We want to deliver the best possible experience for watching content on our website and app. I need your help to make that happen! I'm looking for FIRST and non-FIRST members to do a quick user interview with me on google hangouts. I just want to get a feel for what's working, what needs improvement, what features you'd like to see, and get some general feedback from the community. The focus will be on the video platform, but we'll do the same for the community side soon. Even if you're not interested in participating in an interview, I'd still love to hear from you. If you'd take a moment to fill out this quick survey I'll get things set up. Thanks! >https://goo.gl/forms/tvJi4BogwVNrJ28B2
21 hours agoBen B. Singer Ben B. Singer
Episode- 71 Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie
And so we come to the season 3 finale, the end of one of the most difficult and rewarding years of Death Battle thus far. To celebrate such a grand occasion, we chose to end the terror that was 2016 on an epic match-up between fan-favorite Deadpool and a… perky pink pony?
Yeah, that announcement turned some quizzical heads and probably gave someone an aneurysm. It’s a weird idea, but believe it or, it was a rather popular request. Our previous Deadpool episode was easily one of the most popular Death Battles we ever made. Usually when a character appears in Death Battle for the first time the number of requests for other match-ups with that character seriously drop, but Deadpool was a different story. The number of requests for a Deadpool reprisal was higher than ever before! We knew we would bring him back eventually, but it was a pretty difficult task figuring out which match-up would be a good fit.
Until we stumbled across a truckload of posts requesting this mad idea.
Though to be honest, throughout most of 2016 we never planned on making this episode. Originally, the season 3 finale was planned to be Lara Croft VS Nathan Drake. As you might recall, the 3D animation schedule was lengthened mid-way through the season, so Lara VS Nathan had to be pushed back to the season 4 premiere, and we figured we’d swap it with what was originally planned to be said premiere. We had already talked about bringing Deadpool back in early 2017, though we didn’t have a match-up picked out until after deciding to bring the merc with a mouth into this finale.
And so we made one of the silliest episodes ever!
Back when Nick wrote Deadpool VS Deathstroke, we had to cut some of his ideas because they wouldn’t fit the more serious tone Deathstroke was bringing to the fight. Such as Deadpool reaching out of the YouTube player, grabbing the Like/Dislike bar, and wielding it like a sword.
One of the reasons Pinkie Pie seemed like an obvious choice for his opponent was because shenanigans like this would totally fit this fight, turning the battle into a brawl of the fourth-wall-breakers! We had never done anything like that with Death Battle before, and it’s always a joy for us to craft something new out of the familiar series. Though it is pretty ironic that for our first ever actually planned season finale we wound up with something as crazy as this! (Goku VS Superman and Pokemon VS Digimon were dubbed season finales post-production because we weren’t in seasonal cycles at the time.)
That wraps up the topic Season 3: Growing Pains! On Thursday, I’ll begin covering Season 4… another important year with some important changes as we finally made the move to Rooster Teeth’s headquarters in Austin, Texas. I’ve been looking forward to talking about the 2017 episodes for another reason, too; since it’s more recent, I’ve got a much better memory about it! Ha! Point being, I’ll have some interesting stories to tell about Season 4’s ups and downs, and I hope you’ll join me on the adventure.
See you Thursday!
-Ben B. Singer
P.S. What was your favorite episode from Season 3?
3 days agomatt
RWBY Volume 6 is coming up, and we couldn't be more excited. The show has changed in so many different ways since it premiered in 2013... but that's not the only thing that's changed.
We have decided that RWBY Volume 6 will live only on Rooster Teeth. It’ll be available for FIRST members for one week, and then totally free to watch thereafter.
Before you freak out, we want to explain exactly why we are doing this. It wasn't an easy decision – we know a lot of you enjoy watching on YouTube, and it's how a lot of you even found RWBY in the first place. But if you love this show, the best way to support RWBY is to watch it on Rooster Teeth.
