YandereDev / EvaXephon
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YandereDev (Alex Mahan) is the sole developer of the indie PC game, Yandere Simulator. He rose to fame when some of the most famous Lets Players, notably PewDiePie and Markiplier, played some of the early builds of Yandere Simulator around 2014 and 2015. Following the success of the early builds of the game, YandereDev started a Patreon and began to raise money to fund its creation. Currently, he manages all PR for the game, is the sole developer, and outsources his art from volunteers and the Unity store.
Part One: The Man, the Myth, the Martyr Complex
~ The History of EvaXephon ~
Yandev first started out on websites like 4Chan on the /v/ board and Gaia throughout the 2000s, under the alias EvaXephonIn /v/, YanDev became infamous for annoying people and constantly spamming links to his streamsOn Gaia, YanDev was known for posting about his troubles with the opposite sex and using Gaia in a similar way to r/rateme is currently used now.Despite some denying the association between YanDev and EvaXephon, On this same account, Yandev also talked about some of the following lovely subjects: (Note: to view better, please right click and open the image in a new tab)Killing his parentsIncel-like behaviorBlaming girls rejecting him solely on his appearanceComplaining when a girl feels uncomfortable that they can't just have a normal friendshipCalling girls "egotistical" if they reject guys who are not as attractive as they areConsistently talked bad about himself and his appearance, showing he had 0 self confidenceCollection of screenshots with all of these can be found hereFinally, the infamous screenshot from Gaia asking users to rate his appearance:Indie Dev Dreams
Throughout his time on /v/, YanDev expressed interest in becoming a video game developerInitially, YanDev wanted to make a fighting game engine and attempted to program one. However, his dreams were soon shot down by Mike Z, developer of Skullgirls who criticized his coding skillsNext, Yandev attempted to make another game. This time, it was a side-scrolling fighting game called "Lunar Scythe," featured a big tiddy goth girl as its protagonist. It wasn't received well on /v/Finally, Yandev comes up with the idea for Yandere Simulator. While this was initially well-received on /v/, his insufferable attitude drove people away from the projectOther Issues— Misogyny, Involuntary Celibacy, and Fanfiction
Back in his Gaia days, YanDev complained that women these days are too independent and aren't like the girls in anime: Innocent, malleable, pure, and docileScreenshots of him saying this are hereDoesn't like when women have a mind of their own, or have had a sexual encounter prior to dating himWrote various fanfics about underage girls in sexual situations, frequently featuring themes of sexual slaveryDisclaimer: These were written a long time ago and many people write fanfics like this, but I still feel that it's important to mention as it's relevant to some of the stuff he's done.All Fanfics can be found hereSome choice quotes:Self-proclaimed "LA Video Games Babe Examiner"Article he wrote back in 2011:People were talking shit about his antics even back in 2011Part Two: The Yandere Simulator Development Saga
~ Easter Egg Simulator ~
As of June 2018, YanDev currently makes over four thousand dollars on his Patreon a month for a game that has been in development for 4 years with little progress.Recently stated in this video that he views his Patreon as a tip jarEndless Updates & Easter Eggs
YanDev frequently updates and releases builds of the game and makes monthly videos about the game's progress on his Youtube ChannelKeep in mind, the game is four years into development and is not even close to a quarter of the way doneMany of these updates are small bugfixes, or miscellaneous easter egg content added in to appeal to those streaming and making videos on the gameYanDev has frequently included copyrighted content in these easter eggs, and famous developers such as Toby Fox have asked him to remove copyrighted content from YanSim.Some popular easter eggs he has included over the years include:Attack on Titan mode, where giant naked character models walk aroundHairstyles inspired by other mediaThe aforementioned Undertale references, where he included a Sans-like model with Gaster Blasters and played Megalovania as the background musicStolen Assets
Throughout the history of Yandere Simulator, various assets have been taken from other creators without their permissionMaster post of all stolen assets in the gameFamous examples include:Nem Esis designOriginal (Artist) / Stolen / YanDev's ResponseThe original grass texture used in the gameOriginal is by Doug ClaytonVarious MMD assets where the creators state that they are for free-use only, and should not be used to make a profitMuch of Mulberry's (Yandev's current main artist) art appears to be tracedEven if some of the stuff is only referenced and not traced, she never tells what artist she referenced to draw the picture and just seems to pass it off as her own artOverall, really unprofessional of Yandev to be using an artist who traces/heavily references other's work and passing it off as their ownMore can be read about Mulberry on her PULL thread hereEvidence under the spoiler:
Bad Relationship with Volunteers
Frequently complains about volunteers, and seems to rarely be able to collaborate with anyonePast volunteers have given various accounts of bad communicationAn account from a volunteer who found out he was EvaXephonRelationship with the Fandom Throughout Development
At the cost of his own health, YanDev valiantly continues to involve himself more than any other dev in his fandom, despite him not even liking them and calling them just "edgy teens"Unlike other developers that would probably ignore messages about the future of the game or keep quiet about it, Yandev feels that he must read and answer every single email he receives.He claims that reading all of these emails has impeded his development of the game, yet refuses to hire a secretary to help him Overall is incredibly unprofessional when interacting with fans of the games, insulting them to their faces and complaining about them in videosHelp from tinyBuild?
