So if you’re an avid Niche Gamer reader, or if you’re somewhat in-the-know as far as the gaming industry goes, you’ve probably heard of Phil Fish. Professionally, he’s the creative mind behind the hit indie game FEZ. Unprofessionally, he’s a huge baby on Twitter.
Well, he and his company Polytron were allegedly doxxed by 4chan’s /v/ board, and much of his personal information—including passwords for many of his accounts—were made public. He took to his Twitter, posting some very final and negative messages.
Additionally, he posted a harangue about the current state of the game industry. His twitter is now private, but it went as follows:
“this is videogames.
this is what i get
this is unacceptable
this is not okay
never again, you hear me? never again.
this is videogames
this is your audience
to every aspiring game developer out there: don’t. give up. it’s not worth it.
nothing is worth this.
give up on your dreams. they are actually nightmares.
just don’t do it.
Now, that’s awfully encouraging, isn’t it? I won’t say that Phil deserved to be doxxed like that, I don’t think anyone does. Being that connected, and having your livelihood live and die by the power of the internet has its disadvantages. I think the real lesson here is to not be a douche on Twitter after you develop a game.
Perhaps if someone does indeed buy Polytron and the FEZ license, FEZ 2 will potentially see the light of day. This is because we all know Phil isn’t going to make it.
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