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  • When Something Has To Give

    1 day ago

    LoZelda Supposedly An Adult

    Taking care of your mental health is a lot easier said than done. You can recognize something needs to change, even recognize exactly what that is and how to do it, and still struggle to address it. I've been having that internal fight for a while now and I finally have a bit of a plan for how to maybe start addressing...

    *gestures to entire being*

    ...this.

    So here's that whole brain dump for ya. Take care of yourselves  purple_heart

  • #49: Robot Wars - Death Battle's Road to 100

    11 hours ago

    Ben B. Singer Ben B. Singer

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    Episode- 75 Power Rangers VS Voltron


    Season 4 was an incredibly important year for Death Battle, possibly rivaling the importance of Season 3’s massive production restructuring. For one thing, this was the year we moved to Rooster Teeth’s headquarters… though I’ll get to the challenges and opportunities that presented when I cover the summer episodes. The other change was that Craig had officially moved on from ScrewAttack, leaving the company in the hands of Sean Hinz and Chad James. While ScrewAttack may have looked just the same as always on the surface, things were very different behind the scenes. In a very good way!


    ScrewAttack had been stretched a bit too far across its small staff, so in 2017, Death Battle became a much greater initiative for ScrewAttack, with further staff and support put behind related shows DBX and Desk of Death Battle along with a new Death Battle podcast. For the cherry on top, Death Battle got a long overdue new look!


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    The original look for Death Battle was very much inspired by Mortal Kombat and… yeah, that’s about it. Oh, also the slamming metal doors from a classic UK show called Robot Wars which I’d watched as a kid in the mid-90’s, but I didn’t even realize I was subconsciously drawing from that until years later. As far as the themes went though, Death Battle was originally produced with video game audiences in mind, as ScrewAttack was primarily a gaming website back in 2010. Since then, the audience had grown, and attention had shifted. It’s no secret that our most viewed episodes are typically those with comic book or shonen anime characters. It was past time to change Death Battle’s look to reflect that, while still keeping a little of the good ol’ fashioned look.


    Can I take a moment to just gush about how incredible the graphics artists are at Rooster Teeth? I absolutely adore the new logo and assets for Death Battle’s fourth season. When that aired for Lara Croft VS Nathan Drake, it really felt like a whole new Death Battle had hit the scene. For me, Season 3 had been exactly that; a complete rebirth of the show. Season 3 had plenty of growing pains, but I think we wound up with a show that’s far superior to what it was before.


    And this hit me smack in the face with Power Rangers VS Voltron. Like… a good smack.


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    This is without a doubt one of the most ambitious animations we’d ever done. Five lions, five dinozords, 10 characters, 2 giant robots, tons of weapons… almost all of which had to be custom made from scratch! Not to mention 10 voice actors for each unique character, and a script with enough going on to give each character a moment to shine and two whole transformation scenes! Listen, if you don’t know squat about animation, that probably doesn’t mean much to you. How hard could animating all this be, right?


    Just so you know, it was hard as balls.


    This is an episode we’d been trying to get a foothold on for years. I was already working on a potential battle script as far back as 2012, before we even tried 3D animation in the first place! Back then, I figured the available budget would never allow for 3D animation. Without the growth that was being denied, I figured Power Rangers VS Voltron would have to be 2D and started looking for someone to make custom sprite work for it. That didn’t end up working out, but I think that’s for the best. It was worth the wait!


    There are a lot of standout moments I remember from working on this one. Nick was the writer and project lead for this episode, and he’d never watched Power Rangers before. About halfway through the research weeks, there was a memorable moment at lunch when Nick started lamenting at how he was really bummed that he hadn’t watched it as a kid!


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    Some of the models used in the animation, including the Megazord itself, were built by Reid Fagerquist. Because she was building it from scratch, Chad actually brought in an old Megazord toy he still had from his childhood to be used as a reference model!


    As a kid, I always wondered what each of the Power Rangers did while they were in the Megazord cockpit. Only Jason held a control stick, but the other Rangers were busy looking at screens or… something. Right? Even though it really didn’t matter in regards to the fight itself, I made it part of my mission during our research to discover what each one of them was actually doing when the zords all came together. I paid attention to every piece of throw away dialogue and specific conversations held in the cockpit, like how Zack was usually the one who checked the status of their weapons, or how Kimberly was the one who would establish contact with Zordon and Alpha 5. You can see all the roles listed on each character’s info slate in the episode! That was fun to figure out.


