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, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Grand Theft Auto IV, Metal Gear Solid 4, 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.
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