Fez is set to release on XBLA in mere days. With reviews for the game coming out, the controversy behind the developerís stance on Japanese games has come back to light. Many people are still outraged on the situation, and are planning to boycott the game. The thing is I think these people are going to miss out on a great game, all because of a statement that doesnít affect them.
For those of you not in the know, Phil Fish, the developer of Fez, was asked his opinion on current Japanese games during an Indie Game: The Movie panel. He gave his honest opinion in response: ďYour games just suck.Ē This got gamers on the internet in an uproar, personally attacking Phil as well as saying that they were going to pirate his game, or just not buy it. Instead of ignoring the people attacking him, he responded. And for that, I donít blame him.
Fez is a project that Phil has been working on for five years now. And for people to come out and attack him and the project heís put a lot of his life into, I feel he has the right to defend it. Heís just one guy, compared to studios of hundreds of people. Do I think counter-attacking was a good idea? Absolutely not. Counter-attacking the internet is like adding gasoline to a fire. Itíll just makes things worse. However, he is entitled to his own opinion, as is everyone on the internet.
His statement on Japanese games didnít hurt me in any way, and I like Japanese games. In fact, my second favorite game of 2011 was by a Japanese developer. Not to mention that I have major respect for some Japanese developers, like Suda51, Hideo Kojima, and Shigeru Miyamoto. I enjoy their games immensely, both new and old. If someone were to say that they didnít like the same things I like, whether it be Phil Fish, or someone I immensely respect, I wouldnít care because I still like what I like.
People shouldnít overlook a great game just because of a developerís personal opinion. What he said had no effect on how good the game is, and it also wonít effect on how enjoyable it is either. Iím not trying to get people to buy the game, but more to not overlook it. Great games being overlooked for weird reasons drives me crazy. And it seems pretty obvious that Fez is a great game.
Still not going to buy the game? Thatís your decision. Overlooking a great game due to a comment that doesnít affect your opinion whatsoever is your loss. As for me, Iím going to enjoy Fez this Friday.