YouTube has evolved as a platform, and as we grow as a company we've found that YouTube isn't the right place anymore for some of our content. We won't stop putting shows on YouTube because it's still important to us in many ways, but in the end we don’t control our own destiny when we put our shows somewhere else. Just one example: many of our videos, even some that are five years old, are getting demonetized for reasons ranging from inappropriate language, to using "unusual capitalization." Heck, even a video we made ABOUT how to make a successful YouTube video got demonetized.
We've always believed that we should make the content we want to make, but by doing this, we take a hit by continuing to focus on YouTube as a platform, as it does not benefit our growth. We are unable to make money on videos for reasons beyond our control, and we want to stay true to what RWBY and our other shows should be.
We and an amazing team of engineers have also invested a ton of time, energy, and money in our own platform to make the viewing experience as good on Rooster Teeth as anywhere else. And along with RWBY’s release this fall, we’ll also be unveiling some much-requested features on Rooster Teeth, including the following:
Closed-captioning support for RWBY Volume 6, and captions for other major new animation releases coming soon after
Tap to rewind and fast-forward
And last but not least, in-app video downloading for paying members
Pretty cool, huh? And just in case you missed it up there, watching videos onRoosterTeeth.com and our mobile apps is COMPLETELY FREE. RWBY will be available COMPLETELY FREE to watch on Rooster Teeth one week after the premium release.
This means that a week after the premiere on October 27th, you can watch RWBY on Rooster Teeth without even signing up. And you want to know the best part? THIS is what helps support our show. Plus, there's no better place to watch RWBY than with the biggest RWBY fans in the world, right?
We are so excited to bring you all home, and to kick off our 6th volume of RWBY in a huge way. We couldn't do this without your support, so please join us (on RoosterTeeth.com and the apps) this fall for the premiere!
3 days agoBen B. Singer Ben B. Singer
We’re nearing the end of Season 3, which means we have two of the biggest, most requested match-ups we’ve ever done; Hulk VS Doomsday, and Zoro VS Erza! Both of these episodes required massive hulks of work, pardon the pun, and were definitely some of the toughest projects we’ve undertaken from a research standpoint. For Hulk and Doomsday, it was specifically a difficult task coming up with a solid answer to our usual question of who would win. It was simply too close to call for the longest time! But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Even before Season 3, I was planning on doing an episode with Hulk. Hulk had always been a highly requested character among viewers, though in Death Battle’s early years, that request was a little different. In fact, one of the top requests for the longest time happened to be Hulk VS Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan! That’s what this episode was originally planned to be.
I knew this one was going to be a complicated affair, so I’d already begun preliminary research. Hulk and Broly were both impossibly powerful characters whose upper limits are ill defined, so I was already digging through sources to discover what abilities or techniques they each had which would potentially pull off a win. It was pretty slow going, but as my understanding of the characters grew, so did my ideas of how we could resolve such a cataclysmic battle.
And then Doomsday appeared in the Batman v. Superman trailer.
Suddenly, the Hulk vs Broly suggestions vanished. It seemed everyone had changed their minds. Like some sort of hive mind, the fans had decided that Doomsday was the better opponent… for better or worse. That might sound a little presumptuous, but the polls and discussions I had with fans made it clear that the tide had turned. So it was time to scrap half a project and start working on a new one!
Zoro VS Erza was another episode that required a lot of pre-planning. It wasn’t exactly a complicated match-up or anything, in fact it was a lot more straightforward than I expected. No, there was only one, small, problem with Zoro Vs Erza… One Piece and Fairy Tail are really, really, REALLY long! Seriously, these are two of the longest running manga/anime series in existence, and we had to dig through thousands upon thousands of pages and scenes to get all the necessary information! This meant that in order to do this episode justice, we had to start working on Zoro VS Erza as early as possible. If I recall, I believe the team started working on research for this one five to six months in advance. That’s nearly half of year dedicated to a single episode!
