|Headquarters||Brisbane, California, United States|
|Key people||Mark Jung (President and CEO)
Peer Schneider (Vice President and Publisher)
Talmadge Blevins (Vice President of Content)
|Industry||Video game journalism|
IGN (an abbreviation for the former Imagine Games Network) is a multimedia news and reviews website that focuses heavily on video games. Its corporate parent is IGN Entertainment, which owns and controls separate sites such as GameSpy, GameStats and AskMen.
IGN's main website comprises several specialty sites, or "channels", each occupying a subdomain on IGN and covering a specific area of entertainment. Game-related channels include PC Games, Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox Live, Wireless, Retro, and iPhone games. In addition, IGN has channels covering movies, music, gear and technology, sports, comic books, television and more.
Founded in September 1996 as Imagine Games Network, IGN began as five individual websites within Imagine Publishing: N64.com (later renamed IGN64.com), PSXPower, Saturnworld, Next-Generation.com and Ultra Game Players Online. In 1998, the network consolidated the individual sites as system "channels" under the IGN brand. Next-Generation and Ultra Game Players Online were not part of this consolidation; UGPO dissolved with the cancellation of the magazine, and Next-Generation was put "on hold" when Imagine decided to concentrate on launching the short-lived Daily Radar brand. Then-parent company Snowball.com held an IPO in 2000, which subsequently bombed with the dot-com bomb.
As of June 2005, IGN claimed 24 million unique visitors a month, with 4.8 million registered users through all departments of the site. IGN is ranked among the top 200 most-visited websites according to Alexa. In September 2005, IGN was acquired by Rupert Murdoch's multi-media business empire, News Corporation, for $650 million (USD). To date, the IGN website contains categories that cover music, TV, and film related topics. The site has gained a great reputation among gamers as the website includes guides and walkthroughs for individual games. Any form of cheats, guides or walkthroughs can also be submitted by non-IGN staff.
IGN celebrated their tenth year on the 12th of January, 2008.
A member of the IGN staff writes a review for a game and gives it a score between 0 and 10, which is assigned by increments of 0.1 and determines how much the game is recommended. The score is given according to individual aspects like presentation, graphics, sound, gameplay and lasting appeal—each game is given a score in each of these categories, but the overall score for the game is an independent evaluation, not an average of the scores in each category.
IGN rarely gives a game a score of 10. Some of the games that received a 10/10 score are The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64, Link's Awakening DX for the Game Boy Color, Pokémon Gold and Silver for Game Boy Color, Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow for the regular Gameboy, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages for the Game Boy Color, Sonic the Hedgehog: Pocket Adventure for the Neo Geo Pocket Color, Soulcalibur and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe. In addition to those, two more games were awarded 10s in 2008 — Grand Theft Auto IV and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. IGN UK also gave GTA IV a 10 (this was the first 10 given by IGN UK to a game ). The outlet was the first allowed to publish a review for this title, days before an embargo by Rockstar for the remainder of the video game industry. Some game journalists suggested their review was "ethically unsound". To date, IGN has given a total of 28 games (including cross-gen ports) a rating of 10 out of 10. The ratings are:
In 2000, Snowball.com purchased an E-federation called the Internet Wrestling Organization (IWO). Since Snowball owned both IWO and IGN, IWO would go on to become IGN's first official E-Fed, even doing a column on the website. IGN For Men: This section closed down officially on October 2, 2001. It is no longer updated. IGN has sites such as IGN Stars and AskMen.com that fulfill much of the function of the old IGN ForMen site. IGN Wrestling met its end in early 2002, when many of the staff departed. Interviews with professional wrestling personalities and coverage of wrestling games has been folded into IGN Sports, currently headed by Jon Robinson. IGN Sci-Fi: Largely dead since 2002, this section of the site included movie news, comic book reviews, anime coverage, and other associated items. It has since been discontinued. The site, SciFI.ign.com now redirects to the recently created SciFiBrain.ign.com which covers some of the content of the old SciFi site.
In 2002, IGN launched a dedicated videogame FAQs site specifically designed to host user-submitted guides. This was launched following the cancellation of affiliation with GameFAQs. In 2004, IGN launched GameStats, which serves as a more unbiased rating network, as it takes in every corporately owned game rating site, and averages it all into one score to give a general idea of the quality of a game. IGN also launched Direct2Drive.com in 2004. Its primary focus is selling digital downloads of full PC and Mac video games, as well as anime, comics and game guides. In 2005, IGN launched their comics site. It is devoted to not just the staple Marvel and DC titles, but also manga, graphic novels, statues and toys.
In 2006, IGN launched their television site. It provides interviews with various television celebrities in addition to a TV schedule, TV trivia, and TV news. Akin IGN FilmForce, IGN's TV section has a variety of exclusive clips from upcoming television shows. In 2006, IGN launched regional versions of the site based in the UK and Australia, which both share the same information as the American site but with added content authored from editors within each respective region. When visiting IGN.com from either the UK or Australia, the site automatically redirects you to your localised version using geolocation software. Each version of the site has a modified logo with the UK, Australian or American flags beneath the IGN symbol. On May 30, 2006, IGN Dreamcast was restarted, however, none of the Dreamcast updates were posted on main IGN webpage.
