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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 20,000 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 offical 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.
  • 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 Marsten 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.
  • Annoying Laugh: Very polarizing amongst Youtube viewers; to most, it comes off as obnoxious. To a select few, it's a Most Wonderful Sound.
  • Bile Fascination/Snark Bait: Part of the reason his Hatedom is so persistent is because of how hilariously and incredibly inept he can be at the games he plays.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Phil's humor, on occasion. Even got him banned from 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 improvized 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.
  • 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/"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: 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 recently found dead of a drug overdose on May 1st, 2013.
  • Irony: For someone who calls himself "The King of Hate", he has a rather low tolerance level for people who hate on him in return.
    • Even greater when he repeats "I took that name, because I take the negative and make it postive." This is Ironic because he admits in his 2014 vlog on DSPgaming that he let the negativity get to him and became negative.
  • Love It or Hate It: He has a devoted fandom and an incredibly large hatedom, but the middle ground is nearly non-existent.
  • 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 mechanics" is often used when parodying him.
    • 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!" The most recent offender was Battlefield 4's campaign (26 videos).
  • Most Annoying Sound: The PFFFFFFFTTTTT sound.
    • His Annoying Laugh.
    • His constant belching.
    • His passive-aggressive clapping.
    • The unedited sounds of him burping and farting.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scrub: Thanks to his attitude when he plays games in general, his detractors have come to call him the "King of Scrubs".
  • 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 Lets 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, 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 3 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.
  • 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.

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