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  • New Transcoder Deploys Next Week. Here's Why It Means Faster Load Times

    4 days ago

    ebregman Programming & SVOD

    Happy Friday! It has been a while, which means I have so many updates that have built up over the holidays and before... Expect a few posts from me in the coming weeks.


    I've been saying for months that a new transcoder is in the works, and as you might expect we really wanted to get it up and running in time for gen:LOCK. Happy to say it has passed all its tests and is ready to start rolling into our production environment (SLOWLY)! In the next week we'll test it for the first time on a select few videos, and barring any complications we hope to use it for all gen:LOCK episodes. It should be running on every newly published video within a month at most. The plan is to re-transcode some of the library over time.


    The new transcoder should bring you noticeably better quality video, video previews while you scrub through a  timeline, and most importantly faster load times. For those interested in proof this will be faster, our engineer Kalman (@thekal), who integrated this whole thing, said I could share his test results with you.


    Quick description of what you're looking at: when you click play on a video, our product loads a manifest file at a resolution chosen based on your connection speed, device, and a bunch of other factors. Every video loads in segments, piece by piece. Buffering time is dependent in part on how big the segments are - ideally the maximum segment size is relatively small, and also ideally the segments are all around the same size (the standard deviation is small).


    Here's what Kalman found when he tested segment sizes and standard deviations for all the manifests of a recent RWBY episode and a recent Achievement Hunter episode (values are all in MBs, and don't include audio. Audio adds some data, not a ton):


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    The largest 1080p segment of RBWY used to potentially be over 30MB(!), and now it's just over 3MB. That's...a lot better.


    If you spot a video using the new transcoder, let me know! More to come very soon, but as always feel free to leave some questions and I'll answer them throughout the weekend.


  • gen:LOCK - It's ALMOST HERE!

    6 days ago

    Gray

    Hello hello-


    We're getting tantalizingly close to gen:LOCK's premiere on January 26th! This amazing crew of which I'm so privileged to be a part, has been working very hard for a very long time. And we're excited (and must confess a little trepidacious) to finally start telling the story.


    Here's how you can watch it. Even if you figured out how to catch the sneak peek of ep1, you're still going to have a blast on premiere day. Because we're going to put up the first two eps at once.


    On Saturday, January 26th, just before the season finale of RWBY Volume 6 (call it 9:30ish a.m. CST), both episodes 1 *AND* 2 will drop on Rooster Teeth -- the website, the apps, however you prefer to watch it. Episode 1 will be free for absolutely anyone to watch, and then you'll need to be a Rooster Teeth FIRST member to check out ep 2.


    After that, keep coming back to share the fun and join the conversation as the gL adventure continues. The remaining six episodes of season 1 will appear weekly, starting with ep3 on February 2nd, Saturdays at 10am CST, taking RWBY’s timeslot. These episodes will be exclusive to FIRST members. Not a FIRST member? Then check out the free trial!!


    Keep an eye out for some more goodies coming out a bit later today, and a bunch more new stuff rolling out over the next couple weeks. And then on premiere day, please come join the insanity as we bring this amazing volume of RWBY to a close, enter the new world of gen:LOCK with its first two episodes, and celebrate all the amazing work that both CRWBY and gL crew *ahemahemstillneedagoodcrewname* have been pouring themselves into. If you've been enjoying what RT Animation is putting out there, please show them all the love they deserve.


    more soon,

    g.

  • AGDQ!

    1 week ago

    kriss Community Manager

    Heading to the speedrunning charity driven event tomorrow!  Anyone watch the stream or attending in general? 


    I made a few friends in the Link to the Past Randomizer community over the last year and a half (even participated in the spring tournament last year with a 3-4 record!), and many of these internet friends will be attending AGDQ. I average about three years before I am able to meet internet acquaintances IRL (with the exception of RTX), so I'm very excited to meet a lot of the people I've connected with in the last year or so. 


    We are already setting up a ramen lunch/dinner when I arrive

  • D&D Character Journal

    1 week ago

    LoZelda Supposedly An Adult

    I've been keeping a journal for one of my D&D characters (the angry one who ripped a dragon open #oops) as both an exercise to really get into her headspace and also have an in-character way to take notes on what we've been up to. It feels very on-brand for Kallista and has been a fun way to dabble in writing. I've shared it with a couple people and figured I'd post it here in case it tickles anyone's fancy. 


    Keep in mind that this is done as a journal, so not only does it just sort of jump on in there but it's also effectively just a retelling of someone else's story. This is all just my character's perspective of what transpires in our session during this homebrew campaign.


    Enjoy! Or don't, whatever. I'm not your mom.

  • I made ramen from scratch!

    1 week ago

    kriss Community Manager

    So I made ramen from scratch a couple days ago. I would say all in all for my first attempt, everything took me about two days. I made: 


    Ramen broth - simmered and reduced for 10 hours
    Ajitama (soft boiled eggs) - marinated for 12 hours
    Noodles - about 2 hours
    Charsiu (pork belly) - 3 hours
    Tare (potent seasoning sauce) - 20 minutes
    Added enoki mushrooms and bok choy 


    Y'all, I am TIRED. I had so much fun making everything though. The ramen broth and the charsiu were completely new territory for me, so I was happy with how well they both turned out. Definitely thinking about making this a monthly food project. Side note, I could not believe how amazing the house smelled the whole time. 


    What are some other recipes I should try out? 


    Pics for proof! 








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  • Tell me the good deets

    2 weeks ago

    kriss Community Manager

    Tell me three awesome things that happened to or for you this year. Going into 2019, I want you to focus on those three things and start your new year off uplifted and filled with inspiration.

