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So, Fez II

Some stuff happened over the weekend.

Fez II is no longer in active development, according to developer Polytron and its designer, Phil Fish. That’s the word from Fish, who dropped his mic this weekend.

“FEZ II is cancelled,” said Fish in a statement on Polytron’s website. "i am done.i take the money and i run. this is as much as i can stomach. this is isn’t the result of any one thing, but the end of a long, bloody campaign. you win.”

For the record, I don’t believe him, even though I’ve “confirmed” the news with Fish myself over email. I suspect we will, at some point, see (and play) the sequel to Fez, but this weekend’s events provide an opportunity for Fish to leave the spotlight and protect his sanity from the world and, well, himself. Fish speaks too passionately about games to leave them behind. That isn’t some subtle hint, either. It’s my gut feeling.

But how did we get here? It begins with the latest episode of Invisible Walls, a Game Trailers podcast, featuring a lengthy rant from Marcus Beer, a longtime member of the industry now commentating under the named “Annoyed Gamer.” The podcast was discussing the recent turn of events regarding Xbox One self-publishing, and how both Fish and Braid designer Jonathan Blow used Twitter to criticize the press for running towards both of them for quotes about what was, then, still a rumor coming from Game Informer about the news. A rumor with some legitimacy? Sure, and while it eventually proved true, Blow was upset reporters were asking for commentary without more information (for example, the revenue share ratio) and Fish lamented the press seeking a quote before everything was confirmed. Fish's divisive nature is easy traffic.

Cue Beer:

“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 fucking 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 fucking 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 of tosspots. 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.

Other Commentator: He does come across as whiny.

Beer: Whiny? He’s a fucking asshole most of the time. I’m an asshole, 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 by BlowFish, fuck ‘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.”

Game developers do not owe us anything, and I don’t owe them anything. It’s archaic to view the press-developer relationship as strictly symbiotic, and is indicative of an old view of the press-developer relationship. Do I often rely on developers to open up and allow me to tell their stories? Yes, but it’s an optional dance we do the tango to. No one is indebted to the other once that exchange has run its course, and that's the end of the road. If you're on a writer/journalist making this argument, that's really bad.

Anyway.

Fish caught wind of Beer’s comments, and exploded on Twitter.

("Compare your life to mine and then kill yourself" is a Futurama quote, but that's a bit besides the point.)

That’s just a taste. Beer eventually responded, and offered Fish an opportunity to discuss his commentary on camera, but Fish wasn’t interested. Over the next hour or so, Fish continued to vocally express his displeasure, speaking more broadly about his feelings about people slinging crap his way, and the toll it takes on psyche. It ended with Fez II’s abrupt cancellation, despite having been announced only recently.

I spent the weekend largely disconnected from the Internet. Like Fish, I’m a public figure, someone who puts themselves out there and deals with what comes back--the good and the bad. I’m not proud of the fact that I’ve grown a thick enough skin to deal with rape threats targeted at my wife simply because I’ve had the audacity to talk about sexism in video games. Nor am I proud of being able to withstand pot shots from anonymous jerks about my deceased father. These are not traits that will ever be mentioned in my resume.

We all handle criticism, especially the vitriolic kind, differently. I stopped responding to jerks, and ask people to come in my direction through email, private messages, or questions over Tumblr. Over time, it's produced excellent results, but not pulling the trigger and snarking back at a jerk is hard. Vocal game designer Hideki Kamiya tells people to fuck off. Fish responded by yelling, stirring the pot, and unironically latching himself to a photo of known troller (he probably would have hated that term) and comedian Andy Kaufman.

Some of his comments are indefensible, and some, I suspect, he wishes he could take back.

But I know the good of the Internet, too, and I wish Fish had, either, seen more of it or reminded himself of what it produces. I’ve had my moments with the Giant Bomb community, but so much has been tremendous.

I mean, look at this stuff.

When my father passed, the Giant Bomb community started a thread with well wishes about my work and anonymous comments about my father, a person none of them had ever met. I kept that thread bookmarked on my phone during the first week of my father’s passing, and would often head into the bathroom, page through the thread, not really reading anything, and cry. It was a showing of genuine compassion by a group of people who only knew me from what I put out there. When I needed them, they had my back.

