Higher, Drier Socks (Super Mario 64 Re-imagining)
by Zackery Wilson
From the man himself:
"Dire, Dire Docks" is one of the greatest video game tunes ever written and, subsequently, one of the most heavily remixed video game tunes of all time. Admittedly, we really don’t need another remix. But I ask: do we need an absolute dismantling (past the point of recognition) of a tune we’ve all adored since childhood? Eh, probably not, but I went ahead and made one anyway. :)
After looking deeper into the thing and thinking about it for the last hour, it’s kind of a two-fold thing. On one side, Phil would need to get thicker skin to survive the level of fame he has garnered. Actors and especially singers all get this kind of shit from people and they have to learn how to deal with it. I also understand how hard it is and it depends on your personality, how much you care about the negative remarks. Even the flat out hurtful comments that really hold no merit and should just be ignored are sometimes hard to dismiss and not have an effect on you. I got my first hate mail just the other day and I barely dodged its blow. I can’t really imagine how life must be like when you’ve got constant harassment like this happening to you.
So on one side I’d say, yeah, you need thicker skin and ways to cope with his level of popularity, because, having a public face, inevitably will bring this into your life. However, on the other side, that doesn’t mean it’s simply OK to accept is as a matter of life. No! This indeed is harassment and just like Anita Sarkeesian doesn’t deserve any of the hate, so doesn’t Phil, so doesn’t anyone. In a normal world, we’d all be either supportive of each other or minding our own business, getting along. Attacking each other? That’s not acceptable. So as much as it’s wise to develop thick skin, we need to constantly call out hateful attitude, because it’s plain fucking wrong. Maybe, just maybe, influence after influence, things can change.
"Fez 2 is cancelled. I am done. I take the money and I run. This is as much as I can stomach. This isn’t the result of any one thing, but the end of a long, bloody campaign. You win."
I’m very sad to learn that. It’s the end of a battle against internet bullying and dealing with a very bipolar love/hate reaction from people. This time we’ve lost though. We’ve lost because we’ve made a creator quit. From my own experience with emotional developers (let’s say I have a friend of a friend who has this problem :S) I’d like to believe he’ll be as quick to reconsider as he canceled it, but maybe develop out of the spotlight and then pull a surprise fuck-you-guys release after the next couple of years. I swore to get off social networks many times, I approximately know how that feels.
But we’ll always have the original FEZ. Nobody can take that away now. I’m glad he pulled it through the first time. No matter what people think of his opinions or personality, it makes Phil forever one of the best game designers/pixel artists. I’m also glad it enabled Renaud (programmer) and Disasterpeace (music) to sign under their biggest masterpieces so far. We’ll always have FEZ.
It’s a Saturday, I’m ill and need to stay in bed, and I just got the special edition of Indie Game: The Movie. I think I know what needs to be done.
A dear friend of mine reminded me to tag my posts with warning for epilepsy. It did cross my mind before to put the warning in the description, but tagging seems to be the right way to do it as people can then have those tags blacklisted.
I went back and applied the GIF Warning and Epilepsy Warning tags to quite some of my posts as I want to be responsible about it and make this a safe blog. Expect it by default in the future. The article linked above is a great resource for identifying what kind of posts to tag.