YMMV / The King Of Hate


  • Acceptable Targets: One of the largest in all of the Let's Play community. He doesn't help it by being highly antagonistic off camera.
  • Archive Panic:
    • His main channel, DSPGaming, has over 30,000 videos. His other active channel, TheKingOfHateVlogs is no slouch either, with over 400 videos, a good chunk of which are 30 to 60 minutes long. He also has five official archive channels:
      • The original channel, "darksydephil", has over 7,200 videos.
      • The original vlogs channel, "THEKINGOFHATEHD", has over 400 videos.
      • DSPStreetFighter, a channel that was reserved for fighting game footage, has over 2,700 videos (most of these are short, though, as they cover individual matches).
      • darksydephilffxiii is a channel that was exclusively for his Final Fantasy XIII playthrough, 219 parts in total.
      • RedDeadDSP is a channel that hosts his playthroughs of both Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire. It's over 300 videos total.
      • Then there's DSPArchives, an 'unofficial' channel run by a third party, who records Phil's streams, including the pre-streams talks and in-betweens of recorded videos.
      • Luckily inverted with Darksyde Phil's new channel, KOGaming. Launched 'officially' in January 2016, as of the time of this writing it has only two videos: KO Gaming's 'channel teaser' and DSP's latest "Hateful Truth" review of Fallout 4.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Phil often makes jokes during scenes where they come off as very inappropriate, such as the conclusion to Red Dead Redemption where he infamously still mouths off even when John Marston is brutally murdered. Still, there have been several instances where he's obviously seen getting attached to the characters, and at times during more dramatic moments such as Sully's Disney Death in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception he's clearly horrified, repeatedly muttering "what... the... fuck...?" over and over, and can't even bring himself to try and make one of his usual cracks. Is he really that insensitive, or is it just his way of trying to cope with the darker moments?
    • When he played the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games he does this with the judge, believing that he's really Santa Claus and just moonlights as a judge the other 364 days of the year, often comparing whatever happens in the trial to events he goes through back at the North Pole.
  • Bile Fascination: Part of the reason his haters are so persistents is because of how hilariously and incredibly inept he can be at the games he plays.
  • Can't Take Criticism: This is easily one of the biggest problems Phil's detractors have with him. For how much he constantly berates his targets, Phil can't handle what he dishes out.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Phil's humor, on occasion. Even got him banned from Blip.tv during his darker times in early(?) 2011 (Specifically, the most commonly cited example is of Dead Space 2, where Phil characterizes Issac Clarke as the last remaining Nazi and all of the Necromorphs are Jews. And he doesn't drop it).
    • Phil's playthrough of The Walking Dead: Season 2 includes the infamous scene where Clementine is forced to do improvised surgery on herself because of a dog bite, which is said by many people to be one of the most horrific scenes in Telltale's repotoire. Phil's reaction? To goad Clementine on and laugh at her suffering. He even seemed to be ''getting off'' on it. Phil got a lot of backlash over this.
    • The death of Sniper Wolf from the original Metal Gear Solid is considered one of the most oft-remembered tear-jerkers in video game history. Phil's reaction? To make piss jokes over her Final Speech.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: John Rambo. While Phil is incredibly controversial, John was actually pretty well liked, or at least there weren't that many who really hated him, with his more relaxed, deadpan wit, with plenty of viewers willing to watch a commentary whenever he was included even if they hated Phil.
  • Growing the Beard: Ironically enough, it's an inversion; when it comes to his fans, a lot of them actually prefer his earlier videos from 2009 and early '10, which is actually before he started regularly sporting a beard.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: During Phil's look at the Make My Video games, he exhibits some genuine hate on Kriss Kross and wonders not only how they managed to get popular but also what they ever amounted to after the duo split up. Chris Kelley was found dead of a drug overdose on May 1, 2013.
  • It's Hard, so It Sucks: His opinion on any game he tends to have difficulty with is usually extremely negative. Unfortunately, this tends to happen with most games he plays.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: See Ensemble Darkhorse. Even several of Phil's haters were willing to watch commentary and co-op gameplay that John was involved with.
  • Love It or Hate It: He has a devoted fandom and an incredibly large hatedom, but the middle ground is nearly non-existent. The fandom's diminishing though...
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Several of the Uruk captains in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor:
      • Ûkbûk the Black, who harassed Phil through his entire playthrough and responsible for many, many of his deaths and whinier bitchfits. One of the greater highlights of the TIHYDP for Shadow of Mordor.
      • Ûkshak Foul-Spawn, another Orc that killed him a lot. Also noteworthy is how he and Ûkbûk the Black were Those Two Bad Guys, very often fighting and killing him together.
      • Ogthrak the Executioner deserves a mention as well. His intro cutscene had him declare that "[Phil] won't last ten seconds." Phil was dead in six. Rarely are canned lines so accurate.
    • The Bloody Crow of Cainhurst, a powerful NPC in Bloodborne attained such a reputation after completely wiping the floor with Phil in combat every time he confronted him. Some fans declared him the new Ukbuk the Black.
      • Ludwig the Accursed went one step further, eventually proving too much for Phil and making him quit the Bloodborne DLC altogether.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The Kojima World Order, which has become the rallying banner and cry of his hatedom in 2013 and has spun off into everything from Rockstar World Order (Defunct Jan 2014) to Guerilla Games (run by SteveJonesGaming).
    • The term "Bugged [X] mechanics" is often used when parodying him.
      • Bugged Troping Mechanics.
    • This Is How You Don't Play [X], which is a montage of some of his worst moments from a Let's Play. Basically any Let's Play he does will be made into one of these videos.