    Even back in 2012, I’d always imagined the Rangers and Voltron pilots would be voiced by fellow YouTube stars I’d met over the years. When it finally came time to make that happen, our casting director Marissa totally agreed. Matthew Patrick, Austin Hargrave, Amanda Lee, Jeff Fabre, Andre Meadows, Melonie Mac, Scott Frerichs, Nick Landis, Morgan Berry, and Alejandro Saab all lent their voices to this crazy thing, and I’m so thankful they were all so on board with it despite how busy the script was, how most of them would record remotely, and they all had incredibly busy schedules. And for the icing on the cake, musician Brandon Yates returned to create an awesome original soundtrack for the battle. In the end, it all came together beautifully!


    I’m immensely proud of everyone who worked so hard for so long to put this amazing episode together!


    -Ben B. Singer


    P.S. What did you think of the new Death Battle logo and re-branding when it first showed up? What do you think of it now?

  • When Life Hands You Death, Make Lemonade

    1 day ago

    iMacOfDeath

    It's not hard to find Isekai anime these days, as seemingly everyone and anyone can appreciate the idea of being whisked away to some fantastical world away from the hustle and bustle of an eight to five job with bills. However what happens when that world greets you with a glaring problem, that you're not special and this is not your story. Suddenly that idea seems less appealing, doesn't it? Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, roughy translated, Re:Zero Starting Like In Another World, is precisely that. It's a story that merely follows a character, who for all intensive purposes, is not a main protagonist in the traditional sense. This anime sucks you in with twist after dark twist, making you fear for everyones safety, and only rewarding you for your nail biting and hair pulling at the very end.


    In the beginning, there was a connivence store, where our 'main protagonist' is making a very routine run for snacks. His name is Subaru, and upon exiting the store he suddenly finds himself in a world of fantasy. While this change of venue is a shock, he seems to take it in stride and is actually excited at the concept of being summoned to a new world. However he quickly discovers that he has no powers, no money, no cool weapon, and no beautiful woman claiming to have summoned him. Just when his luck can't seem to get much worse, he bumps into a group of thugs who prove that, while he is physically fit, he is no match for those with fighting experience. His savior appears in the form of a beautiful silver-haired half-elf named Emilia, and together with her fluffy spirit cat named Puck they scare the thugs off and save Subaru. Obviously smitten with Emilia, Subaru pledges himself to helping Emilia track down and recover a pendant that was stolen from her. This leads them to a hideout at the edge of the city limits, where Subara discovers what his special ability is after stumbling into a murder scene and ending up cut down along with Emilia; Save Points.


    The conditions of when and where his save point will update are vague at best, but this is what allows Subaru to learn from his mistakes and overcome obstacles. It's rough going the first few times as he is killed again and again, but eventually he catches on and figures out what his unique ability is all about. That doesn't make it any easier for him to experience death of course, and he isn't immune to pain, so he doesn't rush headlong into battle. Subaru is, in a word, weak. There will be times you love him for his actions, but there will also be times that he is literally the worst thing about the anime. He's human, he makes mistakes, a lot of mistakes actually, but he shines through when enlisting the help of others and using his knowledge of past experiences to make battles easier or more advantageous. For example, later on in the season, we get this big battle against a giant sky whale. Subaru has already died many times over by this point, in some pretty brutal ways, but he uses his knowledge of the whale, the people he recruits to fight the whale, and lessons that life up to this point has taught him to turn the tides of this grand battle in his favor.


    Now while that may sound like he is an important character to this story, that's just because we are following his every action. Like the lakitu that follows Mario around in Super Mario 64, Subaru is only a main character because the camera is fixated upon his person. Now I will admit there are things that do make Subaru 'unique', aside from his save point ability, and those things are his connection to the most feared character in this world, the Witch of Envy; Satella, and the fact his magic has the rare darkness element. The more important of these two is obviously the witch, who we never actually meet, but see inklings of whenever Subaru attempts to reveal his power to others as time seems to stop and hands of smoke grip Subaru's heart. This actually leaves Subaru smelling a lot like the witch, which he uses as a double edged sword in battle against witchfiends and those who can smell this scent. He even uses it to clear his mind of a witch cultist named Petelgeuse, one of the main antagonists who really get under Subaru's skin, and can jump between bodies but is kicked out by the witch that seems to reside within Subaru's soul.


    This anime was great at making the worst things you could imagine come to fruition, as lovable characters are slaughtered, Subaru's mind is broken like a glass pane, and the world is frozen over by an enraged Puck. Friends can become enemies, enemies can be hilariously evil, and the most powerful characters can seem so small. Nothing ever felt safe or sacred, which made for some really intense moments that never were predictable. Truly this was an anime that successfully found a way to make someone so important to its story, seem so insignificant in the world they are placed in. In all my years of watching anime, this was by far the one that had me guessing what was going to happen the next episode the most. And I want more! But the way this season ends, how it's handled, it just feels like so much completion. There's even a successful confession by Subaru to Emilia, like, a really successful one, that leaves no second guessing as to his feelings for her, and leaves you wondering, that just maybe, Emilia might just be that witch that loves Subaru so much. But hey, that's just a theory, an anime theory!


