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Phil Fish: And Something of Value Was Lost

dedicatedtogamers | 929d ago
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So, that's all, folks. Phil Fish left the game industry, cancelled his game, and that is that. Some might say "good riddance. Nothing of value was lost. What a crybaby". Others might be upset at the loss of Fez II. But what caused all this?

Most people who know the indie game scene know about Phil Fish. He's very outspoken, very rude, and very full of himself. He's received a lot of hate which some people might say he brings it on himself, but this latest debacle hardly seems like something he "brought on himself".

The provocation came when Marcus Beer of Game Trailers gave a non-stop 5 minute rant on the Invisible Walls show, not to comment on the game industry, but to personally attack two talented developers, insult them, curse at them, and assert that these two were terrible people just because they told Game Informer to stop asking them for comments on every weekly topic that sprung up. It wasn't even Game Trailers or any site Marcus Beer was affiliated with! Talk about journalistic white knighting of the most awful sort.

Beer's behavior was unprofessional and he deserves to be taken off Game Trailers. I know that sounds harsh, but we're talking about a paid staffer of Game Trailers who hijacked a show watched by tens of thousands simply to personally insult two people. What's worse is that he didn't show even a tenth of this outrage for actual gaming topics that matter, you know, like Microsoft's DRM fiasco or Sony charging for online multiplayer. Talk about integrity. And to make matters worse, he went on to say that because Phil Fish and Jonathan Blow refused to give quotes at the beck and call of the gaming press, all game press should boycott these two and not cover their games. Arrogant, ignorant, and terribly self-important. And if anyone STILL feels the need to defend Beer for his unprovoked attack, this is the same guy who said this about Hideo Kojima after Kojima showed off Metal Gear Revengence:

"If you wanna come and present a video at the video game awards in the US learn the ****ing language so you can say your speech...learn it...biggest ****ing insult of the night was him up there ****ing around not able to speak the language."

But my blog post isn't about Beer. What's done is done.

This blog post is about the avalanche of hate that poured out against Phil Fish from thousands of angry gamers. Between Steam, Fish's personal Twitter, here on N4G, the Polytron Co. website, and various gaming sites, tens of thousands of "who cares? F*** you" were uttered against him. People were quick to accuse Fish for "rage quitting" in response to Beer's unprofessional hack-job of a video, but that wasn't it at all. It was the thousands of people who flooded him with some of the most childish, inexcusable insults I've ever see on the internet, and we're talking about the INTERNET here. That's a pretty high bar to surpass.

Now, I'm not ignorant to the fact that Phil Fish replied to Beer (over Twitter, not on the main page of like Beer had) with his own brand of rude comments, but the fact remains that Phil Fish (and Jonathan Blow) was attacked, unprovoked. And the result wasn't just a nasty video posted on Game Trailers. It was the internet mob that grabbed their lengths of hanging-rope and took up Marcus Beer's mantle.

Here are a few choice quotes that came from Fez's Steam page, N4G, the Polytron site, and Fish's own Twitter (before it was taken down), and despite their edits, I actually tried to pick some of the 'cleaner' quotes. These aren't the worst quotes, believe it or not.

"Cry me a f***ing river you piece of s***"

"Nothing of value was lost"

"You are an embarassment. I hope you kill yourself with no friends to mourn you"

"Leave the game industry and never come back"

"Hahahaha get f***ed you pathetic f***ing blowhard. Fez was s*** by the way"

"Fez was s*** who would want more of your s***?"

"he deserves all the hate because he acted like such a f***ing d***"

That last one really got me. Really? It breaks my heart that people in this world actually believe someone deserves to be hated simply due to rude comments they made online.

This whole situation shows that on all sides - from the so-called "game journalists" like Marcus Beer all the way down to the common gamer - we have a lot of growing up to do. Have any of you met Phil Fish? Have any of you talked to him and gotten to know him? I'm not excusing his incredibly rude comments, not just recently but over the course of his entire career as a public figure in the indie scene. It's quite clear that he has a temper, but does that justify hundreds of people dog-piling him with thousands of vitriolic comments? Where's our sense of decency?

