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  • Hey There!

    5 months ago

    KaraAnn Content Ops Manager

    Hey everyone! I'm Kara and I'm the new Content Operations Manager here at Rooster Teeth, nice to meet you! Decided it was time to dust this old profile off and introduce myself. 

    A little background on me: I just moved down to Austin from New York where I've lived my entire life. I've visited Austin the past three summers for RTX and fell in love with it! I studied theatre and social media marketing. Before Rooster Teeth, I was working as a social video coordinator for Fullscreen, and before that I was even a medical assistant (believe me, I don't know how either).

    Well I guess that's good enough for a short introduction. I'm so excited to be here and working with such an incredible team. Looking forward to speaking with a lot of you! 

  • Dark Souls remaster coming to the Switch?

    5 months ago

    BrianGaar

    The Nintendo Switch is getting all kinds of ports lately, from Doom to Rocket League. And the latest rumor is that a remastered version of the first Dark Souls is on the way, as well. 


    That's according to games writer Marcus Sellars, who tweeted that Bandai Namco will be hosting an event on Dec. 15th where "5 unannounced games will be shown off." He added that Nintendo will have a "big presence at the event." 


    And then in a followup tweet that is now deleted, he added that one of the games announced will be a "Dark Souls One Remaster" and he added the hashtags #DarkSoulsSwitch #DarkSoulsPS4 #DarkSoulsXbox, which seems to indicate that it would be coming for all current gen platforms. 


    No word yet on whether or not this is true, but if it is, that would certainly be a welcome addition to the Switch.

  • Grab some gifts at the Rooster Teeth Store!

    5 months ago

    coolnathan Nathan Isherwood

    Hey y’all - remember me? I’m the guy that helps promote the merchandise in very strange and unique ways. I’m in the Marketing department, but you know - sweet sweet merch beckons to me…


    Which brings up my next cheerful point - You probably haven’t noticed, but the holidays are here! We’re sure that YOU have been really on top of things and that you’re already all done buying gifts. So pass this note on to the procrastinating slackers in your life and tell them you want some sweet Rooster Teeth merch this year. Look, we even made a handy gift guide to help your friends and family find the perfect present. Get on it so you (or they) don’t miss out. We have sweet deals and plenty of surprises going on throughout the season, so you should probably check on the store every single day or follow the Rooster Teeth Store on Twitter to keep up with what’s going on.


    Shopping for Christmas? Here are some deadlines you’ll want to be aware of:

    red_circle Dec. 15, 6 a.m. CST - Last Day to Ship Standard UPS Ground
    red_circle Dec. 20, 6 a.m. CST - Last Day to Ship UPS Second Day
    red_circle Dec. 21, 6 a.m. CST - Last Day to Ship UPS Next Day


    And until December 15 if you spend $75 or more, your shipping is free.


    As your old pal Loopy Lupe says - I got mouths to feed. So please... buy lots of things so I don’t get fired? Happy Holidays, everyone! christmas_tree

  • Pizzas & Games: Bites & Bytes

    5 months ago

    Skilltacular Producer @ RT Games

    Time to get Cheesy


    It’s been a bit since my last post. Finalizing this rating system has been tough. Generally, I feel like there’s way too much negativity in the various gaming community multiverses. Platform wars. Microtransactions. Player’s wishes vs development realities. Review systems. EA. Any conversation about these topics usually carries some form of sour attitude. I don’t want to add to that. I love games. I love sharing games. To this end, any game I talk about, I’ll aim to compare to one of Earth’s most beloved treasures: pizza.


    Aside from dietary concerns, what’s not to love about pizza? At its base, pizza is a particular arrangement of stuff on bread meant to sustain you. At its best, pizza can be a joyous experience to be shared with loved ones. The same can be said about games. Games mean a myriad of things to their players. To some, they sustain. To some, they are a joy to be shared with loved ones. See, some analogies, like good pizza, are meant to be cheesey.


    The Meat of the Matter


    Anyhoo, as I run through my games of 2017 and beyond, I’ll aim to recommend games by comparing them to their pizza counterparts. This yummy rating system has five main tiers. I have a few other special ratings, but I suspect they will be rare as their spice level is too high. Below, have a taste of my pizza-based review system. Because they're all fairly well known, I used various Mario games as examples.