What’s more, this was Luis’ last animation of the season to lead, and I’d say it’s one of my favorite battles we’ve ever had. The incredible amount of improvement Luis had shown between his assigned Death Battles was incredible, and internally we were already trying to find a way to hire him full-time and in-house. Simply put, I really love this episode!
-Ben B. Singer
P.S. What’s another One Piece of Fairy Tail character you’d like to see in Death Battle?
4 days agoBen B. Singer Ben B. Singer
Here’s a classic pairing of episodes! One which was based on an extremely high request, and another which most people never saw coming. I love this sort of thing about Death Battle… it really helps keep the show fresh!
Ken VS Terry was yet another Street Fighter match-up, and unfortunately yet another Street Fighter loss. Suddenly, ScrewAttack was gaining a reputation of supposedly hating Street Fighter and purposefully killing the characters off. What’s hilarious about this is that anyone who paid any attention to ScrewAttack before this would tell you that the company is actually full of Street Fighter fanboys. We’ve had a Street Fighter Third Strike cabinet in the office for a decade that we’d play all the time. We still have it!
But that’s one unfortunate side effect of a show like Death Battle. Public perception of us could do a full 180 in a snap, just because we deemed one character a better fighter than another.
This YouTube release had a little issue come up that’s entirely unique to this episode of the show. The copyright police showed up, this time because we used a few seconds from a King of Fighters movie. But instead of striking the video and taking it down, it was blocked in a couple specific countries. Most people had no idea there was a problem, and were pretty surprised when it was uploaded again a while later.
Amy VS Ramona was actually bumped up from its original position in the series, switched with Hulk VS Doomsday to give Torrian some much needed extra time. (Recall yesterday’s blog!) That’s why both of these episodes were written by the team of Sam and Jessica. I knew Jessica was a big Scott Pilgrim fan, so it seemed like to perfect time to dive into a franchise which we had never explored in Death Battle up to that point.
I love episodes which allow us to explore series that have never appeared in Death Battle at that point!
-Ben B. Singer
P.S. What’s a character you want to see in Death Battle whose franchise has yet to have any representative at all?
5 days agogeoff
These are songs so full of passion or love or pain, you can physically feel the emotion when sung.
Also, it's the first playlist I've created with the intent of it playing on repeat. Each song hopefully flows into the next both musically and narratively, with the idea that the last song flows right back into the first again, creating a perfect loop. Or not, whatever.
5 days agoChelsea RT Community Manager
We’re back! For a third year in a row, Rooster Teeth will be hosting the RT Community Stream. We’re already gearing up with plans and shenanigans and ways that we can do mental (and some physical) harm to our co-workers in the name of, "For the Kids."
The RT Community Stream will be happening on November 3 to November 4, 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. CST - a full 25 hours of bouncing around every hour to community groups all over the world. And yes, that's 25 hours, so 25 groups because Daylight Savings Time is happening again.
We’ve done this the last two years, but some of you may be asking, WHAT IS THE EXTRA LIFE RT COMMUNITY STREAM? Let me tell you.
The RT Community Stream is a 25-hour livestream where we, Rooster Teeth, will host a specific Community Group or Individual in hour long blocks. Jack, Caiti, myself and maybe some other randos will be hosting the stream at the top of every hour; covering Extra Life details, showing off the exclusive merchandise, and telling you about the new group we’re about to throw it to. The RT Community Stream is schedule on the same day as Extra Life’s massive GAME DAY. Where Extra Life unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Game Day is the day of play (the whole 25 hours of it) where gamers around the world marathon their favorite table top, PC and consoles games to raise money for sick and injured kids. It’s just like a walk-a-thon, only you’re participating alongside gamers who, just like you, are playing or streaming #forthekids!
In the past we’ve been able to pull in groups located all over the US, Canada, the United Kingdom and more. There have been skits, gameplay, truly horrific stretch goals, and artistic streams - anything is game when it comes to raising money For the Kids.
