Saturday, July 31st, 2021

The developer behind one of the best SNES emulators in the world has ended his life


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Update: A friend who wished to remain anonymous said that Near had tragically ended his life:


ability [Sun 27th Jun, 2021 18:00 BST]: Concerns about safety are increasing near, The man behind the excellent SNES emulator National Bureau of Statistics, After they posted what appeared to be suicidal remarks on Twitter.

Near’s work in the field of retro game preservation and simulation is excellent. Work on BSNES began in 2004 with the goal of making an emulator as accurate as possible. Earlier versions of BSNES were slow to run on anything but top-level hardware, but, because Near doubled its efforts and actually took off the SNES chips to understand them better, it has become the gold standard for SNES emulators , Has 100% compatibility with the entire SNES library. However, despite focusing on its own emulator, Near took time to help the developers of SNES9X to improve the project.

In addition to emulation, Near is also a major force in the field of protection, and even purchased the entire SNES / Super Famicom series in North America and Japan so that they can discard them and ensure that the ROM is as faithful as possible.

Near – who are also called “byuu” and “Dave” and are considered non-binary – Post Earlier today (UK time), they publicized the bullying and harassment they received online.

The full statement can be found below:

The honest truth is that I have been bullied, ridiculed and humiliated all my life. From my earliest primary school memories to the present. It always hurts me so deeply that I can’t describe it in words. When it was 4chan, I could only endure heavy depression.

But Kiwi Farms made the harassment order of magnitude worse. It escalated from attacking my autism to attacking and beating my friend and trying to suicide bait another person, just to get my response. I lost one of my best friends. I feel responsible.

I can no longer deal with this matter. I have tried everything. I have taken all available medicines. I tried multiple therapists. I have tried to isolate myself from the world. It didn’t help at all. Every night, I am full of panic attacks, fears and worries.

I have tried to make changes in every possible way because they want me to do so in order to stop this situation, but it never will. Every few months, there will be something new. A new dox, a new thread, a new tangent. Can’t bear too much.

I have always tried my best to be kind and helpful to everyone. Apart from being weird online, I did nothing wrong. Sometimes it may be a little too enthusiastic. Their horrible claims are completely unfounded. However, if I hurt anyone or make anyone feel uneasy, I’m really sorry.

The Internet is not a game. This is real life. I am a real person. This thing really hurts. I have devoted my entire life to this. I have no friends in real life, and I have no other reason to exist. only this. And now I have nothing.

It’s too late for me, but I pray that someone will do something for the site at some point. There are too many people suffering, and no one seems to care, because we are relatively unknown on the Internet and they know this. Evil triumphs when good people do nothing.

Please don’t remember me because of this. Remember what I did. For my work and dedication. Thank you very much for your kindness and support over the years. I’m sorry, but know that I love you very much. Hope that something better is waiting.

Please don’t hate me for this. As far as I know, this will make some of you suffer, but please understand that my suffering is much more. I believe some people will try to take this as my fault. but it is not the truth. They don’t have to do this, they can stop at any time, but choose not to do so.

If Joshua Moon showed only a little sympathy for me, I would move on. But he chose not to. That’s not me, that’s him. This is true for everyone who has pushed me to this point without letting go. I never got these.

Thank you very much for your kind comments. please take care of yourself. I love you very much. Thank you for your support over the years. It’s an honor that I will miss you so much, but at least I can finally calm down.

according to Theory beast in Reset era, “Kiwi Farms”-the website mentioned by Near-focuses on online cyberbullying of individuals:

Kiwi Farms was spun off from CWCiki, which is a wiki dedicated to Chris-Chan. They are a forum focused on cyberbullying others. They especially tend to pay attention to people in disadvantaged groups. For example, as far as I know, Byuu is considered non-binary, which is why they started harassing him. They seem to be the main catalyst for this situation.

Since the statement was issued, some Twitter fans have tried to get in touch with Near, who lives in Japan, through the US Embassy.

This is a developing story, and we will update this article when we learn more. At the same time, the entire team of Nintendo Life extended their best wishes to Near.If you want to help in some way, please consider donating to Samaritan, An organization focused on helping those struggling to cope with mental health issues and depression.

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