    Pizza: Basic Cheese

    Meaning: If you have time

    Description: This game is nothing particularly special. You’ll likely have an ok time if you’re looking for something on which to kill some time.

    Example: Mario Run -- Android, iOS


    Pizza: Trusty Pepperoni

    Meaning: Check it out

    Description: There are loads of games out there, but this one is worth some of your time. Probably nothing groundbreaking or maybe it's time in the sun has passed, but there’s fun to be had. Dig in!

    Example: One of the lessor Mario games on the DS


    Pizza: Specialty Lovers

    Meaning: Worth your time if you like a very certain sauce.

    Description: This game may be good, bad, or great for various reasons, but there’s something really special here if you’re a fan of its particular flavor. This has some sort of wildcard ingredient that might not be for everyone, but is well worth a look for those who know what they are looking for.

    Example: Mario Strikers -- Gamecube


    Pizza: Supreme Pizza

    Meaning: Should play.

    Description: If you’re a game fan, you should play this. There’s something special about this game that should appeal to most anyone.

    Example: Mario Sunshine -- Gamecube


    Pizza: Hawaiian with a side of ranch

    Meaning: Must play!

    Description: A master class experience. A trailblazer or trendsetter. Other games will be learning and stealing from this game for years. When people ask “What should I play?” this is your answer.

    Example: Mario Odyssey -- Switch


    Sure, the toppings mentioned above are all subjective, but so are individual tastes for games. Let me know how’d you rate some of your favorites.


    ^5,

    BR

  • What's Up with Me?

    5 months ago

    patrickmatthewz RTX Events Coordinator

    I had a pretty good weekend. I drank a bit too much on Friday night. Ever done that? Me neither. BUT Saturday was where it was at. I woke up late and decided I would not leave my apartment for the day. I ordered Chinese food. I really wanted 2 Mexican Cokes, but didn't want to seem like a loser, so I ordered two full meals, two cokes, and requested 2 sets of chopsticks. Now that delivery guy thinks I have someone special, and seeing as how the most important thing in the world is how your are perceived by strangers, I think it was a good move. I finished the day watching corny holiday movies and falling asleep on the couch. Sunday I did boring laundry and cleaning. Also, I'm about halfway through Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive. It is fucking rad. Ok, I love you.

  • Quentin Tarantino Might Do A Star Trek Movie?!? Let's Break That Rumor Down, Shall We?

    5 months ago

    ericvespe

    The big whopper that hit late last night was some word that Quentin Tarantino and JJ Abrams were partnering up for a Star Trek movie. No, April Fools Day didn't sneak up on you. This is a legit story, posted by Deadline's highly accurate scoop-hound Michael Fleming.


    It appears that big Original Series fan Quentin Tarantino had a great idea for a new Star Trek movie that he told to JJ Abrams, who loved it so much he's actively working to set it up at Paramount. Fleming said the idea is to assemble a writers room, let them kick around Tarantino's idea for a bit while he's off filming his maybe Manson Family Murders-related LA period film and when he comes back he'll take a look at their script and decide if he wants to actually direct it.


    I know, the concept of Tarantino directing a Star Trek movie is mind-blisteringly bonkers that it kind of has to happen now or else that void will never be filled by anything else and we'll all be walking around incomplete for the rest of our lives. But don't get too excited. 


    I don't mean to be the doomsayer here, but the chance of Tarantino directing a giant franchise picture that he didn't write from beginning to end himself is... improbable. He famously directed a 2-parter CSI episode that he pitched and had the writing team come up with the final teleplay, but doing episodic TV and a feature film is quite different in terms of personal time commitment and, honestly, prestige. 


    If he's sticking with his 10 and out feature promise that would mean Kelvin Timeline Star Trek 4 is Tarantino's last go-round as a director.


    I'm betting there are three outcomes more likely than Quentin Tarantino directing a Star Trek movie.


    Outcome 1: Tarantino takes a Story By credit and lets someone else run with directing the next Trek movie.