The sad, not sad. The downright disgusting and pathetic irony of it all is that we have an industry of journalists who leap at a chance to, for example, talk about how games can be art or stand up against "female oppression" in the videogame industry, but when it comes to Phil Fish? Oh, that guy said some rude comments on Twitter. He DESERVES this unprovoked attack. He DESERVES any hate that he gets. It's a terrible double standard. When a sexy female cosplayer gets harassed at a gaming convention, does the internet cry out with a unanimous "she brought it on herself"? When tackling gender equality issues, do our esteemed journalists say "well, women do a lot of dumb stuff, so it's not like they don't deserve the discrimination they face in the game industry".

But somewhere down the line, we can justify an ongoing, personal, vulgar assault against a game designer. Fish deserved it, right? It totally justifies people acting like schoolyard bullies, starting with Marcus Beer and ending with every single person who wrote "and nothing of value was lost". We justify our hate because Fish said hateful things, too? I mean, because Phil Fish said some really mean stuff a long time ago like "gamers are the worst f***ing people", that means it's completely okay for gamers to act like the worst f***ing people, right? Makes sense to me...

I already know the excuses. I already know the stuff Phil Fish has said. And I agree that it was totally childish of him to rage-quit the game industry. But then again, the guy has been putting up with nearly-daily verbal abuse for over a year and a half now. No human being deserves to be treated this way, especially not by game industry "journalists" whose jobs can only exist when people create videogames. I'd probably get fed up and quit, too. What's even worse is that this Phil Fish situation occurred during another prime example of stunning journalistic integrity. Several days ago, a Tweet came out saying Eurogamer/Digital Foundry had a story about the PS4's RAM coming out and it would cause some drama, but they were waiting for Sony to comment. But then, the story comes out anyway, saying that PS3 has 4.5 Gigs of RAM for gaming. Well, then the author stealthily changed that after Sony's reply came (you know, the reply Eurogamer was supposedly waiting for). And even after Digital Foundry's edit, there are still PS4 developers and industry insiders saying "nope. That number is still too low". My point is that all of this paints our esteemed game journalists in a poor light.

I guess I have to ask those who thought it was okay to attack this guy: what did he do to YOU? Yes, YOU, specifically YOU! What has Phil Fish ever done to you? And if your excuse is the rude comments he made to the public (but not to you, specifically), gee whiz, kinda ironic that gamers everywhere are telling this crybaby rage-quitter to "grow a thicker skin" and "deal with it or leave". Kinda sad that you justify the ongoing hate-parade against another human being just because that person said some really rude stuff to the internet. Grow a thicker skin indeed.

What's done is done. The children went outside to play, they bullied the loudmouth and pushed the loudmouth down to the sidewalk, and the loudmouth went home crying with skinned knees and took his toys with him. And then the other kids laughed and pointed their fingers. The bullies won, and the loudmouth finally went home, never to come outside with his toys again. "Victory!" the children chanted. "Victory!"

But the tragedy is that no one won. We're not supposed to be acting like children, not us, not journalists, not Fish. There's no excuse for anyone who participated in this mob-lynching. I've seen rampant fanboyism and shilling and blind loyalty in the game industry, but this was different. This was a disregard of basic respect for another human being. This was a mockery of any shred of "journalistic integrity" our industry had. This sent the message that it doesn't matter what sort of games you make or what you contribute to gaming, because f*** you Phil Fish you made rude comments on Twitter and now you deserved to be verbally assaulted by hundreds of strangers for months on end until you snap and quit your job, depriving people of the chance to play your next game.

But he deserved it, right?

The game industry - from journalists to gamers to Phil Fish himself - should be ashamed. Phil Fish rage-quit the game industry.

And something of value was indeed lost.

Our human decency.

zerocrossing  +   929d ago
For the record I avoided this whole Phil Fish fiasco on the count of it being ridiculously blown out of proportion. I mean, sure the guy did make a pretty stupid comment (or better yet comments) but no matter what position in the indie scene he might have been in he is only human and probably couldn't take the hate any longer, not to mention the fact that Fish is somewhat of a loose canon to begin with.

I personally have never played Fez but I'd heard good things about it, and Fish certainly had many who did respect him regardless of is outspokenness and arrogance. It is pretty funny though, how in the end his comment stating "gamers are the worst f***ing people" is now justified by many gamers actually becoming the worst f***ing people...
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Blacktric  +   929d ago
"he is only human and probably couldn't take the hate any longer"

You do realize he's actually aiming people to feel sorry for him to gain free publicity right? In about a month or two, he will unlock his tweets and say something like; "Support from the community's been amazing. FEZ II is a go. Thanks to passionate fans.". It's the typical attention seeking method usually associated with Tumblr users who incessantly post about bullying.
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zerocrossing  +   929d ago
You think so? Well that certainly is a possibility, but I would rather take the wait and see approach before I jump to that conclusion.

