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Ask the King Ep. 73: Nov. 22, 2018 Thanksgiving Special!

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Hello everyone! Please post up your questions for Ask the King here! The show will be LIVE on Thanksgiving, November 22, 2018!

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With Smash bros ultimate around the corner, I wanted to ask some smash related questions. 

1. With smash for 3ds/Wii U, you seemed to have quite a bit of fun at first but later seemed like you didn't enjoy it much. Not even coming back to it as a way to play with your fans later as a multiplayer stream. My question is: with the new smash, how do you plan to play the game and do you have any plans to use smash as a game to play during a multiplayer stream or future streams? 

2. With the new smash you can play with all the dlc characters from smash 4. I am curious to see what you think of Ryu, since you can input his original hadoken, dragon punch and other original commands for stronger attacks in the game. Is there any character you are interested in playing in particular? 

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Phil,

If there is one mistake in your life that you made that you would love to go back and fix/amend, what would it be and why?

20 hours ago, Wastelandhammer said:

Hello DSP. Few things:

Why do you seem to do everything you can to avoid growing as a gamer? You try to rush through every single game for example. You don't pay attention to pop-up in-game hints and then when you get to a spot and don't know what to do, you insult the game as if it was the game's fault you ignored information.

Then you sloppily speedrun through every game, regardless of the game's genre and the pacing it requires to play it properly. You blame everything on bugs and glitches also.

You never seem to enjoy yourself while playing the games you play and you constantly mock and ridicule the games while you're playing them, calling them "stupid" and "dumb" billions of times, yet when you finish the game and review it you glowingly praise the games 99% of the time.

I get a very strong feeling that you only play these games because "it's your job" and you have to do it to get paid at this point. You just boorishly rush through brilliantly made video games, avoid enemies, spend in-game currency recklessly so you end up stuck at the end of the game with weak armour and/or weak weapons, you rush through everything trying to get to the end so you can cross another "playthrough" off your list and add to your channel. It's craziness.

So essentially I'm wondering: why do you even bother anymore? You play the games stupidly to the point that you constantly look up the guides (defeats the whole purpose of a playthrough), you speed through avoiding all bonus content, enemies and gameplay appreciation, you complain constantly about the camera even though you usually have full control over the camera and can change it when you feel like it. I just don't get how a grown man who gets paid to play video games seems to do very little growing and progressing as a gamer. You still do the exact same stuff that you did in your old 2012 playthroughs.

Why are you still doing this? You're bad, you block people, turn comments off, hide like/dislike ratios, refuse to grow and complain CONSTANTLY.

And you're an asshole troll.

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I have two questions:

Do you have a favourite book, and/or which one would you recommend?

Will you do another run of the Dark Souls games with a sorcerer build? I know it might be more difficult on some parts, but it's more fun and interesting in my opinion.

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Sup Phil! I have 2 interesting questions for you to answer:

1. What do you think of current day WWE product? (Honestly, I find SmackDown LIVE way better than RAW probably because it's a 2 hours show, I also love Mixed Match Challenge and the Mae Young Classic, and also NXT, RAW not so much.)

2. Phil, What is your favourite Horror Movie? I really enjoyed Coraline and Monster House those are my favourites and I just watched ''Insidious: The Last Key'' at school last month in October. 

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On 9/27/2018 at 8:58 AM, Derichloveslemur said:

Hey Phil, Here is the new 2nd Question I had to update it:

2. Phil, What is your favourite Horror Movie? I really enjoyed Coraline and Monster House those are my favourites and Have you also seen Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs in 2009 the 2nd Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs in 2013?. Those movies brings back a ton of memories especially ''Up'' it was a super sad depressing movie.

 

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On 9/27/2018 at 8:58 AM, Derichloveslemur said:

Sup Phil! I have 2 interesting questions for you to answer:

1. What do you think of current day WWE product? (Honestly, I find SmackDown LIVE way better than RAW probably because it's a 2 hours show, I also love Mixed Match Challenge and the Mae Young Classic, and also NXT, RAW not so much.)

2. Phil, What is your favourite Horror Movie? I really enjoyed Coraline and Monster House those are my favourites and Have you also seen Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs in 2009 the 2nd Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs in 2013?. Those movies brings back a ton of memories especially ''Up'' it was a super sad depressing movie.

