This really shows that we are in a new era for games. A huge highly anticipated game gets cancelled over something personal. I don't think you'd ever see that in a large studio game, indie games are more important than ever.
But yea, I'm super bummed! I played all of Fez and really loved it. I really related to Fish in Indie Game the Movie, and his recent appearance on Giant Bomb was super fun. But- I am disappointed in how he has handled himself here... as a fan. Would we even be talking about this if Phil didn't give Annoyed Gamer the time of day? NO!
Yes, I know Phil has every right to back out of his game, and every right to be offended, and every right to lash out. But me personally, I'm let down that he has done this. (and yes, I can be let down, I know full well Fish doesn't owe me or any other fans anything) And the severity of how far he went is not something you can excuse, in my opinion.
As for the comments on Polytron's site... The internet is a messed up immature force of nature that I don't think anyone can control. Either we have to accept that, or come up with some miracle answer (which isn't coming soon). But on the bright side, go look at the comments when he announced Fez 2, you'll see nothing but love and support there. So I dunno, he had to know he had many fans who will always support him too...
Despite all this, if he decides to come back to gaming I'll be first in line to buy whatever he does, because yes he is that talented.