On Online Professionalism, Transparency, and Critiques – Phil Fish vs. Marcus Beer Debacle

So Fez II got cancelled and Phil Fish quit the industry due to a culmination of a hate parade on him throughout the years, finally pushed over-the-edge by one Marcus Beer of GameTrailers. In this video, I delve into my thoughts in general of what went down and how we should improve ourselves as game journalists and fans alike. Please note that while I’m not taking the favorable way of going completely against Phil, I rationalize why and do fault him for certain things he has done and said. I may not completely know the details of how this beef came to be and neither I do recite the events in full chronological order, but the vital parts are mostly there. Besides, it’s not about the details here; it’s more about how these people acted in public.

5 thoughts on “On Online Professionalism, Transparency, and Critiques – Phil Fish vs. Marcus Beer Debacle”

  1. Excellent video Ahmed. I agree that game journalism as a whole should be much more professional than it is. I find we give ourselves a really bad name. In a lot of ways we demand to be treated with respect as an industry, but every other day crap like this happens, which completely destroys the little credit we actually have. Gaming is just as important and influential in today’s world as any other form of entertainment, and I find it ridiculous that we embrace this child-like behavior all the time. It’s sad, and frankly disgusting. I get why certain sites and personas use the f-bomb or write in a certain way, but as a whole these shouldn’t become the norm. I actually don’t subscribe to people that rant and rave all the time because it’s just overboard, and quite frankly I don’t want our industry to support people or sites like that. I don’t want us all to be robots either, but there is a line we shouldn’t be crossing. As of now I do subscribe a couple of YouTube ranters, but almost all of these guys have excellent opinions when they’re not ripping a company a new one.

    Anyways, really enjoyed the video Ahmed, and hell yes you are a gaming journalist just like all of us here!

    1. Glad you enjoyed, dude. I had to get this off my chest because it’s been happening to a lot of industry heads as of late, unfairly I might add. While Phil Fish didn’t conduct himself professionally, it was Beer who instigated the whole thing by personally attacking them. This point, unfortunately, can’t get through our heads. I’m already seeing a lot of dislikes and confused commenters who think I’m purely siding with Fish, but facts are facts. I’m sticking to my guns.

      We need to have this certain balance when critiquing the game industry, which we as a site thankfully have. You can joke and make fun of certain things, but crossing that line to personally attacking individuals is too much.

      1. I couldn’t agree more. It’s fine to talk about the industry or even a company in a certain way, much like we do all the time, but singling one person out and verbally attacking them is crossing a line. Even if it was meant as a joke, it’s not funny. What’s even sadder is this whole issues started up because of something so pathetic as “has Microsoft really changed XYZ of their policy?” It wasn’t just Fish that didn’t comment, but Johnathan Blow as well, yet Blow just ignored the comments for the most part. Fish should have done the same, as you said. What annoys me the most is that had these guys worked for a big publisher this never would have happened. Had they been called out like that, the lawyers would have been all over this saying “do that again and we’ll sue you for defamation of character.” In the end this was completely uncalled for, and I’m glad you’re sticking to your gun on this issue.

        1. Yeah, man. You’re right and I completely agree with you. If Blow and Fish were big companies, Marcus could never get away with this. Whether it’s a lawsuit or retort, he would be the one ending up looking bad. But since Phil’s unprofessionalism on twitter attracts haters by the dozen, we have a lot of gamers jumping on the bandwagon cheering that he actually left. Yes, he isn’t innocent, but nothing’s worth getting this upset over as Phil didn’t single out anyone in his comments. I’m surprised that GameTrailers aren’t saying anything on the matter.

          1. Yeah some people just don’t know when to keep their trap shut. As for GameTrailers, I’m curious what’s going on behind the scenes right now because this has made them look pretty bad in my eyes at least. After all, they full endorse this guy.

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