 

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When you play current fighting games I notice that you don't incorporate some of the newer tactics that are effective in today's fighting games such as empty jump low or the forward, back, forward whiff punish at point-blank range commonly referred to as "the shimmy".  Is this because these tactics were not as effective in the older fighting games that you played during your heyday and so they never became part of your toolbox?

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With Microsoft buying out studios, do you think that it will ruin their games or actually help the game developers money wise? For example gears of war was a great game franchise but after Microsoft bought the game studio, the games weren't as good.

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Seeing as you have a long history within the competitive gaming industry, particularly fighting games, have you noticed any differences in how "eSports" are played or viewed now compared to when it started out in arcades during your competitive Street Fighter era?

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Hey Phil,

I promise this isn't drama. There's a YouTuber named Shane Dawson who has been doing a YouTube series lately on controversial YouTube content creators. Most recently Jake Paul. He meets the YouTubers at the end of each series and analyzes them throughout its duration. Each series of videos have their own individual goal. It's almost like a documentary and usually does quite well, obtaining 10s of millions of views per part. I think it would be great way for you to clear up any misconceptions about you, learn more about yourself, and gain exposure again.

If Shane came to you and asked if he could do this series on you, would you allow him to?

PS: You should check out the series for yourself as it's quite entertaining and is episodic; feels like a real documentary.

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Hey Phil, the House of Representatives is trying to create a copyright small claims court to lower the cost of suing copyright infringers. It's called H.R 3945 aka The CASE Act.

Awards would be capped at 30,000 but you probably wouldn't need to spend 10000 to get a lawyer to start your case. What do you think about this and how it could  make it easier to go after people that repost your content.

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Hey Phil,

As you may remember I'm a big fighting game fan. One fighting game that I played a lot and was pretty good at was Street Fighter 4. I mained Ryu and one of the biggest criticisms I had when I played people online was my lack of use of pro level combos. I used mostly basic combos that were easy to pull off and did decent damage. I focused more on using different techniques and strategies to beat my opponents. I always thought that learning the different strategies to beat certain people and characters was more important than learning a bunch of combos. This was due to the fact that a person could know a lot of technical combos in a game, but it would be useless if they can't get in on their opponent and have the opportunity to execute them. Knowing that you used to be a pro gamer, I wanted to ask you what do you think is more important in terms of playing a fighting game learning the combos or strategies? Thank you for answering my question Phil and have a Happy Thanksgiving. 

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Hey Phil, this is kind of half a question half a suggestion I'd like to hear your thoughts on.

In the past, you've said that you juggle so many games at one time because you're a variety streamer. Well I watch other people I would call variety streamers and they have a very different method than you. What these other variety streamers do is choose one, maybe two, games and stick with what they pick until they beat it. As a result those streamers beat games well before you do, AC: Odyssey and Dragon Quest XI as a couple recent examples. Why don't you try to adopt a similar method and pare it back to two games at a time, one for day streams and one for night streams, and just play those until you beat them? I think this more focused method would result in you finishing games faster and even enjoying them more. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Hey there Phil,  LyciferSoul here, first time-long time been a fan since your Fallout 3 playthough back in the day anyways.

My question to you about today's modern gaming industry is that do you think some game dev slack off or don't put as much potential into a game so they have something to improve on when they make a sequel to the game essentially for job security. Obviosly game devs like Rockstar or Bethesda don't need to worry about this as much since almost every title they released is at least a good game and sell very well. But i cannot believe how these yearly released game titles/franchise get little to no work on them besides the new world maps(which most aren't even that big to begin with), minor graphic update one new game mode, new story mode and that's it? What else can they add to a new racing game now a days besides upgrade the graphics? COD was only good this year because of the battle royal besides that it was just a small improvement of BO3. Don't even get me started on fighting games. Maybe im biased that if a game does not have a challenging factor or an AMAZING story, it better have alot of original content for the $60 I pay for. Im tired of these repetitive online crap games people are sheeping over. Oh and fuck fornite.

On 9/25/2018 at 5:32 PM, Wastelandhammer said:

"Anybody with a dissenting view is a troll" okay.

 

I think I made genuine criticisms of Phil as a content creator.

Genuine criticism does not contain multiple insults. I understand what you mean about his lack of attention on some things but hey that doesn't bother me if anything that adds to the hilarity of his playthroughs why would somone even start to get mad about that is beyond me.