  • I Killed A Dragon

    2 weeks ago

    LoZelda Supposedly An Adult

    If you don't follow me on Twitter (or if you do but, I dunno, actually had a life outside of social media yesterday) you may have missed my series of tweets from the D&D session we had where I went unconscious and then upon getting healed made the killing blow on a black dragon by using Inflict Wounds, literally ripping the dragon open. My amazing community (gamenut, specifically) wasted no time in meme-ing the moment.


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  • Catching up!

    2 weeks ago

    kriss Community Manager

    I LIVED THROUGH CHRISTMAS FAMILY SOCIALIZING. But honestly, my family is pretty chill and relaxed. Every year, they do something rather unique during dinner. Last year, they had a hibachi grill in the backyard and this year we had a "number service" for wonton soup. It was pretty amazing. I, of course, made my traditional deviled eggs and ate everything in sight. 


    One thing that was very different for me was helping prep the turkey. Mom had surgery on her shoulder about a month ago, so we had to help with her the brine and adding spices and butter. It turned out pretty well! I might actually make a turkey myself one of these days. Maybe I'll start with a cornish hen first though... 


    I got to see my dad's dog, Honey, for a couple days. I didn't get to see her last year, so I was worried she might not remember me much but her ears perked right up when I started saying "Honey Bunches of Ooooooaaaaats!" which is a nickname I gave her years ago.


    I even got to see my peeps from the RT Las Vegas community group! Hard to believe that I started that group damn near 5 years ago, and it's still going. If you're in the area and want to go to their meet ups, let me know, and I'll connect you with the community leader out there! 


    Overall, Christmas was a lot of fun. I don't miss the city at all, but I do miss my family. I'm one of the few that moved away from Vegas. I'm much happier in Austin; however the one thing I wish was in the Texas area was a damn Del Taco. 


    How was your week? Tell me all the deets. We have a lot to catch up on! 



    Some pictures from the last few days. 


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  • Work Secret Santa

    3 weeks ago

    kriss Community Manager

    We had our work Secret Santa exchange yesterday and my Secret Santa knocked it out of the park! 


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    Yes, we did have to fill out a little form to give our Secret Santa some guidance on things we loved, but I mean, HOW AWESOME IS THIS? The funny thing is that I already have an AvoSeedo (a green one!) and I used it to grow my current avocado plants that are now potted. This is just the universe's way of telling me that I need to grow more. 


    I text this photo to my boyfriend and his only response was "OH MY GOD, NOT ANOTHER ONE". Perfection. 


    Anyone else do a Secret Santa with friends or coworkers? What'd you get? 

  • RT Community Day - December 2018

    4 weeks ago

    kriss Community Manager

    Today is #RTCommunityDay. As it is the last one for 2018, I think back on the year as a whole, specifically the last six months for myself personally. I signed up on RoosterTeeth.com on 11/11/05. That's a long time ago. Loved RvB and loved the people who made it even more. 


    I was a pretty sheltered mind back then (even today I have so much to experience and learn). I met some cool community members who taught me about podcasts and the basics of video and audio editing. Even delved in fun fan projects, submitting my voice for characters. 


    There wasn't much community presence in Vegas at the time, so I created the RT Las Vegas group, met even more awesome people and found that I very much loved community management. I also volunteered for RTX as a Guardian for five years and loved it with all my heart.


    Now, 13 years later, almost half my life, here I am as a CM for Rooster Teeth. I never thought I would be here as I am but I honestly cannot imagine being anywhere else. RT has changed my life. The friends I've made, the memories we have created... Over the years, we laughed together, cried together, uplifted each other when times were tough and celebrated when times were amazing. I saw people get married and start families and build their own businesses. I got to see so much good come from this community.

    And we are far from being done. We will continue to grow and build and learn, and become a stronger family. I am beyond happy and humbled that I get to be in a position to see all of this happen in years to come. Thank you #rtcommunity. I love you all so much.

  • Merry RWBY and Happy Volume 6 Updates!

    1 month ago

    Kerry

    Ho Ho Ho! Merry RWBY! Long time no journal, how’s everyone doing? Good? Great? Awesome?!


    Awesome.


    I hope y’all have been enjoying this volume of RWBY so far! I couldn’t be happier with it, CRWBY has been kicking ass. It’s been an absolute blast to work on.


    Got a couple of announcements for your calendars, mark ’em down!


    - Next week will be our mid-season break, which means no new episode on December 22nd! If you haven’t been with us as we’ve aired the last few seasons, we typically take a break during the holidays so the crew can get some time to spend with their families :) (or play Smash. Or both?)


    - To help get your fix, FIRST members can join us for a RWBY Volume 6 watch party on the site! That will be December 21, 10am CST. I’ll be there as well as members of CRWBY to laugh at memes and argue over whether a character dabbed or not with you all!


    - Chapter 8 will still stream as normal for free in RTTV stream (roosterteeth.com/live) on December 22, 10am CST. Grab dat bowl of cereal and come watch it on the site with everyone in the community!


    - RWBY will return on December 29th with Chapter 9 for FIRST members like nothing bad ever happened.


    - Our finale this year will be on January 26th for FIRST members, which is great timing because that’s also the same week as the premiere of gen:LOCK!!! (Y’all, I just got a chance to watch the first episode… DAMN! No… DAYUM!)


    Okay, that’s all I got for now. If you haven’t noticed from all of the times I just typed FIRST (I promise I didn’t copy and paste any of them, those were artisanal key presses) there are a lot of great reasons to sign up to be a FIRST member. Or get that one lazy friend to always talks about it signing up but never does a month to give it a shot! Thanks a lot, Jerry.


