You may have heard about a little game called Fez a year or so back. It was a quirky 2D/3D platformer that i bought from the Xbox live arcade. It was an interesting little game because it had a unique gimmick where you could switch the view on a 3D plain while still playing the game in a 2D fashion.
It sold rather well and made its creator Phil Fish a lot of money, so much so he and his company ported it over to the Steam platform on the PC which was very successful as well. … Why am I telling you this? Well it seems that an online gaming journalist from Gametrailers.com and Fish got into a massive Twitter fight over his apparent treatment of the journalist, showing disrespect etc. It escalated, FAST:
This was the opening salvo:
“But, of course, the press, wanting to get reactions, they went to a couple of indie developers. In this case, Jonathan Blow and Phil Fish, because those guys are the self-styled kings of the indie genre. They’ve been on Indie Game: The Movie, and they’ll turn up and quote for anything and everyone. And Ms. Fish and Blow, or BlowFish as I’m going to call the two them right, because while they may be moderately tasty, they’re also kind of lethal. [They] decided to go bananas and bitch and moan to Game Informer, in particular about “How dare you, how dare you ask us questions about this story! I’m sick of you guys wanting my opinion on this story!” Both of them, both bitching away. And I’ve just got a little message for the BlowFish. Gents, you are the guys who did Indie Games: The Movie, and some of you looked relatively normal in it, one of you looked like a total tosspot in it. You can’t have it both ways. You’re successful game designers, you’re indie game designers–hurrah, good for you, you ****ing hipsters. Let’s get something out of the way. If you are successful and you want people to promote your games, and you go to the press and give them quotes for anything that pertains to your shilling your next title, when the press, then, come to you and say “this is something that’s pertinent to the indie scene, let’s talk to BlowFish because BlowFish are successful and they are, you know, supposedly these pioneers” don’t get ****ing snicky about it, alright? Jesus, you should be grateful that these guys consider what you say something of use.. Me? I think the both of you are a pair oftosspots. You may make good games. Well, Blow makes…Blow makes a good game. Fez, I’m just not into at all. I’m just not into it. I respect people that do [enjoy it]. My own personal opinion, though? Having seen these wankers over and over again, bitch and moan–Phil Fish in particular, though.
Whiny? He’s a ****ing ***hole most of the time. I’m an ***hole, but that’s what I am, that’s what I do. I suck it up. But what I’m saying is that if you guys want the promotion the next time around on your Fez 2 or…what’s the follow-up to Braid, The Witless? Witless? Whoa! Yeah, c’mon. I would like to say to every outlet who got dismissed byBlowFish, **** ‘em. Next time they have something to shill, say “yeah, not so much interested.” It is a two-way street, it’s a symbiotic relationship. You guys are out there, you have to suck it up.”
You can understand his reaction if you take into consideration the previous abuse he has received, perhaps this was what broke the camels back and he just snapped? He is human after all.
The Journalist snapped back of course as you can see from Fish’s replies and now as a result he has essentially ragequit cancelled the sequel to Fez, Fez 2.
Now he is a polarizing figure, most people think he’s a dick or think he’s a dick but has some talent (I wasn’t much into Fez but i think I’m in somewhat of a minority there.) Following off from this Twitter spat you can bet your bottom dollar he earned himself an absolute shit storm of abuse from the nerd rage community.
In some ways he has brought it on himself, he’s previously said all japanese games suck and this time around saying to Marcus Beer (The journalist at the head of this shit) “Compare your life to mine and then kill yourself” Yes it’s a Futurama quote but you shouldn’t be saying that, especially if you’re in the public eye and already a popular hate figure.
So, he is guilty for acting a complete dickhead at times, but that doesn’t justify bullying the man. The kind of abuse he was getting would wreck anyones shit, and lets put it into perspective he hasn’t hurt anyone, he hasn’t done anything illegal, all he’s done is mouth off and generally made a bit of a twat of himself at times. Something i think we’ve all done at some point in our lives.
Now he has got to a point where he’s canceled Fez 2, personally I’m not too bothered about that, since i never really got into the first game. But I am sure that this is unprecedented, a game gets canned because the figure-head of the project gets a fearsome amount of abuse so he decides to save himself the bother and leave for some peace and quiet. It is a sad note that the nerd rage community has morphed to this giant mob hate, as it was pretty easy to ignore the guy, even if you stumbled across his opinion’s etc and you don’t agree with him? Then that’s life, not everyone is going to agree with you but you’d hope people would be adult enough to accept that and overall respect that.
Let’s hope he decides to come back after he has let off some steam, because in the games industry having more creative minds who are passionate about there work can only be a good thing for us as well as the industry as a whole.
Thanks for reading 🙂