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Darksydephil/DSPGaming (Philip Burnell) is a 30 year old YouTube video gamer personality that is best known for his live commentary on his video game playthroughs and combating SOPA. Due to constant trolling and negative backlash towards some of his videos, he has been given the nickname “The King of Hate” and has a fan following. He also has a website.
Darksydephil began his YouTube career in 2008 on his original channel, Darksydephil. It is rumored that his first playthrough that he did was Fallout 3. He rose to fame with his Heavy Rain playthrough which is one of his highest rated playthoughs he’s made.
His popularity was further expanded with playthroughs of other games such as Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Mass Effect games, Fallout games, and PS Move games with his best friend John Rambo. In summer of 2010, Phil lost his normal everyday job and as a result, he partnered himself with Machinima in fall 2010 thus making him a full time YouTube employee.
DSP is also known for his other segments such as Friend Request Ridicule (cancelled), Ask the King, DSP Tries It (cancelled then rebooted), Poorly Cooking with the King (cancelled), Week in Preview, Release Day Unboxing, The Hateful Truth (in which he gives his honest review), and Project 7 (cancelled, then rebooted, and is now on indefinite hiatus). He also does annual traditions such as an April Fools special, a Mega Man week, a Halloween special, and an end of the year countdown of DSP’s funniest moments (funniest racist moments in 2010), worse moments (changed to worst gaming trends in 2011), and the best games of the year.
In January 2013, DSP announced that he was going to make changes to how he would do his playthroughs. The first change is that Phil play less games every week and upload less videos everyday so that people can catch up. Phil also announced his new segment called Retro Replay in which he will replay a previous game from his early days as a YouTube gamer and post it on his main channel. He has also unblocked everyone in the comments section and will now post all fighting game coverage on his main channel. Finally, DSP announced the creation of a new channel called TheKingOfHateVlogs where Phil’s non-gaming vlog-like segments would be shown. So far, fan reception has been positive to these changes.
Most Popular Videos
When Phil started back in 2008 before he was “known” people actually liked him. He had colorful commentary and honest views/reactions. It wasn’t until July 21, 2009 that Phil actually revealed himself to his fans and the public eye. You can see his revelation here.
Fast forward to now, and Phil is one of the most hated people on YouTube, even winning 4th place in YouTube’s Worst Video Gaming Personality of 2012 contest. Phil is deemed as a narcissistic asshole, hypocrite, and man-child. He has taken these criticisms to heart and vows to change in 2014. He is most well known for his poor skill in games. He barely changes his strategy, and he blames the game for his mistakes. Most people will say he is the worst Let’s Player of YouTube.
People have often been critical of how Phil does his playthroughs. Many critics have claimed that DSP is completely unobservant in some situations and often ignore simple facts about the gameplay which is shown in such playthrough such as the HD remake of Metal Gear Solid 2 and Black Mesa. In his Metal Gear Solid 2 playthorough, viewers noted at DSP’s inability of using the L2 button which activates health rations in the game and also Phil’s failure to use stealth techniques. In part 9-11 of his Black Mesa playthrough, DSP struggled with a crouch jump on a certain platform and has accused the failure to do a crouch jump as a game bug. Phil has been noted for accusing parts of games to be bugged without realizing that the failure to complete a task in the game is actually his fault and not the game’s fault. As a result, Phil’s “haters” have uploaded reaction videos of these moments.
In April 2010, DSP began a playthrough of Splinter Cell Conviction with 13 videos. One day, DSP received a copyright strike from Ubisoft and had his channel taken down. However, Ubisoft claims that they did not send a copyright strike to DSP and it was later revealed that a troll by the name of Steve Jones sent DSP the fake copyright strike. As a result of the Steve Jones controversy, Darksydephil was used as an archive channel to this day. Phil also created a new account called DSPGaming which is used for his current playthroughs, RedDeadDSP which was only used for his playthroughs of Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire due to a previous copyright strike on Phil by Rockstar Games during his GTA IV Lost and the Damned playthrough, DSPFinalFantasy which was used for a playthrough of Final Fantasy XIII, DSPStreetFighter which was used for any fighting games playthroughs, and The King of Hate HD which was used for non-gaming vlogs.