    Happy Holidays  heart

    -Kerry

  • This Week At ScrewAttack - 12/14/18

    1 month ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi

    The Desk of The Desk of Death Battle - The GARBAGE Billy Ray Cyrus Comic - Editor Notes 


    Watch the episode and come back for notes!


    • This episode of Desk of is the longest episode we've done in a while. I can't tell you how much time I spent with Billy Ray Cyrus as I worked on this episode. It was too much AND YOU'RE WELCOME. 
    • The Liam/Billy Ray Taken conversation: My best work? Probably. 
    • Why DO these Billy comics feature kids in both adventures? Were kids the target demo? Were KIDS the big Achy Breaky Heart fans??
    • Also poor Merlin right? Famous wizard that ends up pumping gas. Real bummer. 
    • Fun Fact: this is my favorite fun fact. 
    • And now this: The following is my attempt to write out the lyrics to Will Smith's Wild Wild West rap from memory:

    It's the wild wild west, jim west, desperado, rough rider, no you don't want nada, none of this, from the gun of this, buffalo solider, just like a told ya, wild wild west. That's all I got. 


    Here are the actual lyrics: 


    Uh, wickey wild wild
    Wicky wicky wild
    Wickey wild, wicky wicky wild wild wild west,
    Jim West, desperado, rough rider
    No you don't want nada
    None of this, six gun in this, brotha runnin' this,
    Buffalo soldier, look it's like I told ya

  • Video Game Movie Remakes

    1 month ago

    kriss Community Manager

    Rewatched the Mortal Kombat movie last night. I really, really want a remake to be done. 

    Fun fact, did you know that the martial artist who played Reptile in the first movie also played Sub Zero's brother in the second movie AND he and Robin Shou (Liu Kang) were in Beverly Hills Ninja with Chris Farley? 

    Crazy, right? 

    Anyways... back to the original point, what video game movie would you like to see remade?

  • Badge Prices, Perks & Information - RTX Austin 2019

    1 month ago

    nicolew Events Specialist

    Who’s excited for RTX Austin 2019?!?! Last year was so incredible, we can’t wait to see you all again!


     small_blue_diamondBadge Purchasing Website

    https://rtx2019.frontgatetickets.com/
    *Please note, this link will NOT work UNTIL Monday, January 14, 10:00 AM CT when badges go on sale.


     small_blue_diamondOn Sale Dates

    - Monday, January 14, 10:00 AM CT - Early Bird rates for RT Box Members
    - Wednesday, January 16, 10:00 AM CT - Early Bird rates for FIRST Members
    - Friday, January 18, 10:00 AM CT - Early Bird rates for General Public
    - Monday, February 4, 10:00 AM CT - Regular rates for all badge types


    *Early Bird rates are a 15% discount from the Regular Rates!
    **Early Bird rates will be available through Monday, February 4, 9:59 AM CT or until sold out.


     small_blue_diamondAccess Codes

    Those who are RT Box or FIRST members receive perks to purchase RTX badges before the general public. Those members will be emailed their unique access code PRIOR to the on-sale dates from Front Gate Ticketing. 


    In order to receive an access code for RTX Austin 2019, you must be a PAID member by:
    - RT Box- Monday, December 31, 11:59 PM CT
    - FIRST- Monday, January 7, 11:59 PM CT


    Please contact Customer Support at rtxevent@roosterteeth.com if you have not received you code by Thursday, January 10.


     small_blue_diamondBadge Types

    Ultra Badge: $1,500 (Early Bird Rate) / $1,765 (Regular Rate)

    - Access all 3 days to RTX and RTX Animation Festival
    - RTX Exclusive Swag Bag
    - RTX Exclusive Attendee Lanyard
    - (2) GUARANTEED Autograph Sessions of your choice
    - (1) Hour early access to Exhibit Hall Friday ONLY (11 AM)
    - (2) Hours early access to RT Store Friday ONLY (10 AM)
    - Exclusive gen:LOCK Lounge Access
    - Reserved Center Stage Seating
    - Fast Pass Security Line at Austin Convention Center
    - Priority Panel Line
    - Priority Seating in panel rooms
    - Karaoke Party Friday evening with a Special Host
    - Pick (1) of the following for Thursday, July 4: 4th of July BBQ with Geoff Ramsey & Ezra Cooperstein OR Bitchin’ Brunch with Barbara Dunkelman & Mariel Salcedo (more info to come)
    - Exclusive tour of Rooster Teeth campus on Wednesday, July 3 (more info to come)


    Platinum Badge: $650 (Early Bird Rate) / $765 (Regular Rate)
    - Access all 3 days to RTX and RTX Animation Festival
    - RTX Attendee Bag
    - RTX Attendee Lanyard
    - (2) Autograph Lottery Code
    - (1) Hour early access to Exhibit Hall Friday ONLY (11 AM)
    - Exclusive gen:LOCK Lounge Access
    - Reserved Center Stage Seating
    - Fast Pass Security Line at Austin Convention Center
    - Priority Panel Line
    - Priority Seating in panel rooms
    - Karaoke Party Friday evening with a Special Host


    Plus Badge: $275 (Early Bird Rate) / $324 (Regular Rate)
    - Access all 3 days to RTX and RTX Animation Festival
    - RTX Attendee Bag
    - RTX Attendee Lanyard
    - (1) Autograph Lottery Code
    - (1) Hour early access to Exhibit Hall Friday ONLY (11 AM)
    - Exclusive gen:LOCK Lounge Access
    - Reserved Center Stage Seating
    - Fast Pass Security Line at Austin Convention Center


