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Fez price announced on Steam, Phil Fish says to be grateful

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2268085-fez3Say what you want about Phil Fish, but you have to agree he’s a master of getting people’s attention. Polytron recently announced the pre-order date for Fez would be April 22 on Steam and GOG.com and added the pre-order sales would be discounted by 10%. After the post received a few negative comments about the pricing, Fish expressed his feelings (as he does) on Twitter with the following comment:

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Not one to leave well enough alone, Fish continued the diatribe (as he does) with this beauty of a tweet that reached the ‘epic’ level of Internet trolling:

Screen Shot 2013-04-21 at 9.04.55 PMYou read it correctly. At this point, the public relations train completely derailed with the next few tweets:

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As you would expect, the tweets generated their fair share of backlash and cited Fish’s appearance in Indie Game: The Movie as evidence the creator of Fez is little more than a rather unpleasant fellow who doesn’t deserve the sales. A Reddit post urging gamers not to buy Fez made the front page of r/gaming and the comments were both interesting and hilarious as you might expect (example):

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I don’t know about you, but I actually like Phil Fish. From everything I’ve read about the guy and seen in IG:TM, he went through a hell of a lot of pressure and trolling during the lengthy development of Fez, and we all know the gaming community can be extraordinarily harsh at times. Fish is a real character who isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and who knows – perhaps we’ll never see anything else from him or Polytron in the future.

Yet, Fez is a great little game that has sold over 200,000 copies already on XBLA and amassed a nice list of awards and accolades – including an 89 on Metacritic.

It seems a little harsh to boycott a good game because the designer is a little eccentric and outspoken. I’ll even go as far as saying Fish is occasionally crass and rude – but he’s also sensitive sometimes and you have to wonder how the collective acrimony fuels a lot of what he says.

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Fez pre-orders are available April 22 and the game releases on Steam May 2, 2013…and I’ll be buying one.

Source: Polytron / Reddit

  • http://pixelenemy.com Andrew Esposito

    I like Phil Fish as well. Gamers think they are so f’ing entitled. It makes me sick. Why discount the game at all? $10 is a great price for FEZ. People might not know how deep the game actually is…easily over 10+ hours to see/do/understan everything.

    If you have not played it, you should definitely check out FEZ; It’s an incredible experience.

  • http://twirlbound.com Matthijs

    I love Phil Fish. He’s gotten to the point where he is kind of a hero for me; his obsession in making FEZ, as was clearly seen in IG:TM, is something I can relate to. The fact that he’s not afraid of his customers because he just really loves his game is cool. Heck, $10 seems low.

  • https://twitter.com/RobbieToomer robbie toomer

    Isn’t he the guy that was referenced in “The Binding of Isaac” as a Judas?

  • https://twitter.com/MillionCrore MillionCrore

    Lmao!!! He is right about it being his choice of changing the price and that $9 isn’t a lot.

  • cicina

    What a cunt :D:D:D
    I hope he dies in a fire, stupid four eyed piece of shite.

  • Dave

    Phil Fish is my hero.

  • Paul

    Fish seems like a dick, but I think he just loves trolling people and doesn’t give a shit.
    Which is very refreshing attitude, frankly :-)

  • Sarah

    I have followed Phil’s stuff on deviantArt for years- way before Fez was even a thing, and the art he made (and stupid hilarious videos) still crack me up. I haven’t watched Indie Game:The Movie, but very much would like to. I think he’s a funny dude and I like his work. And heck, if he has a picture of Andy Kaufman on his Twitter avatar, you KNOW he’s trolling anyway. :) He’s put a lot of hard work into Fez, and as a fellow game developer, I understand wanting people to know and appreciate that.

  • N4tja

    If only he would put half the effort he put into making the game towards his potential buyers he could be selling a lot more. I like his style, but I’m not sure it’s the best approach. Just imagine if all business transactions went like this.

  • http://www.brokencrowngames.com Tyler

    “Dude, he’s Hitler, not a monster.” — Best jab at Origin I’ve ever heard.

    As for Phil, unless they’ve created a large title as indie, chances are 99% of fans have no clue the stresses involved. Personally as a dev I forgive them their ignorance and move on – Phil tends to lean in the other direction :)

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    If only he would put 50 percent the attempt he put into creating the experience towards his audience he could be promoting a lot more. I like his design, but I’m not sure it’s the best strategy.

  • leopoldfrank

    I agree with him entirely. The people whinging are pathetic.