Honestly I don't know an awful lot about Fish so he might be completely deserving of the hate, but a lot of gamers should be ashamed of themselves for the comments they've been sending his way. They're not exactly able to take the morel high ground when they become themselves what they despise.
SilentNegotiator  +   929d ago
His avatar is Andy Kaufman, who is believed to have faked his death by some people and was expected to return (with his buddy Elvis, I guess). There's definitely a chance that he's faking his "death" from the gaming industry.

Marcus Beer is just an armchair journalist that somehow managed to get a job doing it professionally. His only experience in the game industry is as a PR person (of which his longest position seems to have lasted a mere 3 years ). He doesn't deserve to act so high and mighty or get a free pass for such rude attacks on the most successful indie developers.

Fish has some issues, but the media has gotten way out of hand with their hatred of him. Don't believe it? Take the instance of him "telling someone to kill themself". It was a quote from Bender from Futurama. Furthermore, it wasn't some attack; it was a reaction to Beer's comments about indie developers' success. Fish didn't use the entire quote, but it starts with "I have all the money! Compare..." Good thing he didn't tell him to jump off a cliff; then we would have probably gotten articles about Fish's "attempted murder"
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Tetsujin  +   929d ago
I agree Black, if nothing else it's a pity move to get people to stop picking on him and sometime later "Fez 2 is in production" or something along those lines. I didn't get too involved with anything related to him (since I never played Fez) and after this whole attitude Phil put on I refuse to support any of his projects. I refuse to support someone who "runs away" from their passion over the media (or "pretend" they're done just to get people to feel sorry for him then come back later); and I'll go on the record to say this: If I was a major corp. and he put in an application, I'd turn him down just on pure principle. Disagree all you want however I will not feed into this "feel sorry for Phil" BS.

I will also go on record to say this; if you quit the gaming industry over something the media "said," then good riddance, we don't need you anyways, and you wasn't in gaming as a passion, you joined to make a quick $ (regardless of how fun your game is). When I begin my projects, the media can rip me up all they want; I'll laugh it off and continue to make good projects while they cook up more lies and dig up more irrelevant information.
nukeitall  +   928d ago

I agree, and it is amazing how immature Fish really is, quitting over something someone else said. I didn't know the public had so much power over Fish.

Some will miss Fez, but to me and many others, the world is now a little bit better place.

We don't need you Blowfish!
pixelsword  +   926d ago
I'm an artist/graphic designer, and I can tell you that a lot of artists tend to be moody. Heck, some days here I'm joking, and other days I'm getting banned for challenging the mods and flipping them off verbally.

Unlike most artists though, my remedy is pie... maybe a kissing a few different girls; then I'll put what's left into my art, but the ladies come first... after pie.

But the "journalist" is in the wrong, he is not professional at all and deserves any derision he got from Fish.
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GribbleGrunger  +   928d ago
I read your PM, followed the link, read the blog and was not left wanting. An excellent piece of writing, and something I can agree with 100%.
DoctorJones  +   929d ago
'What's worse is that he didn't show even a tenth of this outrage for actual gaming topics that matter, you know, like Microsoft's DRM fiasco'

He did -

EDIT:Also -

'we have a lot of growing up to do.'

You're making a sweeping generalisation here, those people aren't me or the great majority of gamers on the internet who are pretty civil people. This isn't a problem that is centered on gamers - it's a problem with the human race, some people are complete assholes.

You can't put the spotlight on gamers as a whole when it's something that happens in all walks of life.
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dedicatedtogamers  +   929d ago
It's not a matter of me putting the spotlight on gamers for doing something in all walks of life.

It's a matter of me putting the spotlight on gamers who participated in it and justified it.

Huge difference.