    Weekend Badge: $99 (Early Bird Rate) / $116 (Regular Rate)
    - Access all 3 days to RTX and RTX Animation Festival
    - RTX Attendee Bag
    - RTX Attendee Lanyard
    - (1) Autograph Lottery Code


    Friday Badge: $42.50 (Early Bird Rate) / $50 (Regular Rate)
    - Access Friday to RTX and RTX Animation Festival
    - RTX Attendee Bag
    - RTX Attendee Lanyard


    Saturday Badge: $47 (Early Bird Rate) / $55 (Regular Rate)
    - Access Saturday to RTX and RTX Animation Festival
    - RTX Attendee Bag
    - RTX Attendee Lanyard


    Sunday Badge: $42.50 (Early Bird Rate) / $50 (Regular Rate)
    - Access Sunday to RTX and RTX Animation Festival
    - RTX Attendee Bag
    - RTX Attendee Lanyard


    Commemorative Badge: $15 (Early Bird & Regular Rate)
    - Collectable Badge
    - Choose from (4) four different unique designs
    - Does not gain admittance to RTX or RTX Animation Festival


    RTX Bandana: $20 (Early Bird & Regular Rate)
    - Collectable Bandana
    - Saturday, July 6 will be RTX Community Day! Represent the community by wearing the RTX Bandana on Saturday!


    RTX Bundle (Bandana & 4 Commemorative Badges): $55 (Early Bird & Regular Rate)
    - Receive (1) RTX Bandana and (1) of EACH of the (4) Commemorative Badge designs in a bundle pack!


     small_blue_diamondShipping & Will Call

    We will offer shipping for all orders with a United States or Canada shipping address. All other international addresses will have to be will-call pick up onsite at the Austin Convention Center.


    Cut-off Date to have your order shipped: Friday, June 7, 11:59 PM CT
    *Any badges purchased after this cut-off, no matter the address, will have to be will-call pick up onsite at the Austin Convention Center.


     small_blue_diamondRegistration Hours

    - Thursday, July 4, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT 
    - Friday, July 5, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT
    - Saturday, July 6, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT
    - Sunday, July 7, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM CT


    So excited to see you all again!!!


     small_blue_diamondUPDATE

    What is an Autograph Lottery Code?

    We understand the phrasing for the autograph signing perk has changed for 2019.  No fear, as this does not mean any changes to the system! The new term “Autograph Lottery Code” was adapted for a few reasons.  First, to many newcomers to RTX we want the wording to better define that the sign ups for autograph sessions is up to chance, just as it has always been.  We have noticed the previous phrasing of “Autograph Code” led new attendees to believe they were guaranteed a signing, which is not the case.  Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough signing slots to guarantee a session for every attendee. Second, now that we have added the Ultra badge with a perk of (2) GUARANTEED autograph signings of their choice, we wanted to be sure we accurately defined the difference between the two perks.


    Is the Karaoke Party the Platinum Party?
    The Karaoke Party is replacing the Platinum Party.  The Karaoke Party will be an awesome night for Ultra and Platinum badge holders to hang out with other community members, play games, mingle, and of course, karaoke! The party will be hosted by a Special Guest and you will have an opportunity to meet & greet with Rooster Teeth staff.


  • Super SMASHED Brothers!

    1 month ago

    sirlarr

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    Nintendo's releasing a video game which means it's time to get fucked up in the middle of the day!


    SUPER SMASHED BROS. will air LIVE at youtube.com/funhaus/live on Friday, December 7 at 2:00 PM PST... ish.

    We'll be playing six-player five-stock brawls, random stages, all items on. Shot rules will be doled out by place --


    1st - no shot

    2nd - 5th - half shot

    6th - full shot


    There are a few tweaks and bonus rules though, because of course there are.


    If you get hit with a final smash... take a shot!

    And, if a new challenger approaches... everyone takes a shot!


    Finally, to prevent runaway conditions where sleeper professionals continue to get first and avoid drinks, the winner of each round will have to prove their esports pro nature by playing FOX ONLY, NO ITEMS, FINAL DESTINATION. The true meaning of this will be revealed on Friday...


    If you can't make the stream, we'll have the video up in full on Fullhaus sometime in the middle of next week, with the edited YouTube video following some time after. 


    As usual we'll stream for a few hours and dissolve into various games as the night goes on. We hope you join us!

  • An Important Update Regarding the RT Box

    1 month ago

    Eric_Duncan VP, Marketing

    Happy Holidays, everyone. I hope your year has been a great one and that this last month of 2018 treats you well. This year Matt is giving us almost the entire afternoon off for Christmas, so we’re pretty excited! I’m coming to you today with some sad news that was pretty difficult to write.


    The RT Box is ending.


    Yes, you read that right. The Season 3 Box, the RT Holiday box that many of you are already enjoying, will be the last one. It has been a crazy ride from when we originally launched Double Gold in July 2016, to when we changed plans and created the current RT Box this April, and till now. We’ve seen some ups and downs, but I’m proud that the team was able to make some of the coolest stuff ever for these exclusive boxes, and we’ve had a blast. At Rooster Teeth we like to try new things that we think our community will enjoy. We took a couple of shots at this and it just hasn’t quite worked out. I want to thank everyone who subscribed or even just tried out one or two boxes. You chose to support us when you could have done otherwise, and we appreciate that more than you know.


    What does this mean for you?
    I know a lot of you value one RT Box perk in particular - the ability to get first crack at Rooster Teeth live event tickets. If you’re a current subscriber, we’re going to let you keep that perk for 2019. As long as you are a paying RT Box member any time in Season 3 (between October 1 and December 31) you will be eligible to receive the following perks from January 1 to December 31, 2019.


