Former IGN editor Filip Miucin, who was kicked this week after investigating allegations that he had plagued a video game agreement, reacted last night to his YouTube channel and told the viewers that there were "many conditions" around the review and that he did not intend to plagiarize from another channel.
"The bottom line is that what happened to Dead Cells review was not at all intentional," he said. "So with that said, I just apologize for everyone at IGN for all the unfortunate criticisms and doubts that it may have been triggered in its credibility as a respected source of gaming media."
On Tuesday night, a little YouTuber called Boomstick Gaming published a video titled "IGN Copied My Dead Cells Review: What Should I Do?" In that he expressed a convincing case that the official IGN review of Dead Cells written by Miucin was a rewritten version of his own review published several days later. On Wednesday, IGN examined, and the outlet diverted Miucin that night.
Miucin had not been publicly reacted until last night's video. In that he also apologized to Motion Twin, the producer of Dead Cells. He did not apologize to the YouTuber Boomstick Gaming, but he said he had "nothing but the best wishes" for him and offered him advice for the future.
He added that people have sent nasty messages, not just to him, but to his family social media accounts. The video has not been received well and is currently around 1700 quotes and 8,300 downvotes.
Miucin also mentioned Kotaku ] s report on history, mentions me in particular. On Wednesday night, we learned that before joining IGN, Miucin had posted a video review of FIFA 18 on Switch that was full of striking similarities with a Nintendo Life review published some days earlier.
"You can continue to see, Kotaku and please let me know if you find something," said Miucin last night's video. "By the way, their news editor, Jason Schreier, tried to imply that my FIFA 18 rating was also unauthorized by claiming that I copied it from Nintendo Life and that's just not the case Maybe he suggested that if you have similar opinions, you're just bothering, or maybe he just tries to get as many clicks from my name right now as possible, or maybe he just likes kicking people when they're down. I do not know check it out for yourself and you are the judge. "
Here is an example of what we found:
It actually works well; as long as you're not a stickler for intricate animation details, you'll have fun here. It runs smoother than a lubricated jazz musician, with up to 60 frames per second in both dock and handheld mode, giving a silky performance and the overall feeling of playing a high quality product. Although its (slightly smaller silk-smooth) cutscenes and other close-ups moments reveal that the cartoon models are much less detailed than their Xbox One and PS4 colleagues, break a bit under normal play and you really want to fight to tell the difference.
But when playing the game, it really works really well and it's easy to see past the graphical setbacks. Because regardless of whether you play anchored or unlocked, the game seems to run at a consistent 60 frames per second, which looks silky and truly gives you the feeling that you have a true triple. A home console experience, but on a console you can take on the go. But when you get close and look forward to some of the cartoon models, it's quite clear that they have a lot less detail than the Xbox One and PS4 versions, but some imperfections are pretty much unnoticeable during gameplay.
Chris Scullion, freelance reviewer under review FIFA 18 for Nintendo Life also chimed last night to answer Miucin. "I can not believe you actually suggest you did not plagiarize my FIFA 18 review for Nintendo Life, and claimed that the plagiarism of Dead Cells review" was not intentional, "" Scullion wrote on Twitter . "You have completely failed to accept and understand what you have done."
Scullion continued to make a video that highlights the many similarities between Miucin's review and its own:
Public and privately, IGN employees fumed about Miucin's video, while some came out to me last night to express their anger and bafflement on how the former reviewer has handled this situation.
"I have a haven I have seen an apology this badly received since Kevin Spacey," wrote IGN reviews editor Dan Stapleton on Twitter last night and adds in response to another Twitter user: " What can I say? Getting stuck in my back and letting go do not give up my best qualities. "
" Just to be well aware, plagiarism is not a mistake: it's a choice, "wrote IGN PC editor Tom Marks .
IGN has also reviewed Dead Cells . To hear more of our thoughts about the matter, check out this week's episode of Kotaku Splitscreen.