Well, At Least Someone Wants Phil Fish To Come Back
This weekends was a particularly interesting one for those following Phil Fish on Twitter. In a matter of hours, the FEZ developer had a complete meltdown in a series of tweets, responding to some out of line, but not entirely false, accusations made by GameTrailers’ own Marcus Beer. Eventually, Fish cancelled FEZ II and announced his departure from the industry, and one prominent developer isn’t happy about that.
Can you guess who? Here’s a hint: Gears of War…
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Cliff Bleszinski, creative director on Gears of War, has expressed his sadness in hear that all of this nonsense has resulted in Phil Fish leaving. In a letter wrote in Fish’s defence, Bleszinski applauds Fish for often reacting from the heart rather than from his brain, saying that he’s sick of rehearsed “PR-approved” responses.
The industry needs people like you to speak with their hearts before their brains because I’m tired of hearing the PR approved appropriate response. I’m tired of games that feel like they’ve been developed by focus groups or clueless executives going “Hey that Call of Duty is big, we need one of those!”
Besides, at the end of the day, that cycle of community feedback and crafting that big fireball is entirely too addictive.
Come back, Phil. We miss you already. Maybe I’ll be right behind you, returning with Adamantium skin.
Cliff goes on, giving some examples of similar experiences in his past and recent future, ultimately saying that developers have to learn how to deal with haters but “outwitting them”. Also, channelling the hate into a ball of motivation seems to work too.
Every idiot that you outwit wins you five times the fans and that much more respect.
Developers get a lot of hate over the internet, and the gaming community is one cold, heartless bitch at times. But again, it’s all a matter of how you deal with this. Cliff Bleszinski is still here, Johnathan Blow never left, so why Fish couldn’t do the same is a bit strange.
Then again, saying things like “suck my dick, choke on it” after winning an award probably doesn’t do wonders for your image, or your fans.