    • Two gold stars next to your username

    • Early access to purchase tickets for live events


    We will be removing the 10% off discount in the RT Store starting January 1, 2019, for current RT Box members.


    What’s next?
    Anyone who is currently an RT Box member, expecting to be charged for the Season 4 box - you won’t be charged in the new year. Your recurring payments will stop on January 1 and no further charges will happen.


    If you have not purchased the RT Holiday Box, you still have time if you want it. You have until December 31 at 11:59 p.m. CT or until we run out of inventory.


    Thanks for being awesome. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me or @Chelsea if you have any questions.

  • Community Site Beta Round 2! Closed invite only beta begins today!

    1 month ago

    kriss Community Manager

    Hello community!


    Exciting news! We are now moving into an invite-only closed beta for the new community site! Those invited will have the opportunity to provide feedback, engage your fellow community members, join newly designed groups, and help mold this site into a platform you'll want to use every day, and call home for all-things Rooster Teeth.


    Please keep in mind that this is a beta, so what you will see currently is not the final product.

    If you did not receive an email (be sure to check your spam folders!), and you would like to be invited to the closed beta, please fill out this form and we will send you an invite.


    See you in the beta!

    Jackie

  • Holy crap

    1 month ago

    kriss Community Manager

    Yesterday was my six month anniversary with RT. 


    WHERE DID THE TIME GO!? 


    It still feels like I'm in a dream, but I don't want to be anywhere else and I am still blessed AF.


    Thank you, RT community <3 

  • This Week At ScrewAttack - 11/30/18

    1 month ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi

    The Desk of The Desk of Death Battle - The INSANE Mishima Family - Editor Notes 


    Watch the episode and then circle back for notes!


    • The Thanksgiving break meant that this episode needed a quick turn around. Guess what makes it difficult when you need to edit quickly: When you know nothing about Tekken and all of these similarly named family members keep throwing each other off of cliffs and you need to sort all of these non-linear clips in chronological order!!!!!!
    • Thankfully my fellow SA dudes did a bunch of research on Jin and helped me out! 
    • But still, this was ridiculous.
    • Also don't be mistaken: Just because I used a shot from The Amazing Spider-Man doesn't mean I like that movie. I do not. 
    • I couldn't find a scene of a son learning to shave with his dad that I liked so Vader cutting off Luke's hand will have to do! 
    • Any eagle-eyed Knight's Tale fans out there? *wink wink* 
    • I vowed to use every single frame of these awkward, slow, close ups of Kazuya. Every. Single. Frame. 
    • I'm almost sad there wasn't room to include more footage of this crazy family like all of these guys strapped to a rocket. WHAAT. 


  • RTX AUSTIN 2019: HOTEL INFO - The Early Bird Gets The Worm...

    1 month ago

    GeorgeFromGeorgia RT Events Coordinator

    And in this case, the worm is some of the best RTX Austin hotel pricing in years!


    Hello everyone!!!


    If you don’t know me, my name is George and I’m a new member of the Rooster Teeth Events Team. We are working very hard every day to bring you another great RTX this July!


    I know you’re all anxious for information and I promise there’s a whole lot of exciting news coming soon. In the meantime, you can take care of a very important part of any trip: lodging! As with every year, we’re working with our convention partners to bring you options in the heart of all the RTX action at three wonderful hotels listed below.


    FAIRMONT AUSTIN

    101 Red River St, Austin, TX, 78701

    1(800) 344-4758


    Group Name: Rooster Teeth - RTX 2019

    Early-Bird Rates: Single King $179, Double Queen/Queen $179

    Early Bird Cutoff Date: March 31, 2019

    RTX Rate: Single King $199, Double Queen/Queen $199

    Cutoff: May 28, 2019

    BOOK HERE


    JW MARRIOTT

    110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX, 78701

    (844) 473-3959


    Group Name: Rooster Teeth- RTX 2019

    Early-Bird Rates: Single King $199, Double Queen/Queen $209

    Early Bird Cutoff Date: March 31, 2019 or until sold out

    RTX Rate: Single King $229, Double Queen/Queen $239

    Cutoff: May 28, 2019

    BOOK HERE


    HILTON AUSTIN

    500 E 4th St, Austin, TX, 78701

    (512) 482-8000


    Group Name: Rooster Teeth- RTX Austin 2019

    RTX Rate: Single King $235, Double Queen/Queen $235

    Cutoff: May 28, 2019

    BOOK HERE


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    Let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you all and can’t wait for what’s to come. Cheers!


    -George

  • Avocado Update!

    1 month ago

    kriss Community Manager

    We finally went out to a garden store and bought more supplies for the avocado seeds plus a little cutting we took from a tree in Florida (will explain more later). 


    LOOKIT THESE BIG BOIS. 


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    So far, they are surviving the new environment. Had a little scare with the one in the middle as its leaves started curling and I freaked out a bit. Turns out, it just needed a little more water, and then it revived itself. I think that's the best way to explain it. But they're doing well, and I'm hoping that they will make awesome indoor plants until I can create a better space for them outdoors. 


    Regarding the cutting we brought back from Florida, my boyfriend's parents have a Jade Tree. We went out to Florida to celebrate Thanksgiving with them. Since we don't live in the same city, I thought it would be nice to bring back a little memento back home with us. 


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    Haven't thought of names yet, but open to suggestions! 


    How are you all doing? 

  • Rats Through a Maze

    1 month ago

    Daniel Writer/Director

    Hello all!


