A review for the game Dead Cells is no longer on the popular gaming website IGN. The removal comes after accusations the review plagiarized another video review posted to Youtube.
The review, written by Filip Miucin, posted to IGN August 6th, 2018 before being immediately removed. Another review of the game was posted by Youtuber Boomstick Gaming one week before IGN’s hit the internet. Boomstick Gaming claims the IGN review copied his work.
It turns out the gentleman at IGN seems to have watched my video and copied a lot of it. I’m not sure what to do about this.”
IGN posted a note on the review’s page saying,
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.”
Boomstick Gaming posted a response video titled “IGN Copied my Dead Cells Review: What do I do?” Where he goes over his video choosing lines of dialogue and matches them to the review posted to IGN.
Dead Cells takes the progression of Metroidvania and integrates it into this procedurally generated action rogue-like that has you slowly chipping away at its steep difficulty.”
“This combat system is fast, fluid, responsive and one of the most rewarding representations of 2D combat of the entire genre.”
It takes the progression system of Metroidvania and transforms it into a procedurally generated action rogue-like.”
“Fights are fast, fluid, responsive and hands down one of the most gratifying representations of video game combat I’ve ever experienced.”
Boomstick Gaming responded to Miucin’s review on Twitter.
No hate man but I wish I was cited, collaborated with, and or compensated in some way for the healthy views your site saw on your Dead Cells review. pic.twitter.com/rwYdPhnT6f
— Boomstick Gaming (@DeaditeAGK) August 7, 2018
Muicin is a Nintendo Editor for IGN.
He has yet to comment about the review.
Dead Cells is available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Check out our review to see what we think.
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