    Genres: Dark Fantasy, Isekai, Adventure


    Animation: For the first time in a long time this was a series I watched in Bluray, and my god was it majestic. White Fox was insane with the animation, a studio that also worked on Stein;Gate, Jormungand, and Akame ga Kill! So this is a studio very familiar with blood and gore, dark themes, and epic battles. Likely made ever better by the Bluray upgrade, as all good anime get them, I was never not impressed with the quality.


    Voice Acting: What a cast! From the clown-like lord Roswaal, to the oba-loli Beatrice, the Rem and Ram twins, and even a hated antagonist like Petelgeuse were a joy to listen to. Subaru himself is no pushover either, but his character is meant to be just another face in the crowd so his voice has to match, to which Yūsuke Kobayashi does a stellar job.


    Favorite Character: Constantly? No one. Everyone in this anime has their ups and their downs, more downs then ups, but if I had to say someone who remained a positive on average, then perhaps I should say Wilhelm. A man, a butler, a master of sword craft, a powerful ally, and someone who is obsessed with killing the White Whale that took the life of his beautiful wife. He lends his sword-arm to Subaru in multiple occasions, and is instrumental in the defeat of the witch cult that targets Emilia. He also is rocking a damn good look.


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    Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World gets a 9.2 out of 10


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  • Day 1725: home and relaxed

    1 day ago

    topham DHYB

    Today was a relaxing day, apart from the drive home, which was challenging, mainly because the rain was hammering down and we had 120 miles to cover.


    However, we made it back and made some pizzas, which were delicious, and played some games and just chilled out on the sofa. It’s been a much needed day to just do nothing really.


    I hope to get back into the groove tomorrow, but for now, it’s time to rest some more. 


    You’re all my favourites! Have an excellent day!


    Peace -x-

  • RWBY Volume 6

    1 day ago

    tanya.olxovik

    It is unfortunate that RWBY Volume 6 will not go on Youtube. To me, as a person who does not speak English at the proper level it will be difficult to watch new series on the site without subtitles in native or at least English. I will understand the general meaning, but most likely I will not understand the details. If there is no way to lay out the series on Youtube, can You add subtitles on the site?
    I think that many fans from non-English-speaking countries would be grateful to you.

  • Jurassic Monsters (Double Feature)

    15 hours ago

    EricHVela Don't be a divider.

    Rampage (2018)

    Fun movie. Hearkens back to the old monster movies from before even I was born (and I was born a long time ago).


    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

    Like Rampage but more serious but, yet, not a wholly serious movie. Fun still takes priority.


    I'm not saying the stories are anything alike. The stories are nothing alike. It's the general feeling about each movie that I'm asserting.


    Now, Rampage is inspired by an old arcade video game of the same name (that existed before some of you were born, even). Knowledge of the arcade game is immaterial. There is fan service thrown in late in the movie for those who know, but we also realize that the Rampage game had no story and, ultimately, no point. We know full well that there's no way to make a movie out of the game. Even without any knowledge of the arcade game, the movie still accomplishes its obvious goal with its own story.


    So take it for what it is: a throwback to the old monster movies with an homage to an old arcade game (which itself was an homage to old monster movies). For that, it does it well.


    Fallen Kingdom might have a special marketing agenda, but without spoilers, I cannot say more. It involves the ending, specifically.

  • The Gud, The Bad, and the Scrubby

    21 hours ago

    Raltrios

    The Gud:

    I should have posted this a few days ago, but in FGO I've completed all of the Nerofest challenge quests. And I beat every single one of them on the first try...except, ironically, the one against Sumanai...er, Sigfried. The guy considered to be one of the worst 4* Sabers when the game began. That one took two tries because I didn't really understand his defense buff until I'd experienced it for myself. Heracles was second-worst for me because he killed three of my servants and worried me a bit. Up until the final one, everything else was actually rather easy.

    But that final one. That was fun. Rather than do the Cuzilla thing everybody else was doing, I wanted to send Nerofest off properly - with my own Nero. So I built a strong Arts team to go with her, along with a support Amakusa to remove Ozzy's buff stacking (he proved himself amazing in the Hassan challenge). I followed the recommended kill order and although I made a few mistakes that could have saved me a few turns (and damage), but I pulled it off first try. It's a shame Nero herself didn't survive to the end, but I finished her own festival with her. Umu!


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    So now it's just farming to clear the shop, and grind petals to go through as many lotto boxes as I can. The Knight Medals I'm getting are really helping to level Summer Mordred and Saberlot's skills, I need a whole lot of them.

