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My Thoughts on the Phil Fish / Fez 2 Cancellation

On 07/28/2013 at 02:54 AM by Matt Snee

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Sometimes I think there’s something wrong with the internet.  Then I realize it’s not the internet’s fault – it’s people that are to blame.  Negativity, aye, inky human darkness thick with grueling, pitiless disdain, penetrates and permeates all things.    Man and woman are capable of terrible things, perhaps are terrible things themselves. But sometimes I can’t take it anymore – everywhere I look I see this attention-seeking negativity, lashing out at anyone and everyone.  Go ahead, shrug it off – or worse, take pride in it.  The simple fact is we are assholes, digging up a worm and pretending it is gold. 

We can talk all day about how Phil Fish is a prick – that doesn’t matter.  What matters is the gaming community – which begs daily to be taken seriously as an adult – is actually a fetid octopus of child-like men.  “Angry” nerds and “annoyed” gamers rage in entitled fits, proclaiming they love this while they hate that – and that all other opinions different from their own are loony.  I see this on large and small scales, on Youtube, on Twitter, on forums and blogs and comments, and everywhere else the internet seeps into. 

“Congratulations, you have an opinion,” I like to say.  “Been there, done that, seen the movie – thanks.” 

But it never ends there.  Mobs grow.  Voices strengthen.  All empathy is crushed. 

It makes me sad.  Is this the pinnacle mankind has reached?  Is this what it’s all about – raging about this and that, complaining about things as though you have been stabbed in the heart?  Don’t you remember how fragile life is, how everyone is fighting a war with life and its legion of opponents like time and the frailty of the body? 

I don’t know.  I believe in the idea that people should be able to say what they want.  But do they really have to be so mean, so heartless towards others?  I guess that’s what gets other people’s attention. 

I’m no fan of Phil Fish.  I think he’s kind of lame.  I am in no way defending him. 

I’m just saying that the internet is getting worse every day, as the trolls strive for their voices to be heard by being meaner than the next guy. 

We are devouring each other like dogs. 



Blake Turner Staff Writer

07/28/2013 at 03:06 AM

So, um, this article doesn't really have much to do with Phil Fish :p. The simple fact is he acted like a dick and got called out over it. Phil then attacked the person on Twitter and told him to kill himself. So yeah, Phil is in the wrong here.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/28/2013 at 09:06 AM

like I said above, I'm not defending Phil Fish.  He's a jerk-off.  What I'm saying is I have a problem with the loud minority of screaming little babies who issue negativity out of their fingertips like a machinegun. The guy who baited Fish is just as much in the wrong as Fish is.  There is no hero here. 

Blake Turner Staff Writer

07/28/2013 at 09:10 AM

See, I disagree, because he didn't really bait him. All he said was that him getting all pissy because people wanted to interview him. Yeah he said it a bit too harshly, but he made a good point and he backed it up with facts.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/28/2013 at 09:16 AM

well, I guess whether or not he baited him will be a relative thing. I think he did, and that's where we're going to have to disagree. 

Fish isn't required to give interviews to anybody, about anything, at any time. Neither is anyone on Earth, except for maybe the president. 

Thinking he does, I think, is a kind of sour entitlement. 

Blake Turner Staff Writer

07/28/2013 at 09:33 AM

 Ok, you're fine to believe what you will. But Marcus wasn't angry because he refused an interview, it was Phil's attitude towards it that pissed Marcus off. Marcus was simply saying don't bite the hand that feeds. They are what made you, got your game to where it is now, and if you're going to refuse an interview, fine, but have some fucking respect.


07/28/2013 at 03:51 AM

I'm not about to pretend as if assholes don't exist on the internet, or that I don't find the trolling that its anonymity fosters to be distressing. I'm not gonna act like my hands are entirely clean either, for that matter. However, I feel that you've gone a bit too far here if I'm being honest, Matt. You just cannot generalize an entire group of people based on its few bad apples.

I've done the same damn thing. Recently, in fact. I let my disappointment with a few rotten eggs lead me to lump all of us into an unflattering category, and it's only just now when I see you doing the same thing that I finally realize just how fucked up that was of me. Sure, I've met a bunch of douche-bags over the years, and yeah, that can drag a dude down after awhile. But the thing of it is, I've met a great deal more really fantastic people over the years as well, yourself included. It wasn't cool that I let my disappointment cause me to lose sight of that, and it was flat-out wrong of me to generalize the entirety of the gaming community because I did. I think that what you're doing here is equally as wrong, though I'm certainly not judging you for doing it.  