    • His Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days playthrough became infamous among his fans not because of anything he did, but for how incredibly short its campaign was (a mere 21 videos, total). To this day, whenever Phil plays a short game, it's common to give it praise by saying "STILL LONGER THAN KANE & LYNCH 2!"
  • Most Annoying Sound: The PFFFFFFFTTTTT sound.
    • His Annoying Laugh.
    • His constant belching.
    • WOOOOOOOOOOW
    • His passive-aggressive clapping.
    • The unedited sounds of him clearing his throat, snorting, slurping his drink, and farting.
    • His Big "WHAT?!"
    • Whether you watch his actual playthrough or the "This Is How You Don't Play" video of Metal Gear Solid, his constant humming of the n.W.o. theme will get on your last nerve.
    • At the start of the final boss fight of the first God of War, Phil cries out "ARES! I'M COMING FOR YOU!!", and he DOES. NOT. STOP. Sure, he stopped temporarily with the second stage of fighting the Kratos clones, but once the true fight with Ares began, he starts it up again!!
    • Similarly, whether you watch DSP's LP or the TIHYDP of Phil's run of Resident Evil 2, you will begin to rip your hair out during the "All Employees" sequences.
    • His extremely off-key attempts at singing classic Disney songs during his Kingdom Hearts playthroughs.
    • His "singing" in general. Any time he hears particularily good music, he seems to feel the need to yodel like a drunken Irishman who thinks he's putting on a play. Have fun watching anything with good music.
  • Padding: He almost never skips parts he's stuck on, continuing to record even when it roughly consists of dead air or complaining about the game's mechanics being bugged.
    • This can get incredibly problematic when DSP gets stuck on something small for upward ten minutes and prefers to fail over and over again like in the Black Mesa pipe incident.
    • The beginning of his plays include the pre streams on his YouTube videos, which tend to have little to nothing to do with the actual game. This takes up several minutes at best and has at least once taken up more than the entire first video of the play through.
  • Scrub: Thanks to his attitude when he plays games in general, his detractors have come to call him the "King of Scrubs".
  • Rooting for the Empire: Some viewers actually cheer for his videogame foes, whether real or automated, just because they can't stand DSP.
  • Seasonal Rot: The drop in quality of his playthroughs becomes more apparent with each passing year, due to not even bothering to acquaint himself with the controls or tone of the games, more hit-or-miss raunchy humor, and letting his real life leak into his game time which results in a number of unnecessary snipes.
  • Suckiness Is Painful: One of his most constant criticisms. His frequent screw ups due to not paying attention often lead to several mistakes, leading to several detractors. The sheer amount he gets is so bad that similar criticisms for other Let's Play series like Video Games Awesome! or Game Grumps wind up looking tame in comparison.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • The changes made to his uploading style beginning in Jan. 2013 were quite a point of contention. These changes included:
      • A switch to direct capture and streaming videos on Twitch, no longer using a video camera on a tripod to record footage.
      • Cutting down on the number of videos uploaded daily. Individual playthroughs began getting capped at around 9 to 12 videos per day (roughly 2 hours of footage), at a rate of about 2 to 3 playthroughs per day. This was a change from his old style where he would marathon games individually and upload somewhere around 40 to 50 videos a day, allowing him to finish even long games rapidly (he was able to finish Mass Effect 3 in only three days at this rate; this particular playthrough saw him uploading 55 to 60 videos a day). He still does play at least 5 to 8 hours a day, and will infact preface a stream by saying that he hasn't uploaded a section of it to YouTube yet so they're behind if watching.
      • Cutting down on the number of games played. Before 2013, barring some exceptions, he would play nearly everything that got released. Starting in 2013, he has limited himself to mostly major releases, passing on most lesser-known titles.
    • Long before 2013, there was (and still is) a significant chunk of his viewers who felt Phil had changed for the worse when he made YouTube his full-time job after getting laid off in September 2010. Which is what helped the hatedom grow so quickly in 2013.
    • His main co-op partner changing from the very relaxed and beloved John Rambo to the very controversial figure known as Pandalee. Phil at several points would bring her on to requested or anticipated games and would attempt to shame anyone talking negatively about her and her commentary.
  • He Just Doesn't Care: He's been criticized for not even bothering to adapt to the games he plays, ignoring and getting basic facts about the game he's playing wrong, and not even trying to edit the footage, even when it contributes nothing to the overall playthrough.
  • What an Idiot: Sometimes, DSP will shout about how the game's he's playing never explained what he's supposed to be doing... and a prompt that told him what to do was onscreen seconds before. It comes to the conclusion where this is parodied.
    • It gets down right cringe worthy when you see something like this. For those who didn't watch, Phil is fighting a boss he can't seem to beat, the support team attempts to give a helpful tip...Phil skips it and says "Shut the fuck up, don't care, asshole!" He ends up fighting the boss for the whole video and a few minutes into the next one, after already spending a half hour on that fight.
    • This is a frequent criticism of the guy in general.
  • Yoko Oh No: Oh boy, Phil's girlfriend Leana a.k.a. "Pandalee" has been hit hard with this, especially during his Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and Assassin's Creed III playthroughs when she was co-commentating.
    • In both cases Phil is playing the Blue Oni to Panda's Red, as Panda tends to be very talkative and get angry/loud and Phil is noticeably quiet compared to his solo LPs.
    • Her brand of humor is almost mimicking similar to his, her own L Ps include a lot of jokes and comedic beats that would be at home on Phil's channel but in Co-op Phil is usually already has made them or clearly doesn't fit. This is glaringly to when she attempts to repeatedly make a joke about a black character but Phil attempts to hide it by doing something extreme. She later follows it up with a joke about progression happening since the character died.

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