    I'm also up to 8 Joint Recital drops now. It's kind of ridiculous, I'm only on lottery box 18. Some people have gotten to box 30+ or even 60+ without getting more than one or two.


    The Bad:

    I still haven't done a god damned thing in regards to cleaning and unpacking since the 5th or 6th of the month. Blarg.


    The Scrubby:

    The past three days I tried spending some time on Monster Hunter World since the Autumn Festival has started. I wanted to use the chance to try out the new Arch Tempered monsters that came out since the last time I played, which was when Behemoth was released. Never did get to finish the Behemoth quests so I wanted to finish that off, too, so I can get the armor and Glaive. ...I still haven't. I've fought the Special Assignment Behemoth over a dozen times now, all ending in failure. Maybe it's because I'm playing with randoms instead of a well-organized party, but holy fuck this thing is making a scrub out of me. I just can't kill the fucker. I'm getting better, even managed to make it to phase 4 of the fight a couple times now. But my party just keeps getting wiped. Before it was me that was doing the carting, but I've gotten a bit better and now it's killing my party members, too. I shudder to think of what it's going to be like fighting Extreme Behemoth...

    And to make matters worse, I was trying to kill AT Teostra today so I could get the layered Dante armor. Even though I didn't have any trouble the day before the one time I hunted him, today he, too, made a scrub of me. My performance was an absolute shitshow. Only managed to kill it once. That's all I needed, but it took HOURS. Each hunt would end after 12-18 minutes of fighting, so it was a COLOSSAL waste of time. I think that during the 6 hours or so I played today, I only managed to finish 5 or 6 hunts. And that's including the miscellaneous hunts I did to complete the daily bounties. Behemoth and AT Teostra wasted so much of my time. Haven't even tried AT Kushala Daora yet. Ugh, I'm never gonna get all that new armor. I wanted to try farming Kulve Taroth some more, too...

  • Update for the Week of 9/23/18

    1 day ago

    GRatFinn RTNY Guardian

    Meet Ups & Events

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    RTNY NYCC After Party

    Our NYCC After Party is rapidly approaching. The party will be Saturday October 6th at Jack Doyle's. Tickets will cost $10 and include one(1) alcoholic beverage or two (2) soft drinks. Space is limited so get your tickets while you can. For more info check out the event page RTNY-NYCC.eventbrite.com 


    RWBY Vol. 6 Premiere (October 25th)

    Rooster Teeth and Fathom Events are hosting a theatrical premiere for RWBY Volume 6. Check out Fathom Events to find a premiere near you and let us know where you're going, so we can help setup some pre/post meetups. 

    So far at least one meetup has been setup.

    Farmingdale NY: https://www.facebook.com/events/705293943196904/


    Game Night

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    Destiny 2

    Date:9/25

    Time: 8pm

    Platform: Xbox

    We'll finish off Forsaketember this Tuesday. Contact Evil Angel2020 to join on XBL or join out clan here. And if you are playing on PS4 or PC let us know so we can help you find people to play with.


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    GTA Online

    Date:9/26

    Time: 8pm

    Platform: Xbox

    Wednesday we'll be joining G1 Gamedays for Grand Theft Auto Online. Add GRat Finn or C OttermayehmLJ to join.


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    PS4 Game Night

    Date:10/2

    Time: 8pm

    We're going to be doing a PlayStation4 Game Night next week. Please let us know what you want to play.


    Lets Talk

    Our monthly Lets Talk will be this Thursday. Let's Talks are our podcast-esque content where we gather on our Discord to discuss a specific topic and stream conversation to our Youtube Channel. This month's topic Online Services, everything from Xbox,PS, Nintendo all the way MMOs. Join us Thursday at 8pm.


    Youtube Channel | Twitch Channel  | Mixer Page

    RTNY Discord Server

    Gamertag/Usernames Thread 

    XBox Club Page

    -RTNY


  • Day 1723: Preparation

    1 day ago

    topham DHYB

    It’s been a interesting day, with a 3 hour drive and a great meal as well as a pre-wedding get together with all the guests. 


    It was certainly a great idea to gather everyone together to celebrate and loosen up before my cousins wedding day as catching up with so many people before the day began has been a solid introduction into the activities that are before us. 


    Going in to tomorrow it certainly feels less like we need to be ready for and anticipate who we are going to see at this event where we will be lucky if we know 40% of the people attending.  


    Again, another short journal, have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites! 


    Peace -x-

  • Looking for friends

    15 hours ago

    Fidjiby

    Yo! After 5 years of watching and enjoying RT content I have finally decided to be a little more in the community and I'm looking for some friends to talk with about any Rooster Teeth content, games, comics and so on and so forth.

    Heads up I'm a 19 year old arts student from Portugal, which, in case you're wandering, only makes it harder to find people that watch rooster teeth content.


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