Why Phil Fish shouldn't quit
Well, this was certainly... unexpected.
Phil Fish, creator of FEZ and... Fez, has announced via Twitter that FEZ II is canceled and he would be quitting the game industry. For the record, I have not played FEZ and was disinterested in FEZ II. But much like my growingly negative opinion of Pokemon X & Y, I am sure that many people were interested in the title and, like Pokemon X & "Let's copy Nintendogs and Shin Megami Tensei IV and not have multiple save files" Y, I wouldn't want to take that away from anyone who did enjoy FEZ and was looking forward to FEZ II.
Which brings me to my main point: As much as I dislike Phil Fish, much as I disagree with what he's said about the 3DS, modern Japanese games or what have you, I didn't want him to just give up. That's the easy way. Phil Fish simply choose the easy way and proved everyone right by doing so. Proved that he was not going to change his ways and be above all those who have insulted him. Most importantly, Phil Fish proved that all the people who gave him the hatred that he got were right about him not being the better man, and not handling things better. For not handling them rationally and responding to them like most normal people would do so.
Hatred for one's opinions is common, especially on the internet with an increasing on social media like Twitter, Phil Fish's where one could make several accounts just to harass or irritate someone, much less show a lack of respect for whatever they may hold a differing opinion towards (DmC Metacritic user score anyone?). To this day, I still receive a ton of hate for my older videos, opinions on the attempted rape of Lara Croft and whenever I open my mouth about Pokemon, and if my memory serves me well, our wonderful Gaijin Goomba has said that he had a rough start with Gaijin Gamer, with his very first comment being an incredibly negative and depressing one, and yet, he's one of my favorite content creators out there.
I can't pretend to know everything Fish has gone through but it's obvious to me that Phil Fish has not had an easy time and he has also made it instinctively clear that he doesn't want to be making things any easier. He didn't want to "lose" so he kept fighting, kept going on and on, insulting fans, cussing at people who harass and acting on the same level as them instead of being above them. To use a more well-known example, Jim Sterling of Destructoid fame was given a massive amount of hate when he started off. People insulted him for the most miniscule things just for having his opinion, insulting him for his weight, sending threats about his family, wrote in death threats among the many... colorful things that one would expect from such an intellectual group such as them. It got so bad that he was considering quitting the Jimquisition at one point, but he stuck through it and improved his work on Destructoid and the Jimquisition, which is now seen as one of the highlights on the Escapist website. Ironically, Jim Sterling has his own thoughts to speak on Fish's decision on his leaving and the cancelation of FEZ II (I swear it's the last video i'll put in this post, I promise).
The phrase "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" has been proven to be a false one. We know words can hurt people and it's obvious that telling people to "deal with it" or "get thicker skin" is not helping, especially considering that in Phil Fish's case, he proved that he had quite the thick skin to put up with what he did for so long. So from one stubborn Canadian to another, Phil Fish, I do wish you would reconsider your actions and prove me wrong.
It's 2013, there's no excuse for having one save file. I'm not buying two games just so I can safely restart my file.
2 thing 1: fez wasnt all that great and 2 pokemon does not need multiple saves fact
A French guy being a douche...imagine that.
1) FEZ wasn't that good.
2) If you get on the internet and go tell a perfectly reasonable person to "go kill themselves" on your twitter account, your worth as a person falls to zero, regardless of what you have done in the past
3) FEZ 2 likely wasn't going to be that good
4) If you're the type of person who will fire your whole dev team, ruining the lives of people who trusted you, because you had a hissy fit, this just confirms point 2.
It is a great opinion to not listen to criticism and continue on your way or quit. Pokemon's campaign... story... whatever is ok but it is not ground breaking. The appeal of Pokemon has always been in the multiplayer between friends, collecting all the Pokemon, and crafting your own team or several. The hundreds of hours are not invested in going through the 8 gyms and elite 4. There is no point in having a multiple save feature. You can save right before a critical point and have unlimited redos and that is what everyone does. As far as buying multiple copies of the game most people who can, already buy both versions. Multiple copies is the only way you and your brother or sister can play each other and work on those hundreds of hours individually to see who is better. Calling for a new feature which adds more problems, with how to handle Legendaries and Online Multiplayer, than corrects is not worth dev time.
