code includes a hidden message that made some laugh and others cry out loud. It appears that IGN has already a promo article for DICE’s upcoming FPS title, suggesting that EA has partnered with IGN in order to promote it." (Battlefield 4, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

barb_wire  +   559d ago
So, is IGN now buying 'exclusive' reviews for upcoming games?
okmrman   559d ago | Personal attack | show | Replies(3)
honkayjeezus  +   558d ago
They have been for a while.

Have you seen the Halo 4 and Gears Judgment review scores?
MattyG  +   559d ago
Well seeing as how Scott Lowe is IGN's tech editor, it's more likely EA doing something shady. I don't think he'd draw attention to something his site is doing wrong. Why would someone who works at IGN Tweet something possibly incriminating to them? I think this is EA being arrogant and using this as a place holder for a real ad.
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Detoxx  +   559d ago
GOTY? I'm hyped!
phantomexe  +   559d ago
There only a handful of sites i even trust reviews from, ign being one of them.
shadowwizard  +   559d ago
Trusting IGN with their reviews? Lulz.
papashango  +   559d ago
pretty sure that was a troll

7/10 for believability.
phantomexe  +   559d ago
Really i trust ign with there reviews. I don't alwasy agree but for the most part there good. There isn't one site that reviews games that anyone going agree with 100% of the time. Which sites do you trust the most?
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DOMination-  +   559d ago
IGN have been pretty spot on with reviews recently. Are there any in particular you've disagreed with for you not to trust them?
Kurt Russell  +   558d ago
I like to watch IGN's video reviews. Regardless of what they personally say, you always come away with a good idea of what the game is about.
secretcode  +   559d ago
...IGN? Really?

The home of the Four Point rating system?
dafegamer  +   558d ago
lol
Welshy  +   558d ago
The Angry Joe Show does the most fair reviews in my opinion, i always watch his video reviews before i go anywhere else.

The guy is a real gamer with no business interest and actually comes across really passionate.

Also his 1-10 actually makes sense, 7/10 being a good game, 8/10 is an awesome game and 9/10+ being amazing in every way.

All to often people see 7 and 8 scores and call the games a "flop", if everything has to be a 9/10 to be worthy of a purchase then the ?/10 review scale used across most sites is just plain broken and doesn't fairly represent games at all.
HiddenMission  +   558d ago
@phantom

Bro IGN lies and ommits stuff from reviews all the time. Ive called them out with facts and they blocked me. Hell they even responded one time telling me facts dont matter its all about opinions....the f**ks a review if not based on fact!

You need to research better because IGN is and has been trash at reviewing games for 4 years straight.
PockyKing  +   559d ago
Sigh, one site banking on another site/publishers controversy. The cycle continues..
Alcohog  +   559d ago
Why do we care again?
MestreRothN4G  +   559d ago
Because these schemes (GotY titles, reviews based on marketing money spent, reviews obeying hype, reviewers blinded by hype) decide where money goes.

And the direction of money dictates the direction of the industry.

Which deeply affect our gaming hobby. Almost always negatively.
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Alcohog  +   558d ago
I understand but who takes a major gaming site's review as the end-all-be-all? You should hear from other gamers or rent. I like to read the reviews because they contain good information usually, but to take the score as the definitive judgment is pretty silly.
MestreRothN4G  +   558d ago
Reply to #6.1.1:

We all here are different (well, almost). We are the ones that have accounts on gaming sites, read through dozens of gaming news weekly (at least), heavily analyze/criticize what we listen/read, debate about it. To us, this discussion says a lot about the industry, IGN, gaming 'journalism'. And absolutely nothing about BF4.

But we are not the main target of these previews...

A lot of people only read one site or none, so for them, all those people that buy the last Walking Dead and movie spin-offs, IGN saying this is GotY worthy has a heavy impact.

Not to mention the brightless people that lurks and trolls around the internet...
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Gamesgbkiller  +   559d ago
At least we will see the game anyway.
Soldierone  +   559d ago
A lot of places do this, its just a bit odd that its included in the source code already.

Movies etc all do it. They pay (or in PR terms, push their product) all the websites etc to start hyping it. The review is where a site can step away.
venom06  +   559d ago
the sums is up COMPLETELY.... "After all, we haven’t seen anyone complaining about GameInformer’s exclusives reveals and previews, so this is not as bad as people make it seem!" ......... nothing to see here, move along...
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secretcode  +   559d ago
Blah blah blah, IGN bad, EA evil, whatever. They have my balls in a vicegrip with the Battlefield franchise (and the Burnout franchise if it ever... EVER returns.)

I just want screenshots and gameplay videos of the next gen console version. I have no time for this drama.
Sevir  +   559d ago
There is nothing wrong with breaking an exclusive story
As a publisher, The world of media journalism, be it news media, entertainment or video games industry. This stuff drives traffic.

Edge, Game Informer and Many other publications land exclusive stories. Its hardly fowl play. IGN was the publisher that partnered with Sony to reveal Motorstorm:Apocalypse.

GameTrailers revealed the Last of us and Uncharted 2 and 3 exclusively through their media publication so give it a damn rest. Dice and EA felt IGN was the best source to have this get the most traction and so it was done.

Really nothing to see here.
VideoGameJimmy  +   558d ago
People here don't seem to understand how journalism works. Most of them are just "lulz dae hate IGN?!"
Simon_Brezhnev  +   558d ago
It's funny that the other sites are now bitching now. I bet Sessler and Keighley whine about this too.
Magaman  +   559d ago
WHO CARES. People need to stop trying to make an issue out of what access and coverage someone gets, and spend more time trying to make solid content themselves, instead of silly pointless pieces like this!
Derekvinyard13  +   559d ago
Lol
AnotherProGamer  +   558d ago
just so you guys know web developers put fake content in unfinished websites without anything of substance available

don't jump to any conclusions and assume some conspiracy
IAmTheBest35  +   558d ago
GOD OF WAR ASCENSION IS AT AN 80 ON METACRITIC AND GEARS OF WAR JUDGEMENT IS AT A 79!! PS3 WINS AGAIN!!!

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