So, in case you missed the weekend long drama that began with Game Trailer's Marcus Beer's tirade against Phil Fish, you can catch up on the whole thing here.
Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski has decided to let the industry know just exactly his thoughts on the matter via his blog. Bleszinski goes on to ask Fish to reconsider his leaving of the game industry,
“You don’t owe a damned thing to any gaming journalist. We’ve seen the rise of many “Rush Limbaughs” in the gaming industry, people who do videos or podcasts digging a finger into an open wound that gets the gaming community going because, hits."
“You DO owe a great product to your community, something I hope you’ll resume doing some time in the near future. The industry needs people like you to speak with their hearts before their brains because I’m tired of hearing the PR approved appropriate response.
“I’m tired of games that feel like they’ve been developed by focus groups or clueless executives going “Hey that Call of Duty is big, we need one of those!”
“Besides, at the end of the day, that cycle of community feedback and crafting that big fireball is entirely too addictive. Come back, Phil. We miss you already. Maybe I’ll be right behind you, returning with Adamantium skin.”
Whatever your feelings about Fish as a person, there's no denying the man is an incredibly talented designer with one of the sharpest senses of creativity in the industry. While AAA games will continue to appeal to broad audiences with blockbusters that, if we're being completely honest, can be, derivative. We need games like Fez.
Creativity and originality are a valauble commodity in this industry and we'd all be made to suffer if designers like Fish were pilloried everytime they misspoke. What do you think? Get at us and let us know.