    Outcome 2: This is developed for a while and ends up dropped, becoming simply an interesting deep dive bit of movie trivia.


    Outcome 3 (the one I'm actually pulling for): Tarantino is sparked by this idea and it percolates in his brainpan to such a degree that he can't shake it and it ends up inspiring him do his own, original take on a sci-fi story.


    You'd think I'm crazy to suggest that, but it's happened before. There was time in 2005 where New Line approached him after hearing he was a Friday the 13th fan and rumors began spreading he was going to do "the Ultimate Jason Voorhees Movie." He shot the rumors down within a week. The meeting did happen, but, at the time, he was trying to get his WW2 movie, Inglourious Basterds, written out and had no intention of making Friday the 13th. 


    But that wasn't his next film up, was it? He didn't make Basterds until 2009. The film he made before it? The Death Proof segment of Grindhouse, which he said was his take on the Slasher Genre. 


    Stuntman Mike was the Slasher, but instead of wielding a machete or hatchet he killed with his car. Many slasher tropes are winked at... the slow stalk, the brutal gore and a quadruple down on the final girl trope. 


    That Friday the 13th meeting and subsequent rumors for sure got the juices flowing and gave us admittedly his weakest film to date, but still something I'm quite fond of: a uniquely Tarantino take on a slasher movie with liberal dashes of '70s car fetish road pictures.


    Fleming got no comment from either Paramount or Tarantino's camp, so the other unspoken option here is that this rumor is pure horseshit, but Fleming has a great track record and this is a big story. I doubt he'd go to print unless he was sure it was accurate. 


    I wouldn't hold my breath for this ultimately coming to anything, but we do know Tarantino is a fan of Trek and has some ideas. Hell, he talked on the Nerdist Podcast about his likes and dislikes about the world of Trek, being pretty open about what he feels works and doesn't work about JJ's movies and even about some of his ideas on what he'd do if he were making one. Listen:






    There's no telling if his off-the-cuff ideas spit-balled here are what he took to JJ or if, much like my Friday the 13th/Death Proof theory, this chat got the creative juices running and inspired something we don't know yet. 


    Again, it'd be pretty rad to see a Tarantino-directed Star Trek movie. I just think it'd be even more badass to see a fully original Tarantino sci-fi movie INSPIRED by what he loved about William Shatner's Kirk and Wrath of Khan and the bits and pieces of Trek that absorbed growing up.


    We'll see what the reality is eventually, but I got $20 says he ain't directing a Star Trek movie.


  • Vlog coming to an end

    5 months ago

    burnie

    if you watch today’s vlog then you know that I announced in this video that I will soon be ending my weekly vlog. It’s been a tremendous amount of fun making the vlog for all of you every week. But it’s time to move on to new project and I really need to focus on that. Like I said in the video, I don’t know what the future of the vlog is – –  it could move to Ellie, or some other people at the company or it could just end all together. 


     I’ll be wrapping up over the next few weeks, so if there’s anything you would like to see an upcoming episode please let me know the comments. Thanks for watching, it’s been a really fun adventurous year. 

  • Adventure Time in the Northwest

    5 months ago

    Qholtz VFX Artist Rooster Teeth

    I just got back from a weekend trip to Portland.  My wife and I love to travel and the Northwest has never let us down. Best place we ate had to be Country Cat, The de-boned fried chicken was amazing.  Sunday we were able to drive out to Haystack rock and we were both in awe. The drive out there through the tree was beautiful and the rock itself is like a little mountain just dropped onto the beach.  Does anyone have any small trips coming up?  Where are you headed?

  • Capcom announces Mega Man 11

    5 months ago

    BrianGaar

    It looks like the long-rumored Mega Man 11 is finally happening. Capcom announced today that, yes, the game is under development and will release next year.


    It released a trailer that definitely shows some influences from Mighty No. 9, the crowd-funded game launched by Keiji Inafune after he and Capcom split ways. Still, the new Mega Man looks cartoony and great -- with 3D sprites moving along a 2D world. 


    The game is coming late next year for all consoles -- including the Switch -- as well as PC. 

  • EA Fixing Battlefront II?