    I hope everyone is enjoying the first season of Achievement Haunter. The cast and crew have worked very hard to create a good looking, fun and entertaining show that we hope delivers. But I wanted to address something I keep seeing in the comments:


    Is Haunter scripted? Yes and no (but mostly, no).


    Television--or any quality entertainment format really--demands some sort of story or loose structure that many would describe as “satisfying” for the audience. In the horror genre, that usually means quality scares and/or destroying the monster. But, since we don’t know week-to-week if we will find a ghost, we plan a few situations and scares so we can be sure there’s a show. That said, sometimes these moments fail and do not end up in the episode. There are several story beats throughout any given episode; however, everything in between that is completely up to the cast and the random events of any given situation.


    To better explain, let’s go back to my days on Immersion S3 and S4, a show that often placed Gavin and Michael in a labyrinth of video game related tasks and scenarios they would hilariously stumble through. Resident Evil, or even Surgeon Simulator for that matter, are really good examples. They are different formats but each have “scripted” elements; but what the lab rats do with those elements is completely up to them. It's what I like to call "Rats Through a Maze" method of storytelling.


    For instance, in Resident Evil we set up several obstacles: a course with blind corners and tri hazards, a few zombies whose path and reactions were based on rules, and a clear goal at the end of the course—in this case a key. And each time we would change the Lab Rats camera POV because that was the test. But that’s it. I did not tell Gavin and Michael to try high-fiving three different ways; or how to reload their guns; or where the keys were. It’s all up to them how to deal with the situation.


    Surgeon Simulator may be an even better example because their obstacle is right in front of them: save the patient before they bleed out. I set the parameters, add some props and spray lots of blood. What about the plate with fork and knife in the metal drawer? Only Michael knew about that. Gavin had no idea. All I told Michael was: “Look inside the drawer. And the material in the stomach is edible. Good luck.” That’s it. The rest was up to Michael and Gavin. And it’s one of the best moments of the episode!


    Haunter is very similar. Did we bring a red ball to coax out Stacy? Yes. Did I tell Michael to pop it? No. Did I tell Lindsay to try and find ghost cats? Yes. Did I tell her to make a summoning circle? All her. Do we use specific tools in the episode based on the story? Yes. Do we script the results? Absolutely not. Do I propose Michael lock Jeremy in a closet? Absolutely. Do we tell Jeremy first? Hell no.


    And for the record: I don’t know what the fuck happened to Jeremy at the Long Leaf Sawmill.

    So certain beats of the ghost hunt are planned out ahead of time, sure. But all the space in between—and often times the beats themselves—are up to the team. It’s all based around what they experience and the story of the location. All the director does is make sure the audience has the information they need and encourage follow up if something is discovered.


    Furthermore, we rarely manipulate the location during a ghost hunt. And the majority of the Story Times are shot on location the next day.


    Ultimately, the show is a hybrid. The Story Time is partially scripted because the team needs to know the dates, details and story of the crazy shit that happens at these haunted locations. They need the beats to tell a story. But the rest—the improvisation that we then recreate—is entirely up to them. In the moment. But I’ll write more on the process of Story Time later on in the season.

    Hope that is illuminating!


    Enjoy the show,

    Daniel

  • This Week At ScrewAttack - 11/16/18

    1 month ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi

    The Desk of The Desk of Death Battle - Pokemon Minus Misty's Voltorbs - Editor Notes 


    Watch the episode and come back for notes!


    • Two Cast Away clips in back to back episodes. You're welcome. 
    • Lisa Foiles has started including multiple takes more and more and she often does alternative reads and improvises. It's hard to pick out the "best" one sometimes. Maybe we should start compiling the alts and release them as BTS. What do you think? 
    • With this episode, Detective Pikachu and Let's Go coming out, it's been hard to resist dropping 60 bucks on that game!  
    • Actual editing note warning: The challenge of this episode was deciding how to show several full panel comparisons in an interesting way. I went with a few different options and I'm happy with how it all came together.  
    • Once again people walked by my desk while I was Photoshopping that "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover" featuring Misty. Awkward hilarity ensued.
    • Also, you like Nested sequences? ENJOY LIKE A MILLION. 
    • The Detective Pikachu trailer may or may not have influenced the release of this episode. 
    • I knew that this movie was coming but it wasn't until the first few seconds of the trailer that I realized that this isn't just a Pokemon movie, it's the FIRST live action movie. Crazy. I think it could be good in a weird Guardians of the Galaxy way. What do you think??


  • Extra Life

    2 months ago

    kriss Community Manager

    SO MUCH has happened in the last week that I can't believe it's not 2019 already. 


    HIGHLIGHTS: 


     rice_ball The Extra Life community stream raised over 100k for charity. Watching Jack, Caiti, and Chelsea take on the 25, yes 25, hour stream during one of most amazing community events of the year was very humbling. Shout out to all of our community groups who participated, took on some pretty rough stretch goals, and continued their 24 hour streams after they were featured on RT. #forthekids!


     rice_ball We are now 48 hours after the main RT Extra Life stream, and I cannot believe we raised over 1.4 million. Like...HOLY. CRAP. I stayed for the entirety of the stream to act as a mod for the various chats we had going. We were streaming to RT.com, YT, and Twitch, so you can imagine that I had a lot to keep myself busy. 


    Over the years, I had watched the RT Extra Life streams throughout game day, donated when I could, and shared their donation links as often as possible. This year, I was able to see everything from behind the scenes. Jack, Caiti, and Chad are unbelievable superstars and huge inspirations. No matter how tired (or sore) they were, they continued on, keeping up that energy in front of the camera, and encouraging everyone involved with EL from behind the scenes. It was nonstop. 


