Fez developer's site hit by DDoS attack

As a result, the company's founder says he wants "out" and offers to sell the company and Fez IP.

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As if things weren't already heated enough for Polyton founder and Fez designer Phil Fish, a hack attack on both the publisher's official site and Twitter account may have just pushed him over the edge.

Both the Twitter account and the site came under attack Friday, with Fish saying that they've been "doxed," with various pieces of personal information, like passwords and banking information, being publicly revealed. Since then, the main site has gone into maintenance mode, and the Twitter account has been suspended.

It's been a rough weekend with hacks all around, with Sony's PlayStation Network, Microsoft's Xbox Live and even Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn under DDoS style attacks.

But this one may have pushed Fish over the edge. He announced on his Twitter account, before shutting it down, that he was done. "I would like to announce that Polytron and the Fez IP are now for sale," he tweeted. "No reasonable offer will be turned down. I am done. I want out."

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    August 25, 2014 6:35 AM

    Robert Workman posted a new article, Fez developer's site hit by DDoS attack.

    As a result, the company's founder says he wants "out" and offers to sell the company and Fez IP.

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      August 25, 2014 6:35 AM

      $3.50

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      August 25, 2014 6:49 AM

      lol drama queen

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        August 25, 2014 7:42 AM

        He may have been an ass when it came to interacting with the gaming community, but no one deserves to have all of their personal records leaked for the world to see. Rapists, sex offenders, and murderers don't get this kind of invasion of privacy.

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      August 25, 2014 6:51 AM

      YOU THINK YOU CAN JUST WALK AWAY?

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      August 25, 2014 6:54 AM

      What is this, I don't even, how

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      August 25, 2014 7:13 AM

      Holy shit Phil Fish wants out of games? Will wonders never cease

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      August 25, 2014 7:18 AM

      Keep up the good work Phil!

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      August 25, 2014 7:40 AM

      Any opportunity to get one's name in the press must be taken I guess...

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        August 25, 2014 7:52 AM

        Business gets hacked, owner's personal information gets published. Owner: 'fuck this i'm out.' 'What an attention whore!' cries the internet

        fascinating

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          August 25, 2014 8:17 AM

          He already said he was cancelling Fez 2 and quitting. That was Jul 27, 2013.

          The funny thing is people find out he's even still around because he's announced the same shit again.

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            August 25, 2014 8:29 AM

            He cancelled Fez 2 and said he wasn't going to make any more games. Both of those things have remained true since that announcement, and are quite obviously different from selling your company and IP. Polytron was transitioning into publishing other folks' games until this shit happened.

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              August 25, 2014 8:32 AM

              Good points.

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              August 25, 2014 8:39 AM

              he left forever, didn't leave, and now he's leaving forever again. it's the most typical internet drama loop there is.

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                August 25, 2014 10:10 AM

                First time was him leaving making his own games forever but still publishing other video games. This time it leaving the industry all together. He now wants nothing to do with video games at all.

                Not to mention the fact that he is selling the IP to the one game that he created himself so the crybabies that have been harassing him and bitching at him can finally get what they want: a sequel to a game.

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                  August 25, 2014 10:37 AM

                  Laugh's still on him if it turns out to be a better game.

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          August 25, 2014 12:01 PM

          How many times can he quit? I thought he already peaced out over the last fiasco.

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            August 26, 2014 7:26 AM

            He peaced out on making Fez 2, as far as I know. I think Polytron was going into the publisher world after that statement.

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          August 27, 2014 9:01 AM

          Yeah, except no one 'hacked' him except for himself. It's a ploy for attention. There was too much data exposed in such a short amount of time that there was no way anyone 'hacking' could've done it. He dumped all of his info out there in a ploy to get people to buy his shitty company, and blamed it on the gamer audience that he hates so much.

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        August 25, 2014 8:35 AM

        I was thinking it's more of a pay-someone-to-set-house-on-fire-collect-insurance kind of thing.

