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Spartan_X

I just came across this site and found this article about IGN been biased (figures), I remember about all those articles back on the days of the DS launch and the big boo-boo they made of it. now I know I'm not the only one with that opinion about IGN... :p

A Curious Sequence of Events Gets the Observer thinking ?Why Is IGN so down on the Nintendo DS??

So the Japanese launch of the Nintendo DS is upon us, and it seems that our friends in the mainstream press are already up to their usual dirty tricks.

Let?s take for example, the curious way in which IGN.com covered the Japanese Nintendo DS launch. It?s quite a revealing story to say the least. Come in and read a tale of obvious media bias. Learn the truth about IGN, and why no self respecting Nintendo fan should ever visit that site.

To put it bluntly, I?ve always felt that IGN and its staff have a grudge against Nintendo and its fans. This may be my ownopinionpinion, but after reading the following, you may find yourself feeling the exact same JUAN CASTRO AND THE IGN DS MAILBAG:ILBAG:<November 29, 2004 2004

The drama begins just a few days earlier, when writer Juan Castro, usually known for his ?hired gun? work on IGN.CUBE, was asked to fill in for Craig Harris answering that evenings ?Nintendo DS Mailbag.?

Juan?s comments would end up revealing his blatantly obvious personal bias. Of course, after reading the rant that would follow, you knew exactly where he stood.

His ignorant and, quite frankly, insulting tone towards the Nintendo DS fan base would touch off a fire storm of debate that would lead right in to the Japanese launch day debacle.

Now you must remember Juan?s infamous ?DS Mailbag Column? came just days after the US Nintendo DS launch. Nintendo DS owners are full of important, unanswered questions.? However instead of addressing those questions, he choos?N64 Ports, Damaged DS Units, and of course, his glowing love for the Sony PSP.? love for the Sony PSP.?

You knew right from the headli"This time around, we tackle damaged DS units, N64 ports and Sony PSP." 64 ports and Sony PSP."

Then the article continues with questions about Wave Race and the PSP. Being a DS owner, it seems that there would be more pressing issues at hand, questions with greater importance than this. Especially considering that the system JUST launched.

However, none of this means anything to Juan as he continues in a RA?In the end, having a dedicated game system is cool enough, but saying a competitively priced handheld with great visuals that can play movies and music can't compete against a similarly priced system with lesser graphic capabilities and lacking a movie and music player doesn't make any sense. The PSP will compete against the DS. And for the first time, the outcome isn't necessarily leaning in favor of Nintendo.? leaning in favor of Nintendo.?

What, is he trying to sell us something? I have a feeling he may end up eating these words. Even if he doesn?t, it seems to me that writing something like this in a Nintendo DS column is bound to **** off the fan base. Readers want to hear from people who SHARE their enthusiasm for a?You may not want a system that plays movies and music, but I sure do, and I think most people will as well.? and I think most people will as well.?

From this point he goes on a nonsensical rant about his love affair with convergence.

Interestingly enough, when I returned to this article so that I might provide a link to it here, REMOVED FROM THE SITE. that it had been Craig Harris and his Angry Response to the fans: Harris and his Angry Response to the fans:

Just days after Juan Castro?s now infamous mailbag column, the Editor in Chief of IGNDS, Craig Harris, fired off an angry and insulting response to Nintendo fans everywhere. Unfortunately, up until this p?Man, I thought the defensive GameCube fanbase had a bunch of nutcases. But apparently this blind Nintendo faith has trickled into the Nintendo DS population. You guys are absolutely vicious. Where were you during the Game Boy Advance launch?re were you during the Game Boy Advance launch?

But before we get to that par?So, here's a shocker for you to mull over: when someone asks me if I recommend getting a Nintendo DS for the holidays, you know what I tell them? No. Save the cash and wait until next year.? l them? No. Save the cash and wait until next year.?

So the editor of IGN.DS isn?t even in favor of the system? He also seems to forget that the Holiday Season is the ONLY time of year, other than say a birthday, that many younger gamers will have the chance to get their hands on the DS. But here he is telling pe?As much as I'm totally interested and excited in the potential direction of the Nintendo DS system, I think that, at least in North America, the actual launch support is entirely too weak for a system with so much reported potential.? ly too weak for a system with so much reported potential.?

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kylejn

First off, why are you even posting this? The DS launch was so long ago that nobody even cares anybore. Unless you're a European, I guess...

Anyhoo, concerning that article you quoted, it itself states that this Juan guy was just there to fill in for Craig Harris. Craig is the Nintendo fanboy at IGN, so what it really boils down to is that it was bad luck for the new DS owners to not have their guy around to answer their questions at the time of the launch. It's as simple as that. IGN, or really any other professional news site, isn't being intentionally biased or anything. These things just happen from time to time, and that's all there is to it.

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Vice

I dunno I think the guy has a point I don't like the DS and neither does anyone I know.. everyone I asked about it says it looks like a children's toy.

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kak

If you don't like it, don't read it. Are you going to cry about a review they give? Sorry, but its all opinionated since its a review site.

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Spartan_X
First off, why are you even posting this? The DS launch was so long ago that nobody even cares anybore. Unless you're a European, I guess...

Anyhoo, concerning that article you quoted, it itself states that this Juan guy was just there to fill in for Craig Harris. Craig is the Nintendo fanboy at IGN, so what it really boils down to is that it was bad luck for the new DS owners to not have their guy around to answer their questions at the time of the launch. It's as simple as that. IGN, or really any other professional news site, isn't being intentionally biased or anything. These things just happen from time to time, and that's all there is to it.

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And so you think the way the handled the situation was professional and respectful to their readers?

I just can't image somebody saying ?Man, I thought the defensive GameCube fanbase had a bunch of nutcases. But apparently this blind Nintendo faith has trickled into the Nintendo DS population. You guys are absolutely vicious."b> to their readers... is like if Steve Jobs came out to a news board and say:?Man, I thought the defensive iMac fanbase had a bunch of nutcases. But apparently this blind Apple faith has trickled into the iPod population. You guys are absolutely vicious. Where were you during the Newton launch?<:p> :p

That?s the worse I'd seen in the video game industry in years, even a lot of game developers I know from various companies were really p!ssed at those comments that even some of the companies they work for complained about it and told them to be more careful about what they write or they'll go somewhere else to put their a:pinch:pinch:

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Xtreme $niper

I never liked how IGN handled their readers. Ever.

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