So, here’s the deal: we're looking for some amazing RT Community Extra Life teams that are looking to participate in our official RT Community Stream.
If you're interested, please fill out the following form! Make sure to get with your fellow group members so there's no duplicates between y'all.
For those of you who participated last year, you'll have to fill out the form again. You have until September 28, 2018 to submit.
Now here's the cool part. By joining our Rooster Teeth Super Team on Extra Life, every dollar that you, or people in your sub team donate goes towards the total that Rooster Teeth is attempting to raise. Here is our team!
If you have issues with the Rooster Teeth Super Team, or you want to create a sub-team to include in the Rooster Teeth Super Team, drop the support guys at Extra Life an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and they'll hook you up.
So, to sum up Extra Life and the streams...
November 3 is the 25-hour RT Community Stream
November 10 is the INSANE 24-hour Rooster Teeth Extra Life Stream.
If y'all have questions, drop 'em below. @jack and I will do our best to answer!
P.S. - A lot of people were asking about tech minimums and recommendations for streaming. HERE'S THAT INFO FOR YOU.
5 days agoChelsea RT Community Manager
- Encoder: Xsplit/OBS/VMix - Keyframe interval set at 2
- Resolution: 1080p 30/60 fps
- Bitrate: 5000-8000 Kbps
- Streaming Destination: Twitch / YouTube (Ads Disabled on both)
- Sponsors: No sponsors during our time frame
- Graphics/alerts: Turn off personal alerts during our time - We will have a bar at the bottom to display donations and total amount (Our graphics are still being worked out - details will come soon) We will aim to include their name and channel during their time for people to find.
- Upload Speeds: at least 10/Mbps
- Equipment: A game feed and caster's audio. Group Audio should match output of Caster's and game audio should be lower (Unless game calls for certain game cues) - Webcam is Required- Audio/Video Sync needs to be checked.
- Encoder:: OBS - Audio/Video Sync
- Resolution: 720p 30fps
- Bitrate: 2500 kbps
- Streaming Destination: Twitch/Youtube
- Sponsors: No Sponsors during our time
- Graphic/Alerts: Turn off personal alerts unless they are Extra Life related - Our graphics will still cover certain areas of the screen. If they want to keep their name graphic on stream we can make this work.
- Upload Speeds: 5Mbps
5 days agoBen B. Singer Ben B. Singer
Sooooo funny thing about how the jobs changed around with Season 3. Because I was no longer in the trenches doing research for characters, I have a lot less memories about the little choices for each episode as opposed to the bigger picture. What’s funny about this is now I look back at some Death Battle episodes and as I’m watching them I’ll be blindsided by things I totally forgot were in the episode.
Like Sonya’s “It’s kombat time!” Oh my god, that was hilarious.
What’s really special about this episode is who animated the fight. Before he joined the ScrewAttack staff, Luis aka Jetz had been an avid member of the ScrewAttack g1 community for a long time, and was well known for his animations. However, most of his animations were humorous and skit-based in nature, not fight scenes. Still, we were curious how he’d do with one, so we asked him to make a DBX!
And then he made Ronald McDonald VS Colonel Sanders.
McDonald VS Sanders was so good, I wanted to give Luis a chance at a Death Battle. His flair for comedic effect and absurdism was actually something I felt Death Battle had moved too far away from. Given how utterly ridiculous the very concept of Death Battle truly is, this sort of tone seemed apt for the fights.
Long story short and full of spoilers, Luis is now a full-time member of ScrewAttack and our very own Lead Animator.(Psst, you should follow him on Twitter.)
When Tracer VS Scout came out, the audience reactions seemed pretty positive about almost everything except one thing. One thing which was apparently a much bigger deal than I anticipated. The Scout didn’t run enough. Yeah, I’m not kidding, but it’s also understandable. One of the many, many reasons why Death Battle is an incredibly difficult project is that both characters in the arena need to be properly represented to a certain tee every time. Believe it or not, by not having Scout run around the whole fight, he was seen as misrepresented.