And that's to say nothing of how we pulled together for during the passing of the irreplaceable Ryan Davis.

Whenever someone gets under my skin, I reach into my bag. Tucked into a pocket are a series of letters, private thoughts from people who have reached out over the years, thanking me for one thing or another that I've been involved in. Most of them bring a tear to my eye, and each reminds me why I'm still doing this.

99% of the Internet has been nothing but nice to me, even when it’s a backhanded compliment. It’s easy to focus on that 1%. That 1% is vile, hateful, spiteful, jealous, mean, and would likely be as venomous in a public place as they are with a badge of anonymity. Many are probably teenagers who will grow up and learn to regret their ignorant actions, but some of them aren’t, and those are the people who scare me the most. But I can’t spend my day worrying about the 1%. I wake up every day trying to make the other 99% happy.

I hope I’m doing an okay job of that.

Patrick Klepek on Google+
901 Comments
Posted by tehsorrow

Fez 1 is never coming to PC and Fez II is cancelled.

Posted by hakunin

@danlongman said:

I do feel sorry for Phil, He is outspoken (but he is a Québécois so here in Canada we are used to them acting like him ;)

Marcus Beer only has the credibility you want to grant him. He's a colourful character and I don't always like his stuff, but it's always good to have a dude like him around to stir-up the pot and go against the grain sometimes.

None then.

Beer has made zero contribution to this industry, other than being a loud foulmouthed oaf with a bigger than usual soapbox. And those are a dime a dozen on youtube.

Beer's level of discourse and commenting on the industry is only marginally more sophisticated than this guy

Posted by Tussler

Fez 1 is never coming to PC and Fez II is cancelled.

Fez 1 has been out on PC for a cuple of months now.

Posted by Quarters

@hailinel: That quote was great. Sums up a lot of this nicely.

Posted by Jigenese

Good stuff, as always, Patrick.

I would say that Phil is the victim here and has the rite to respond as he wishes. Yeah he didn't choose the silent-hero option; he responded just like we've expected from Phil. That's also why we like Phil and the media seeks his opinion. I like Phil's reaction. Beer abused a moment in the spotlight surrounded by his followers. What he said was childish and irrelevant, but that's what happens when Beer gets going. At other times, what he say is intelligent and relevant.

I only hope the Phil uses this as fuel to focus on Fez 2 and releases another gem. The best revenge is always to live happily. Phil, don't punish your fans by giving in to misgiven criticism.

Lets see some Fez X Braid. Hah, that'd be cool.

Posted by Legion_

Fantastic read, Patrick. Keep it up. One of the best writers in the industry, hands down.

Posted by Jigenese

Good stuff, as always, Patrick.

I would say that Phil is the victim here and has the rite to respond as he wishes. Yeah he didn't choose the silent-hero option; he responded just like we've expected from Phil. That's also why we like Phil and the media seeks his opinion. I like Phil's reaction. Beer abused a moment in the spotlight surrounded by his followers. What he said was childish and irrelevant, but that's what happens when Beer gets going. At other times, what he say is intelligent and relevant.

I only hope the Phil uses this as fuel to focus on Fez 2 and releases another gem. The best revenge is always to live happily. Phil, don't punish your fans by giving in to misgiven criticism.

Lets see some Fez X Braid. Hah, that'd be cool.

Posted by klinkcow

Really awesome perspective Patrick, as always!

Posted by Ryanmgraef

Fish and blow have made things that matter. Beer is making money off of negativity.

Posted by Coldhands0802

@bartz said:

Leave it to Patrick Klepek to make this story about himself. Holy crap.

It's not really though. He's examining Fish's reaction to assholes on the internet through his own experience because, like he said, they're both public figures and they've both had some hate slung at them.

Basically, "This is what it's like when the internet is mean to you, here's how Phil handled it, here's why and why I can relate."

