Original writing can be a tricky thing. There are only so many times one can write something unique and wholly original about an already well-trod topic, such as video games. Occasionally, a word, idea or even a whole sentence here or there from someone else’s work can worm its way into another writer’s subconscious and find its way back out in their own material without the offending writer realizing it came from somewhere else.

YouTube reviewer “Deadite” from Boomstick Gaming alleges that a reviewer for gaming giant IGN went quite a bit further, however. In a video posted Aug. 6, “IGN Copies my Dead Cells Review: What do I do?” the content creator offers up a multitude of side-by-side comparisons between his July 24 review of the game and a review of the Switch version posted Aug. 6 on IGN.

The Boomstick Gaming reviewer notes in his just-over-four-minute breakdown that his favorite comparison between the two videos comes at the same 3:07 mark on each. “It’s kind of flattering, I guess, that IGN is watching big Boomstick Gaming but, I don’t know, what do you do about this kind of thing?”

For its part, IGN had as of this post acknowledged the accusation and taken their Dead Cells review down.

Editor’s Note: 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.

A Google search indicated the review had been live for about 13 hours before being taken down from the IGN site.

What do you think? After watching the above video, do the two Dead Cells reviews seem a little too similar to just be a coincidence? Or, is that all there is to this? Leave your thoughts below.

John Dunphy
John Dunphy has written, edited and managed several newspapers, magazines and news websites in both the United States and South Korea. He's written about local government, food, nightlife, Korean culture, beer, cycling, land preservation, video games and more. His love of gaming began with the Atari 2600 but truly came of age on the Super Nintendo. Looking at his staggering surplus of console and PC games yet to be played, he laments the long-ago days of only being able to buy one $70 32-megabyte cartridge and playing it until his hands ached.


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