From time to time, Jim Sterling feels that an immediately relevant topic deserves his attention before Monday, Jimquisition‘s normal weekly release day. The weekend debacle with Phil Fish, which eventually ended in the cancellation of Fez 2 and Fish’s flight from the industry, was one of those times.
However, unlike the majority of the sentiments expressed toward Phil Fish after his leaving –that he should have had thicker skin, that he was just an ass anyway, that sort of thing– Jim Sterling shows true sympathy for Phil Fish, even going so far as to relate it to some of his own earlier experiences as a game journalist. The episode claims that Phil Fish did in fact show that he had “thick skin” because he was even able to take the amount of constant criticism which was leveled at him on a daily basis.
Personally, I agree with Sterling. Sure, Phil Fish blew up every once in a while and made himself look like a real jerk, but do any of us really know what it’s like to get the kind of hatred just hurled at you from all corners of the internet? Maybe we get provoked by some toxic forum user every once in a while and have no problem just forgetting about it, but imagine if that was just an everyday reality for you. Imagine if your entire life was just filled with those toxic jerks. And keep in mind, Fish is an indie; he has no official “team” to hide behind or a publisher to scape goat. It’s just him taking all this crap. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s perfectly understandable why someone in that situation is going to lash out every once in a while. I do sincerely respect Phil Fish, and I hope he comes back.