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Brains

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  1. There are currently 4 different ways to watch the exact same playthrough of Dying Light on Phil's channel: the livestream as it happened, the livestream archive going up a week later for no real reason, the regular videos, and the best/worst montage. It's giving the audience the same content over and over in slightly different forms in lieu of giving them something different or interesting, all in an attempt to wring a few more views out of the time already spent playing the game.

    It's transparently lazy click baiting and lacks focus.

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  2. ​Yeah, it's funny considering he likely payed for the hotel a while back. He's only getting his Patreon money this week so it wasn't used for that hotel. Nothing Phil has spent so far is extravagant compared to here in LA. I've rarely spent less than $30 on a pizza.

    How much doesn't really matter, it's greater than zero.

    Asking fans to donate their hard earned money to alleviate debt and then publicly spending ANY unnecessary money are so *fundamentally opposite* that it blows my mind when you or Phil think people are rude for asking questions.

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  3. The thing I'm noticing is that people are automatically assuming that the Patreon money is what's being used for the stay-cation. How do you know that Phil isn't saving that money for something else? This could easily come from the money he's already had, so assuming the most negative thing to me is absurd.

    ​The first draft of Phil's Patreon page said that the money contributed to it was going to "defray the debt from the move". I doubt anyone is accusing him of taking from Patreon and spending that directly; it's just such a baffling decision to accept that $150 for January while offering nothing in return, and then immediately spending several times that on a frivolity.

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  4. Here's something that I don't think has been brought up yet in the Patreon conversation.

    If you meet these goals, that obviously means more time working on side projects and fewer playthroughs, right? So how are you planning on choosing the games that you WILL play? I suspect you'll still be planning things months in advance, based on what you think will get the most views, and that'll probably end up being the usual triple A mainstream stuff. If you end up cutting back to completing 3-4 games a month in between completing your goals, that essentially pushes retro playthroughs, indie games, niche games, and little critical darlings completely off the table. You'll lose your identity as "the guy who plays almost every new release to completion."

    Have you thought at all about how you plan on balancing new series, Patreon rewards, and what you've already been giving your viewers for all these years? When there's a busy month of new releases, do you abandon your Patreon rewards?

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  5. Rather than goals, most of those ideas sound like things you should be doing anyway, like right now, to try and expand your viewership. Holding good video ideas and stream interactivity hostage for monthly goals, when you're just gonna go on and monetize them on youtube anyway, doesn't read as something good for fans.

    I also think the fighting game community would eat you alive, and you've shown how well you handle negativity as of late. You don't have thick enough skin these days to follow through with that goal.

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  6. ​I can't get ANY new viewers because the gang mentality on YouTube IS that I'm an awful gamer AND person thanks to the bandwagon movement those videos started.

    ​In a single Dying Light video you died twice due to your own mistakes without owning up to it (poor gameplay), and called your chat a bunch of dicks because they were explaining how you killed yourself (poor attitude).

    There might be a bandwagon, but you're the one a thousand miles ahead of it, paving the road.

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  7. This forum was never meant to be anything more than a dumping ground for terrible photoshop fan art and be something to brag about, because the only things Phil values in life are having more expensive possessions than his fans and showing them off.

    The fact that friendly conversation accidentally broke out was a mistake, and it's been systematically erased and discouraged in the past week.

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  8. Here's a real suggestion, that I'll bulletpoint for your sake.
     

    • Only using your forums to make lengthy, defensive posts about how whatever you do is absolutely correct and reply to pages of conversation with a blanket "no, you're wrong, stop it" rather than engaging with what little community survived this past week's purge certainly does not make anyone else want to join up or try to chat with you.
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  9. The Resident Evil thread has now been completely closed and replaced with a second that mentions none of the issues that people have brought up in the past two days related to it.

    Like I said, he's rewriting history as he sees it, the rest of us be damned.

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  10. I feel that for the sake of the health of these forums, the current trend of Phil making long, borderline inflammatory posts and subsequently either deleting responses that he doesn't like or closing threads outright needs to be addressed.

    Phil is essentially being allowed to re-write history on these forums as he sees fit.

    In the Resident Evil thread, opinions and screenshots are labeled as "ridiculous attacks/misinformation" and Phil ends the post with "grow up" once again. Nearly an entire page of posts that were in direct response to Phil's tone and poor, defensive attitude, were then completely deleted and replaced with a second post by Phil that presented what he calls evidence of his own statements. This post comes AFTER the deletion of everyone else's argument or opinion.

    He's not just ignoring everyone else and what they think. He's actively removing differing views from the forum so readers would be none the wiser. It's ridiculously unhealthy for a forum to exist where any posting effort can be deleted without a second thought at the whim of one person. It's even worse when these deleted posts are in response and in rebuttal to something Phil has directly brought up.

    Insulting and baiting other posters, deleting their responses, and then stopping the conversation entirely up is NOT a way to run a forum.

