Artists, Even Game Developers, Are Weird. That's A Good Thing.

Video games have their rockstars. But they're not the same kind of rockstars as the ones who strut around in dresses made of meat or go on talk shows to argue about their Twitter feuds. Compared to pop music or Hollywood, games often seem like they have a culture of celebrity that's far more subtle. Nonexistent, even.… » 4/16/14 3:30pm Yesterday 3:30pm

Twitter Rage Is Silly

If the past week has taught us anything it's that people take imaginary guns really seriously, enough to say some really vile things. We also found out that saying some not very nice things can lead to games getting cancelled and in that situation we all lose. » 7/30/13 12:30pm 7/30/13 12:30pm

A Locker-Room Talk Might Have Spared Us From Yesterday's Fez Fiasco

The things I said were out of line and the mouth that said them would soon be out of alignment, too. That's the polite version of a one-way conversation about 20 years ago in a far off arena, when the difference between criticism and a harangue was expressed to me in very physical terms. » 7/28/13 4:30pm 7/28/13 4:30pm

Twitter Blowup Leads to Sudden Cancellation of Fez II

Polytron, the studio behind the indie hit Fez, announced over its official Twitter that development on Fez II has been canceled. It appears to be related to a very heated Twitter argument between Polytron founder Phil Fish and an Internet personality who sharply criticized him today. » 7/27/13 3:17pm 7/27/13 3:17pm

Xbox Live Stops Charging Studios to Patch Games; Fez Creator Upset

When a rare—but utterly game-breaking bug—crippled the indie sensation Fez, its maker said it would issue no patch to fix it. That's because Microsoft would have charged "tens of thousands of dollars" to put out the patch out over Xbox Live. Yesterday, the company revealed it did away with those charges back in April. » 6/29/13 11:00am 6/29/13 11:00am

Don't You Have Anyone Better To Hate Than The Guy Who Made Fez?

Phil Fish, the main guy behind indie platformer Fez, isn't exactly the most popular figure among online gaming communities. Whether it be the way he was portrayed in documentary Indie Game: The Movie or stuff like his comments on Japanese gaming, whenever his name comes up - or even mention of Fez - out come the… » 4/23/13 11:30pm 4/23/13 11:30pm

Some People Will Tell You How Many Copies Minecraft Sold on Xbox 360.…

Microsoft press release today: "Microsoft today announced that Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, the console adaptation of the hugely popular PC game developed by Mojang, has broken all previous digital sales records, selling more than any other title in the first 24 hours on Xbox LIVE Arcade." [That's an excerpt.] » 5/10/12 4:00pm 5/10/12 4:00pm

Lordy, Lordy, Fez Finally Gets a Release Date

Fez, the perspective-shifting platformer and poster-child for independent games development hell, is ready to go and will arrive April 13, says its studio, Polytron. That's Friday the 13th, a fitting irony for something that's been in production for more than four years. The game will be offered over Xbox Live Arcade… » 3/28/12 8:30pm 3/28/12 8:30pm

Fez Really Looks Like It's Going to be Worth the Fuss

I've bagged on Polytron and Phil Fish and the development hell in which they've been stuck for four years. And Fish recently said some intemperate things about Japanese games development, and gamers. Standing apart from all of that is Fez, which just looks sensational in this six-minute video of gameplay from its… » 3/14/12 10:00pm 3/14/12 10:00pm

Japanese Games "Just Suck" Target Speaks Out

Earlier this week, game designer Phil Fish (above), best known for Fez » 3/09/12 4:01am 3/09/12 4:01am, set off a firestorm. During a Q&A after documentary , a Japanese game designer asked Fish what he thought of modern Japanese games. Fish gave his honest opinion—rather bluntly. "Your games just suck," Fish infamously said.