There actually was a reason for this. You may have noticed that this is the only Death Battle season where, at least for the first half of it, there’s a 3D fight every other episode. Now that Death Battles were regularly coming out every 3 weeks, this meant a new 3D animation only had at max 6 weeks to be finished. This was a terrible strategy, and totally overworked Torrian. It became a running joke that Torrian just wouldn’t go home, but it really wasn’t much of a joke to me. It was having an effect on his health, and I was distinctly reminded of how my first year working on Death Battle negatively affected me.
After Meta VS Carolina, I knew our schedule would have to change, and worked to accommodate Torrian into a better production timeline. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to change Tracer VS Scout’s placement in our schedule. Too much work had already been done with the express purpose of it airing after Cammy VS Sonya, so we had to get another 3D fight done in 6 weeks. Therefore, we purposefully simplified the fight to give Torrian a bit of a break, at least in comparison to his earlier projects that year. After this, 3D fights would occur every three episodes, increasing the time available for production.
The majority of our battle animations are structured in a way which allow for setpiece changes to help change the flow of battle. The most recent episode is a perfect example of that. Halfway through the battle between Optimus Prime and Gundam, the battle moves from outer space to the Earth’s surface. This sort of structuring allows the ability to change up the dynamics of the fight, altering stakes and expectations. However, creating multiple setpieces and adjusting the character models for each takes a lot of time, so narrowing the fight down to a single small set would help quicken the process quite a bit.
This is why the fight takes place in a pretty small area that doesn’t give Scout a lot of room to run around in. Tracer doesn’t actually do a lot of running, either. She’s mostly just blinking around Scout throughout the animation, because the location simply wasn’t big enough for a decent chase to happen. I didn't think it was that big of a deal. I still don't, honestly, but I understand the complaints. It’s unfortunate that this, of all match-ups, was the one that had to be changed like so… but I’d rather focus on my fellow crew members’ health and well-being than whether or not the Scout gets to sprint somewhere. The fact is, animation takes a lot of time and effort.
(Though on the brighter side, I think our cast of Elsie Lovelock as Tracer and Octopimp as Scout was pretty darn perfect!)
And before I end this, I’ve seen a lot of people complain about this season because it has less episodes than Season One or Season Two, and I have to comment on that to set the record straight. Season Three was the first time we entered an annual season production cycle, and for good reason. Season one had 25 episodes across 2 years, an average of 12 per year. Season two had 32 episodes across 3 years, an average of 11 per year. Season three had 14 episodes in 1 year. It’s pretty simple math, right? With Season Three’s production methods, we could bust out more episodes in a single year, created a reliable consistency through the series release schedule, and improved upon that even more with 16 episodes in the next year’s season. That’s one of the reasons why I feel Season 3 was one of the best.
-Ben B. Singer
P.S. Is there another Overwatch character you'd like to see in a Death Battle?
5 days agokriss Community Manager
I WILL BE ON A PLANE SOON THAT WILL TAKE ME OUT OF THE COUNTRY. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.
I am a nervous wreck right now, but I am really excited for the opportunity to not only see another country with my own eyes, but able to attend RTX London and give my personal thanks and love to Guardians and attendees throughout the weekend. I've only ever known the inner and outer workings of RTX Austin, so this will be a fantastic experience for me. I might even be tempted to throw on a Guardian shirt to help out =P
I'll be flying in with @Chelsea (thank GAWD) and I couldn't be more grateful. I don't travel very well, mostly because of my anxious nerves and I have zero directional skills. I am not even kidding. You can give me all the maps and landmarks known to man, and I will still get lost. Thankfully, the RTUK community will also be adopting me and I cannot wait to give them all the hugs.
