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  1. Catface77

    Witcher 3 Playthrough Discussion

    Phil, I've noticed you had some trouble with the werewolf. Here's a tip: Dwimeryt Bomb is the most significant of his weaknesses. If you see him activate regen just toss it at him and disables it, although I'm not sure if it does so for the entire duration of the fight. If you plan using signs on a regular basis I suggest investing further into the magic tree and sign intensity, because without those the spells getrather subpar later on. I would also suggest reading about Ciri and the Wild Hunt in the character panel. There are a few oddities concering them which might confuse you later on without some partial knowledge. Finally, the consequences of freeing the spirit will come sooner than you'd think.
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    Witcher 3 Playthrough Discussion

    Well, the fact that people weren't that interested in the content of yesterday's stream is understandable. An outsider might still enjoy the story being driven by someone else, but the thrill of making your character grow by finding cash/weapons/ability points is a rather personal feeling and it is simply reduced to nothing when you watch another person do it. Still, hearing Phil denounce the game's side content so early on is really damn unexpected and weird. Large chunks of his massive Skyrim playthrough are filled with exploring generic and uninspired dungeons. Large chunks of his DA:I playthrough are filled with doing copy-paste "bring me 100 of this material" quests. Often without any sort of complaint. Repetitiveness wasn't an issue there. On the contratry, both games were praised for having tons of content! If "generic RPG stuff" wasn't an problem back then, why make it an problem now?
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    Witcher 3 Playthrough Discussion

    ​I don't really think so. Phil did the main quest of the prologue + the 3-4 story driven side quests rather quickly and then he was free to open up the rest of the world. However, he did decide to do some extended exploring, which involved very basic treasure hunting and fighting hordes of familiar bandits/wolfes/ghouls. Of course he would get a bit bored. But keep in mind that he exhausted all the story driven quests for this area, so there was no possiblity of mixing things up. Now there are tons of city hubs around filled with good stuff. Fedex quests are kept to a mininum. Most of the quests are rich with story and you really feel there's a weight to your consequences.
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    Witcher 3 Playthrough Discussion

    Honestly, I don't know what Phil did expect of out treasure hunting and map exploring. It isn't meant to be overly exciting and certainly isn't the focus of the game. The actual side quests found in the villages/cities (like contracts, for instance) are some of the best in an open world game. Keep in mind that DA:I being fedex bonanza didn't prevent him from drooling all over the game and doing a two month (?) long PT, so there is little excuse for him to denounce this one so early on. Edit: typos
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    [1/27] [PS4] Dying Light Discussion

    ​The playthrough was already ruined where the survivor rank glitch happened and threw the game balance upside down. I'm surprised he decided to put up with it and continue on. Anyhow, I watched the last batch of videos. His frustration was completely justified. No gamer should be forced to humbly and silently endure such nonsense. First Watch Dogs, then AC: Unity, then Lords of the Fallen, now this...I personally hope there will be more vocal reactions against unfinished products, not less, or else situations like these will become the norm.
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    DSP's Game of the Year Awards 2014

    Wolfenstein and Bayonetta not making even top 10 made me raise my eyebrows, but at the same time he definitely caught my attention now. Very interested what the top 3 will be like.
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    Should threads...

    Actually, the first thread was closed because it was deemed a hopeless case; specifically, because it would naturally (inevitably?) lead to flame wars. Of course we can discuss whether such judgement is correct or not, but if it is, then Phil made the right decision locking the other one - for it would simply mean more of the same.
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    Playthrough Improvement Suggestions

    I think this line of thought is too fatalistic. If Phil was indeed immune to change then we would still have the 30-40 minute long prestreams full of complaining about views/personals problems. He wouldn't think of initiating a discussion about doing more edited montages.
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    Playthrough Improvement Suggestions

    ​Well, there are exceptions, but in general I must agree. From his library of 2014 Playthroughs I can pick a handful that are good, with none of them being very good; certainly nothing on the same level as his PTs of Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy, Silent Hill or the Arkham/Mass Effect/Fallout series. This post does a good job of pointing out nearly all that is wrong with his current style of humor. Nevertheless, I disagree with some points: 1. About the "non-comformist" thing, I doubt Phil thinks that disegarding the game's instructions or conventions makes him a better person. He probably thinks it is entertaining, and to be honest, most of the time it is. More often than not it leads to moment that is funny in itself, without the need of any commentary, like that one time in his Read Dead Redemption PT where he failed the very first mission by refusing to enter the saloon. 2. Likewise, I think his playthroughs wouldn't be the same if he wasn't unobservant, it simply leads to a lot of funny moments. His actual problem is that he gets irritated way too fast when he gets stuck instead of calmly thinking about solving the problem. 3. Laughing at his own jokes. I don't think this is a valid complaint in general. It's as if I cooked my own meal, then proceed to enjoy myself as I eat it, nothing wrong with that.
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    Mods need to speak with Phil about locking threads

