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  1. So I haven't be active on the forums for awhile, and I'm not surprised to see that my last topic (which blew up more than I thought it would) was closed. I do not view this new thread as a "debate" thread. It simply acts as a new thread for rational discussions about Phil. Even Phil approved of the intentions of the last thread, anyone can look at the thread and see his post where he approved of civilized discussions about him (which is my intention). I did, however, make the mistake of not throwing in my two cents about Phil. I've said this before in past threads, but I AM a former fan of Phil's. I started to lose interest in him once he started becoming hostile towards detractors and also when his behavior seemed to worsen when he moved despite saying how it would improve it. However, I still found entertainment out of Phil in a "so bad it's entertaining" way. That's why the THIYDP videos blew up, there is entertainment to be found in them, and Phil isn't the only Let's Player that's had THIYDP videos (I'll come back to this point later). Now? I'm going to be blunt, I'm not even entertained by him in that sense anymore. If anything, I'm actually disturbed by how he's been acting. And since Phil tends to say people say the same criticisms over and over again instead of elaborating, I'm going to list what I believe are SEVERE issues with Phil nowadays. No. I am not basing these solely of off SOK videos, and even those videos provide more context than Phil gives them credit for. 1. Just because Phil plays most major releases does not make him the crusader for the common gamer. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having an opinion that differs from the masses. Don't like Splatoon? That's fine. Don't like the combat in The Witcher 3? Agree to disagree. It's another thing to lash out at people that don't have the same opinion as you. Phil needs to stop acting like reviewers that give games different scores than him are irresponsible because it makes the majority of Phil's reviews come off as him being contrarian for the sake of being contrarian. It was cool when Phil called out reviews of Halo 3: ODST, but it's becoming clear that Phil will call out reviewers if their opinion differs even slightly from his. For example, he called out IGN for their reviews of RE: Revelations 2 being too low, but he ended up giving it a score that wasn't that different. There are absolutely games that critics get wrong, but it feels like Phil is grasping at straws with these "mainstream media sucks" videos and needs to have a better understanding of reviews at the end of the day, no matter how objective they are, being OPINIONS. 2. Phil's response to criticism has honestly been abysmal. The only serious example I can think of where he really did listen to criticism was when he adopted direct capture, but that was a do or die situation. In terms of criticism regarding the content? Phil has been horrific. We now have Phil LITERALLY calling people idiots for accusing him of causing drama even though he is guilty of it. The whole Mortal Kombat debacle where he told fans to spam someone that was asking him a question? I don't care if Phil apologized, that IS a strong example of him causing drama, as well as when he got in trouble with a journalist because he made it sound like the journalist called his detractors mentally ill....speaking of which. 3. Phil's use of the term mentally ill. Let me preface this by saying that mental illness is a very serious subject for me. Which is why it's honestly offensive when Phil uses that term so lightly. Am I going to be called mentally ill for criticizing Phil? Does Phil understand that mental illness doesn't just mean people who are in mental asylums? Does he not realize that it can apply to people with crippling depression? Does he realize why people dealing with depression, like me, get so pissed when he says "mentally ill" and "fucking low life wastes of space" in the same breath? And why does he say this? Because the SOK criticizes him based on what he does in videos and twitter. Does that mean all his fans are mentally ill, too? Was the situation with the journalist not enough to make him realize he shouldn't be using that term so casually? I know this is way too big of a post, but I really needed to get this out of my system. I don't care if this gets closed or if I get banned, or even if I get called mentally ill. If Phil does call me that, even after I explained why it upsets me when he calls people that, then all he's doing is proving my point.
  2. Recently, a user made a thread asking Phil to a debate. It did not take long at all for this thread to be closed by Phil and written off as "nothing to debate about". If this were pre-2014, I would struggle to agree but be able to see where Phil was coming from. However, I'm going to be frank and say that the claim that Phil has nothing to debate about is a lie. I have never seen Phil this hostile before, and I've been following him since 2010. I only recently stopped watching him since I was fed up with how aggressive Phil has become lately and was really rubbed the wrong way by how he handled gamer gate. Phil has been able to laugh off haters and trolls in the past, but now any person that seems like anything but a loyal fan is an enemy in Phil's eyes and his ego is going off the rails (I would mention his twitter rant about how Spoony is apparently "insanely jealous" of Phil, but he's probably going to write it off as a non-issue despite the fact that it is a disturbing sign of how Phil views other gamers). Here's the thing. I don't "hate" Phil and I don't want to see him fail. I want to see him get back on the horse he was on content and quality wise in 2010 and 2011. I AM the kind of person that used to watch Phil to help with depression and I would feel excited whenever he read one of my questions on Ask the King. Are there people that hate Phil and want to see him fail? Absolutely, but Phil seriously needs to do a better job of recognizing that people that have issues with him and want to help him =\= haters. If people were making malicious threads called "DSP is a fucking sack of shit and should die", then Phil has every right to close the threads and call out the posters. The debate thread was not malicious at all and was by a former fan who genuinely wants to help Phil, yet he blew him off and said no one has proven themselves to be mature enough for a debate. In all honesty, what does it take for Phil to debate someone? Am I able to qualify for one? Phil let me create a "Civilized debate about Phil" thread and agreed with that thread's intentions. I wouldn't do it as a youtube video, I would just do it through private messaging. But am I now immature and living in the past for calling Phil out on closing 99% of the negative threads about him and ignoring people that genuinely want to help him? I don't know, and I wouldn't be surprised if this thread is closed by the time I wake up
  3. I honestly don't know what it would take for Phil to debate anyone at this point. I would challenge him to one, too and I would promise that it would be a civil and calm discussion, but he'll accuse me of lying simply because I'm going to be critical of him
  4. The issue is that the SOK has made the same offer to Phil and comes from a similar background as you and me yet Phil has refused to talk to them. Yes, Phil has agreed to talk to youtubers in the past, but this was before Phil got to the point he is now. The other problem is that Phil has developed a serious problem with putting everyone under the blanket of being haters with serious mental problems that stalk him (even though most of the things he gets called out on are the things he says in videos and twitter). I would absolutely love to debate Phil as well. Hell, I'm even willing to become a part of the SOK just to debate him if he ever agreed to come on their podcast. It's just a shame that this is something Phil isn't willing to do.
