Update: Fez Dev Tells Media Member To Kill Himself

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Fez Dev Tells Media Member To Kill Himself


Polytron has announced that development of Fez II has been cancelled following director Phil Fish's Twitter snafu.

Being a game developer is a very stressful job, as you are constantly being subject to criticism from your fans, as well as media outlets. But Fez developer Phil Fish, who was recently attacked in a GameTrailers show called "Invisible Walls," where presenter Marcus Beer sarcastically referred to him as "BlowFish," obviously can't handle being scrutinized. Fish lashed out at Beer on Twitter, calling him a "middle-aged parasite," and suggesting that he kill himself. Classy.

"The thing with us "tosspots" "hipsters" is that we're not beholden to media leeches like you, and you're right. we're VERY successful. And we're not going anywhere. Get used to it you middle-aged parasite. Compare your life to mine and then kill yourself."

Fish then went on to demand a public apology from Beer for his comments. "how would you react tot his kind of shit if you were me," he said, "consider it's been going on for years now. you'd take the high road? im being attacked CONSTANTLY. and i can't fight back? ever? yeah that seems fair." Fish seems to believe that telling someone to kill themselves is on-par with being criticized about his habits.

For those of you who were looking forward to Fez II, looks like you are in for some bad news. Fish protected his Twitter account following a tweet that read, "im done. FEZ II is canceled. goodbye," and the official Polytron Twitter account [https://twitter.com/Polytron/status/361188665709436928] has now announced "It's with a heavy heart that we announce that FEZ II has been cancelled and is no longer in development. We apologize for the disappointment."

"there's not a day that goes by i don't fantasize about leaving [twitter]. but that would only make you happy, right? i don't want to have to get off twitter," Fish continued, "i love twitter. but it also invites SO MUCH UGLINESS into my life." This is a statement that I'm sure rings true for many others who have made career-ruining blunders via twitter, such as everyone's favorite Microsoft bigmouth, Adam Orth [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/123206-Adam-Orth-Resigns-Following-Always-Online-Twitter-Comments].

Source: The Examiner [https://twitter.com/PHIL_FISH]

Image: Giant Bomb [http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/the-rabbit-hole-that-is-life-after-fez/1100-4275/]

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Ah, I love this. Seeing a game developer who made a great game, continuing to show that he is a damn child who can't handle being insulted on the internet. My seven year old brother can take better scrutiny than this 20 something ADULT.

Fish, if you read this: Grow the fuck up and act your age, kid.
 

Zeckt

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This time he went too far, and proved himself as an immature dickface and I look forward to Marcus's response. It will be BRUTAL.

Sure insulting people and blowing hot hair is cause to ignore, it's just mudslinging. But to tell someone to KILL themselves is proof that he is rotten to the core as a person. We've all said thing's we regret, but whoever tells you to kill yourself over it is not a human being. They are simply wretches.
 

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Wow, the more I hear about this guy the more I'm glad I didn't buy Fez and now I'm not going to regardless of how many arbitrary awards it has won. He comes over as nothing less than a monumental prick with a bloated ego because he has had one successful game. And if you can't stand people criticising your work, maybe consider doing something that doesn't have an entire sub-industry dedicated to doing just that?

He needs to get over himself.
 

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Without knowing any historical context, acting like this is very human and that is not something I would hold against him. Dick or not - if this was someone else, would you really hold it against that person to steam up and lash out if they were attacked? How much of a moral high ground should we really expect others to take?
 

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I didn't play the first Fez for the sole reason that this guy redefines "douchebag". For the following millenia kids will ask their parents what douchebag means and they'll just point and say, "yeah, pretty much that." the name will be changed, and great wars will be fought over whether we should say Philbag or Fishbag. Angels will descend from the burning heavens to fight off Satan's army of Philbags. Twitter will personify as a giant blue bird, devouring the career essence from each of the Philbags, leaving only a shell a hermit crab might call home. God himself will weep at the unfortunate loss of a great and creative mind tragically stuck inside his biggest personality failure to date.

OT: Fuck that guy.
 

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What the fuck is it with gamers and the phrase "go kill yourself"? It's so fucking juvenile, it's not like anybody actually follows that order and if they do it's never 'cos of it.

I'm going to start saying the opposite to people I argue with on the internet, "you know what, just go hug a puppy!".

Anyway, if you don't want your art being criticized, you're in the wrong profession my friend! "I want people to watch my movie and like it, if they don't they should kill themselves".

Guy seems a little insecure to me.
 

Agayek

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Is it really that hard to practice some basic self control and human decency? Honest question here.
 
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Senare said:
I think that the way Fish acted is very human and that is not something I would hold against him. If this was someone else, would you really hold it against that person to steam up and lash out if they were attacked? How much of a moral high ground should we really expect others to take?
Indeed. Especially in Fish's case, who gets abuse more or less constantly. Doesn't matter who you are, deal with that for a year or two straight and it wears you down. At this point his patience for insults is pretty much gone, so yeah. Totally understandable to see him react this way.
 

