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.
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