  5. So I only just realized that my post about Resident Evil was one of the posts Phil deleted (I saw a screencap of my post on the DSPositive tumblr). I'm not saying this simply because I was one of the people who had a post deleted by Phil, I'm speaking for everyone in this thread when I say that this isn't "moderation" or "discipline", it's baffling levels of cowardice that I have literally never seen before. Again, where is the harm in admitting that he accidentally picked the easy difficulty? This isn't people lying about the game or spreading misinformation, a simple google search about the difficulties would confirm this. Instead, he is showing just how far he's willing to go to never say anything to the effect of "I fucked up". This ties into one of my complaints in the last debate thread, which is Phil's arrogance has gone out of control and it's rested in him becoming hostile towards others. I was able to stomach him until the Washington move because I felt that he did a mostly decent job of avoiding hostility (KH being an exception), but it's getting disturbingly close to being a daily occurrence with him. Phil, you keep asking for specific examples of your behavior, but it's difficult to pin point individual moments because this is your regular behavior now. Again, I REALLY hope you come back to this thread because I'm not just disappointed in how you've been acting, I'm fucking livid. Responding to people with passive aggressive tweets is one thing, so is closing threads instead of deleting posts that were guilty of derailment, but deleting posts that are giving you evidence to clear up a pretty big misunderstanding simply because you're incapable of saying you're wrong is crossing the line. In your own words, grow up.
  6. Bringing up stuff from years back would only be an issue if it was something Phil apologized for or changed. For instance, it wouldn't make sense to criticize him for using a camcorder to capture his gameplay since he doesn't do that anymore. Just a recommendation for this thread: I feel that we should move onto a different topic since I feel we've said everything that needs to be said about Phil and racial humor (a lot of points are starting to get repeated). Remember, this is a thread to discuss Phil as a whole, not a "Is Phil racist?" thread.
  7. The reason why we're talking about it is because not only is this the only criticism Phil has directly responded to so far in this thread (or the one Mashinka derailed), but it's also clear that Phil doesn't understand what exactly people are saying when they're criticizing his racist humor. No one here is saying that he is genuinely racist or sexist, it's simply a problem with HOW his humor is handled. These are types of humor that you have to be careful with for it to work, and Phil misses the mark more times than not with that kind of humor.
  8. There can still be unexpected moments in single player games. Heavy Rain is considered Phil's best playthrough for a reason. Not to mention that open world games are the definition of unscripted game design. Even if he was struggling to come up with humor, forced racial humor is NOT something you should turn to. ​
  9. This would be a good point if we were talking about a multiplayer only game. The issue is that the majority of his playthroughs have some kind of narrative to them, so there is a story that progresses in every playthrough. Games are dynamic in nature, they're rarely the same experience for forty hours straight (SOMETHING crazy/stupid is bound to happen for Phil to riff).
  10. I think most of us can agree that Phil isn't actually racist or sexist, it's just he needs better judgement when it comes to when he makes those jokes and what the jokes are.
  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.
  12. Since the last topic got closed because Mashinka decided to accuse Phil of having a dark childhood, I wanted to start up a new thread because I felt that original thread had really good posts until Mashinka went off about Phil's "past". This thread should simply focus on constructive criticism for Phil and recommendations on how to improve, this is NOT a thread to speculate about his personal life.
  13. Congrats, as I expected the posters here could not intelligently discuss anything. Instead it's become a derailed thread of stacking slander/speculation/hatred towards me with little to zero actual discussion. This is why these threads get closed. And why this one is getting closed. And why if it happens again, bans will be handed out. Not warnings, bans.​ The problem is that you're pinning this on the majority of the posters as opposed to select ones. Only two people entertained the speculation about your past, and my posts about it were calling out Mashinka for his logic. However, there were at least a few pages before this that DID have constructive criticism (like my post). Please look at that before letting Mashinka's actions represent this whole thread.
  14. That's putting it mildly, especially after 2014. Not to mention that this comment is like saying "I'm not saying Phil is bad at games, but he didn't know how to crouch jump in Half Life and tried using barrels instead".
  15. Again, claims like that are things you should only be saying if you have concrete evidence for them to be possibilities. If you really were a victim of rape, I truly am sorry that you experienced that.
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