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Lycifer Soul here, ever hear about the JRPG of "Legend of the Dragoon"? It's very Final Fantasy-esque. Not very well known because of its difficulty. FF4 and this game from the PS1 era that had 4 disks are my favorite JRPGs from my childhood

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1) Given this is your 10 year anniversary I feel this question might be most appropriate as a way to reflect your decade long run of content creating. Over the years there have been countless memes made for you DSP, some more offensive and personal than others. Ones range from "WHY AM I TOXIC!" to "Thanks for the money dummies" I know a vast majority of the memes you either don't get or loathe but what would you say of all the memes you have heard, what are your favorite and least favorite and why? 

As a second part to this question, have there been any memes or catch-praises that you have intentionally tried to start up with your fanbase that have either caught on or ended up failing miserably?

2) This questions comes off after searching your channel for playthroughs of classics like the Donkey Kong Country trilogy, Super Metroid and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and getting no results. You have mentioned time and time again that you simply do not do 'Retro' playthroughs because it does not keep the audiences attention but do you think that has to do with the age of the audience or that the consumers today have been almost brainwashed by having to pay attention to the brand new releases? As someone who enjoys retro playthroughs unless it is patreon voted or remastered, it is frustrating to have to stay away from your new playthroughs to not be spoiled and that the games of the NES, Genesis, SNES, N61, PS1 etc. are routinely ignored. Will you ever consider just playing retro games in a non-marathon or event format just because you are in the mood for it or is it imperative to simply cater to whatever the mass audience wants? Do you feel as a content creator that you have the ability to reform your audience to tune in for older games just as much as they tune in for newer games or is that not possible for whatever reasons? 

Whether it was your Mega Man/Mega Man X or Ninja Gaiden playthroughs I actually feel your retro playthroughs are among your best work and it feels so rare to see you play an old school game all the way from start to finish. 

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Phil, watching your streams I honestly think you have vast, untapped potential. For example while some streams are slower with lower viewers some streams are incredibly supportive and interactive. To me at least the quality of content comparing these two different times can be far different as well. You always put out an entertaining stream but some are undeniably better.

Do you agree with this and if you do what do you think has kept you from realizing this potential? Do you have any plans to realize this potential?

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I know I have had 2 questions up above but this one seems more prevalent to me of the 3 so if given a choice, this one would take more importance if one of them are picked:

 

A couple of years ago some of the patreon money went towards bettering your studio and equipment. One of which Phil being the green screen in which you showed a couple of videos, including some hilarious gestures including running around in shock & horror and having props which showed a side not many are used to seeing. The question I have to ask is why haven't you incorporated more of the green screen in your content? Whether it be game of the year of videos or Christmas specials, I always felt like so much finances went into this and very little came to show from this and it is a shame too because as you've already shown, you can be creative doing this. Did the Youtube algorithm have anything to do with abandoning the use of the green screen? 

The incorporation of the green screen was EASILY one of the things I looked forward to most and it sucks having it just waste away after it was an incentive paid for by patreons. 

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I don't even know what to ask since I feel like I already knowing everything there is to know about you. As far as personal questions go, besides being curious about how Kat and you met, I have none. You said yourself that there might be a point in the future when you will share the story on stream. Maybe this ATK episode is a good way to wrap up season 2018 with that story.

As for general questions:

You've said in the past that you have hit the plateau as a content creator. At the same time due to your financial hurdles, you cannot invest or set money aside to enhance your content i.e: new webcam, better lighting, stream setup in terms of either setting up a green screen or making your background more interesting. I know you have a metric shit ton of gamer shit in your house that would enhance your environment with visual appeal and reflect your personality better. Understandably the size constraints of your office would make redecorating a challenge: to have some of your posters and collectibles around and behind you would require the love seat to be further away from the wall. Now that I think about it however, when you stream pc games, the angle of your webcam is perfect to display tangible things that are part of your legacy. Do you think you yourself would enjoy streaming just a little more if you were surrounded by things that remind you of where you came from and how you got here? Perhaps it would help a little with your depression if you were to be around warmth and not sterile white walls.  The viewers would give it a warm welcome as well. Now before you say "Oh but this is a place of business" No shit, but you're in the business of fun. Just something to think about. Gadgets and whatnot, yeah they cost money, but the things I mentioned in detail only require effort on your part and not a single penny. Just because you've hit the plateau doesn't mean you should stop improving and striving for better things. You make it sound like streaming is a dead end job for you but it shouldn't be. I feel like there is growing stiffness in you with each year, you need to let loose more often.

 

 

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