From Paul Gale Network: "IGN.com and GameStop.com announced a merger this morning. Now, both companies will share and crossover likenesses."
Wonder what this will mean for reviews? will journalists be more likely to rate games higher if advertisements go up? Hope not and wish for them to stay separated 'marketing on one side' and 'reviews on the other'.
Yeah we don't need any unfair bs going on like GameSpot had a few years ago..
Yup! It means IGN will control the fait of Game Informer.
"IGN.com and GameStop.com announced a merger this morning" Oh geez. "Wonder what this will mean for reviews?" Think 10/10s. LOTS of 10/10s.
More like GameStop just deposited a lot of money into IGN's funds. As if I didn't have enough reason to no longer trust IGN before. I wonder what this means for Gameinformer then.
Its the end of the gaming journalist world as you know it Well be prepared to see a lot of Microsoft love as they expand the Xbox 360 section and shrink the almost non existent PC section and PSP and PS3 sections
There is a reason PC section is non existant in stores... For a 59.99 game you can get it on Steam for 34.99 or maybe even 9.99. I got borderlands with all DLC for 14.99 on steam. Stores can't compete with steam, including gamestop. The only time stores actually care about PC gaming is when a Blizzard game is releasing since it doesn't release on Steam.
This is weird. What about Game Informer? And how could you possibly trust an IGN review now? Although, I guess that isn't fair because I always trusted Game Informer's reviews.
games for ignorants
I wouldnt be worrying and wondering that much if i were you ... IGN has been for long , if not always a marteking tool . Their reviews are merely disguised ads for most games . It changes nothing i'd bet .
At least before IGN was just driven by console-loyalists and clicks. Now it's 100% infomercial.
Agreed. I used to "rely" (used loosely) on IGN reviews to get an idea if I wanted to rent a game or not I was unsure about. Nowadays not only IGN but game reviews in general are just pish posh. The only thing I am curious about IGN review is the NBC show "Chuck". If you read those reviews it is well thought out and done right unlike their gaming reviews.
Oh boy, I predict a sharp decline in PS3 exclusive ratings in the near future. -End of Line
When they're this commercial they really shouldn't be giving critical reviews. At least not ones that count on the almighty Metacritic (a bit of spite in there as numerical review scores are generally uniformitive).
This means the reviews will be handled by the IGNorant as usual and that the MS love will flow even heavier. I wouldn't be surprised if they put into effect immediately, that any Gamestop employee not pushing Micro$oft sHtuff above all other products are to be fired on the spot and given a 6.5 exit interview review score LOL :) Guess time will tell what will happen to the good folks at GameInformer.....more than likely they will be body-snatched and borged into thinking like IGN and become souless/mindless zealots.
It's always nice to see 2 crappy companies join forces. It makes them easier to avoid & ignore.
LOL I almost thought it was GameSpot and IGN. That would be a megapower! Funnier would be GameSpot and GameStop since I ALWAYS mess them up and for once I could say either and mean both.
@jack omg i swear until u mentioned it i thought it was gamespot :/ and was proper getting pissed of just because i finally thought their changing their ways!! if you wouldn't of brought that up id of still thought its gamespot :/
I know that GameStop has an allegiance to Game Informer magazine (I believe they own GI) and since they have their own review system and IGN review games independently, what will happen?
More than just that but doesn't IGN have it's own online store for buying games?
Direct2Drive. Aye. It's been gathering some steam, but still isn't quite up to matching... steam. Unplanned pun. =/
Somehow this does not surprise me at all. They will cause both companies to be worse in a gamers eye`s, lets not hope they give birth to a abomination. Via la AMAZON!!!!!
Oh god.. 360 fanboy orgy..
Isn't a Fanboy orgy of any type atrocious? Or are you just partial to one side?
Clizzz is right. A Fanboy orgy would be... Oh no, make the mental image go away!!! Cannot un-see!!!
Wonder how this merger will work out...
Wait..WHAT. Nothing good can come out from this, just more power to the biggest video game middlemen, the reviewers and the people you buy from. Sigh
Cool, maybe they'll get rid of some dead weight editors and if there is some cream of the crop it will get a chance to rise. I wonder if there will be a issue in conflict of interest here.
Uh oh. Isn't GameStop in a partnership with GameInformer? What could this POSSIBLY mean for GI and IGN? This could either be the beginning of a very beautiful partnership ... or the start of Journalism crap shoot. Nevermind. This is bad. IGN (Game "Journalists") + GameStop (Game Resalers) = An even ungodlier Monopoly?
Exactly, IGN already is the most notable site when it comes to video game news(run by Fox news guys btw), and now Gamestop the biggest video game retailer in north america is with them as well? Just more pre order this game to get a free in game hat! it got a 10/10 you trust us dont you?!
I hope this doesn't affect Game Informer, I love that magazine.
Who cares... IGN and Gamestop can continue to fail.
This can't end well...
So Now Gamestop is only gonna carey Xbox360 games & no ps3 & wii Games. WTF!
C'mon son. Gamestop's not going to stop selling PS3 or Wii stuff.
A match made in hell.
Doesn't concern me, I stopped buying games for gamestop a long time ago, now I use amazon or best buy and I have never been a fan of Ign.
Oh no... Bad + bad = worse...
2 negatives = positive? one can only hope
that is in the world of logic but in the web garbage nrgative times negative = Lady in the Water (worst movie EVER)
Two negatives only make a positive when multiplied not added lol.
-1 + -1 = positive? That's nice =))
NO F'IN WAY!!!!!!!!!! well now everything makes total sense
Am i the only one who read this as Ign and Gamespot? Anyway, Gamestop isn't that bad, i've never had any bad experiences with them, i never understood why people bash them constantly, they're a pretty good retail store, and mind you, you're not gonna get a good trade-in value anywhere so i never really payed attention to that, they have nicely priced used games too. Although, this is coming from a 17yr old who can't shop on amazon where the prices tend to be a lil better, so what bad experiences have you guys had?
as long as it does not interfere with me getting my game informer i dont care.
Game Informer is actually a good magazine so I agree. It and EGM are the best multiplatform magazines out there so hopefully GI stays strong. Maybe we'll see IGN and GI editors swap or share positions?
I quit caring about IGN a long time ago. There God Hand review raised the bs flag from me.
I thought I was smelling brimstone with IGN lately. This explains everything.
THIS IS MADNESS!
Madness...? THIS. IS. BUSINESS!!
The devils UNITE! Ohhhh snaaaap......
Nawww....I'm surprised at all of the hate!
What now... are they gonna build the Death Star next?
I smell a 1up-ocalypse 2. This won't end well for the IGN senior writers. Give the guys in charge the holidays to chill out and do nothing, and then see what happens in Q1 2011. On the good side of things, doesn't this mean that NewsCorp (aka Fox) doesn't own IGN anymore? You know, the same company that hosts Fox and Friends, a show where non-gaming old people rampantly disparage games for extremely silly and often-invalid reasons?
I hope nothing happens to GameInformer.
This is crazy! Combined they'll have the most viewed vg site on the net. Damn didn't see this coming. I wonder what the logo will look like or if the domain name will change or anything.
hmm lets see a random site with zero sources...yea I believe that...
well i used game informer to inform me about games. The reviews were either a hit or a total miss.
This is the worst combination possible. Gamestop is lame enough on their own.
super devil is born!
That's like Lex Luthor and The Joker joining forces. It's madness!
I never liked IGN anyway, and I most certainly am not going to start now.
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