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  1. From what I've seen the rules are that you cannot just go around killing people. A lot of these servers have specific death rules, like newlife which means when you die and are revived by emergency services you do not remember what happened. Police do conduct investigations, there are jail sentences, you can be a crime lord but ideally most of your plotlines need to keep in mind that everyone is there to RP so you can't run rampant. On a lot of public servers edgy kids get on and do that, so they try to tiptoe around that on the servers that cater to YTers/Streamers. Also on the one I saw they had actual police officers as police so they could be realistic in their approach, a very cool concept.
  2. There are a ton of private servers for content creators. Someone else I watch recently got invited to one, well I say recently but this was maybe 6 months ago, and it's been really hilarious and a good time. They stopped playing so I stopped watching but it was pretty fun tossing out ideas to them via tips/bits and seeing where chance took them on a server that enforced against trolls, had a good review process before joining, etc.
  3. Agreed top to bottom. I have one other person I contribute to via tips/bits/patreon and to be honest I'd switch to full on supporting DSP instead if he went a route like this. It's risky, could be fun, and I for one would love to reward him for trying something for us fans and give him incentive/security of livelihood to continue if he were to do anything innovative.
  4. I agree. Being amongst the group here to support him for his time of troubles, giving to him to help him stay afloat not just as a content creator I enjoy but as a person I've known for years now, I think it would be a little cold hearted for him to receive one thousand dollars out of the blue one day then a few days later turn down something that is intended as gratitude to people who support him because he was 20 dollars or something short there. I don't think that he would do that, but he may just be keeping us up to date with patreon news as a whole. I wouldn't sweat it. Phil is too down to earth to do something like that.
  5. It wasn't horrible like that at first. There was a flood of dumbshits who were ejected pretty quickly. It wasn't until the community decided it was horrible place without ever going that most of the other fans gave up and left, and all that was left were detractors. These people made no real efforts to hide what they were doing and got so caught up with others paying attention to them they took it way too far, and went into moral grey zones out of greed and selfish whims. Luckily they were mostly dumb enough to destroy themselves.
  6. I like this idea a lot. I'd be willing to donate towards an idea like this.
  7. As you get older you start to realize that as a kid when you patted your own back for surviving or enduring it was just ego self-healing or being dumb in general. It is not simply turning into an inanimate object in the face of adversity that is admirable, we all get struggles in our lives. The ones we look up to are the ones who thrive. Who look at the shit being flung at them daily and decide to open a fertilizer company. Lookup eternal recurrence man, for a good read that may help you in your road. To paraphrase it greatly, you either overcome a problem or you keep running into the same problem forever. It is absolutely true. People who hunker down and cower when bad times come will live to see it happen again. Those who overcome it are either beyond it and into bigger/better things or at worst if they ever come across it again it is now trivial because they've already triumphed.
  8. I don't take issue with how passionately he supports Phil it's the disgusting nature of how he does it. If he agrees with Phil's every move that's ok and normal. It's his opinion, and whether it is valid or not is an issue for another topic on another day. The issue is how ready he is to cannibalize the rest of the fanbase which has even slightly differing opinions. His spergout above about him being some invincible enemy that you cannot hurt comes off as cringy jr high anime chuunibyou. https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/powerlisting/images/a/af/Battle_Healing.gif He's engaging in some epic battle and winning despite your opposition. It's a mindset that tends to attract other deluded kids as well, and unfortunately because Phil stands in the place he does about living in the face of adversity from people who dislike him, wears that as a badge of honor, he's going to attract little guppies who want to identify as that. People who agree with Phil's content as is or stuff like that, whatever. It's up to Phil to decide which audience is more valuable. If he wants a few teenagers who repulse other fans, so be it. He'll cater to them. If he doesn't so be it, he'll do other stuff to try to make his brand more viable. That's not for us, nor should we care either. As much as we may enjoy Phil's content if he decides we aren't the audience for him and caters to someone else we can stay around for stuff we admittedly don't want or we can go find it elsewhere in the plethora of content creators across the internet. I'm still hanging in because Phil IS changing right now and trying to engage his fanbase outside of the easy grooves of paytreon, tips, bits that he has been and it gives me hope he'll dig into his business as he did before. Give us his good humor, enjoying the games instead of just playing what will draw the most search result hits.
  9. I think this example goes to show that doing something different can bring in the viewers and dollars. His same ~200 regulars, and ~10 major supporters didn't net him all that money, it was the odds that come with a larger audience. 2k randoms will always bring him more money, better feedback, and a healthier community than a small stale group of people who are the same amount of loser that the detractors are, just on the other side of the fence. Gotta give you an agree react for seeing that bit even if I disagree with the rest.