    5 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    If you're a Battlefront II player already tired out by the game's grind, it looks like there might be some celebration in order -- DICE and EA are starting to release updates to tweak the game's progression. 


    DICE outlined the newest update in a blog post today. Most of the changes to the game have to do with progression -- namely, how many credits you earn for accomplishing certain tasks. To start, they've said that the credit payout at the end of rounds is increasing -- and you can thankfully farm three times more credits in Arcade mode than you could previously as well. In addition to that, the developer revealed that the daily loot boxes you're awarding just for signing in will now award you with more crafting parts. 


    According to the team, this is just the first in a series of planned content updates. They wrote: "Thank you again for your passion around this game. Star Wars™ is special to all of us, and we all want to experience that world in fun, exciting ways. If you're already playing the game and are loving it, we want to thank you for taking the time to do so. We have a lot planned, and are excited to show you what’s to come.

  • On The Spot #118

    5 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    We need your prompts for this week's On The Spot. Submit as many as you'd like. We promise to only use the good ones and make fun of the rest.


    QUICK THINKING

    • Come up with a category for the guests to list off possible answers for (i.e. Things not to say after someone says "I love you" for the first time.)
    • Category with a lot of possibilities for answers are the best.

    GIVING HEADLINES

    • Find an odd story from the recent news with an equally odd headline that we can remove a word or two from for the the guests to fill in the blank.
    • Look for headlines where a blank space would leave the story open to a lot of different interpretations. Ambiguity is key.

    ABCs OF STORYTELLING

    • Come up with a 2 person scenario where the characters interact with each other a lot.
    • Be as descriptive as you want, this is a scene the guests have to play out.
    • Scenes that work best for this game have a high potential for rapid dialogue and confrontation.

    xoxo The Risemonger

  • Mark Hamill Answers Star Wars Questions... In 1976. Must Watch Video!

    5 months ago

    ericvespe

    The internet can be an awful place. But sometimes it can be used as a force for good. You see that when it comes to disaster relief help or getting live updates on the ground in a crisis... and you can see it in the Indiana Joneses out there who go seeking for lost geek treasure, like this video.


    It's not too hard to find YouTube videos with Mark Hamill talking about Star Wars. It's not very common to find one from the year before the first film was released and this is exactly what you have here.


    There are three men on the stage here at MidAmeriCon in Kansas City, Missouri on September 4th, 1976. Left to right they are Star Wars Marketing Director Charles Lippencott, Producer Gary Kurtz (who walked away from Star Wars after Empire) and the then mostly unknown Mark Hamill.


    They have just shown some slides for their space movie to a Comic Con crowd... and when I saw Comic-Con I mean the real, original Comic-Con type crowd, not what exists today. This is an audience of outcasts, nerds back when it was unpopular to be a nerd. Today it is cool to be a geek. In fact it's weird if you're not into geek culture. The roles have reversed. Not so much then.


    And in true Comic Book Guy fashion this crowd is a bit... salty. And unconvinced. The first few questions in particular are dickish, getting nerdy about explosions in space and "cliched" plots. 


    There are some real gems here, though. Kurtz is very clear about the budget and the steep hill they have to climb to find success (a whopping $18 million in print rentals or it's a failure). Hamill's enthusiasm is also on full display and in hindsight it's pretty funny seeing him talk about the love story between him and Carrie Fisher. There's also a question to keep an ear out for toward the end when someone asks if he's worried about being typecast as a sci-fi star should this little space opera maybe find an audience, which is pretty incredible considering right this very moment he's on a press tour talking about his return to the role of Luke Skywalker.


    This is geek catnip. Many thanks to FANAC for uncovering it, cleaning it up and uploading it.


    Watch it and share!





  • Update Updates

    5 months ago

    Gray

    Can't wait for the new RT community site functionality to hit -- the tech team is really working hard on an amazing overhaul of everything. With the site update coming soon, now's a great time to get back into the swing o' things and start posting random little stuff again. So, in the spirit of that...


    There was a FastCo article recently about gen:LOCK that had some images, including the first character turnaround from the show. But they only went with the low-rez pictures. So here ya go, this is a higher-rez version of the show's first character sheet! This is Chase. He's a combat aviator before he joins the gL project, and this is him in his flight suit.