Yeah, all of this shit can get to be too much sometimes, but don't let it rule you. Don't let the negativity destroy your faith in humanity. Openly lament it if you must, but don't lose sight of the positive. I assure you that it's out there. Hell, there's plenty of it here, so you don't really have to look all that far when whenever the negativity gets to be too overwhelming.

EDIT: I'm not an egotist, I swear, but I still find myself wondering if this has anything to do with my blog on the subject. That would bum me out.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/28/2013 at 09:10 AM

nah, your blog wasn't bad.  We all generalize and say shitty things sometimes, that's just the nature of being human. 

I just find offense in the violent negativity out there, whether it's on IGN comments, or Twitter, or CNN, or anywhere, really.  This isn't even isolated to gamers, though gamers are what I'm talking about here. 

We've all ranted, and lord knows I've done it too.  But there's a moment when one takes the rant too far, and while this invisible line can't really be defined, it does exist. 

Vice's Assistant

07/28/2013 at 08:11 AM

This is why I'm so heasistant to get a twitter account. One bad tweet or retweet can cost you so much these days. As much as I would love to ask questions to people would follow and vice versa, it buys way too much into the idea of groupthink, which is a very dangerous concept on a social media platform. People need to chill and realize that Twitter is not an open window and there is concequences for actions.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/28/2013 at 09:17 AM

well it's the anonymity and distance of the internet that make people such assholes. Most people aren't like this in real life, because in real life someone would smack them, and the internet gives them protection. 

Twitter isn't bad... it all depends on who you follow and who your followers are. 


07/28/2013 at 08:11 AM

Well i agree with cyberxion on the fact that you cant let the bad override the good theres alot of trolls and bad but for every bad troll theres three awesome ones, the internet can make people brave because they can attack and criticize without being seen so they are brave and if they could be seen or known they wouldnt be acting like that in the first place.and twitter is a breeding ground for these kind of actions,

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/28/2013 at 09:19 AM

yeah the internet does make people brave when it comes to being a jerk. But I'm not going to let it get me down.  I'm just pissed sometimes about all these people being so pissed.  Laughing

Chris Iozzi Staff Alumnus

07/28/2013 at 09:31 AM

Seems Fish didn't heed the old internet words of wizdom: "Don't feed the trolls". He did just that and let it get to him. Once a troll realizes he got to you, they sink their teeth and don't let go. The trolls dug in and kept ripping until he tore.

You are right. The amount of negativity on the internet is sickening sometimes, and its not just gamers, its ALL OVER THE INTERNET. Check out a legit news site that still lets you comment anonymously, its just a cesspool of negativity and meanness.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/28/2013 at 09:34 AM

yeah, I know.  CNN is particularly bad, probably the worst place I know of. It's not just gamers.  But it sucks that gamers have their own particular brand of it. 

Yeah, don't feed the troll. 


07/28/2013 at 06:15 PM

To be fair, though, Fish is something of a troll himself, and just an all around toxic personality. I hate to say it lest it make me seem insensitive, but I really find it hard to sympathize with the guy since he's not only part of the problem, but he really did reap what he sowed.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/28/2013 at 06:37 PM

yeah I'm not defending him, I'm just upset about the vitriolic culture we have here. 


07/28/2013 at 06:49 PM

I understand. I actually intended to respond to Chris though.

My bad! :(


07/28/2013 at 12:30 PM

All I can say is that what happened was extremely unprofessional.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/28/2013 at 01:24 PM

yeah, definitely.

Chris Yarger Community Manager

07/29/2013 at 06:38 AM

Does anybody else remember the pre-internet days of gaming in which if we wanted to complain, we had to write a letter to our favorite magazine in hopes of them publishing it?

The internet is a rough place...

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/29/2013 at 07:38 AM

it is rough, man.  the internet has teeth. 


07/31/2013 at 09:48 AM

The beauty and the beast of the online gaming community is that it's the most passionate community I am a part of. We have the power to encourage and empower each other, but also make each other feel like utter shit. And we do it loudly. The outrage we saw over Mass Effect's ending... that's just one example of how we've expressed our passion for gaming. I just wish more of that was positive passion... ya know?

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/31/2013 at 10:24 AM

I know exactly what you mean, man.  The negativity is out of control.  But positivity IS possible.


07/31/2013 at 03:41 PM


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