Aside from RTX London proper, there are a TON of community events happening. I'll be attending as many as I can, and I hope you do too!
We should be taking off in about 7 hours or so. WHOOOOOOO! \o/
Sound off in the comments if I get to see you this week!
1 week agoAshley The Know
This week on Club Club we're watching Stardust! It's a 2007 movie based on the book by Neil Gaiman and we can't wait to talk about it. If you want to watch before this weekend, it's currently streaming on Netflix (in the US, at least... not sure about other regions. Sorry!), but it's also available to rent on YouTube/Google Play, Amazon, and iTunes.
We want to include your thoughts in the show!
You can suggest a "Movie Club" style question about the themes of the movie we should discuss.
You can also leave us a comment about something in the movie that surprised you, a moment you particularly enjoyed, etc. and we'll shout out some of your thoughts in the episode. OR you can tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #ClubClub.
I CAN'T WAIT TO DISCUSS THIS MOVIE WITH EVERYONE!
Book Club - The Lies of Locke Lamora
Tabletop Club - Mansions of Madness
Game Club - Little Nightmares
1 week agoBen B. Singer Ben B. Singer
Episode- 64 Meta VS Carolina
When visiting conventions and hosting panels, Chad and I often get the question “What’s your favorite Death Battle you’ve worked on?” I often find myself not really able to pinpoint a single episode as my unchanging favorite, as a few always come to mind with entirely different reasons. This is one of them, and will always be, simply because of what it personally means to me.
Meta VS Carolina isn’t just a Death Battle episode. It’s actually a Red Vs Blue episode first and foremost. The 14th season of this long running web series was an anthology show, with multiple episodes being written and created by creators outside of the normal RvB and Rooster Teeth staff. We were asked to create a crossover episode that would be a part of Red Vs Blue’s 14th season and Death Battle Season 3!
I’m sure plenty of people were a little mystified when this episode was announced. The last time Death Battle had pit two characters from the same franchise against each other Goomba VS Koopa, of all things. It just wasn’t something Death Battle was known to do, making this one a bit of an oddity. But from my end, this became one of the most important projects of the year. Red Vs Blue has had a massive influence on online entertainment, and on myself. It was a series I had been following since its second season over a decade before this. In fact, the day Craig had come to my high school video class looking for interns was the same day we were supposed to show some projects we had been working on, and mine included a long section of Halo machinima in the same vein as Red Vs Blue. This helped me get the very first paid employed position at ScrewAttack.
And frankly, getting to work directly with the RvB team on what is essentially an official RvB episode which I got writing and directing credit on meant a lot to me.
For me, the most fascinating part of this production had nothing to do with the analysis. It was the script. Specifically, writing for characters that aren’t Wiz or Boomstick. The years working on Death Battle had given me plenty of experience with writing characters that aren’t of my own creation, but there are a lot of restrictions there. I prefer to refrain from including very much dialogue or story structure in Death Battle because it’s not supposed to be fan-fiction. The interactions the combatant characters have in our animations are fairly limited and generally inspired by actions they’ve taken in their own stories. Even though including a narrative would be much more fun to write, it doesn’t feel right to structure an episode around a combatant character’s personality as opposed to their fighting ability alone. (Deadpool excluded, because that’s kinda Deadpool’s thing.)
But this was an entirely different case. We weren’t just making a Death Battle. It had to be a Red Vs Blue episode as well. So there I was, writing a script with Caboose, Grif, and Simmons arguing about who would win in a fight between Carolina and the Meta. Characters I had been watching for years, even before joining this industry. That was really special, and I’d be thrilled to do it again.
There was also the matter of a little in-joke Chad and I had been tossing around for awhile. Chad based his Boomstick voice off the voice of Sarge, and we’ve previously laughed at the idea that maybe Sarge was Boomstick’s long-lost father he would mention every so often in Death Battle character rundowns. It was just a little inside joke we’d chuckle about every so often… but I just couldn’t help myself when writing this episode.
