Phil Fish, creator of Fez, says he's quit making games and canceled development of Fez II. The dramatic event occurred over the weekend when Fish abruptly posted his goodbye on his Polytron site.
FEZ II is cancelled.
i am done.
i take the money and run..
I've always been a fan of separating the art from the artist, but in Mr. Fish's case, that wall has been hard to build. At least I no longer have to fret over either A) not consuming what I've heard is a great game or B) financially supporting a dude that comes off as a HUGE jerk.
*EDIT* But what do I know about anything. I hope Mr. Fish gets through this current shitstorm alright, because gamers are the worst people, and I certainly wouldn't want that hate pointed at me.
I know we're all supposed to be fully on the "Hate Phil Fish" train right now, but I actually do wear glasses in a pool. Not because I want to look like a hipster or because I think I look cool, but because I can't see out of my eyes without glasses.
I can't argue that since I don't know Phil Fish. I do know Fez, I was completely obsessed with it for a couple of weeks.
I guess everyone has to make their own call as to what extent a creator's opinions and comments influence their own opinions about those creations. But it's starting to look like it may be in most folks' best interests to shut down their twitter accounts and speak only through publicists.
I don't think constant harassment should be part of "the business". Being called an asshole and receiving threats every single day because of something a bit stupid that you said shouldn't be part of the business. It's that same bullshit attitude that allows frustrated gamers to send death threats to a COD dev because of a small patch, and it's the same bullshit excuse people use to threaten and harass women to the margins of the industry.
That kind of stuff shouldn't be shrugged off as just being part of "the business".
I didn't excuse anything, which you seem to assume. I don't excuse any manner of sexual harassment and that's a ridiculous comparison. He's a very outspoken and acerbic person that has done nothing to diffuse the situation.
None of this should be part of the business. I should never have to deal with people that think I should die thanks to a review score, etc, but it does happen. There's 2 ways to deal with it - ignore it or engage. I learned a long time ago that it's better to not engage.
Of course, all that being said, I AM honestly sad he left the community. I feel for him. I can be overly sensitive and sometimes I have a hard time with criticism so I get it. I just learned to deal with it.