So the typical torch-bearing brigades are out after this flare up. Kotaku has a good piece summarizing what we know so far: https://kotaku.com/ign-pulls-review-after-plagiarism-accusations-1828157939
Now I don’t read IGN or Filip Miucin specifically so I can’t speak on these videos. But this makes no sense to me. It’s been bugging me all day because it just doesn’t add up for an IGN salaried employee to do this. (Miucin isn’t just some overworked freelancer, he’s their Nintendo Editor.) A lot of the “copied” sentences in question can easily just be generic sentences that could appear in any informative review.
It really doesn’t make sense to me because the IGN video is only four minutes long, and could only be 600 words or so. If you’re an editor you have to had written this kind of thing a hundred times, you could do it in your sleep. I could probably write 600 words to a standard review of Dead Cells without even playing the game, and I’m not some master poet either. The audio production, game footage capturing, and video editing would require ten times more work than a simple piece telling you what Dead Cells is and why it is fun.
It’s so stupid I can’t believe anybody would do it, let alone somebody whose whole life would be ruined if they were caught. You get caught plagiarizing as a writer, you’re done, forever. That’s the end of your career. I want to believe in a fellow writer especially since games media, and media in general, is always under siege from the shittiest people. But there’s so many similar sentences its really suspicious.
I just don’t know what to think here. Your thoughts?