    Hmm, wasn't the "Plummeting Morals..." the only one to be locked?
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    RENAMED: How Phil Can Improve Himself

    With the intent of breaking this unberable unanimity and perhaps sparking some practical controversly, I will now add my own thoughts to this thread. You see, I actually think Phil was right (though perhaps "justified" is a better term) when he made the decision to lock the other topic. I understand that people are disappointed, since Phil's answer to the idea of a debate was rather cold and unsatisfactionary. However, he did provide a brief, yet clear reasoning behind his reluctance. Maybe it was correct, maybe it was not, I don't know. In fact, I still don't know, because nobody thought to respond to it in a thoughtful manner. Instead, people found it convenient to take advantage of their numbers and create a circlejerk (I apologize for the vulgar term, but I think it's appropriate), in order to reassure themselves and justify the one, true narrative. "Typical Phil! Of course he would refuse! He seems to enjoy ruining his image!" - that's all I've got from the last batch of posts. There are two crucial things that forums users need to keep in mind in order to lower the risk of such unfortunate incidents happening: 1. Phil is fighting an uphill battle. It's always him versus hundreds (thousands?) of critics. Yes, on this forum he has hired men that help him with moderation, but he doesn't have hired men that would explain things to people - he alone must do the answering. For that alone he deserves minimum sympathy and respect. I would advise any critic of Phil to sit down, think hard and make this one, detailed, quality post that would actually cause him stop and think. Don't mass-produce posts that are essentially scathing jabs devoid of substance. They add very little to the discussion, they derail and bloat any thread at a rapid pace and simply cause irritation for the person that they are directed towards. The truth is, the last thread got annihilated long before it was locked by Phil. 2. Some of you often commit the same mistake that you accuse Phil of. Just as Phil has a habit of unfairly assuming certain things about his critics, so the critics often unfairly assume things about him. When he posted his reply, people simply took it for granted that he refused to have a debate out cowardrice or stubborness. But perhaps Phil indeed witnessed some unpleasant and alarming things that would make him sceptical in regards to the idea? With some patience and thoughtful questioning we could get his full perspective and maybe even get to the root of the problem. Instead, people just...gave up. Finally, one comment on the recent arrival of the SoK group. I have nothing against their presence. The forums should know only one kind of bigotry - bigotry against people who violate the rules. If they don't misbehave, they should be left in peace. But again, folks around here are quick to take things for granted. I am being informed that decent and misunderstood individuals arrived to correct an unkind and misunderstanding individual. I am being told that now we're one big family. I wish that would be the case, but I remain a sceptic. One question that I would like to have answered - preferably by some informed and honest SoK member - is this: why is that you behave like first-class diplomats on the forums, yet your Twitter feeds always seem to be full to the brim with all kind of low and provacative sneering? Such behavior at best does nothing move the situation forward, at worst it makes the communication barrier between both sides that much impenetrable.
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    Playthrough Improvement Suggestions