As far as Beer's rants against Microsoft, never said he didn't do it, only that it was one-tenth the vitriol. Where were the personal attacks against Don Mattrick calling him names for 5 minutes straight and saying that his game system wasn't worth it? Because that would be the equivalent of what he did to Jonathan Blow and Phil Fish.
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Donnieboi  +   929d ago
People don't care about what Beer did. They care more about Fish's reaction, since Fish is notorious for doing to others, what Beer did to him. YET, Fish throws a tantrum, and cancels his game (for what?), and cancels his twitter (which is akin to destroying all the mirrors in the house because he can't face his own demons). Fish is getting a dose of his own medicine, and he's now afraid to take his punches. THAT is why people are getting on Fish's case. So what if it's unprovoked. Had it been anyone else, we would defend them from Beer. But instead, Beer's rant is a reflection of Fish's public relations and lack of respect in the industry. It's one bully picking on another. So people don't feel sorry for Fish. The least he could do is man up and fight back. He already dug his own trench, but now that the heat has been turned up, he runs away and turns off twitter and cancels his game (why? The kind of tantrum a child throws--by punishing everyone else and "destroying" things like a baby).

Your blog said:

"Now, I'm not ignorant to the fact that Phil Fish replied to Beer (over Twitter, not on the main page of like Beer had) with his own brand of rude comments, but the fact remains that Phil Fish (and Jonathan Blow) was attacked, unprovoked."

Look, even though Beer was unprofessional and wrong, people still think Fish had it coming to him for all the crap he's pulled in the past. U say that Beer attacked Fish unprovoked, but Fish attacked others when unprovoked too. And even though these "others" have nothing to do with Beer, I still think Beer's anger towards Fish is reflective of how fed-up many people are with Fish. For example, Fish openly, brazenly attacked Japanese game devs to their faces. What he did was entirely unprovoked. Yet, now when Fish is attacked (with Beer's rant) he throws a tantrum, cancels his game, and hides by shutting off his twitter. He didn't even put up a fight. Fish is like a bully who get's his card pulled, and retreats because he isn't used to being the one who is under attack. He's a coward, a malevolent thorn in the world of professionalism in gaming, a jerk and a crybaby. People aren't concerned with Beer's rant--their concerned with Fish's hypocrisy--his innability to take punches even though he dishes them out all the time. Even I get attacked on n4g, for my avatar or whatever, but I don't shrink away. It comes with the territory. But Fish DESERVED to eventually have his own medicine be served back at him. It just so happened to come from someone (Beer) who Fish had never attacked prior. Now Fish knows what it's like when someone attacks you when you didn't even provoke it first. A taste of his own medicine. And then people would have moved on, if Fish handled it like a man. But no, he cancelled his game, quit gaming community, and refused to face his accusers. So THAT is why people say good riddance. Put it into it's proper perspective, because when the MAJORITY of people think he's wrong, then maybe there's something to it. Don't assume that your own opinion is without flaw, and everyone else's is tainted. Fish failed to man-up when it was HIS turn to take an unsolicited punch (though he loves to be the one doing the punching)
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Anon1974  +   929d ago
Nobody should ever have to put up with this level of bullying and harassment. You don't like Fish's game, fine. Criticism is part of the industry. You don't agree with his opinions? Then offer a counter point. To personally insult and bully someone like we've witnessed here just makes me shake my head.

How on earth did we as gamers ever allow such a toxic culture to grow within where it's now the norm for someone to be personally attacked for not providing a comment, or for game writers to receive death threats to themselves and their families because their game ending didn't satisfy?

A talented developer has been bullied out of the industry as a result. How many great games will we never see from developers bullied out of the industry? And this is acceptable now? Disagree with Phil's past comments all you want, that doesn't excuse people's behavior towards him.
DoctorJones  +   929d ago
'A talented developer has been bullied out of the industry as a result.'

What do you think of Phil Fish's attitude to someone here? -

Isn't he being a bit of a bully there? He could have answered in a more diplomatic way, but instead chose to be an arrogant asshole.

I'm not condoning what others have said to him on twitter or whatever, you get those sorts of people everywhere, but he did himself no favours with his arrogant opinions and the way he conducted himself.
Godmars290  +   928d ago
Where were the personal attacks against Don Mattrick calling him names for 5 minutes straight and saying that his game system wasn't worth it?"

Did Mattrick have an actual hand in making the XB1, or was he just trying to sell it? Has he, personally, made statements about Sony's or Nintendo's shortcomings, or has he pretended that those other companies don't exist?

If Fish hadn't made the controversial comments he had no one in their right mind would be defending Beer for what he. Instead Fish put himself out there seemingly waiting for someone to call him on his crap, and beer did.