Hope you all are enjoying this trip down memory lane! I won't be able to write an entry for tomorrow, but on Wednesday I'll be covering Cammy VS Sonya and Tracer VS Scout! Now that we’ve announced the match-up for Death Battle 99, I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about how close we are to wrapping up this epic journey down the Road to 100.
-Ben B. Singer
P.S. Are there two characters from the same franchise who you’d be interested to see in a Death Battle together?
1 week agonicolew Events Coordinator
Dear RTX London 2018 Weekend Badge Holders,
We want to sincerely apologize for the issues we encountered today when Autograph Signing sessions went live for Weekend badge holders to redeem their access codes.
Upon the signing sessions going live we immediately became aware there was an issue allowing only some individuals to access the signing sessions. We worked diligently to resolve the glitch as fast as possible. In some cases it appears the solution came too late to have access to redeem top choice signings for some individuals.
We have heard many of your stated grievances and truly understand your frustration. We are constantly evaluating how to improve RTX to make the experience more fun, enjoyable, and exciting. We will be working to improve and adjust the process for next year.
RT Staff and personalities make a point at every RTX to try and explore the show floor, attend community meet-ups, and occasionally do impromptu signings. Just because you may not have been able to secure an Autograph Session does not necessarily mean you won’t get a chance to meet the coolest guys and gals at RTX London.
Again, we cannot express enough how sorry we are. We hope you can understand and have patience as we work to constantly improve each year.
RTX Events Team
*Autograph access codes are a non-valued perk associated with tickets purchased prior to August 22, 2018 11:59 p.m. GMT. There is no monetary value associated with autograph access codes. Autograph sessions fill up incredibly fast and there is no guarantee that an individual who has been issued an autograph access code is able to secure an autograph session.
1 week agoDaniel Writer/Director
I'm trying to stay on top of these updates as we get closer to our Oct. 31st season premiere! This time--not only do I want to tease an episode below--but let everyone know that Achievement Haunter will be visiting RTX London! Get ready for some never before seen clips and scenes from the upcoming season!
Our Haunter panel will be Sunday, Sept. 16th at RTX London. We will tell some stories, share some initial findings and how this show is just an excuse to trap Jeremy in small, hot rooms. Please come with questions about ghosts, tactics or even the casts' personal experiences. But we've got our locations! Don't worry about that.
On that note, check out this BTS photo from a recent ghost hunt in Louisiana at a creepy gothic style jail. Spooky? Maybe.
1 week agoBen B. Singer Ben B. Singer
The Joker has always been one of our most popular requests in Death Battle history. But other than that fact that he is arguably the most famous supervillain of all time, I’m really not sure what people expect from match-up suggestions like Joker VS Green Goblin and Joker VS Kefka. I mean, Green Goblin’s a superhuman with futuristic tech, and Kefka ruined a whole world. What’s a scrawny clown with a murder infatuation going to do against people like that?
Simply put, Joker was a tough one for me to envision in a Death Battle. Far more so than characters like Solid Snake, Wolverine, or even Rainbow Dash. But as I’ve said before, I like a good challenge, and figuring out a way to include such a popular request seemed like a pretty good one.
Then I found a Twisted Metal game on the ScrewAttack games shelf and realized the perfect opponent was staring right at me.
I’ll never forget how Joker was cast. I knew we needed to find someone who could pull off a perfect Joker laugh. This voice was really important to me! The Joker is one of those voice that has been done so perfectly, particularly by Mark Hamill. I knew a poor impression would absolutely ruin the episode for a lot of viewers. I was expecting that we would have to sift through dozens upon dozens of auditions, scouring for days on end for the right one, if it even existed at all. Then, just a day or two after the casting call was sent out, the audition of a certain Lucas Schuneman popped up. I didn’t even finish listening to the full audition before I knew some miracle had happened and I didn’t have to worry anymore.
