Yesterday, Five Nights At Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon took to the Steam Community pages for FNAF 4 to post a lengthy, but polite, rebuttal to some of the internet hate he has received since his latest release of FNAF 4 on July 23rd.
Cawthon began his message with a sincere thank you to the fans who have supported him and his games over the last year.
“Hi guys. First of all, I wanted to thank the community in general for the huge outpouring of support through emails and in the forums,” he said. “I know a lot of you are concerned about me or think that I’m stressed out. It’s true that I’m stressed a little; but it’s ok because the result was good. I’ve worked very hard this year, almost non-stop, to produce good games for this series. Even though there may be some debate as to how “good” the games are, I did my best to provide some good scares and a good story. All I can do is judge from the Steam reviews that I’ve been mostly successful; so I’m very happy about that.”
He then went on to address those who have cried foul of the fact that FNAF 4 is the fourth game that Scott has developed in less than a year since the first FNAF was released.
“It’s true that there has been a lot of hate toward me lately; on the forums, on youtube, etc. And I’ll be honest, it’s difficult. It’s difficult when people seem to dislike you only because you’ve found success with something,” said Cawthon. “I think some people have this idea that I spend my days swimming in gold coins like Scrooge McDuck, cranking out games with no effort, then laughing all the way to the bank. The reality is quite different, and I think that people who hate on me for being successful are misguided.”
Cawthon later described how he has worked jobs at both Dollar General and Target as recently as last year. Despite this, he still managed to find time to play Mega Man 3 with his children.
“I guess the reason I’m telling you all of this is to make sure you know that I’m human. I have a lot of flaws, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. My games aren’t perfect, and they never will be. But something more important that I want to convey to all of you, is that you should never listen to people who criticize success simply because it’s success. Being good at something is something to strive for, not something to demonize,” he said.
Scott closed his message to the fans, and the haters, with an inspiring message to all up-and-coming game developers and Youtube Let’s Play stars.
“I’m getting too old for this. And when I retire someday, I’m going to want to sit down at a computer and play YOUR games, read YOUR stories, and watch YOUR videos. Don’t fall in with the people who have already given up on themselves. You are tomorrow’s next big thing. :),” said Cawthon.
Despite what his haters and detractors might think, Scott Cawthon is a human being created in Christ’s image just like the rest of us. He just happens to have created a game series that has turned into a cultural phenomenon worldwide. A phenomenon that doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
Before I became a Geek Under Grace I was a student of Journalism and have always aspired to write for a gaming and geek culture publication. I am truly blessed to have found an outlet to reach not only thousands of fans, but those who may not have yet found Christ.
My favorite genre of games is third-person/sandbox games. I like the freedom that they allow both in gameplay and in scale and they just seem less bland and limited than more linear titles. I still have a soft spot for RPG games but I now enjoy JRPGs far less than I did as a child because they are still basically the exact same as they always were, with a few exceptions of course. I also enjoy playing more tactical third-person multiplayer shooters or first-person shooters that try to shake things up.
I absolutely hate games based on WWII or Vietnam as those settings and those types of gameplay have been done to death. Though I am not opposed to a future Assassin's Creed title being set during one of these wars. I also typically tend to stay away from MOBA's as they are notorious for abusive, and generally unsavory online communities.
My favorite game of all time is Chrono Trigger, which ironically enough is a JRPG but its one that I consider untouchable in quality. The runner-up for my favorite game of all time would be Star Fox 64.
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