News coming in through twitter is pointing towards more layoffs at the gaming news giant IGN, this comes months after layoffs that saw Scott Bromely, Dana Jongewaard and Nicole Tanner (among others) leave the company.
I've heard rumors about problems at IGN all year. I knew they were in trouble when their parent company, Newscorp, spun IGN into its own corporation. That's usually something that is done right before you sell off that particular division. I've also heard GiantBomb is in trouble.
Bad times all round it seems, it's not good when powerhouses like IGN hit trouble.
Their parent company bought 1up recently so I'm assuming they're trimming the fat
i've personally always revolted against bad/overrated reviews. it really doesn't help the industry. if the reviewers underrates a good game, most people will not buy those games which results in loss and consequently reduces the chances of us getting great games because the devs couldn't break the expenses incurred. if the reviewers overrates an average game, people will buy it only find out that it's not great. what's worse is the whole industry will follow the rinse and repeat formula which will slowly kill the industry. i've always felt that reviewers should stay away from their personal fanboyish views and give us honest feedback. there are sites that just complain about certain console exclusives games but at the same time give a free ticket to other games. i know at the end of the day, it's "one man's point of view" but if you've decided to sit on the chair of a reviewer then might as well act like one. i'm happy that there are devs who still give their best in spite of what happens because they love making great games. but sadly there are reviewers who don't appreciate great games just because it's exclusive in certain consoles (remember, the bottle in MGS4 or the "too much variety" review or the gametrailers false video comparisions or the 10/10 for GTAIV). i don't think the reviewers are doing any justice to the industry. they're just putting their pride/fanboyism in front instead of their professionalism. having said that.. i love gaming. i really do. but if reviewers decide to act like forum fanboys (and indirectly kill the industry), then hey... i can't do much. they're the ones losing their jobs, not me. i'll be just losing my hobby. (anyone losing their job is still a sad thing)
I'm going to be really bummed if Giantbomb doesn't make it. It is, by far, the best video game site on the internet, and it is a shame that it doesn't get the traffic it needs and deserves.
0ut of curiosity, why do you think GiantBomb is the best video game internet site?
@gamingdroid I enjoy the content they produce(the quick-looks, endurance runs, the giantbombcast). The staff(Ryan Davis, Geff Gerstmann, Vinny Caravella, Brad Shoemaker, Patrick Klepek) is diverse and experienced, and I trust their reviews to be accurate and fair. The community on the site is also more mature than the majority of other gaming sites. Other than N4G, Giantomb.com is the video game site I visit most. I encourage anybody who enjoys video games to visit the site.
So it is primarily the content and the mature community. I thought it had some killer feature or something.... I appreciate the answer though.
IGN has become a revolving door for editors. It's a scary time to be in the games press.
Well can't say I will miss them if something goes wrong. Wouldn't it be awesome if angry Joe became the new IGN and hired Jessica Chobot and Naomi Kyle for his parodies XD @disagree's yes I know it will be sad for all those people facing redundancy and what not but IGN are a joke when it comes to reviewing.
I think you're getting the disagree's because Angry Joe sucks ass
His reviews are accurate and hilarious. What else do you want? At least he doesn't take off points for having long credits.
I think you're getting disagree's because this is a serious topic, regardless of your opinion on IGN's reviews.
I disagree because Ive never heard of angry Joe. But I have a feeling that someone named angry Joe and two pretty girls that are barley gamers could not do a better job running a gaming website than a bunch of people who took some writing classes in school and have been playing games their entire lives. I dont see why IGN is a joke for reviewing?? Simply because they have a different opinion thn you?? I honestly have never seen them tat far off from what the games get on average. They dont consistently rate the games higher or lower than other sites. Maybe you think they give out too many good scores??? Pretty much every site does this, and the ones that dont get bashed when they give a game a 6 or 7 that others gave an 8 or 9. Anyways, I hope they find some work soon.
Angry Joe's alright, and he's getting better, but he's not a business-liaison reviewer the way the paid professionals at IGN are forced to be. He's just a dude with a ton of dough (how else does he have the time and resources for those effects and costumes?) who acts out his wildest superhero fantasies (that are safe for work) and reviews some games, a small amount, with his own unabashed opinion, usually on video. That's fine - he isn't "accurate," what the heck is "accurate" in reviewing a game these days anyways? Point out every bug? Lambaste a lack of continuity? This *could* be a sign that the expensive review megasite paradigm, with all its corporate partnerships and whatnot, isn't working out financially, and maybe the more independent guys - the good ones, like the duders at GiantBomb, or the off-beat intelligent people at Kill Screen - might be a bit more sustainable, if not as profitable, running a smaller, more interesting schtick. But what do I know? I'm just Inspector Gadget. Now here's how to use a DVD! And Solidus, I don't know what a barley gamer is, but if anyone can make a game out of some sort of grain, that's pretty awesome. I'd read the articles on that site.
I think he meant to say barely gamers lol.
well it is thanksgiving/christmas season. Expect the big devs/publishers to follow. It's a shame but the layoffs always happen around the holidays.
This is not good. It bad when people lose their jobs even if they write about stuff people don't like
So I guess that Check from activision bounced? Sarcasm...
Bazzinga. But srsly. Sad times.
LOL true bro.
Very sad news! It's so difficult to break into the top paid ranks as a videogames journalist and for those to finally get there and have to take a layoff is tough indeed. My best goes out to all of you!
The higher ups who make the most scratch trim the fat down around the bottom rung to cut costs and save money to stuff in their pockets. Sadly, this is the way of the world... ... and it F****** SUCKS!!!!
To the one who disagrees... ... how many people are you overworking and underpaying to fill your pockets?
Hard times for everyone. Whether or not you like IGN, it's not nice to see people losing their jobs.
Best of luck to all that lost their job.
This would happen if they give CoD 3 an 11.
wow i visit ign almost as much as i visit n4g. Poor people over there
Good maybe I can get a job there and give FFXII 2 a 7/10 to piss off the fanboys :D
lol they open up Editorial positions after laying off the people? That don't make much sense.
Uhh... this happened five months ago. Back in June. This happened right after E3 and this is when Nicole and Dana could no longer do the IGN Girlfight podcast. Why in the world is this article being posted now, let alone featured on N4G?
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