Mike Fahey of Kotaku, one of the oldest-tenured writers at one of video games' oldest and most popular online publications, passed away on Friday. He was 49. Over 16 years, Fahey wrote with great hilarity and deep affection for toys, snacks, giant robots, video games, and the emotional bonds that tie them all to his readers.
Eugene Abbott, Fahey's partner, confirmed his death on Friday. Fahey suffered an aortic dissection, which is a tearing of the body's main artery, that paralyzed him from the chest down and forced him to use a wheelchair. In April, Fahey suffered another such tear, this time from an infection related to these persistent health problems.
Mike Fahey joined Kotaku in 2006 after making hilarious comments about a Pikachu plushie that had gone missing. Abbott told Polygon that he had a Pikachu that people kept kidnapping. I believe it was strapped to the front of an 18-wheeler the last time.
Fahey, the editor-in-chief of Kotaku from 2005 to 2011, recalled being a commenter on a blog he had started prior to the company's founding.
Crecente said that the reason I hired him and why he continued to work there was because he was a naturally funny guy. For him, it was an inherent ability. He was just amazing. He loved reading and longer-form writing.
When Crecente hired Fahey in November 2006, he remained on the job since. I once again had a job, a girlfriend, and eventually my own apartment, sans roommates, wrote Fahey. At Kotaku, Fahey became known for his appraisals of delectable fare Snacktaku was the running title of these posts, as well as for honoring the lighter moments of video gaming culture.
Fahey became an everyman pop culture fan, with interests and interests spanning The Transformers, Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, Madden NFL, and particularly role-playing games. In October 2009, he published a groundbreaking memoir about his own video games addiction while playing Everquest, and how it broke apart a friendship with Abbott that he would soon mend.
Everyone would say, Ha ha, youdated the guy who ignored you for video games? Abbott said on Monday. She seemed to understand that Fahey was working towards level 40, which she nevertheless hated. But there wasnt any part of me that was ever like, Does he care? Does he enjoy the video game more? I was like, Bruh, hurry up.
Michael McDonald's Fight Stick recipes or how to prepare an authentic Castlevania Wall Turkey were part of his workday. In 2008, his one-man campaign for Stan Bush got The Touch, the iconic power ballad from the 1986 Transformers: The Movie animated feature added to Guitar Hero 5.
In one of Fahey's most memorable, and most outrageous, posts for Kotaku, he was playing a video game in his office, looked over his shoulder, and saw a spider the size of a small Volkswagen on the ceiling overhead. It was smashed with a copy of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for Xbox One. The case is still attached to the ceiling.
Fahey made connections to the cliche of the big, overweight kid, not least because he weighed 6-foot-6. Abbott remembers that he would often return from business trips to conventions and expos with a suitcase full of surprises for their children. Hed come home with a suitcase and open it up, and all the candy and toys would go out.
Abbott said he brought a lot of ramune and Hi-Chew [candy] back from Momocon 2015 [in Atlanta] and called the kids in and put them up on the bed, then fell asleep, surrounded by treats.
Polygon news editor Michael McWhertor, who was hired to Kotaku shortly after Fahey, had a similar impression, reporting on San Diego Comic-Con together. I came back to the hotel room, and there was Fahey, reclining on his bed, surrounded by all the toys he bought from the show floor, like a kid on Christmas.
Michael Fahey is survived by Abbott and their two sons, aged 11 and Seamus. A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the family.