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        August 25, 2014 11:06 AM

        Nice victim blaming.

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      August 25, 2014 7:42 AM

      the internet is terrible

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      August 25, 2014 7:49 AM

      Doxing is contemptible, even if Phil Fish comes across as a loud mouthed drama queen.

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        August 25, 2014 7:54 AM

        But no one believes him. He loves dramatic exits with a big ole Andy Kauffman Twitter pic. So no one ever knows what his deal is or how far he'll take his drama. So people doubt it's validity. They think he wants to martyr himself for all this Zoe bullshit. I highly doubt he'd take it this far, but I also think he's a one hit wonder who dreads having to release another game.

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          August 25, 2014 10:29 AM

          I don't think any serious people think he actually did this to himself, because that would be real dumb and probably not accomplish anything he would (hypothetically) want it to.

          That idea seems mostly to be the domain of conspiracy theorists.

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        August 25, 2014 10:53 AM

        I still wonder how the RIAA/MPAA arrived at real people to prosecute 10+ years ago. What happened to that method of locating offending folks and bringing them out of the shadows to face justice?

        Doxing and DDoSing and SWATing and whatever else people think is hilarious needs to be squashed - and in that whole "make an example" style. Grandma faced the wrath of the MPAA and RIAA for downloading a christmas song or whatever... yet we hear nothing about folks that perpetuate this new extremely harmful stuff.

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          August 25, 2014 10:57 AM

          I still hear about DDos takedowns, though usually it's going after the ones running bot farms rather than some idiot on IRC.

          I think the individual would have to file charges about the Doxing. Probably doesn't happen because they just want it to go away.

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      August 25, 2014 7:50 AM

      I'm just gonna say that Derek Smart did it better.

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        August 25, 2014 8:04 AM

        He's still around. He's still making games that look 10 years out of date but some people still enjoy. Seems he's chilled out a bit, still lays into people who ask for it but not like he used to.

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      August 25, 2014 8:42 AM

      Again?

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      August 25, 2014 10:13 AM

      Fez developer's site was not hit by DDoS attack

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        August 25, 2014 10:20 AM

        It's game journalism; don't expect fact checking!

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          August 25, 2014 10:43 AM

          Take that Robert workman! Ya lazy bum

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            August 25, 2014 10:59 AM

            Not necessarily calling him lazy but his priorities in getting the story up has less to do with accuracy and more to do with clicks. That's just an off the cuff judgement call based on the headlines I've seen posted on the front page.

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              August 25, 2014 11:21 AM

              Being inaccurate is one thing, being entirely wrong is another. I get the impression Workman has no clue what DDoS means and is applying the term to random things. He also stated that Zoe Quinn was "under DDoS style attacks" which doesn't really make sense, DDoS is a specific type of attack, and the whole mess with Quinn had nothing to do with any DoS attack, let alone several, in the first place.

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                August 25, 2014 11:44 AM

                I chalked that up to typical "dumbing down" for the audience.

                It's obvious they are writing to bring in a more mainstream audience. Their headlines are so incongruous to the content if the article a lot of times. It's super interesting to me to see how the site is morphing to capture it. I hope one day they share some data on how well it has worked. Must be tough with us pedantic a-holes calling them on it too :)

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                  August 25, 2014 12:01 PM

                  This isn't a matter of pedantry or accuracy, the article is flat out wrong. It would be akin to saying that police officers in Ferguson were pointing nuclear bombs at protesters. It's not a dumbing down, it's telling people something that's completely incorrect.

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      August 25, 2014 11:23 AM

      Wait, was Fish DDoS'd and doxed? Because those are two completely different things and I haven't seen anything linking this weekend's DDoS attacks to Polytron.

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        August 25, 2014 11:58 AM

        I actually don't think they were DDoS'd at all. The Polytron website remained functional, it was just hacked to display whatever information the hackers wanted.