And Fish overreacted to it.
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trafalger  +   928d ago
"Isn't he being a bit of a bully there? He could have answered in a more diplomatic way, but instead chose to be an arrogant asshole."

this is true and true for many people and the problem is everyone has different filtering processes. here on n4g for example you might have a topic about a game or a system and someone will say it sucks. that is the same response fish gave. others will say the game or system isn't very good because of... then you have a more diplomatic response like the game is ok and what i like about it is this and what i dont like is that.

some people here will always tend to have a negative tone compared to other people thats just the makeup of each individual and phil fish is immature when it comes to social behavior. jonathan blow seems a little awkward himself and tries to think more rationally before he speaks but even then it doesnt come across as that natural.

phil fish has a lot of growing up to do and a lot of these indie developers work alone. that means some may not have groomed themselves into being what is acceptable social behavior. we see it on a daily basis on the forums too. the difference is they can hide and because people like phil fish are more recognized they are supposed to conduct themselves in more of a leadership role. even a lonely child can have different behaviors than one with siblings.

do you expect people on here with a lot of conversation bubbles to troll, be totally biased, and act like a bully? no but they do. shouldnt they be the more well known and respectful members that should be more accountable for what they say?

besides, what many of them said about japanese games is true. the same can be said about westernized games like call of duty. that why games like dark souls/demon souls has such a strong following with a real hardcore fanbase. compare that to some of the tweets and responses the guys get who made call of duty. thats not a fanbase, thats just wasted space. the bottom of the barrel and some think the n4g community can be a lot like that too.

can you imagine m$ saying they cancelled the xbone because of all the flack they got? no, that's because they are veterans and know the impact that would have caused. especially financially. so instead they took a deep breath and change some of the policies and are hoping to gain some more respect and win people over. but you will always have your hardcore that wants to call them out every chance they get. just like those who did it to the ps3. thats just the nature of the internet and how everyone can now be a critic. and do it anonymously. phil fish will one day learn that valuable lesson and not overreact so much.
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MeatAbstract  +   929d ago
It was another mess of a situation but still offered some entertaining news.

Call it harsh, say I'm a horrible human being for getting some slight enjoyment out of it but I did. Drama an all that.

There's the link to the video that started this whole thing. Now I don't use Game Trailers regularly but it seems Marcus Beer uses this segment to have a bitch fit at someone or something in the industry. There are people that do this and are known for it. Is it right? Nah however I still think he had a point.

Are Phil Fish and Jonathon Blow talented people? Absolutely. Are they stuck up and pretentious? Definitely. But they whined because journalists approached them both, two big indie developers, and asked them questions on things within the gaming industry. You know, which they're suppose to do. They could simply of said they have no comment to offer or something like that. Because when you're in the spotlight, it's time to show a bit of decorum. The harsh truth is, Marcus Beer bitches about things and is known for it. People probably watch him for that. Phil Fish and Jonathon Blow develop games and when the developers start whining and bitching, you start to wonder if you should buy these games and if they actually deserve your hard earned money. No one wants to fuel and fund an arseholes ego.
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Bimkoblerutso  +   929d ago
It's just a sad state of affairs, really. Should Blow and Fish have handled the sitattion better? It should be obvious that they should have.

At the same time, though, it's sad that this is what journalism has become: a combination of rumors, sensationalism and mild browbeating, with objective reporting taking a back seat to the entertaining spectacle and drama of confrontation.
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s45gr32  +   929d ago
Pretty much that's what game journalism has become, there's hardly any news due to low hits. But when it comes to drama, flametory headlines boy does it get hits.
NYC_Gamer  +   929d ago
Phil is a jerk and always acted like he was better than everyone else based on his ego/comments..I don't feel any guilt for dude leaving the industry[that was his own decision].There's plenty of humble/down to earth indie developers that will step up to the plate.
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Guerrilla  +   929d ago
I didn't take part in any of this, but let me say, Fish decided to be a public figure, he talked some shit and he was flamed by the internet, big whoop. And if you haven't seen flaming such as this, you have never looked at a twitter account of any person of public interest ever...

exhibit a:

This has absolutely nothing to do with gamers or the industry. Again, if you are a public figure in any way shape or form you are bound to get flamed, even more so if you talk shit like Japanese games suck, PC sucks for gaming, Gamers suck. You should know better than this, and he surely did, but he made those comments anyway, which is fine if you can handle some mean text messages on the internet. He apperantly couldn't...