    The big problem with the sexual/racial humor is not that it is offensive or rude, but that it is guilty of commiting the biggest sin that any joke could possibly commit - it is not funny. There are exceptions of course. To be honest, I was never amused by it even in Phil's earlier years. He would usually resort to it as a sort of cheap filler, when he couldn't quite find the wit needed to make a truly good joke. However, recently it seems that Phil has made (perhaps somewhat subconsciously) this sort of humor the main star of the show. Do I think Phil is washed-up? No. I did find his recent WWE Sims to be really entertaining (I expected no less - they were always good) and the recent GTA5 and KH2 playthroughs had some nice moments of genuine wit too. I just think that he is far less consistent in this departament than he was few years ago.
  13. ​I actually disagree with this approach. There exists great risk of such apology not ending an argument, but starting it. If Phil did apologize, then it would no doubt attract some very concerned individuals (and who can assure their concern would be sincere or not?) that would have Phil apologize for all his other wrongdoings as well. Perhaps he should also apologize for his unjust review of Dark Souls? Perhaps he should apologize lashing out at League of Legends players? Perhaps he should apologize for the numerous feuds he had with other Internet personas? Perhaps he should even apologize for the Friend Ridicule videos? It's similar to one of those tissue boxes - you pull a tissue, another comes out, you pull that one too, another comes out...and it never seems to end. Such approach, idealistic as it may be, is also rather unpractical. Instead of focusing on erasing past wrongs, he should focus on avoiding future ones. There is one more problem. Phil can send out a positive message, but how many would truly appreciate it? Would there be a crowd of people saying "good on you Phil, we will keep our end of the bargain and delete these critical videos, which are no longer valid"? Not really. Majority of folks, as I said earlier, were in it for the fad - they made their share of videos, got their share of laughs and left the issue entirely, never to return. Then we have the persons who are still actively monitoring the whole ordeal. I consider some of them decent and rational people, but then again, many out there see only what they want to see. That's why each podcast gets a ton of requests that Phil should fully address such and such issue, even though I remember podcasts where he already did. People still insult him as "overweight" and consider it valid. I suspect that no matter what Phil does from now on, he will have the misfortune of dealing with people stuck in time warp. Fighting devils is a very enjoyable adventure - which is why often people unjustly create their own devils when there are no real ones to be found.
  14. Yes, but that happened only after the unfortunate and awkward incident where Phil had to pledge not ban anyone personally. If they decide to invade the forums and cause trouble they'll just get booted, there really is no need to stuff a sock into our mouth out of fear of a few hellraisers.
  15. The controversial side of Phil was very visible as early as 2009. The reason why it wasn't detrimental to his content is: 1. It was initially done in a corner. Aside from notoriously calling everyone a scrub during SF matches or the Friend Ridicule videos, there wasn't too much negative emotion to be found. People simply assumed it was a small stain on largely positive character. 2. It was well channeled. His demolition job of the gaming media and the underserved praise for Halo 3: ODST was warmly welcomed because he was right. His rant against poorly thought out Youtube website design was warmly welcomed because he was right. His denunciation of the horrible Epic Mickey games was warmly welcomed because he was right. IIRC, the problems started to emerge when he decided to launch savage attacks against games or franchises that are considered popular or well established. Keep in mind that I strongly disagree that there should exist holy cows within the gaming sphere that should be immune from criticism. Nevertheless, extra subtlety and delicacy is required when approaching those, unless one wishes to face a gigantic backlash. If you decide to sprint confidently through a minefield like you would sprint through a regular plain then you will get blown to bits. I believe this is exactly what happened. It seems that Phil convinced himself that he could slam something like Dark Souls or MGS in the same manner as he slammed Epic Mickey - getting nothing but positive or neutral reactions. Things soon started to get out of control. Satire videos of Phil were made in large quantities, followed by harsh criticisms. Taking a stand against Phil soon became a Youtube fad, similar to the reaction videos of Amnesia and other horror titles. Of course there was plenty of criticism out there that was very accurate and thoughtful, but with all the mindless bashing going on, it soon merged into white noise that has driven off many regular viewers. If you wish to talk about the present, then the elephant in the room needs to be adressed. Unfortunately, Phil very much remains a spitfire. He likes to talk about how much he matured since his early years of Youtube. I don't know about that. If anything, he has grown more angrier and bitter. The "early" Phil was much more laid back. He could enjoy a game regardless if it kicked his ass or not. He laughed off his repeated deaths and fails. Nowadays I often feel like watching a bad AVGN act that takes itself seriously. I cannot stand a situation where the enjoyment of the PT is dependent on the difficulty of the game being played. Phil and his viewers are in for a good time only when the game is a cakewalk. The recent Pokemon playthrough has shown that nicely - as long as he could defeat enemy trainers via repeated instakills he was enjoying the game, yet as soon as a curveball was tossed his way he would get visibly irritated, start to grumble about "bullshit" and would no doubt start bashing the game if he didn't overcome the obstacle. His videos do not need shiny 1080p/60fps to be successful. What they need is less rage. If you're raging, you're playing badly and expanding energy on pointless rants and not on good jokes. One more thing. If Phil is a problem, then his current line of detractors certainly are not the solution. Their Twitter feeds produce more venom on daily basis than Phil could produce in a month. From now on he should take time to adress and disarm only the truly dangerous and detrimental rumors on Hate Live and visit these forums for the genuine advice.
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