    Michael and the Broadcast team were unwavering and it was incredibly endearing to read all of the comments of adoration and love from the community to the Broadcast team. Every year, Broadcast steps it up, and every year, they conquer everything that's thrown at them (sometimes literally). 


    We had amazing mods helping us out for the entirety of the stream this year, and Chelsea, Cricket, and myself couldn't be prouder of them. Keeping chat wholesome for a charity stream for children isn't an easy task, but all of our mods handled the multiple chats wonderfully. I was blown away by their passion and drive to keep working as hard as they did. 


    Our Social team kept up with EVERYTHING that happened during EL. Going back and seeing everything that was posted and recorded on our various social channels is nothing short of amazing. Maxie and Amanda absolutely killed it with the coverage this year. Huge shout out to Peter Hayes for the assist as well. I'm still convinced he hasn't slept since the end of the stream. 


    Throughout the day, I cheered on my colleagues (or covered my mouth in sheer terror due to the punishments inflicted upon them) and I couldn't help but feel a tremendous sense of awe, happiness, and pride for them. Every single person you saw on camera, or caught a glimpse of behind the scenes took the extra time and energy to bring what you saw on the EL stream. I work for an amazing company, and I work with equally wonderful people. And none of this could have happened without, as Jack said it, "the best community in the GD universe". 


    YOU all made this happen. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are blessed to have this community, and even more blessed that we can work together like this and bring good into this world. Thank you, thank you, thank you <3 


  • You Guys Want Some More Extra Life Achievement Hunter Erotic Fan Fiction?

    2 months ago

    Larry Shifty Larry

    Two years ago, after an unfortunate wheel spin during Extra Life, Team Big O was formed. 


    Last year, I was all, "Hey. Writing erotic fan fiction about my coworkers is awful. Please never make me do it again." 


    This year, Trevor asked if I was willing for it to go back on the wheel, and having forgotten how awful it is to write erotic fan fiction about my coworkers, I was all "Absolutely! It's for the kids."


    So here's the transcript for you to read whenever you want. Perverts.


    _______


    AH Jizz Fest - The Great Achievement Hunter Orgy

    A Fan Fiction by Larry Matovina


    Oh hot fuck! It was that day again. Extra Life. Two years ago, Jack and Jeremy fulfilled their dreams of becoming Team Big O, getting their sticky cum cums all over each other - for charity, of course. Also, Trevor died! Thank goodness we had that witch doctor on the sidelines to bring him back to life.


    Last year, Achievement Hunter tamed it down a bit. Shifty kisses. Some mild bondage. But no big boner blow-out like two years back.


    But Jack Pattillo was determined to make some serious mother fucking charity money. All for the kids, obviously.


    7:59. It was almost time to start the stream. Jack was filled with steaming, hot loads...of anticipation. 


    ...10


    ...5


    ...1


    “Welcome to Extra Life 2018. It’s me, your Charity King, Jack Pattillo. You guys ready to make 1.25 million dollars for charity?” 


    “You betcha!” said Caiti, Australianly. 


    “Absolutely I am!” chimed in Chad, the newest host of Extra Life. “How about we get some ideas up on the ol’ Wheel of Vengeance and get to spinning?”


    Various punishments were added to the wheel.  Ball slaps from Chad’s birth control machine. 100 paintball shots at Jeremy. Trevor gets run over with the steam roller, or “Make that ho re-dead,” as it was also known. Hot nuts in yo’ mouth. And, of course, Nut 2.


    With one space left, Jack walk cock-first over to the wheel. “Guys. Audience. Everyone. Extra Life needs to be bigger than ever. And there’s only one way that’s happening.” Jack took the marker from Trevor’s zombie fingers and wrote the last punishment in. Achievement. Hunter. Orgy.


    Jack looked right at camera two to address the audience. “I don’t know how much of a punishment this will really be, but this is definitely what you all want. And maybe a little bit of what I want. Donate your $1337 donations, and there’s a good chance this stream will become a full-out, balls-out, fuckstravaganza.”


    Jeremy came up behind Jack and lovingly wrapped his arms around that beautiful bearded bastard man. “Honestly, stream. I’m looking so forward to having this guy’s cock back in my mouth that I wrote a little rap about it.” 


    “If there’s anything great

    About extra Life

    It’s that I take my dick out

    And cheat on my wife


    By fuckin, suckin, nuttin

    With Jack Shannon Pattillo

    Strokin’ cummy cocks

    Is a real damn thrill-o 


    So fork over donations

    Right to Caiti before she

    Has to watch and witness

    This hot-ass orgy.”


    The rap was done and the donations rolled on in. It was $1337 donation after $1337 donation after $1337 donation. 


    “Oh my God!” Chad cried out. There’s like 97 wheel-spin donations in here. “You sick fucks are either really generous or really want to see this orgy.” 


    “Oh, it’s 100% both.” Jack replied as he took off his pants and underwear, revealing his throbbing member. “Caiti. Throw me my conch.”


    Caiti tossed Jack’s trusty conch shell to him. You know the one I’m referring to, of course, if you’re a real fan. Jack’s special orgy conch that he talked about on that one Off Topic.


    “Achievement Hunter...ASS-EMBLE!” Jack blew the orgy conch. Achievement Hunter stood at attention - and also grouped up together in the middle of the Extra Life set. 


    Geoff Ramsey. Jack Pattillo. Ryan Haywood. Jeremy Dooley. Gavin Free. Michael Jones. Lindsay Jones. Matt Bragg. Undead Trevor Collins. Alfredo Diaz. Andy Blanchard. Steffie Hardy. Larry Matovina. Kent Cook. Sarah Weems. Jacob McDuffee. Alec Agabon. And even the sweet new boy, intern-turned-contractor Jarren Marinez. All of Achievement Hunter except for Ashley Dillard, who was too busy getting married that day to get busy.