So yes he brought this onto himself. Of course he doesn't deserve so much hate, but being a douche is punished by hateposts on the internet, and this is nothing new, special or surprising. He knew, he did it anyway, so it's his fault, ladida...
Bladesfist  +   929d ago
I enjoyed this blog post. Never liked Fish and did not buy his game because of comments he had made but I did not attack him for it. If you don't like it just don't buy it.
SnakeCQC  +   929d ago
Good post
SeraphimBlade  +   929d ago
I've stayed out of this, mostly. From what it sounds like though, Beer gets paid to talk crap about developers and they're expected to just sit back and take it? That sounds like bullying, which it's been compared to, and I just can't get mad at Fish for flipping out at it. And don't tell me "he's just having fun" or some crap. That is the EXACT excuse of every grade school bully.

And if that wasn't bullying, what happened after certainly was. We've all said dumb, hasty things on the internet. (many of us during the scandal!) Let he who is without sin tweet the first hate.

"Gamers are the worst f***ing people?" It's weird. Whenever someone refers to gamers as a group, I always feel like they're talking about something I'm not a part of. Given what I've seen from some corners of nerd culture, I'm almost inclined to agree. I know we're not all like that, but unfortunately, the internet makes it too easy for the crap to rise to the surface. And we don't/can't do anything about it. There's no consequence for the average person doing it, and that's the most infuriating part of anything like this.

"He should just deal with it?" No. F**k that. That is, again, exactly what a bully would say. That's like telling someone to stay professional when you're bending over and taking a dump on their desk.

And if he'll turn this into some publicity stunt? I dunno, he doesn't seem like the kind of guy who particularly cares about publicity.
rainslacker  +   928d ago
A bit off topic, but I wanted to respond to this particular part of your post

"I know we're not all like that, but unfortunately, the internet makes it too easy for the crap to rise to the surface. And we don't/can't do anything about it"

Actually there is something that can be done about it. However it takes a concerted effort by the majority of us decent folk to make happen. Or rather, it takes a non-effort.

When you look at the people that get the most responses from anyone, even us decent gamers/nerds/whatever, it's always the ones that act like the scum, and those that act like what we say we aren't. The internet in general is filled with reactionary statements, and while that's not likely to change anytime soon, it doesn't mean that we, as a group can't lessen the impact of trolls and haters.

Just ignore them. Don't feed the trolls. Etc, etc, etc.

More on topic, I refuse to feel ashamed of myself over this issue. I never followed Fish, his career, or his statements. Before a few days ago, I didn't even know he talked so much crap. I know he made a respected game in Fez, and I respected that, but couldn't care less otherwise. I tend to take developers who make wide sweeping statements on the state of the industry, yet have only produced one game, with a sense of indifference. Same with Blow, although I tend to like him a bit more when I ignore some of the negative things he says. I never said anything vitriolic about him during this, at most said maybe he should grow a thicker skin as a developer, particularly since he seemed to enjoy the public spotlight enough to make comments often.

To DTG: I understand the need to use sweeping generalities in blogs or comments to prevent having to over-qualify the topic, or to keep things brief, but I think this is a situation where it's best not to call out everyone as a whole group.

It's a shame that a series that people enjoy may not see a sequel, but it's hardly the end of the world. We can look at all the people who say Square Enix sucks now, and should stop making FF games because they can't seem to do it anymore, but that's obviously not the common consensus, just the ramblings of a minority of gamers who feel like they are more important than the rest.
GentlemenRUs  +   929d ago
Well to be honest, Phil let it get to him and that's what crossed the line.

Off-T: Umm, You should really change the swears to something more friendly like @#!+ because it is kinda breaking the rules here.
MacDonagh  +   929d ago
Never liked Fez since I was more of a fan of Aban Hawkins and the 1000 Spikes, although I think the reaction that people gave over Mark Fish is pretty bizarre to be honest. I have never seen a more entitled, whiny bunch of brats in my life.

The gaming audience is too immature to handle criticism and they lash out like pubescent morons over nothing but stupid events like this. Frankly, I've heard a lot worse than what Fish said to the armchair journalist and if I were in Fish's shoes; I would've had much harsher words to say.
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EXVirtual  +   929d ago
Well, I think he said gamers are the worst people because of that other guys comment and the fact that gamers are buying into stuff from big companies and devs for 60 bucks a pop when he's sitting online waiting for his game to get sold for 15 bucks or less, even though he bled is eyes out working on it. That said, he should'nt be calling gamers bad people when they're the ones supporting your damn game.
Fairchild Channel F  +   928d ago
Never understood why a developer MUST be "likeable" in order to enjoy a game he/she made. Who cares if he's a douche? Are you hanging out with him on the weekends having a beer? Do you have to sit and endure Christmas dinner with him? No. Look at the huge amount of actors that are complete jerks in real life. You still enjoy their movies. I can think of two of my favorite authors who are quite frankly not very nice people in real life but boy can they write a book.