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    We'll start making more noise about gL in the new year. But, y'know, mmmaybe we'll keep throwing a few breadcrumbs out here'n'there in the meantime. Like, oh, say, storyboards for ep1 started this week.  stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye


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    More later,


    g.

  • Batllegrounds on mobile??

    5 months ago

    BrianGaar

    Ever wanted to try Player Unknown's Battlegrounds --- on your phone? Well, it's about to be a thing, if you live in China, at least. 


    Mega Chinese developer Tencent, which owns a piece of PUBG, recently announced not one, but TWO mobile Battlegrounds games and unveiled gameplay trailers for each. 


    You can check out the gameplay here and here


    Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad said that both are being developed on Unreal Engine 4, with the first one adding "naval battles" and an "arcade feel," while the second seems more similar to the PC game. 


    One is developed by Tencent TIMI studio while the other is developed by Lightspeed & Quantum Studio. No word yet on a release date. 


  • Mega Man Stream-a-palooza!!!

    5 months ago

    BrianGaar

    In honor of Mega Man's 30th anniversary this month, Capcom is ... remembering that Mega Man exists!!


    No, we're not getting a new game, but Capcom IS doing a special Mega Man anniversary livestream on Dec. 4th. We don't know exactly what will go down, but Capcom assures us that fans "won't want to miss this celebration of the Blue Bomber's birthday." 


    You can watch it starting at 1 pm CST on Capcom's Twitch channel.

  • Jak and Daxter Series Hit PS2 Classics Next Week

    5 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    Good news, Jak and Daxter fans! PlayStation just announced that in addition to the first game, they're adding the rest of the classic series digitally to PS4 next week. 


    In a new blog post, the company announced that Jak II, Jak 3, and Jak X Combat Racing will all be landing on PS Store December 6, bringing you classic gaming goodness just in time for the holidays. PlayStation wrote: "The narrative tropes Naughty Dog explored in Jak and Daxter laid the foundation for the evolution of their highly innovative story telling. It put them on the path that led to the creation of future blockbuster franchises like Uncharted and The Last of Us— and to think it all started with giving Jak his own voice."


    While I haven't played Jak 3 and Jak X Combat Racing, I do have very fond memories of Jak II on the PS2. At the time, it did some open world concepts that were fairly new at the time, but are pretty commonplace now in terms of game structure. It's definitely worth checking out if you're into that kind of thing and need a new classic to play. 


    Also, seriously Naughty Dog -- when is this series coming back? 

  • Photog

    5 months ago

    ezracooperst President

    I'm super excited about Wes, our new in-house photographer. His work is super cool and he seems to really understand our talent and brand. I am feeling Wes change the way our community interact with Rooster Teeth. We are in the age of instagram--meaning brands are built via visual storytelling. I now can't imagine not having someone documenting day to day life across our company, talent and shows. I believe that Wes is going to help bring the community closer to Rooster Teeth. 

  • David Goyer May Direct The He-Man Movie

    5 months ago

    ericvespe

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    I'm an '80s kid so of course I have nostalgia for the He-Man cartoons and toys. I had a ton of the action figures (including the Castle Grayskull playset) that my mom sold at a Garage Sale when I was 12 for probably a fraction of what they're worth today.


    Would I be interested in a He-Man movie that actually took place in Eternia? Damn right I would be! Am I interested in one directed by David Goyer... Um... 


    Goyer's very first directorial outing was a great little indie movie called ZigZag starring Wesley Snipes, the star of Blade, a script he wrote that kicked off that franchise and could get credit for being the spark that lit the fuse resulting in today's superhero craze. 


    After that movie everything else has been degrees of awful, though. Blade Trinity is laughably bad and the two horror films he did (The Invisible and The Unborn) are totally forgettable.


    Hollywood Reporter says Goyer is in talks to direct their live-action He-Man and the Masters of the Universe movie and I'm hoping he doesn't get it, to be honest. Not that the franchise is better than him (it's not... it's super silly), but if they're going to make a movie out of it they're going to need someone who can counterbalance the goofier aspects of all these muscly dudes fighting a Skull-faced wise-ass.


