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Near, the creator of bsnes, higan and more has died

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The highly respected developer known as Near, creator of emulators like bsnes, higan and more has died. Near has a long history in the emulation scene, working with others and often alone to create some really important software focused on accuracy and also contributions to translating some really popular titles.

Please be aware the following links have some disturbing content that touches on bullying, suicide and more.

In the early hours of June 27, Near (whose real name is Dave and identifies as non-binary) posted a very concerning thread on Twitter, explaining how they've suffered their whole life from bullying, harassment and more. This wasn't just in early life but across the internet too from the likes of 4chan and later a site called Kiwi Farms. The Twitter post was very alarming and painted a concerning picture of their declining mental health. Later that same day, respected security consultant and hacker Hector Martin posted on Twitter a Google Document file to explain that Near has died.

Near's work will live on, and they asked that we remember them for their work and dedication to the emulation community.

If you're struggling with mental health we urge you to seek help through friends, family and other specialised services like National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US) / Mind (UK) and you can find more resources across different countries here.

Out of respect we will not have the comments online for this one. May they rest in peace.

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