The weekend’s big gaming news story wasn’t about a new game or another major announcement but a feud between two gaming personalities.
On one side was Marcus Beer, GameTrailer’s Annoyed Gamer, who criticized prominent indie developers Phil Fish and Jonathan Blow for not commenting on Microsoft allowing indie game self-publishing on the Xbox One. On the other side was the aforementioned Phil Fish who didn’t take kindly to Beer lobbing personal insults at him on video.
However, I don’t think that the takeaway from this feud should be anything about either Beer or Fish. I think how this feud started says more about how this gaming journalism works and why it might be irreparably broken.
Next Wednesday, the critically acclaimed indie platformer Fez will make its way from bring an Xbox 360 exclusive to multiplatform with a PC launch through Steam.
Fez is a Canadian developed game by Montreal-based Polytron Corporation. Gamers may have heard of the outspoken Phil Fish who was one half of the game’s two-man dev team. Fish and Fez were profiled in the popular documentary Indie Game: The Movie which also featured hits Super Meat Boy and Braid.