Posted by chose

God I'm happy this guy isn't on the podcast anymore, as for Philippe Poisson, I could care less about someone who says inflammatory comments but cannot handle how he is perceived, he's fronting. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Phil Fish isn't independent (indie) by choice.

Posted by drakesfortune

I don't know why, but I do find all of the drama surrounding Fish, Blow and people like them, to be entertaining. It's one of the things I love about games. I love games. Yes. But I also love the stuff like this that happens around games.

This annoyed gamer/Fish thing actually reminds me of the Andy Kaufman bit with the pro wrestler.

If Fish truly is having trouble handling being in public life, and this isn't just for fun/show/entertainment, then he really should choose a different profession. I know that I do NOT have skin thick enough to be out there like him. I would never do it, because the criticism would drive me insane.

It's one of the things I really admire about people like the Giant Bomb folks. You guys go out there and put your balls on the table, and say f it, yeah I don't look like Brad Pitt, but fuck you, so what. I know that some of the hurtful, mean things people say probably really do bother you at times, but I hope they don't bother too much. You're good dudes, and I truly respect that you guys are able to do what you do, and not lose your mind. My mind would be lost in your shoes.

Posted by Soviut

Phil Fish and Denis Dyack should hang out. It seems they're suffering from the same entitlement complex. The very same entitlement he's so adamantly opposed to from the press.

Posted by ipaqi

This ZenPencils comic made me think of this post:

http://zenpencils.com/comic/125-marie-curie-life-is-not-easy/

Posted by Prof_Chumsley

@bartz: almost exactly 1% of all comments. Congrats, guy!

Posted by Kevin_Cogneto

I am now writing my own comment on the internet about Patrick's comments on the internet about Phil Fish's comments on the internet about Marcus Beer's comments on the internet. Holy shit guys, this whole thing is fucking stupid.

Posted by filmfan2001

Your doing an great job, Patrick. Having lost my dad over 10 years ago, I can imagine how you feel, but with Ryan as well... Sometimes the world doesn't feel fair. Fight for the 99%, fuck the 1%. Keep up with the good writing, Patrick.

Posted by filmfan2001

Your doing an great job, Patrick. Having lost my dad over 10 years ago, I can imagine how you feel, but with Ryan as well... Sometimes the world doesn't feel fair. Fight for the 99%, fuck the 1%. Keep up with the good writing, Patrick.

Posted by Nation764

Alex to Patrick "Stop making so many typos." Patrick "I'm still working on that, but maybe one day I'll proofread my shit."

Posted by Evilsbane

@bartz said:

Leave it to Patrick Klepek to make this story about himself. Holy crap.

It's not really though. He's examining Fish's reaction to assholes on the internet through his own experience because, like he said, they're both public figures and they've both had some hate slung at them.

Basically, "This is what it's like when the internet is mean to you, here's how Phil handled it, here's why and why I can relate."

So, what is he supposed to pretend he has no connection to this sort of thing? His job and the things that have happened while he has done his job give us deeper insight to a situation, how does him mentioning he has had similar experiences make it all about him seriously? This article would have been a paragraph long without Patrick making into I don't know into something more interesting to read than "Beer Dumps on Fish, Fish Drunk on Rage, Cancels Fez 2" The End yay great read....

Posted by Addfwyn

I can't say I ever liked Fish (and telling somebody to kill themselves, regardless of the source, pretty much seals that) so I'm not surprised he totally flipped. Sure the journalist was being an utter asshole but he was also...pretty much right. He could have phrased it about 100x nicer, but the framing doesn't necessarily matter when at the heart of it, he's right. I'd have liked it to be more civil, but we can't expect people to always play nicely in the sandbox or we'd never get anything useful out of it. It was hard-hitting but accurate critique.

If you're going to be a public figure, ESPECIALLY one who sets yourself up as controversial as Fish, you should be prepared to deal with the blowback. Maybe Fish isn't that big a jerk, I imagine most of it is an act he does to get attention, but even if he is pretending he should be ready to deal with people calling him out on it.

I am curious to see if this was just a temper tantrum from Fish though, or if he actually plans to stick to it and not release Fez II. I'm guessing the former, but you never know, sometimes people surprise you.