    Trevor looked upon the team he was trusted to lead. The team he was about to have experience his seed. “Man. It’s a real shame Neal left the department,” he quipped. “I would have really loved ramming his sweet little ass today.”


    Geoff shed a single tear. “I can’t believe I did it. Over a decade ago - when I started Achievement Hunter - I knew the ultimate goal was not just having our own monopoly board. Not just starting a ghost hunting show. It was to get fuckin’ laaaaaid by all my employees.”


    “Alright. We really need to get this orgy going,” Caiti said. “On the count of three, it’s orgy time.”


    “One.”


    “Two.”


    “I can’t wait to see all the fan art for this one!” Chad excitedly exclaimed


    “Three.”


    The orgy was on! Clothes started flying every which way. Shirts and jeans and bras and jorts and underoos - all thrown aside so Achievement Hunter could be flesh to flesh. 


    “Big O?” Asked Jack. 


    “Big O,” Jeremy replied, sensually. 


    Jeremy and Jack started their seminal move, the fan-favorite Big O. 


    Lindsay started fucking Fredo with a Pusheen strap-on. She really wanted the sauce. 


    Meanwhile, Gavin held Michel in a loving embrace. 


    “Boi. I’ve been waiting for this shite for years.” Gavin whispered, sensually. “I’m going to treat you so gentle, little Mikey-poo.”


    “...what the FUCK?” Michael replied, annoyed. “I’m going to go to fucking pound town with that uncircumcised dick of yours. After today, you’re not calling me boi anymore. I better be a goddamn man when we’re through.” 


    And Team Nice Dynamite started fucking and sucking every hole they had. Deep and hard and real fuckin nasty like.


    Tired of sucking Jack, Jeremy slumped over to Ryan for a little Rimmy Tim Rim job. This was the day the Battle Buddies became the Battle Butt-ies, if you know what I mean. 


    Anal sex. It was hardcore, hard-dicked anal dickings.


    But this orgy wasn’t just about fulfilling fan-requested ships. Fucking bodies against bodies were just slapping all up against each other in this charity-driven bitch. 


    Jacob made sure Kent’s beef was plenty much jerkied. Larry licked a little Lindsay labia. Matt Bragg made sure to get Trevor’s taint tickled. Steffie and Sarah were clit on clit. And Alec was filming everything for an AHWU segment, the filthy little pervert. At least until Ryan pulled him in for a little “knife fight.”


    “I’m going to treat you like a cold, hard wall,” Andy told Matt as he rubbed his cummy cock all up and down Matt’s body.


    Geoff gurkled all up on Jack’s gherkin. Miss Jones, formerly Tuggey, gave Gavin her tried and true tug job. Kent went buck wild on Larry’s dear ol’ throbcock. And you know Alfredo went fast and ate ass - just a hard tongue full of Trevor’s special hole. Then Fredo fuuuucked him hard. Jarren jerked Geoff off then jumped over to Jacob’s giant johnson for a little gentle jerking. Sarah Weems got her hands on a lot of weens.


    It was 37 minutes of the hottest Achievement Hunter on Achievement Hunter action the world had ever witnessed. And let me tell you - anyone who witnessed those glorious sex havings got super fucking horny. 


    Rooster Teeth’s favorite traitor Andy Cortez started jerking off in the corner of the Kinda Funny office. He was known as the Hispanic Heartthrob, but his south-of-the-border barbacoa was the only thing throbbing today. 


    Chef Mike was working up a hearty dose of secret sauce, that’s for sure. 


    Somewhere deep in Garbo Land, the Garbo Family did their own rendition of The Aristocrats.


    And you know the fucking freak who runs the Waboba twitter account was fondling his Moon Balls, alright. 


    And the audience, too. Everyone watching the Extra Life stream couldn’t help but furiously masturbate at the sight of this AH fuckfest. That’s right. All you sick fucks at home were also a part of the biggest cum in Extra Life history. #AHJizzFest went trending globally on Twitter, which got all the celebrities to notice what was going on with Rooster Teeth’s Extra Life stream, and helped raise awareness for the cause. “I was a part of the AH Jizz Fest” became a beacon of pride for anyone watching that day.


    It was only nearing 9am, and already, the cum-soaked Rooster Teeth crew had already raised 11 million dollars for charity. Fuck. Yeah. 


    Emphasis on fuck. 


    Also, when all the excitement died down, Jack rigged the Wheel of Vengeance to make sure “Trevor Gets Run Over By the Steam Roller,” got chosen, because the best way to come down from an on-stream orgasm is a little bit of Trevor murder. And John Mace was happy to oblige.


    —-Epilogue—-


    Later that day, the still-cummy Achievement Hunter crew made their way to Ashley’s wedding. 


    The dude that makes the people married was almost done with the ceremony. “Is there any reason these two should not be married?”


    “Absolutely!” shouted Steffie. “At least not yet. In a moment of solidarity, she needs to join this orgy before she becomes a married woman. We want these last moments that she’s known as Ashley Dillard to be more of an...Ass-ley Dil-hole situation.”


    “Fuck yeah!” Ashley exclaimed, ripping off her wedding dress. “Let’s do it.”


    The gang got all up on her nipples and started sucking. She got a thorough performance review right there, in front of everyone attending. It was pretty fuckin weird. And when it was over, she popped her dress back on and got married. That was pretty cool. What a good fucking day for Achievement Hunter.


    The end. And please never make me write one of these fuckers ever again.