Mike Fahey, a well-known big brother in video game journalism, has died at the age of 49

Mike Fahey, a well-known big brother in video game journalism, has died at the age of 49 ...

Mike Fahey of Kotaku, one of the oldest-tenured writers at the most popular video game websites, passed away on Friday. He was 49. Over 16 years, Fahey wrote with great wit and deep respect for toys, snacks, giant robots, video games, and the emotional bonds that bind them all to his listeners.

Fahey's death has been confirmed by his partner, Eugene Abbott, on Friday. In 2018, Fahey suffered an aortic dissection, which is a severe 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, and he died of an infection related to these chronic health problems.

Mike Fahey joined Kotaku in 2006 after making funny online posts about a Pikachu plushie that went missing. According to Polygon, people would hang up a sign saying We have your Pikachu. I believe it was strapped to the front of an 18-wheeler the last time it was seen.

Fahey, Kotaku's editor-in-chief from 2005 to 2011, mentioned that Crecente was a commenter on a blog that Crecente had started prior to the company's founding. When Crecente was named Kotaku editor, Fahey was his first hire.

Crecente said that the reason I hired him, and the reason he continued to work there, was because he was such a naturally funny guy. For him, it was an inherent ability. It was so natural. I pushed him to do investigative writing and longer-form writing, but I think the thing he liked the most was making people laugh.

When Crecente hired Fahey in November 2006, he had remained on the job since. I once again had a job, a girlfriend, and eventually my own apartment, without roommates, according to Fahey. At Kotaku, Fahey became known for his appraisals of delectable treats Snacktaku was the starting title of these posts, as well as for celebrating the lighter moments of video gaming culture.

Fahey grew up an everyman pop culture fan, with his interests and passion spanning the Transformers, Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, and Madden NFL, and especially role-playing games. In October 2009, he published a groundbreaking memoir of his own video game addiction while playing EverQuest, and how it broke apart a relationship with Abbott, which he would soon mend.

Everyone would say, Ha ha, you were obsessed with video games? Abbott said on Monday. They seemed to understand that Fahey was getting to level 40, which they nonetheless disliked, 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.

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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 Volkswagen overhead, then smashed it with an Xbox One copy of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. The case is still attached to the ceiling.

Fahey encouraged comparisons to the cliche of the big, overgrown kid, not least because he was 6-foot-6. Abbott recalls that he would return from business visits to conventions and expos carrying a suitcase full of surprises for their children. Hed bring the suitcase home with a suitcase and open it up, and all the candy and toys would come out, they said.

Abbott said he brought the kids home from Momocon 2015 [in Atlanta] with a lot of ramune and Hi-Chew [candy] and called them in, then sat down, surrounded by candy.

Polygon senior news editor Michael McWhertor, who was hired to Kotaku shortly after Fahey, had a similar impression from covering San Diego Comic-Con together. I went back to the hotel room, and there was Fahey, lying on his bed, surrounded by all the toys he purchased from the show floor, like a kid on Christmas.

Michael Fahey is survived by Abbott and their two sons, Seamus and Archer, both 11. A GoFundMe campaign has been established to assist the family.