Posted by Hef

@leinad44: He didn't really say much about Jon and this whole thing isn't about him in the slightest. Jon doesn't go around making an ass of himself and doesn't start twitter arguments because journos ask him questions. He just happens to be that other indie guy and is roped into everything.

I remember seeing a panel where a japanese guy asked phil and jon about their opinion on japanese game design, and phil, having never released a game at this point, made fun of him. Jon calmly said why he doesn't agree with modern japanese game design.

Edited by ipaqi

@leinad44: He actually backed off of most of the anti-Blow stuff. Except for the crux of his argument of coverage being a two-way street (whether you agree or not).

Posted by biscotti

This is a really good article Patrick, it's something I've been thinking a lot more about recently, the harshness of some individuals in the internet community. It seems like some people have confused criticism, its "my well thought out point of view" meaning, to a fairly caustic and venomous reaction, which lacks meaningful thought. I know we might all say something stupid sometimes, but when you're spouting hate, c'mon.

Really good article, keep em coming.

Edited by Mysour

Dear Patrick,

Articles like this are why I love Giantbomb and the people who run it so much. You all have so much heart for what you love and the people attached to it. It's the greatest thing to see you guys have such great relationships with each other and game developers. You collaborate with the great people of industry to make video games better. To put it all in perspective: that's what it's about! To encourage the creation of better games, unique games, the ones that tell great stories, spark the imagination, and at the end of the day, ARE FUN, MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD, MAKE YOU LAUGH, CRY, AND REMEMBER WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A KID (caps on purpose...I apologize, I needed to emphasize). Why do people play games other than for those things. I know you guys get that. Brad wouldn't play Dota 2 or Starcraft time after time if it wasn't something he enjoyed. You wouldn't play indie games if you didn't love the interactive media known as video games. I can tell that you all are so excited for video games because new things are happening in the industry, and that excited spirit makes me extremely excited as well. As you are, in my opinion, just about the best thing the internet has to offer, I want to thank you, Jeff, Dave, Matthew Rorie, Brad, Vinny, our unforgettable Ryan Davis, and the rest of the Giantbomb staff that work so hard and diligently to create a site and content that reflects what it's all about: a love of video games. I've said more than once to myself while listening to the Bombcast or reading an article here, "I love this."

Thanks,

Mysour

Posted by Soral

If there's one thing I learned from watching some of the white knighting Phil is receiving, it's that it's OK to publicly wish death upon another human being so long as the way you say it has been said by someone else before. Because then it's "a reference" and that completely 100% negates the message. Right.

Posted by PillClinton

Well, I still like Phil Fish. And I feel for the guy, ya know? Yeah, he could've handled himself better, but fuckin' whatever. He's a real person.

Posted by Residentrevil2

@mysour said:

Dear Patrick,

Articles like this are why I love Giantbomb and the people who run it so much. You all have so much heart for what you love and the people attached to it. It's the greatest thing to see you guys have such great relationships with each other and game developers. You collaborate with the great people of industry to make video games better. To put it all in perspective: that's what it's about! To encourage the creation of better games, unique games, the ones that tell great stories, spark the imagination, and at the end of the day, ARE FUN, MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD, MAKE YOU LAUGH, CRY, AND REMEMBER WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A KID (caps on purpose...I apologize, I needed to emphasize). Why do people play games other than for those things. I know you guys get that. Brad wouldn't play Dota 2 or Starcraft time after time if it wasn't something he enjoyed. You wouldn't play indie games if you didn't love the interactive media known as video games. I can tell that you all are so excited for video games because new things are happening in the industry, and that excited spirit makes me extremely excited as well. As you are, in my opinion, just about the best thing the internet has to offer, I want to thank you, Jeff, Dave, Roarie, Brad, Vinny, our unforgettable Ryan Davis, and the rest of the Giantbomb staff that work so hard and diligently to create a site and content that reflects what it's all about: a love of video games. I've said more than once to myself while listening to the Bombcast or reading an article here, "I love this."

Thanks,

Mysour

Yes, what mysour said. Totally agree!

