Nearby, also known by his username Byuu, the creator of several innovative video game emulators and a recently celebrated JRPG translation Bahamut Lagoon, has died by suicide.
Near published a on Twitter explaining how they were affected by a harassment campaign organized against them at the Kiwi Farms forum. Later, Hector Martin, an IT consultant and Linux hacker, published a message about Near a common friend (CW: contains explicit details of Near's suicide method) and said they had confirmed Near's death to police in a follow-up tweet. The linked document also focuses on the Kiwi Farms forum and the annoyance and harassment of Near and her friends.
Near bsnes was the first Super Nintendo emulator with 100% compatibility and higan is a multi-system emulator that supports 26 different devices, including NES, SNES, Game Boy and Game Boy Advance, Sega Master System and Genesis / Mega Drive and PC Engine. If you’ve played any of the independent games influenced by EarthBound, also known as Mother 2, it’s likely that the game designer had an open copy of EarthBound in Higan as a reference.
Parts of the emulator created to preserve Stephen Hawking's speech synthesizer works in the last years of the famous physicist's life, they even borrowed from Higan's open source.
In the field of fan translation, Near contributed programming to game locations such as Mare 3, Dragon Quest 5, Der Langrisser, and launched a location of Bahamut Lagoon in 2021, 23 years after starting it, as a Vice profile explain.
If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts, contact National suicide prevention lifeline (WE), Crisis Services Canada (CA), Samaritans (UK), or Lifeline (AUS). If you're out of these regions, check it out list of a hotline in your country.