For those that have played it, does your perception (if you have one) of FEZ's developer have any impact on your expectations or reception of the game?
Not my expectation or reception of it, just how I feel about actually buying it to support the guy...
I feel weird about it, he worked his ass off for years to make this game, and it's a game that's supposed to appeal to the child inside all of us, that thrill of discovery, and that's one of my absolute favorite things about video games. Despite that, the way the developer has acted towards the general public, displaying both how disrespectful and egotistical he is, really rub me the wrong way.
I want to play his game, yes, because I don't deny he's pretty talented and devoted to spend so long making the game, but if I'm going to spend money to play it, I'd rather it go to something like charity, rather than the man himself. It's sort of a pointless act of spiting the guy, I'm perfectly aware, but based on my own values I think I'd feel better with myself if I donated to charity to play FEZ, rather than support someone who acts like that towards others. Even if he did make the game, it just seems hypocritical to make a game like FEZ, then behave how he does, it's really jarring. Imagine if some of his online posts were in-game dialogue, that'd be terrible right? Kids play and probably love FEZ, and when they read what the guy who made it says online, they'd probably be disheartened.
That's more or less how I feel about it. Relationships with developers can be just as important as the game itself in terms of wanting to support them. In most cases I really appreciate how open, friendly and receptive independent game developers are towards others, but sometimes you get people who given the circumstances just get a really bad rep. I think that Fish' situation was caused by a mix of neglect for the community who was looking forward to his game from the start, the negative feedback that was caused by that neglect, and how he reacted to that negative feedback (i.e. very aggressively)