Exactly, Magnus. He may not have been the most mature person in this world, but he tried his best to run the race and endure the pain for as long as Phil could. But, Phil had inflicted ore pain on himself then others around him.
That, or his Shadow got the best of him.
It's up to him if he wants to do the mature thing or not, but regardless, he'll have no one to blame but himself.
You're right. Words hurt. Words hurt weak minded people. Also he shouldn't quit, if he can learn to stfu. People like him hardly ever learn to shut up, so I doubt will see the last of him. He just won't be able to resist blabbing on about more bullshit to feed his ego.
fez doesn't need phil fish, he's only the "ideas guy", the designer, he did nothing for the completition of fez. He's just a kid with money.
Lol I wonder if there's going to be a new annoyed gamer episode now.
I'm not here to choose sides, I like Marcus just fine, i'm merely giving my opinion. Much like how, in my opinion, anyone who thinks that they don't need multiple save files in an RPG that the designers expect players to invest hundreds of hours as opposed to buying two copies like a good sheep has no opinion worth listening to on the subject of Game Freak's policies. Don't care? Good for you.
This guy sounds like even more of a dick than the last time I heard about him. However, the best reason i can think of for ANYONE not to quit this business is because Shigeru Miyamoto has been in the business for 30-some years taking all kinds of critism and he's only just now thinking of retiring. And don't get me started on Stan Lee with the comic book industry.
I am going to be that guy. First because I am a dick and second because he was a dick. In other words if Phil wants to quit let him. I understand that quitters never gain anything, but the problem is if anyone said they didn't agree with him he attacked them. In the end a lot of people would have refused to buy his game only because of his attitude toward them. Should he have have stuck it out? After reading those tweets I don't know if he should. The problem with Phil is that he let things get to him, in the end the game would have suffered and the people working with and under him would have suffered as well. Really he was in a loose loose situation. It wasn't best for him personally to quit, but for anyone working with the guy on that game it was. Yeah, he could come back and work on the game, but for now he sort of needs to back away so that the team he was working with isn't affected by his words and actions.
In other words him quitting probably wasn't a selfish act, so much as it was an act of kindness for the people he works with.
Look Marcus Beer aka the annoyed gamer told him off for telling the media to go eat a d*** when they asked him for a comment about indi games. He is a brat who hit it big and if he quits then good let him. As for multiple saves in pokemon SUCK IT UP. It was never part of the game and as far as I care it doesn't have to be.
I still think Phil should just back off for a bit. He clearly doesn't have the composure to hold a Twitter account and he keeps putting his foot in his mouth. He just needs some time to recollect this thoughts and should probably hire a proper PR rep.
I wish Phil didn't quit either. I can see how he got mad, with everyone calling him crazy and stupid because of Indie Game The Movie and people flaming him for his comments about Japanese games and the 3DS. It could be argued that he should have kept those to himself, but he later praised Nintendo for the way they handle DLC, and that got no attention from the big gaming websites. Besides, I don't think someone should have to hide their opinion if they want to share it if its about something like video games. He sure as hell isn't stupid, because you have to be pretty smart to make a game as well received as Fez.
I guess maybe he should have been prepared to be flamed when he made those controversial comments, but it really sucks that Fez 2 got canceled because of all of this.
It also existed in Black/White where certain grass would have you fight two Pokemon, though one could look back at certain points in Diamond/Pearl where you teamed up with an NPC. And you know what? It was pointless there too, arguably a hindrance since A: You can't capture a Pokemon when there are two on the field and B: Running away is made even more difficult in a game filled with random encounters.
And honestly, who needs to grind in Pokemon of all series? It's Pokemon, the series that has, at best, one challenging battle in the entire series. Looking at you Whitney.
pointless? no, it might make grinding a lot easier, also it makes sense for pokemon to appear in groups to defend themselves.
That's the thing: He kept fighting against everyone else and, in many regards, himself. He was his worst enemy and refused to change his tone, opinion or make any atonement for either. But that doesn't mean that he deserved what he got either.
Either way, it's going to be a pointless feature either way :P