In March 2017, YanDev announces that he's now partnering with TinyBuild, the game developer that developed the popular indie horror game, Hello NeighborHowever, as the months pass, YanDev keeps strangely quiet about the partnership and ignores questions from fans about how tinyBuild is helping the game.Fans questioning the status of tinyBuild and YanSim's partnership, and commenting on the fact that YanDev is being unusually quiet about it:1 // 2 // 3Finally, Yandev reveals in a Patreon post that hints that he got rid of tinyBuild because their optimized code was too hard for him to understand, wanted to give his fans constant instant-gratification, and probably wanted that sweet, sweet Youtube cash from his monthly update videos.YandereSim is a Serious, Complex, Professional Game!
Yandev insists in many videos that he wants YanSim to be taken seriously, despite it including extremely serious content like:Big tiddy milfs strait out of the hentais, and extremely ugly male adultsBeing able to enlarge the breasts of female charactersUsing upskirt panty shots of underage girls as currencyStereotypical anime high schoolAnd ridiculous names such as...Osana Najimi幼なじみ, Literally means childhood friend in JapaneseMidori GurinLiterally means "Green Green"Kizana SunobuIn the same vein as Midori Gurin, literally means "Snob Snob"Megami SaikouLiterally means "Awesome Goddess" Asu RitoLiterally the Japanese pronunciation of "Athlete"Many other names, such as Osoro Shidesu, Muja Kina, and Mida Rana are all literal Japanese adjectives, being osoroshii desu (meaning violent), mujaki na (meaning innocence), and midara na (meaning slutty)For a full analysis of the names and suggestions for better, more accurate names, this Reddit post is very helpful.Eva frequently compares the scale and complexity of the game to games like Persona 5, Hitman, and Breath of the Wild All of these games come from fairly large development studios with a large team working on them.All of these studios kept things professional throughout their development process, unlike YanDev's constant updates and extreme involvement with his fandomMerch for an Unfinished Game, and YanSim Propagating Bad Gaming Industry Practices
Despite the game being nowhere near complete, Yandev has a thriving merch store for the game.Merch store is found hereOverall, YanDev propagates bad practices prevalent in the indie game industry such as:The Early Access ProblemPaying for games before even knowing if the game will even be released at allMaking False Promises and Continually Pushing Back DeadlinesOverall, doing this hurts the reputation of other indie game developers and makes people less likely to support indie gamesPart Three: PR Disaster
~ The End of EvaXephon: Tumbling down, tumbling down, tumbling down ~
RIP Discord (June 2018)
After many months of stress and aggravation over the games development, YanDev starts to crack on DiscordWhen responding to fan questions, YanDev gives rude responses or goes on long rants calling them stupidOverall, gives incredibly unprofessional responses and just shows the extent of how bad it is that he's so involved with the fandom of the game he's creatingYanDev Responding to a Fan 1 // YanDev Responding to a Fan 2For further reading, this tumblr shows many receipts of Yandev's unprofessional interactions with fans on Discordr/Yandere_Simulator: Civil War
YanDev makes a video talking down to his fans (once again) and basically states that "The game will come out when it comes out"Video discussing this is reuploaded hereAfter YanDev releases this video, the official subreddit loses it and YanDev supporters & haters clashFans and those who have paid him money on Patreon become disenfranchised with the lack of meaningful updates, YanDev's rudeness, and the continued pushing back of deadlines like OsanaAn r/subredditdrama post detailing the recent problems with YanSim appears, garnering 1.5k upvotesYanDev declares that the old r/Yandere_Simulator subreddit is unoffical, and creates a new one here, now called r/YandereSimulatorFun Fact 1: The most upvoted post on the new subreddit is "What can we ACTUALLY criticize?"Fun Fact 2: There is now a subreddit called r/BannedFromYanSimThe mods of r/Yandere_Simulator are understandably not happy about thisMod of r/Yandere_Simulator, MadelynNolan1995 explains the situation hereBacktracking
On June 10th and 11th, YanDev posts multiple times on his blog attempting to distance himself from his pastSummary of posts:Instead of owning up to his past mistakes, he seems to just brush them off as him being young and edgyYanDev still displays rude and uncalled for behavior to this very day, which he also seems to ask fans to excuse him for He seems to group all the people who have minor issues with the game in the same group as those on Kiwifarms. Overall, it just seems to show how defensive he is of any type of criticism of his game, and view it as extreme hate.Finally, he expresses interest in creating an "official" subreddit for Yandere Simulator - presumably, one that he has full control over and can easily censor when the need to do so arises.As of July 2018, Yandev's blog has either been archived or deleted probably to prevent people from looking at everything he has said
This post is mainly for documenting new stuff happening in the YanDev saga. Please discuss new developments in the discussion thread here.