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Akalabeth said:
Eric the Orange said:
This is the end (hopefully) of a long time of Fish being a dick on twitter. Seriously this has been going on for a long time before this. Seems to be pretty common problem for some creative types that they cannot take criticism of there work. At least those that don't have corporate over lords to keep them quiet. It generally ends with this "take my ball and go home" approach.
So someone calling him "Blowfish" is "Criticism of his work"?

Don't fucking think so.

Fish was out of line certainly. But the other guy sounds like a grade-a juvenile asshole as well. This is an example of two people who should've been the better man, and yet neither of them were.
First off I said it was common of creative types in general not this specific situation.

Second have you looked back into this situation besides what was said in this article. It was more than that. And his previous twitter rants were about more than that.
 

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Awwwwwwwww ikkle baby. Fear not, oh toddler of thin skin and loud mouth, for I have in my possession the world's smallest violin! Indeed, it is so small, a microscope is required for its viewing!
 
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Senare said:
I think that the way Fish acted is very human and that is not something I would hold against him. If this was someone else, would you really hold it against that person to steam up and lash out if they were attacked? How much of a moral high ground should we really expect others to take?
Lashing out is one thing. Telling a critic to kill themselves, because he is so much better than them, though? What would he have to say for you to hold it against him?
 

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Senare said:
I think that the way Fish acted is very human and that is not something I would hold against him. If this was someone else, would you really hold it against that person to steam up and lash out if they were attacked? How much of a moral high ground should we really expect others to take?
I'll give you a moment to think about that statement. That he acted 'human'. Suicide is a pretty big deal. People DO kill themselves because bullies tell them to. Phil Fish doesn't deserve any sympathy. He's always been a melodramatic ass that lashes out at everyone. Him shutting up for a while is better for the whole industry. At least until he grows up.
 

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Brussels said:
Riobux said:
Andy of Comix Inc said:
You know, considering Fish's history - continuing? - with astute depression, I'm more worried than angry now. I hope he didn't go off to... do... what he suggested... to himself. Oh, geez.
And just then nothing of value was lost.
This is just as tasteless as Phil telling someone to kill themselves.
I just don't understand what was so great about Fez, and therefore I struggle to work out what is the value of Fish beyond the "but he's a human being!" excuse.
 

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Given the sheer amount of shit I see tossed at Phil Fish on the internet on a constant basis, this outburst is wholly understandable. Childish and irrational to be sure, but also understandable.
 

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Welp, it's official, Fish is a Call of Duty gamer.

All jokes aside, I don't think I can add anything to this discussion other than my own iteration of "Wow, that guy's a douche."

Senare said:
I think that the way Fish acted is very human and that is not something I would hold against him. If this was someone else, would you really hold it against that person to steam up and lash out if they were attacked? How much of a moral high ground should we really expect others to take?
If he wants to steam up and lash out, he's in the wrong industry. In fact, I think any occupation that even remotely puts in him in a situation like this one is inappropriate for him. It was a sarcastic comment, a joke, even. And Fish thinks highly enough of himself to say his life is so much better than his that he should realise it and kill himself.

Not all human beings are this childish and egotistical. I think I'd have taken this comment far better than Fish did. It's a pun on his name, as far as I can see, nothing near a below-the-belt remark.
 

Andy Shandy

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I didn't realise Futurama references were taken so seriously.

I will now refrain from telling anyone to bite my shiny, metal ass from now on.

Anyway, Fish quitting Twitter, at least for a while, is probably a good thing for him. He seems to get a shit ton of criticism on there, and Phil can't seem to deal with that very well. Hell, the amount of abuse he got on there would be enough to put most people off.

And to be fair, the media member wasn't exactly classy himself, in the video.

Games journalists are going to struggle though, I'm pretty sure some could probably live off the amount of shit he said that got turned into news posts.
 

PureIrony

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EDIT: Y'know, this topic probably doesn't need my input. I'm just gonna indirectly delete it.

Move along here, folks; nothing to see.
 

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Alcaste said:
Senare said:
I think that the way Fish acted is very human and that is not something I would hold against him. If this was someone else, would you really hold it against that person to steam up and lash out if they were attacked? How much of a moral high ground should we really expect others to take?
I'll give you a moment to think about that statement. That he acted 'human'. Suicide is a pretty big deal. People DO kill themselves because bullies tell them to. Phil Fish doesn't deserve any sympathy. He's always been a melodramatic ass that lashes out at everyone. Him shutting up for a while is better for the whole industry. At least until he grows up.
He is not a bully. If anything, he's the one getting bullied. No doubt he brought it upon himself, because he's an asshole, but even he doesn't deserve the sheer amount of constant shit he gets. When he says he's constantly getting attacked, he's really not exaggerating.
 

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Senare said:
I think that the way Fish acted is very human and that is not something I would hold against him. If this was someone else, would you really hold it against that person to steam up and lash out if they were attacked? How much of a moral high ground should we really expect others to take?
I completely agree. Ultimately, I value having one more good game developer over having one less person acting like an asshole on the internet. I can ignore assholes, I can't ignore a lack of fun games. What he's doing isn't really destructive, it's just being a jerk. I can deal with that.