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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.

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Edited by LiquidPenguins

The vile 1% of the Internet includes Phil Fish, which is why no one should feel any sympathy for that idiot.

Posted by RustySanderke

@rustysanderke:

You missed the point of the article completely, I take it you must be new the to site. Patrick has clearly stated that he does not try to compete with the publishing speed of every little happening that goes on in the industry with news delivery sites, but rather keep up with the style GB was founded on, personality driven commentary on the industry.

If you want newest news, read kotaku or r/games, but don't complain about it when Klepek writes an positive editorial, seriously. GB crew are part of a minority of this snark-ridden games journalism culture, who focus on games themselves with optimistic outlook.

I've been going to GiantBomb since it's humble incarnation and I never came here for the news, but for the humorous personalities and Jeff's wisdom. Spinning a news story into an article about the author just rubs me the wrong way.

However, thank you for taking the time to explain things and not being hostile.

Posted by Fluttercry

Personally I greatly respect Beer for saying what many of us have been thinking. Fish is an incredibly pretentious hipster. He doesn't understand the meaning of the word "humble" and thinks he's god's gift to the indie scene. The fact that he threw this little temper tantrum shows me that Beer is correct. Fish is a tosspot. It's okay for him to act like an asshole on twitter to his own fans, call them ingrates, tell people to choke on his dick and say Japanese games are crap, but calling him a hipster and expressing what everyone else thinks about him is too far? Please. I'm glad Fez 2 is cancelled.

Edited by battousai01

This was the best response to this situation I've read anywhere.

Posted by chilibean_3

Everybody in that exchange comes off as shitty.

Posted by Chrystolis

It was a bummer to hear about Fez II, though I hope it's back in some way eventually. Regardless of the drama that tends to surround mention of his name, he made a fantastic game in Fez.

And Patrick, no worries, you're killing it :]

Posted by UltimAXE

You can't be a total cunt and then get all offended and storm off like a toddler when people act like cunts back at you. Approach determines response.

What's maybe so hilarious about this is that if Fish never made that one, simple, ridiculous scene about Japanese games/developers then all of the hatred towards him would have never existed. He went out loud and proud and proclaimed that he was a total asshole with no class as his first public act and look at where it's gotten him now. But I guess that he's insane on twitter, which I don't use, so maybe he would have exposed himself eventually anyway.

Posted by visualninja

I still love Fish. Don't get the hate.

I feel the same way. Love Fez, and I'm sad Fez 2 might not get made.

Edited by Skooky

Phil Fish should have just done things differently. You know, the way that I would have handled having hundreds of the worst things you could say to a person directed at me. Because that is something I definitely have experience with. And even if I can't possibly imagine what that's like, I'm totally right on this one.

Or maybe Patrick Klepek deals with similar things one way and Phil Fish deals with it in a completely different way. Because people are different. But this is the internet so different actually means wrong.

Edited by firecracker22

@cheesebob said:

@itwastuesday said:

@grandharrier said:

Remember, friends, this is the guy who is famous for this. He doesn't understand the concept of tact. He is just mean.

He certainly doesn't subscribe to the concept of tact, though I'm sure he understands it. Is it the same thing as being mean? I'm not sure, but he certainly speaks his mind. You can always know, when you hear Phil Fish talk, that he's saying exactly what he means.

Exactly. Also, he is usually right. Like in that video. He just said it in an assholish way

I also think people wrongfully accused him of being racist for that.

Christ, I had no idea Patrick was getting those kinds of threats though. I know people bitch and bitch about his liberal views on the topic of women and videogames, but that's all kinds of fucked up to hear. Those assholes can go and fuck themselves.

Also, the term "hipster" has no meaning to me. So many people use that term to describe so many different people, with it meaning different things to everyone using it, that I suspect most people don't even know what it's supposed to mean. The term is pretty fucking useless.

Posted by m1k3

All this drama because Microsoft decided to allow self publishing...

Great article by Mr. Scoops though. I too think that FEZ II will still come out sometime.

Posted by Detrian

This article is like a drunk love letter.

Posted by Darek006
Edited by Pop

the internet is weird, Phil Fish is pretty weird. In a way I kind of don't want a sequel to Fez, I would play something else from Phil Fish.

Posted by RockyRaccoon37

It was in the Penny Arcade article, and it seems pretty spot on to me:


Edited by Scrawnto

I don't think I've ever seen a vitriolic comment from Phil that wasn't in response to another person provoking him. The "Suck my dick. choke on it" thing was crass, but again, that was in response to someone talking down to him because he hadn't yet published a game. I can understand why that would bother him. He'd been working on that game for years and he'd won awards. Treating him like a newbie fresh out of school is pretty disrespectful. Could he have handled that better? Of course! But he wasn't the one to start that fight, and I actually do think that that is important.

