Friday, August 22, 2014

By Jamaal Ryan

“Seriously, shut the fuck up about Fez 2. never going to happen. you don’t deserve it.”

These are some of the words we’ll remember Phil Fish for in quite some time, an un-ceremonial nail in the coffin that encases Fez 2. I get it Phil, internets are jerks, they’re mean, they’re unrelenting and out of control. But there are nice fans of Fez who’d like to see the sequel. Telling them to STFU and that they don’t deserve it is a slap in the face.

But those aren’t the final words, not after he went on a crusade on Twitter coming to the defense of Depression Quest’s Zoe Quinn. But after his incessant outbursts on Twitter, Fish and his dev company Polytron suffered one of the most devastating attacks that the internet can commit to an individual: the breaching and releasing of their personal information to the public.

Passwords, email accounts, financial records, social security information, all violated and exposed. Zoe Quinn also suffered from the collateral damage, having her Drop Box account compromised as well.

This is unacceptable. This is criminal. This is immoral.

A big mouth and a hot temper don’t warrant internet terrorism, especially when the attacks cause a number of casualties. The internet is so quick to issue death threats, commit sexual harassment, SWAT fellow players, and in this case, hack personal accounts.

If we’re seeing developers give speeches specifically discussing how to deal with hostile communities, consider establishing support groups for abused developers, and createspecial interests groups to investigate their mental health, you know it’s fucking bad. 

Image courtesy of Gamezone

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