Cliff Bleszinski Defends Phil Fish and His Twitter Rampage

Bleszinski defends Phil Fish, the creator of indie game FEZ.

Earlier today, Phil Fish, the creator of the indie game FEZ and subject of the acclaimed “Indie Game” documentary, decided to go on a twitter rampage and effectively cancel FEZ 2.  Since then, there has been a backlash from the twitterverse about Fish’s comments, with people calling him “whiny” among other things.  However, he does have one person in his corner.  That person is Cliff Bleszinski, the former head of EPIC and outspoken supporter of game developers. 

In a swath of supportive statements on his twitter account, Bleszinski defends the indie dev stating.

“If I bled out of my eyeballs for years to make Fez (lawsuits and all) and were publicly attacked I'd be a bit defensive and sensitive too.”


“This industry could use MORE unique talent like Phil Fish.”

With all of the drama surrounding the release of the first FEZ, it is not surprising that Fish would want to cancel the second game. However, it might be a good idea for ol’ Phil to get some sort of PR person that could handle his social media accounts.  Though he may be frustrated at the internet, he needs to know when to stay his tongue if he expects to keep his loyal fans and continue to create amazing games.

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Published Jul. 28th 2013
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    Yes, Cliffy B tell everyone what I have too! But Phil did go a bit too far. He is still great though! I wonder if any of this melt down will be in the new Indie Game: The Movie stuff.
  • Peter_8073
    Phil being how he is is what got him any sort of attention in the first place. That and his game being pretty cool.

    I wouldn't wish for either to change.

    I am just saddened and disappointed that he would wish to retire after taking it all this far. He's dealt with assholes on Twitter for so long he should be sufficiently battle-hardened. His game speaks for itself, and I thought he'd at least be able to hold that as a torch going forward.
  • Golden_5283
    Why shouldnt he be ranting on his Twitter account? Its HIS twitter account, he should be able to do whatever he wants on his twitter account. That's what is wrong with the world today. People are constantly trying to tell OTHER people how they should be. Im glad he said it and i will buy every game he creates from here on out. If you get attacked , attack back.
  • Raymond W
    Featured Correspondent
    You might have missed the section in his outrage where he declared he was leaving the gaming industry; your wallet will probably stay fairly full with regards to Fish.
  • THWIP71_9472
    Careful don't want to end up looking like Aaron Rodgers....publicly defending a loser, making you look like a fool.
  • Si_W
    You talk about a backlash of twitter comments, but in the same breath equate them to loyal fans? How does that work exactly? Is this some kind of Twitter rule whereby you can be classed as a loyal fan even if you badmouth the person you're following?

    I really despair for civilisation since the invention of Twitter.
  • Corey Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    I was only reporting what was being said. Blame the twitter followers. :)
  • Justin Keegan
    if you read back, I think you will find posted are your words; or am I wrong?
  • Corey Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    Yes I wrote the article and stand by what I reported about the subject. Thanks for the feedback. :)
  • Justin Keegan
    Who are you to say he should do anything, people like you are the problem here.
  • Corey Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    This is not the first time FIsh is in hot water with his Public twitter account. And if you read the article, you will see I do not call him names or anything of that nature. I merely state the fact that he should not be ranting on his twitter account that up until yesterday was his way of communicating to the public.
  • Zak Cole
    Ridiculous commentary on this issue. You mention people calling Phil Fish "whiny" amongst other things. There has been huge support for the dev too outside of Cliffy B.

    Calling for him to have "some sort of PR person that could handle his social media accounts". Are you serious? Employ somebody to manage his social media accounts? As a wannabe journalist, calling for someone to have their opinions managed by someone else is ridiculous. And it's ludicrous to insinuate your average game dev could afford that. No matter how much he made on Fez, do you really think he's going to shell out and employ somebody to run his Twitter account. He is one person, not a business.
  • Corey Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    He is also a public figure. He needs to learn how to talk to the public or keep his tweets private which it appears he is now doing as of today.

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