  10. Selling anything online is a shitshow. About 10+ years ago when Ebay was relatively new I was repairing and selling cell phones on ebay in my spare time. It was quite lucrative and helped me be comfortable when I'd otherwise be eating 3 squares of ramen a day. Then they slowly started changing policies until buyers could outright scam you. Someone decided to get wise with me, bought something, then claimed I never sent it. Despite giving paypal and ebay (same company) the shipping receipt showing it was delivered he was awarded the money, they took it from my account and so I stopped using it. The issue was still in dispute but they refused to deal with it properly, and I was not paying it either until it was resolved. They put it on my credit (in collections) and it hurt me getting a new apartment then when I moved because I was completely unaware of it. I've used craigslist a few times and each time the person shows up to bargain with me. Nowadays I give stuff away or throw it away. As opposed to bothering with it I am just incredibly more selective about what I actually buy to begin with so I don't buy shit now I don't want to have to sell off later.
  11. It's easy to know something without experiencing it but it deserves the same value and weight as it took to create the opinion. None. Challenge runs of games can be silly, fun, or challenging. For example, Dead Space 1 has a trophy for beating the game only using the basic pistol you get at the beginning. It's very doable (common trophy) but it is still a challenge run technically because the game offers you other amenities you have to pass up. Challenge runs like this whether they're ironman style (hardcore or permadeath) or otherwise can develop a strong sense of togetherness with the fanbase. The fanbase sees and walks with you through problems which creates a real bond. I think the biggest factor here is that in order to survive, content, services, products whatever must evolve with the customer's tastes. Add to that, that you must tie your gauge of whether or not your strategies work directly to the outcome. If you keep hedging your bets and doubling down on something while declining in success with it for years it is hard to discern whether you don't care or have blindfolded yourself. Phil is capable of great content, but most of his fans are his worst enemy. They'll keep encouraging him to do what a gradually smaller group of people want until he has nothing left but one or two fans actually supporting him financially. Some not because they prefer that content but that they prefer being big fish in increasingly smaller ponds. His detractors brought attention to him, and he has since stated that he wished he handled it differently because I think with his degree he knows any coverage is good coverage if handled well. But his fans box him in, and make the walls smaller. Phil's older sense of humor is what made him popular. His different take on things than a lot of affluent little spoiled kids that could afford to be YTers before is what made him stand out. Phil himself being real, or crude, or just willing to roll with a punch. NOT his content being purposefully low effort or low quality. I think we can all agree that any step in any direction is a better choice than doubling down again. Just make sure you measure and watch. Watch the correct metrics and learn from what is happening. Then you can decide if it's worth it to continue or not, and immediately switch gears to trying something else. This video is a perfect explanation of what has happened on YT over time organically. Everyone competed to be the best pasta sauce and through YT and Twitch people are discovering there is no perfect pasta sauce, there are perfect pasta sauces. Lots of niches that fulfill needs the people marketing didn't even realize existed because they were never asking the right questions. Now on these platforms the variety exists and each variant with an audience gets it and explodes. People who either strive to be the best generic or best at nothing get just that. Millions of competition, many doing better or more grateful, or harder working, or more skilled, or more storied, etc. It's worth a watch. Not long but it'll blow most of your minds, and help you realize the right way to ask questions about what will actually help Phil. Phil isn't the issue, his content is. And who gives him the most feedback about his content? His fans. He's listening to them. Who doesn't give him feedback? The hundreds of thousands of people who close the tab, or subscribers who don't ever click play. You cannot listen to the positive feedback, someone will always have nice things to say and it only serves to trap you. You have to listen for criticism. At first you'll need to consider everything, even the shit you find inane. You cannot know it is inane (as opposed to just hurtful/painful) until you evaluate it. Some of his detractors are probably the best thing for them when they're not going full faggot mode and just hounding him like pathetic people who show their emotional baggage by finding people to dump on.
  12. I think he realized he could not finish the production of the game in the way he wanted, and instead opted to make it thematically about loss across the board. You long for the chapter you believe is there, you long for the ending you wanted, the protagonist you wanted, the characters you wanted (every main character is twisted in some way). Was a good review for a good game and I'm glad MGS as a series stopped (the kojima games) before they were ruined. There might be more games in the series or name but gotta take'em as they come and let'em go as they go. Believe me, it could be worse. Kojima could have borked up MGS5 and left us with some defunct mess that is very dissatisfying.
  13. In case anyone thinks this is relevant: https://kotaku.com/bungie-changes-destiny-2-xp-system-after-players-discov-1820728952 In addition to just being a pretty lame game that relies on bad writing, and boring gameplay it also suffers from the developers intentionally crippling players from progressing. If you work harder, you get less far. The guy who logs in once a week thinks its a blast and makes great progress though. So kind of like early Destiny 1 where right before Vault of Glass they released endgame ready gear as a reward for basic fetch quests to help the functional retards get strong enough to run the content they had prepared, here they're just outright hamstringing good or dedicated players.
  14. I might try to hunt one down for laughs. Would be silly to see DSP taste it and give some feedback.
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