Other controversies included the end of Phil’s Godfather II playthrough which was cancelled due to a nudity strike, and as a result, Phil could not upload a playthrough of Dante’s Inferno due to the nudity. When nudity was involved in Phil’s playthroughs of God of War III, Red Dead Redemption, and Heavy Rain he used funny images to block out the nudity.
In 2011, DSP showcased his hatred of the mainstream media especially after the bashing of Duke Nukem Forever. In July 2011, Phil bashed Playstation Magazine for giving Catherine, F.E.A.R. 3, and Captain America First Soldier the same score of 7/10. He later got into an intense feud on Twitter with freelance game reviewer Mitch Dyer. In October 2012, Phil defended Resident Evil 6 after critics bashed the game. To show his defiance to the mainstream gaming media, Phil gave Resident Evil 6 a 9/10 and placed it at #4 on the top 10 games of 2012.
In 2012, DSP was involved in numerous feuds with the popular YouTube gaming personality Toby Turner (Tobuscus Games). The rivalry began when Phil posted a video stating that he was outraged when ads for college football video game NCAA Football 13 which featured Turner appeared on the side of DSP’s videos. Throughout 2012, Phil has often bashed gamers such as Turner, PewDewPie, and IJustine and called them “phony YouTube gaming personalities.” This incident was placed at #2 on DSP’s Worst Gaming Trends of 2012. On March 2nd, 2013, DSP came in fourth place for Worst YouTube Video Game Personality in the 2012 Vidya Gaem Awards and lost to Tobuscus (3rd), IJustine (2nd), and PewDiePie (1st).
On February 15th, 2012, a YouTube user named evilaj2010 uploaded the controversial video known as “This Is How You DON’T Play Metal Gear Solid 2” in which the two hour video showcased Phil’s failure in the gameplay of Metal Gear Solid 2 and his crude remarks in some of the cutscenes while evilaj2010 posted pics of comments on parts of the videos. Evilaj2010 would later post “This Is How You DON’T Play Metal Gear Solid 3” a few months later, in which evilaj2010 would highlight Phil’s failures in his Metal Gear Solid 3 playthrough with a three hour video. Phil would go on to express his outrage towards evilaj2010’s video in some 2013 Ask The King episodes as he stated that evilaj2010 was stealing Phil’s videos because he was using them as a hate montage. In July 2013, Phil completed a Metal Gear Solid 1 playthrough, and as a result, evilaj2010 will post his own Metal Gear Solid 1 playthrough as he titles it as “This Is How You DO Play Metal Gear Solid 1.” So far, evilaj2010 videos of Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 have received more likes than DSP’s videos. Later that month, evilaj2010 released a video titled “This Is How You DON’T Play Metal Gear Solid 1.”
This Is How You Don’t Play X Videos
Ever since the incident between Phil and AJ, numerous users on YouTube have been inspired by evilaj2010 on attacking Phil’s playthroughs. On July 9, 2013, YouTube user, SebastpolQueen posted a video entitled This is how you DON’T play Dark Souls which has gained over 100,000 views. On July 26, 2013, SebastpolQueen also posted This is how you DON’T play Witcher 2 which gained almost 20,000 views. Other videos by other users involve Street Fighter IV, Kingdom Hearts, and Motorstorm Apocalypse.
Philip Burnell is 30 years old and lives in a condo in Connecticut and currently has a 20 year old girlfriend named Liana who is also a Machinima partnered YouTube gamer and goes by the name of Panda Lee. In many of his videos, Burnell has often discussed about his back problems in which one of his disks is disconnected due to unknown reasons. He states that walking, driving, and doing other normal activities for a long period of time can have a painful impact on his back. DSP states that he would like to move out of Connecticut due to high condo property taxes and would like to afford a surgery to fix his back.