    I think a good, solid, fun movie could be made with these characters in this universe, but I think the odds are way more likely it's going to end up looking like The Last Airbender. Goyer doesn't exactly fill me with confidence that it won't go in that direction.


    What do you folks think? Good idea or bad idea? Orco or no Orco? So many ways to go... and I guess no matter which way they choose it's bound to feel more like He-Man than the original feature film...


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  • The Hellboy Reboot Gets A Release Date!

    5 months ago

    ericvespe

    January 11th, 2019. That's when you can see Stranger Things' David Harbour playing ol' horned himself in Neil Marshall's HELLBOY reboot.


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    This is a project that fills me with conflicting emotions. On the one hand I really wanted to see Guillermo del Toro finish out his Trilogy. He was setting up some really dark stuff at the end of Hellboy 2 and I'm invested in Ron Perlman as that character.


    On the other hand Neil Marshall is himself a great filmmaker (The Descent is an all-timer and he's done some spectacular episodes of Game of Thrones) and the reboot promises to be darker, more in line with the comics and R-rated. Plus it has David Harbour as Hellboy, which I'm incredibly curious to see how that plays out.


    Also in the movie are Milla Jovovich, Daniel Dae Kim and Ian McShane. It's a good cast and if it was the first Hellboy movie I'd be jumping over the moon, but since it isn't and the last cinematic adaptation was kind of left hanging I'll always have a little twinge of regret tied in with this project.


    What about you?

  • Wes Ellis

    5 months ago

    burnie

    adding some photos to my gallery of my new mobile office. Pics courtesy of cool dude Wes Ellis.

  • Motive Says They Weren't Held Back By Frostbite

    5 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    EA's proprietary Frostbite engine has become something of a whipping boy amongst the publisher's harshest critics -- it's been rumored to be the cause of technical issues associated with some high profile games.


    However, one developer is speaking in defense of the engine -- Motive, who worked on Star Wars: Battlefront II's single player campaign. Motive director Mark Thompson said in a new interview with GamesBeat: "We haven’t been held back by what we could achieve. The execution we have in the software is as close to the vision as I could imagine. And the process is, as I’ve seen it unfold with different technology and different engines—Frostbite is great at cinematics. The stuff we do looks fantastic."


    So hey, that's at least one developer with positive stuff to say about Frostbite. While most can likely agree that the results of using the engine are often gorgeous -- it's been criticized as one of the rough spots of development in Dragon Age Inquisition, Mass Effect Andromeda, and the recently totally-not-cancelled-but-basically-cancelled Project Ragtag by Visceral. 

  • Morch

    5 months ago

    ezracooperst President

    Our merch team is killing it. The store is filled with cool stuff. 


    More to come in Q1...stay tuned...

  • Last of Us 2 details coming soon

    5 months ago

    BrianGaar

    It looks like we'll be getting some more details about The Last of Us Part II very, very soon. Like, next week soon. 


    That's because Sony has given us the panel lineup for its Playstation Experience event next week, and one will be a discussion about the upcoming game. We'l be hearing from director and writer Neil Druckmann as well as writer Halley Gross and some cast members. They'll be talking about that, um, slightly gory trailer for the game that we saw debut at Paris Games week. 


    The panel will occur on Dec. 9 at 8:30 pm CST

  • Life is Strange voice actors will be returning

    5 months ago

    BrianGaar

    Good news for Life is Strange fans -- voice actors Ashly Burch and Hanna Telle  are returning to the franchise. 


    That was in doubt after the voice actor's strike this year, but it looks like everything got resolved. The two will return to their roles as Chloe Price and Max Caulfield in the prequel Before The Storm. They will be in a bonus episode that will be in the deluxe edition of the game. 


    No word on an exact release date yet, but it's expected early next year.

  • Hoo boy...

    5 months ago

    Miles Miles

    I dunno if any of you guy's checked out Burnie's recent journal entry, but it now has me dreading our next Fan Service release this upcoming Saturday.


    I finally watched my episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and, uh... I had some OPINIONS.


    I stand by everything I said... but am bracing myself for the consequences.