I love this place so much. I love you guys (everyone, fans and duders) so much.

Posted by WetVein

I'm shocked!! (that patrick has a wife) jk... don't cry.

As for Fish.. he's a douche.. everyone knows that... and blows just kinda weird.

Posted by JasonR86

@groverat said:

Why not feel sympathy for Fish because of his apparent hyper-sensitivity?

Because he dishes out shit to others constantly but expects others to not dish it back?

Posted by Akyho

@brackynews: There is just a lot of avenues to be attacked from some less guarded or not guarded than others that is true. Hell people get creative and think up other cruel an unusual means E.G Patrick has a set of Champagne glasses someone sent in, sounds nice....they have written on them in proper engraving along the lines of "You are the worst reviewer and journalist ever! I hope you quit it!" who the fuck does that?!

Patrick keeps them on his desk and laughs at them and said something like "I actually like them, its shows I made it when people feel that spending money on me to make sure their views are known to me."

This was during the Spring clean unofficial stream.

It sucks people feel they need to do such things.....

Posted by Fram

@mysour said:

Dear Patrick,

Articles like this are why I love Giantbomb and the people who run it so much. You all have so much heart for what you love and the people attached to it. It's the greatest thing to see you guys have such great relationships with each other and game developers. You collaborate with the great people of industry to make video games better. To put it all in perspective: that's what it's about! To encourage the creation of better games, unique games, the ones that tell great stories, spark the imagination, and at the end of the day, ARE FUN, MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD, MAKE YOU LAUGH, CRY, AND REMEMBER WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A KID (caps on purpose...I apologize, I needed to emphasize). Why do people play games other than for those things. I know you guys get that. Brad wouldn't play Dota 2 or Starcraft time after time if it wasn't something he enjoyed. You wouldn't play indie games if you didn't love the interactive media known as video games. I can tell that you all are so excited for video games because new things are happening in the industry, and that excited spirit makes me extremely excited as well. As you are, in my opinion, just about the best thing the internet has to offer, I want to thank you, Jeff, Dave, Roarie, Brad, Vinny, our unforgettable Ryan Davis, and the rest of the Giantbomb staff that work so hard and diligently to create a site and content that reflects what it's all about: a love of video games. I've said more than once to myself while listening to the Bombcast or reading an article here, "I love this."

Thanks,

Mysour

Yes, what mysour said. Totally agree!

I love this place so much. I love you guys (everyone, fans and duders) so much.

Requoted for profound levels of truth.

Posted by Akyho

@brackynews: There is just a lot of avenues to be attacked from some less guarded or not guarded than others that is true. Hell people get creative and think up other cruel an unusual means E.G Patrick has a set of Champagne glasses someone sent in, sounds nice....they have written on them in proper engraving along the lines of "You are the worst reviewer and journalist ever! I hope you quit it!" who the fuck does that?!

Patrick keeps them on his desk and laughs at them and said something like "I actually like them, its shows I made it when people feel that spending money on me to make sure their views are known to me."

This was during the Spring clean unofficial stream.

It sucks people feel they need to do such things.....

Edited by m2cks

ITT: 1%ers.

Posted by Phantomjak

I find the whole thing mildly amusing. From my point of view one person said something mean, the other person got mad, took their ball, and went home.

Sadly, this has been happening since 2nd grade and will continue until the retirement home.

Posted by DJGhostmare

I have had one interaction with Phil Fish in my life. He was incredibly kind, understanding, patient and respectful to me. He was the most sane person I met that day.

The internet is not real life. Yeah, his persona his abrasive, but he was a clear reminder of what an internet persona is. Not real.

Phil Fish is cool. Marcus Beer is a complete asshole and belittles game journalism.

Edited by Kosayn

If you go on the internet, you will eventually find the person whose attempts to be cool and funny enrage you.

Humor by definition involves mocking someone or something. That's why your critics and 'annoyed' personalities tend to have a knack for it. If you do it successfully you get a moment of glory when your target is made to seem ridiculous. Game Cop. Foreign candy sure is not like ours. The Eshop is unaware of sexual double entendres. Isn't that funny guys? Someone doesn't get it.