The thing about Japanese games sucking is just a generalization about the current state of the industry in Japan, taken out of context and blown out of proportion. He wasn't saying that Japanese people are inherently inferior designers or that Japanese people can't program or anything awful like that.

Posted by KentonClay

Also, people who call Fish a "hipster" have never seen an actual hipster before in their lives. That word, along with "dudebro," have become go-to insults for the nerd-filth of the internet.

Posted by twillfast

Do people actually enjoy personalities like the "annoyed gamer?" Since when is being a jerk cool?

Since seventh grade, didn't you hear BRAAH?

My response name would be annoyed@annoyed gamers.

Edited by CrazyRah

What a mess really.. I'm no fan of Fish and i don't really like his personality but honestly none win with this.. Will miss his game design!

Posted by MormonWarrior

I think it's a hard thing we're learning with the internet, but we're all having to learn how to ignore vitriolic hate and listen to the voices that matter. There's so much more information out there that it's easy to lose the actual knowledge. I hear people sometimes wondering if the human race is really getting so much worse than it once was. It may be true, but I just think the internet brings to the surface all the scumbags and lowlifes that normally would be lurking in some dark corner, ignored.

There's different ways to react to this. Patrick mentions not being proud of growing a thick skin, but I think it's actually an important trait to be able to ignore and overlook the horrible statements out there. It can be hard when it takes the form of actual threats (like in the case of Anita Sarkeesian) but many of these people also bring a lot of the hate upon themselves by the persona they take on in public. Phil Fish has never been the kind to show any level of class on Twitter or elsewhere in his comments, and this reaction comes off as hugely immature and whiny, though the situation may be more complicated than it seems. I've written editorial articles that got me hate mail (as you might imagine, being an active Mormon with sometimes unpopular beliefs) but I learned to just ignore them. Proper criticism is respectful and well-worded and can be easy to spot.

That being said, not everybody has the same personality or is able to handle the same stuff. If you're somebody that can't "take the heat," maybe being a hugely vocal and public indie developer isn't the right path for you. Not saying you're worthless, but maybe it's not right for you. Just a thought.

Edited by kalmis

That Beer guy doesn't too smart.

Phil Fish should just quit Twitter and stop trying to communicate with his fans/haters since he seems to suck at it. Just focus on making games dude, that's what you are good at. No, I didn't really care for how the map worked in Fez, but it was still one special game.

Posted by casper_

is it just me or is patrick kinda overly defensive of fish?

Posted by Clonedzero

Giving Fish all this attention and coverage cus he flipped out and acted like a child is probably sending the wrong message.

Posted by DonPixel

I think Marcus alongside Jim Sterling are examples of lame journalism, said so.. Phil could use some counseling sessions, dude tends to overblown stuff in seriously stupid ways.

Edited by mrfluke

the saying in this video sums up how i feel

Posted by Reale

I enjoyed the article until it turned into a "dear diary" type deal, the story changed from the argument between beer/fish to being about Patrick and people that give him hate but there was no closing thoughts about the original story itself... it shouldn't need to be addressed every other story how great the giantbomb community is for supporting the bomb staff in time of need but about the original story its presenting.

I want opinions and facts and comments from the people in the article instead of fan art and rainbows, I come here for games and game news and less of the personality stuff (I get mine from the bombcast/quicklooks/subscription) I want stories in my stories and less of a blog type deal.

as for fish/blow/beer - fish should get a PR person because its evident that people dont like him and he should take lessons or something to be more PR savvy. I always thought Blow was pretentious but when listening to him speak either in interviews or lectures he shows me a perspective I didnt consider previously (i think it was just the winter warmers he always used to wear that put me off) and Beer? he comes off as unprofessional and somewhat of a shock jock and I personally cant listen to him... you cant really sit there and call someone a "wanker" or a "tosspot" over and over again without repercussions... just because you dont like something someone has done or have something against them, it doesnt give them the right to slam them unfairly... the difference here is, its his job to be good at PR and voicing himself as it is - his job, its Fish's job to make great games and hire a PR manager. (and its preferably Patricks job to write about the story and less about himself).

Edited by StressedOutCat

I don't understand why people are so upset about Marcus Beer.... yes he comes off as an asshole sometimes, but that's part of his persona. I like the fact that he doesn't hold back with his opinions...

its all entertainment!

he himself has numerous times said that he is not a game journalist he's just an "opinionist"... if you don't like what he has to say just don't watch the show.

even Jonathon Blow was able to respond in a more lighthearted manner:

I'm sorry that Phil Fish feels the way he does, I personally liked Fez and hope Phil goes back to making games eventually. but in the end no one is forcing Phil Fish to do anything, he is a grown ass man he can make his own decisions.

