BSNES emulator dev Near passes away
The developer known as Near, best known for the popular SNES emulator BSNES and a fan translation of Bahamut Lagoon, took their own life on June 27th. Some details were revealed (Warning: contains distressing details) by a friend on Twitter, suggesting an online harassment campaign.
Near, who sometimes would go by the names ‘byuu’ and ‘Dave’ and identifies as non-binary, started working on BSNES in 2004 and the goal was to create the most accurate possible SNES emulator with full compatibility, and BSNES became the goal standard for accuracy in the emulation community.
Game historian: Near was also a passionate collector of SNES and Super Famicom games, working to preserve the games for posterity and also spent years translating the JRPG Bahamut Lagoon into English.