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  11. For me at least (and I have seen other people make this clarification), it's not me saying "HOW DARE YOU MAKE RACIST/SEXIST JOKES HUR DUR", it's a matter of the QUALITY of them. You used to be good at this kind of humor and restricted it to absurd moments in games. Nowadays, it comes off as forced and really inappropriate for what game you're playing. For instance, that humor makes sense in a GTA playthrough because those games are filled with that kind of humor, but making sexual jokes about characters in Kingdom Hearts feels forced and can make people uncomfortable given the subject matter of the game. 

    ​This is definitely the case, as well as the fact that more and more often, your humor has devolved into simply describing what's on screen and then maybe shouting "titties" at it. There's no banter or riffing between you and the game. Observational humor should still occasionally have a punchline.

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  12. Debating about a man, positively or negatively, who is so inconvenienced that he cannot possibly play videogames, and is outrageously hassled and stressed by the horrible ordeal, for an entire day (a whole day!) because someone is *repairing their toilet*, is pretty ridiculous.

    It kinda speaks for itself.

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  13. ​No, it's really not. lol

    Besides Phil has made tons of money from his partnership with Machinema on YouTube and he shouldn't feel like he's being forced to play a game for our enjoyment, he should do it because it's something he enjoys playing.

    ​The whole point of the ongoing patreon is that Phil *needs* people to give him money to keep him above water. Donating to have him play Minecraft or Persona is absolutely, literally, paying money to make him play games for our enjoyment.

  14. ​That's a pretty sad excuse not to play a game, I'm currently playing Persona 4 Golden on the Vita and am playing it through (enjoying it thoroughly, by the way.)

    ​Playing a game for fun, and Phil playing a game for patreon money are completely different things. :D

  15. ​I can understand Minecraft but what makes you say he'll be biased about Persona? I for one think he will LOVE Persona 4. In a lot of ways it's like Phoenix Wright. It's the kind of playthrough that is perfect for Phil because it's story focused and it's one of the only turn based JRPGs that I think is always fun. If he ever tries Persona I can guarantee you that it will become an ongoing playthrough and not just a couple hours.

     

    Plus I played P4 and only had to grind when I wanted 100%.

    ​He's repeatedly said that he won't play a Persona game because they're "too long". When it takes him 2 hours to get to the tutorial dungeon, he'll already have checked out. And since he's expressed no commitment to finishing the game, why bother?

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  16. So far, the two most suggested patreon reward playthroughs, Minecraft and Persona, will be more of a punishment to the fine folks giving you money than a reward.

    An entertaining Minecraft video relies on a few things that, frankly, Phil lacks in these days: creativity, adaptability, and storytelling. If I wanted to watch someone stumble through the crafting interface, slowly build a house and then get killed in the middle of the night and call the game a piece of shit for spawning in a creeper, I'd watch my dad give it a try. Playing Minecraft with absolutely no incentive to enjoy it other than "welp, people paid me to do this" will end in nothing but a giant rant against a game that Phil already has a clear bias against.

    Persona 3 or 4. Good lord, no. A game that's a celebration of anime and friendship, requires laser focus during the dungeons to get the most out of the encounters, is grindy and nuanced and self-serious in a silly way? Phil would destroy it. Absolutely shit all over it. I don't want to hear Chie called a slut or Junpei called an asshole. And a patreon goal that's only playing Persona for a few hours? Seriously? You might as well just watch the intro cutscene and turn the console off.

    Phil, playing games that you have a bias against and have spoken out as not wanting to touch should NEVER be a patreon goal. It makes you look like someone who will betray your own beliefs for a few bucks, and it'll probably piss off a whole bunch of the people who pop their head in to watch when you shit on the games they love.

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  17. Here's what I'd really like from the patreon campaign: transparency. You've been shaping the past to fit your narrative for the past few weeks and it's getting to be gross.

    Views did not decrease unexpectedly due to your move over the summer; they've been in a sharp decline for a couple of years now due to your inability to adapt to youtube trends and your bad attitude. Stop telling people otherwise.

    Furthermore, you've spent nearly an entire year vlogging about all your move to an overly expensive home, describing all the expensive furnishings that you crammed into said home, and buying crap that pushed your credit cards to the limit. Your patreon is literally an effort to get yourself out of debt, by your own admission. Why do you think your fans should bail you out of your outlandish, ludicrous spending over the past 6 months? That's ridiculous, and the fact that you clearly don't plan on spending any of the patreon money on improving or expanding your content is honestly offensive.

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  18. I honestly think that if, like tonight's little example, Smark Guy(s) becomes a 20 minute point by point description of what happened on Raw and then a rant about how WWE sucks...that's not worth its own show. The best part of the wrestling show was the back and forth with Rambo. A single person being overly negative about what they're watching is an absolute drag when they have no one to bounce ideas off of or be a goofball with.

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