Posted by grapesoda

Fish is a cunt, I wouldn't miss him if he left game development for another profession and Beer sounds like an asshole too. The only people who are truly losing out are the fans of the original game if Fez II really is cancelled because Fish decided to pick up his toys and go home.

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Edited by Soapy86

Phil Fish probably didn't deserve half of the shit that was flung his way, but he definitely deserved at least a large percent of it. Fez was a glorified ARG, and the man himself was a huge asshole. Plain and simple. Full stop. Period. Asshole.

I think it's unfortunate that he garnered so much hate, but he kind of brought it on himself. As far as I'm concerned he won't be missed. Though I very much doubt he has the balls to actually follow through with his little "retirement". Once he gets a taste of the real world and sees how they have even less patience for his particular brand of bullshit than the internet does, he'll come crawling back. Unfortunately.

Posted by HellBound

The thing is, Phil Fish is a complete asshole.

Before he even made Fez he was an asshole. He made from what I understand a pretty good game and he acts like a diva. That he is the best and that he should be treated like the best. His comments about things are cocky and self centered to say the least. I saw a video where at a panel he disses the whole Japanese gaming industry and pretty much says his game is better then anything Japan can produce. This was in response to a guy just asking an innocent question.

I would probably say he has a Narcissistic personality disorder. Even in the movie he ordered people around like they OWED him something. This is what people like him do when they come "under fire". They have to be louder, meaner, to get the attention. He can't handle not resounding or doing nothing.

Canceling Fez 2 is just a childish/immature reaction, but a calculated one for someone like him. By saying that it gets all over the gaming world. Gives him attention.

Fez 2 is not canceled. An apology will be made and Phil Fish will still be an asshole.

Edited by Seeric

As much as I support the ongoing indie movement, I really wish that Phil Fish and other indie developers like him would realize that there is a difference between not caring enough about one's work and choosing not to respond to every barb - if anything, I'd say choosing to ignore or brush off such comments and continue on shows both respectability and an appreciation for one's work.

I really do hope Fez II goes back into development though. Fez was probably my favorite game last year and not simply because it was fun (which it was), but also because it tackled the subject of 'communication' from various creative angles, all of which involved the player's active participation, and it would be a complete shame if the sequel was, in turn, killed by a negative version of this very theme.

Edited by MocBucket62

Thanks for the article Patrick! I really do wish that people like Phil could see the good of the internet. Hope Fez II will return to production.

Posted by HellBound

@sanity said:

Great read, i think people treat Fish like shit because hes a easy target, hes going to lash out and its going to create a story. Its a shame, but the best thing he could do for himself is just ignore those people.

I remember a teacher in school telling me once that throwing a well placed brick at the right person could help make a career just as easy as building one yourself, and i think that's largely the case here.

Or because he is just an asshole that deserves it.

Edited by Palaeomerus

From wikipedia:

Tosspot is a British slang insult, which can mean, depending on the context, a drunkard, a masturbator, or an objectionable person.

The word is of Middle English origin, and, until recently, meant exclusively a person who drank heavily. Beer or ale was customarily served in ceramic pots, so a tosspot was a person who copiously 'tossed back' such pots of beer.

Posted by RollingZeppelin

Wow...someone with the handle and "persona" of Annoyed Gamer (very original!) has the unmitigated BALLS/total lack of self-awareness to criticize others as "hipsters." Also love the "Fish is an asshole. I mean I am too, but I OWN IT" comment. This guy sounds like a BLAST at parties...

And for the record, I think both Fish and Blow can come off as unbelievably pretentious and self-important, but for this jag to think they "owe" him because they didn't want to be interviewed when they had nothing to talk about...whew.

My thoughts exactly.

Posted by Zurv

phil is just emo - if he can't take it he shouldn't stomp around on the internet

Posted by SniperXan

I made a video of my thoughts about all this if your interested.

Edited by firecracker22

I think the point that Patrick is making...is that the internet can be a really, really, fucked up place for assholes to direct their laser beams of fucking hatred towards people.

Some people have thicker skin than others, and can swim through the sea of shit. Others cannot.

I mean...I thought it was a pretty straightforward article.

And "tosspot" sounds way worse than what it is. I had to look it up, and found myself being "Oh, okay. That's fine." Being called a drunk masturbator a'int exactly the worst thing.

Posted by JasonR86

I think one thing that's been lost in all this is that a reason doesn't excuse bad behavior. The annoyed dude is a brat who feels he is owed much more than he deserves. But his bullshit doesn't give Phil the excuse to fly off the handle, scream and shout at 'the press' at large, and just overall act out of line. No matter how much he may want to act the way he did, and he can if he chooses, he has to realize that he, and no one else, is responsible for his actions whether they are good or bad. HE canceled Fez 2 because he decided to. HE got angry and flew off the handle because he chose to. If he or others blame the annoyed twat for that, which to me it sounds that way, they are unfairly shoving off responsibility on the wrong person.