In 2007, IGN launched their anime site. It provided features on anime and manga including trailers and free episodes. It also included reviews of manga and anime from other section of IGN, such as IGN Comics and IGN DVD. The anime channel was dropped after IGN redesigned the site. In 2008, IGN launched their Retro channel to mark IGN's 10th anniversary. To coincide with the release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, IGN created Super Smash Bros World Site. On the site people can submit their user created stages from the game and download ones made by other people. IGN subsequently launched a similar website called GTA 'Hood on April 29, 2008 for Grand Theft Auto IV
IGN features several podcasts released every week focused around different areas of gaming news featuring members of each news and reviewing teams related to the consoles specific to the podcast. It's podcast list includes:
IGN UK Podcast Features a general roundup of movie and video games news from the perspective of the IGN UK staff. It is the newest podcast as it debuted on the 18/09/2009. Recently they celebrated there 25th podcast with a live recording of the podcast. It is one of the few IGN Podcasts which has explicit language.
Nintendo Voice Chat focuses around the latest gaming news related to Nintendo consoles.
Command Prompt focuses around the latest PC gaming news.
Channel Surfing covers the latest news about television programs.
Podcast Beyond features all the latest news relating to the PlayStation consoles.
"IGN Daily Fix" is a Video Podcast hosted by Jessica Chobot which features News about Movies, Video games and TV shows. When Jessica Chobot isn't available, Daemon Hatfield takes over.
Three Red Lights is the podcast for the latest gaming news relating to the Xbox 360. It gets its name from the Xbox 360's indicator, which flashes three red lights when a "general hardware failure" has occurred. One of the "co-hosts", named "Jeff Bell", is an actual bell that is rung when someone uses marketing lingo. However the bell was buried some time last year after Jeff Bell left Microsoft. Recently they have been allowed to use explicit language.
Game Scoop, introduced in July 2006, is the longest running podcast produced by IGN and is released every Friday with Daemon Hatfield as the host, accompanied by a different group of IGN journalists from various news teams every episode. Game Scoop is a discussion about the gaming news from that week, however, since its launch in 2006 Game Scoop has become more about entertainment featuring interviews, prank calls, general humor and a humorous romance section named "Knocking Boots" with Greg Miller as the host. Game Scoop was first produced on Thursday, July 20, 2006, replacing the original gaming news podcast "Gaming News Round-up".
The First Podcast which IGN produced was the IGN Xbox 360 Podcast released on Thursday, November 17, 2005, which later developed into the Three Red Lights Podcast.
IGN (formerly Imagine Games Network) is a multimedia news, and reviews website that focuses heavily on video games. It should not be confused with IGN Entertainment, IGN's corporate parent company, which owns and controls separate sites such as GameSpy, Rotten Tomatoes, and AskMen.
IGN's main website comprises several specialty sites, each occupying a subdomain on IGN. These sites, commonly known as "channels", cover three generations of video gaming: PC Games, Nintendo GameCube, Wii, Nintendo DS, Game Boy, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wireless, N-Gage, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, and Macintosh. Also provided are Cheats & Codes, FAQs and detailed game guides. In addition, IGN has channels for Movies, DVD, Music, Comics, Gear, Sports, Anime, Cars, Stars (formerly known as "Babes"), and TV. Each channel consists of various subsections, such as Game/Movie Profiles, Product Lists, Previews, Reviews, Features, News, Mailbag, Editor's Choice, Release Dates, as well as links to the aforementioned Cheats, FAQs and Guides
Founded in September of 1996 as Imagine Games Network, IGN began as five individual websites within Imagine Publishing: N64.com, PSXPower, Saturnworld, Next-Generation.com and Ultra Game Players Online. The growth of these websites enabled Imagine to expand the network in April 1997, hiring additional staff and birthing the now-defunct advertising-focused affiliate program. In 1998, the network consolidated the individual sites as system "channels" under the IGN brand. Next-Generation and Ultra Game Players Online were not part of this consolidation; UGPO dissolved with the cancellation of the magazine, and Next-Generation eventually became Daily Radar.
As of June 2005, IGN claimed 23 million unique visitors a month, with 5 million registered users through all departments of the site. IGN is ranked among the top 200 most-visited websites according to Alexa, and the IGN forums are among the most active Internet forums.
The only games to score a 10 / 10 on IGN are: Dragon Warrior III, Magical Tetris Challenge, Mario Golf, Metal Gear Solid: Ghost Babel, Pokemon Gold and Silver, Pokemon Red and Blue, Soul Calibur, SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millenium, Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons. As you can see, 10s are a rare and coveted number to IGN.
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IGN is a gaming website that was first launched in 2000. It has FAQ's, guides, and walkthroughs about many of the games on GameCube, PC, PlayStation 2, and the Xbox as well as the older systems. The IGN web site's competitor is GameSpot which is another gaming web site.
IGN also features a popular message board, with a lot of members.