People need to grow up. Flipping out because of a few words in a tweet or some video seems par for the course now-a-days. And it's just absolutely ridiculous.
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Faztkiller  +   928d ago
Well said
rainslacker  +   928d ago
You don't have to like a developer to enjoy their games. However, there are many people, particularly gamers, who don't like to support those that talk down to them, treat them like scum, or(on the rare occasion) have some kind of political/social view that doesn't align with their own.

I think that's only really natural. I personally can think of a couple actors who I really like, but won't go out of my way to see their movies due to their own views, or the way they act publicly.

I can say, there isn't really any developer that I've blacklisted, because it's rather rare that one goes to extremes to piss everyone off. Most just talk about their games. People like Cliff Blizzenski(at least lately) or Phil Fish seem to look down on those that support them. To me, there are many other devs which are also talented, and appreciate their fans enough to warrant my support. Let's face it, there is no lack of games available to choose from from those kinds of devs. A little humility goes a lot further than a lot of pride.
turgore  +   928d ago
Funny how respected game developers such as John Carmack or the boss at bungie are super modest, and indie guys are loud mmouthed fools who think they invented sliced bread.
rainslacker  +   928d ago
Most indie devs aren't like that. They're probably excited to be where they are. It's a big thing to be asked about issues in an industry that you work for. Even respected game developers have their share of loud mouthed fools who think they invented sliced bread. A few rotten apples, and all that.
GameCents  +   928d ago
I'm hearing alot about how he was bullied constantly by gamers for months but I'm seeing any actual examples.
I'm not implying it did not happen, but your blog kinda seems hinged on the past crimes he suffered and yet you do not give us an actual example of one such crime.

You speak of Beer's white knighting even though he IS a part of gaming industry so should of course have some opinion when game devs rudely "shun" other gaming journalists.
I don't see it as white knighting at all because Fish's behaviour did in fact affect him, no matter how minimally so.
If anything, you come off as a white knight in this situation.

I am not a fan of bullying, nor do I believe anyone should have to be tortured like that but your blog does not build a very good case for Fish because it lacks actual examples of wrong doing against him.
This is not a critic of Phil's behaviour or his overblown reaction, but rather your empassioned but hallow attempt at portraying him as the victim. Far too many examples of him being a wand are available http://venturebeat.files.wo... and known, it would have been wise to counter those with examples of unprovoked judgement aimed at him.
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JohnCartenper  +   928d ago
Fil Phish is SCUM
dboyman  +   927d ago
Not defending Phil, he does have problems. But so does Marcus Beer. The way he handled the affair was unprofessional and unfitting as a "game journalist"
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coolbeans  +   928d ago
After looking at the a-little-over-3-minutes rant Beer made that's been edited on youtube (don't want to directly post link because of language), Beer's ONCE contumely is removed. Whether they like it or not, Blowfish's success and their previous discussions on twitter + elsewhere has elevated them to big personalities within the indie scene. If you've held a previous conviction against the MS/indie debacle yet tell one of the most popular gaming magazines to buzz off once policy changes have been made that rub against said previous convictions...GIVE A QUOTE. You can't honestly expect the very people who want to provide up-to-date quotes from those pioneers in the industry to just gobble up any new details regarding their new title. As Beer said: "It's a two-way street."

When it comes to his insults, was rather annoying. Beer did seem to go out of his way to insult Fish--which I don't see why he wouldn't be the least bit impressed with what Fish went through to get his title out there (I'd probably act like a "toss-pot" over that as well).

-"What's worse is that he didn't show even a tenth of this outrage for actual gaming topics that matter, you know, like Microsoft's DRM fiasco or Sony charging for online multiplayer."

I'm not sure about Sony's multiplayer deal (perhaps he gave a similar excuse to most of what n4g says), but his vitriol for MS' original stance made him deliver MUCH more hate across his show, twitter, etc.

-"Talk about journalistic white knighting of the most awful sort."

At this point, white knight is just as overly misused as pretentious.
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