I find Giant Bomb's output hilarious. But why is it funny to me, and this 'Blowfish' rant isn't? I'm sure many do find him funny, and I might as well, on his best material, I don't know. But anyway both Giant Bomb and this rant are doing exactly what I described above. One might seem more quick-witted, one target may seem more deserving of mockery than another, and people have different thresholds for what politeness is in humor. It's really all taste and no facts at that point.

It comes down to, who's cool, and when someone whose style is way different from yours criticizes you, what are you going to do about it?

If you're not prepared to outwit them with something classier... then I think it's better to pick your battles. Blowing up doesn't get you much.

Edited by ShotgunLincoln

Maybe I'm in the wrong for thinking it's easy to say "That's enough Internet for today" when utter douche-bags give me shit but nothing makes me want to play any of his games less than using one to help him throw a fit.

EDIT: I should probably add that I think Phil Fish is a very smart duder and I really enjoyed him on the GDC videos on the site.

Posted by tehsorrow

@tussler: I know. I was drawing attention to the fact that what Phil Fish says with finality and what actually happens are not one and the same.

Posted by Homelessbird

@kosayn:

I would say that's sage advice. From all accounts, though, Fish both receives a metric ton of online abuse, far more than the average joe, and is also something of an unstable individual, at least when his mood is concerned.

I think you'll find no one disagrees with you saying it wasn't very smart for him to have a public hissy fit. But I think it's a little more understandable in the context of the vicious invective that surrounds him in particular. I've seen many hundred-post threads in various contexts filled with people that just fuckin' hate this guy, just sitting there stewing in their hatred, swapping photoshops of his face with various twitter quotes on them. You'd best believe those people are saying horrible things to him, and frequently.

Yeah, he definitely shouldn't be saying things back to people - Fish should probably learn to keep his mouth shut in general - but a man can only take so much before he doe something. It's just too bad it was this temper tantrum instead of just deleting his Twitter account and taking a Valium or something.

Posted by Superfriend

Reading that Marcus Beer quote.. I am completely lost for words.

How can anyone in their right mind still think of this guy as a "journalist"? What the fuck are you doing publicly shitting on guys you´re supposed to have a professional relationship with?! And, no, this doesn´t go both ways. Fish was a jerk on twitter. But while he´s also a public figure and should probably watch what he puts out there,

he ain´t no goddamn journalist.

Seriously. I know a podcast probably doesn´t count as "editorial content".. but you can´t just go out there and shit all over two guys who didn´t want to be quoted/interviewed. Who the fuck is going to still want to interact with this Beer guy (heh) on a professional level? Knowing that he could just as easily turn and shit all over you.. I would have to say nobody.

Posted by Bagel

Burn the internet down. There is no hope for human decency while it exists. Also, people who say that Fish couldn't handle 'criticism'? Criticism would be 'hey, you can be abrasive in your opinions, and I disagree because etc.' or 'your game is bad because etc.'. Figuratively burying the guy under a deluge of vitriolic, idiotic, and hateful comments is not criticism. It's being a dick. If I was subjected to the equivalent of youtube comments everywhere I went for years on end, I'd want to become a recluse too.

Posted by MariachiMacabre

@coldhands0802 said:

@bartz said:

Leave it to Patrick Klepek to make this story about himself. Holy crap.

It's not really though. He's examining Fish's reaction to assholes on the internet through his own experience because, like he said, they're both public figures and they've both had some hate slung at them.

Basically, "This is what it's like when the internet is mean to you, here's how Phil handled it, here's why and why I can relate."

So, what is he supposed to pretend he has no connection to this sort of thing? His job and the things that have happened while he has done his job give us deeper insight to a situation, how does him mentioning he has had similar experiences make it all about him seriously? This article would have been a paragraph long without Patrick making into I don't know into something more interesting to read than "Beer Dumps on Fish, Fish Drunk on Rage, Cancels Fez 2" The End yay great read....

Sad assholes looking for a reason to be assholes. Sadly, it's nothing new.

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