There’s no bones about it; Phil Fish is kind of an ass. However, not even an ass deserves to have their entire life, financial documentation and identity stolen and spread around online like the way he has encountered over the past 24 hours, with hackers breaching the Polytron Corporation Twitter account the publicly dump all of said information online. Because of this, IGN reports, Phil Fish is legitimately leaving the industry by trying to sell the rights to both the Polytron company and the Fez property.
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He reportedly left this final message before deactivating or deleting his Twitter account:
"this is videogames. this is what i get. this is unacceptable. this is not okay. terrorist. never again, you hear me? never again. this is videogames. this is your audience. to every aspiring game developer out there: don’t. give up. it’s not worth it. nothing is worth this. give up on your dreams. they are actually nightmares. just don’t do it. RUN AWAY"
Being a jerk online is not a criminal act. Ruining someone’s life by posting all documentation about someone’s life, including addresses, passwords and bank account information, is, and whoever is responsible for this act should be punished. No matter how much one can spout comebacks to others, telling them to “choke on it,” (NSFW language) nobody deserves.
There’s speculation that it’s a false flag attack, based on the notion that safeguards intact with Cloudflare requiring double verification to log in from an untrusted computer (NSFW language), although that has already been debunked. While it seems too crazy to be true, we are talking about Phil Fish, the combative creator of Fez, here. We live in a world where a former GM of a baseball team took the information from a fake Twitter account, passed the information off as his own, was discovered and immediately pretended he was hacked, doing all kinds of illogical things masquerading as a data breach.
The only difference, however, is that Jim Bowden didn’t make a video game as polarizing and as beloved as Fez, nor is he taking as much heat as Fish is right now for his part in the whole Depression Quest. For now, I have to err on the side of caution and believe someone wouldn’t be unhinged enough to release as much private and personal information about himself to the public like some have suggested he has.
Although, why the Polytron Twitter account, with fewer followers, was hacked but Phil Fish’s personal account wasn’t, remains a mystery. The whole saga is a dark spot on the industry, and hopefully the slew of September, October and November releases can bring us back to prosperity and bring the focus back to gameplay experiences.
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