Posted by Skooky

Anybody who calls Phil Fish pretentious is proof that he isn't.

Posted by Draxyle

Every time I read people complain about how awful Phil Fish is, I keep on wondering if I missed something. Was he secretly in charge of Team Bondi during development of "L.A. Noire" or something?

I do apologize for the length of this, but wanted to write down some thoughts. Fish seems like he's kind of a dick at times. So what? Why is there the constant need to critique his behaviour and actions? (and it seems like every time he does put his foot in his mouth, his statements are then exaggerated. I mean, calling an over-generalized but valid critique of modern Japanese games as being racist? Come on.)

Now if he ends up sexually harassing female attendees at the next GDC, or his next game turns out to be a Nazi-apologetic screed against the Elders of Zion, or he abuses his employees during the development of his next game, then yes, there will be ample grounds to attack him. But calling him out for being a "hipster" or "arrogant"? Who cares.

Marcus Beer's comments reminded me of the worst types of journalists in sports, who get pissy about a player who doesn't chat much with the press and then will rag on them constantly or hold off voting a player into the Hall of Fame because of some twisted "moral" reasons that the player wasn't a good person. I don't really care if a player is an asshole, as long as he performs on the field. But if he racks up a bunch of DUIs, hits his wife (hey there Brett Myers), rapes a woman (F U Josh Lueke), kills someone (kinda depressing how many American football players I could mention here), etc., then I can sit in moral judgement because these individuals deserve to be judged on their failings, moral and otherwise. There is a genuine difference between assholes and morally reprehensible individuals, and calling out the former is quite tiresome.

Yea, that's definitely what gets me too. What has Phil Fish actually done wrong? The worst thing you could say about him is that he's vocally antagonistic, but in some respects it's nice to see someone in the industry who's brutally honest about their feelings. I feel like a lot of people who hate Phil only know him through a game of "telephone" and only hear a distorted representation of his character; only the negative is what makes it to the front page of news sites after all.

Phil is no saint, but there are actual bad people in the industry that are getting a fraction of the attention that he does.

Posted by Bgrngod

Beer is an asshole who was hoping that he would get a strong reaction. He's apparently always on the attack with his "brand" of assholishness.

Fish is an asshole who should have been able to identify that he was getting trolled. His assholery at least seems defensive when it comes out.

Regardless of my appreciation for Fez as a game, I hope Fish does change his mind and come back to doing something he is clearly very passionate about. I don't always care much for what individuals are passionate about, but always have an appreciation for people that ARE passionate about something. Fish has that in spades. The industry/community is better for having a guy like Fish as part of it, regardless of whether people hate him or like him.

Posted by Woodroez

Excellent article, Tricky Scoops. I felt you'd have a well-rounded opinion of this whole mess, but your delivery packed a lot of punch.

There was what looks like a typo, btw.

If you're on a writer/journalist making this argument, that's really bad.

I think that "on" is extraneous or a thought was missed. I would skip whole thoughts - sentences, even - when I wrote. Anyway, thanks, Patrick.

Posted by Uberjannie

@phrosnite: Cruel words from somebody who probably doesn't know him personally. Everybody got their bad days, weeks, months and years. It is not a good first impression to give out. Problem is, that he have become a public figure, thus he should restrain himself. He does not, and for this some people despise him.

Never liked Phil Fish. He won't be missed.

Posted by Ghostiet

" 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."

That line made me raise an eyebrow; what an slimy thing to say. "I'm not going to do my job as a games journalist properly by covering your game, even if it's totally worth covering, if you don't rub our backs and give us soundbites for every petty rumor that slips out."

Fuck off.

Pretty much. Marcus Beer is a fucking cunt and a representation of something that should be eradicated from game journalism. GT should fire his ass in an instant and relegate him to presenting his awful schtick on YouTube or Dailymotion.

Fish brought a lot of this shit on himself. The hate he got went over the top, but it looks like he created this persona for himself that he was never able to sustain on the internet and now he's reaping the consequences. I didn't see Blow, a guy with the ego of a big country, behave the same way in response. He explained himself and inserted a subtle, yet very, very sad dig about the state of game journalism.

Still, nobody wins. Especially everyone who wanted Fez II, and that seems to be a lot of people.

Edited by LackingSaint

@liquidpenguins said:

The vile 1% of the Internet includes Phil Fish, which is why no one should feel any sympathy for that idiot.

What a cruel thing to say.

Great article, Patrick! It's refreshing to read somebody discuss this whole thing from a broader perspective, rather than just saying "TWITTER CATFIGHT OOPADOO!!" I also had no prior knowledge of Marcus Beer, but will make a concerted effort to avoid anything he is involved with in the future. My "edgy, cynical videogames journalist" meter capped off at 0.