It’s funny how the very next fight after this was Mewtwo VS Shadow, because the methodologies factored into the analysis and writing of these episodes couldn’t be more different. Season 3 of Death Battle was moving into a format where calculations and official stats were more important than ever. Powerscaling and data books became far more prevalent, as the effort was being made to create verdicts that were less reliant on opinions and personal interpretations. This was made possible thanks to the growing number of people now working on the show.
Bringing Shadow back was in large part an early effort to show how much Death Battle had grown. The analyses of Shadow between this episodes and his first one 5 years earlier are incredibly different, and set a pretty good precedent of where Death Battle was heading at the time.
But Joker and Sweet Tooth? There were no real calculations or statistics to produce that were so critical they would sway the battle indefinitely. Considering the Joker’s methods in particular, it seemed particularly important that we shouldn’t just examine his physical ability, but also his talent for manipulating others. Most online versus debates ultimately come down to whether or not Character A can blow up more planets than Character B, but Death Battle is different. I really enjoy digging into aspects of these characters which people might not really expect us to explore, especially when such exploring pulls up some juicy info that changes everything.
-Ben B. Singer
P.S. Have you ever learned something new about one of your favorite characters while watching Death Battle? What was it? Feel free to tell me here or on Twitter with the hashtag #DeathBattleRoadTo100
1 week agoJoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi
It's time for another round of notes! This week we had an episode of Top 10 I wrote and an episode of Desk of Death Battle I edited. So check out those videos and come back to read up on the random thoughts that pop into my head while I work here at ScrewAttack.
Top 10 Bounty Hunters - Writer Notes
- It is always fun to write something and send it off to Nick to see how he'll put everything together in the edit.
- Nick ad libbed that this list should have been "Top 10 Cowboys" - solid point. It turns out a LOT of bounty hunters are cowboys.
- I'm really happy to have gotten the Name with No Name and Dr. Schultz on this list. The movie nerd in me is pleased.
- I would actually be really interested in seeing the actual list of professions in order of their appearance on Earth.
- Two lines in this episode I'm particularly fond of: "On a list of bounty hunters you’ll find a lot of people wearing hats and boots of the cowboy persuasion." and "The best bounty hunter on our list isn’t a cowboy and doesn’t frequent standoffs, Mexican or otherwise".
The Desk of The Desk of DEATH BATTLE - Jojo's Egg Baby - Editor Notes
- One selfish aspect of this job that I indulge in is trying to fit in references to shows/movies I like.* This episode, I really wanted to include this clip from Superbad ("Oh no, it's the cops!") for when Jocelyn says "Oh no!" but it just didn't work so I went with Kristen Wiig instead.
- *Hence Community reference.
- As scary and confusing as that little Jojo baby is...it's also pretty cute.
- When you edit a biweekly show, it's always fun when the script calls for you to shake things up. The "To be continued" tag gag at the end of this episode was...dare I say...thrilling. Haha probably a exaggeration but it was so fun to see that come together.
1 week agoBen B. Singer Ben B. Singer
It’s funny, despite the shake-ups we were still getting the hang off when Season 3 started, we were pulling off some incredibly ambitious match-ups pretty early on! I didn’t really talk about it too much in the last blog, but Dante VS Bayonetta was a huge passion project for Torrian. It was his idea to include Trish and Jeanne as a gag that would lead to their DBX (which was unfortunately forced to be rushed out waaaaay ahead of schedule and therefore unfinished but hey, water under the bridge...) and right after that massive project, he jumped into another one!
Ratchet & Clank VS Jack & Daxter was one of those episodes we always wanted to do, but really weren’t sure if we could pull it off. Not only would it involve 4 characters and a ton of weapons, they’re all extremely cartoony. This actually makes the models extremely more difficult to animate than a more realistically styled character like Dante. Cartoon characters require a lot of silly pulling, stretching, and general rubberiness to make their animations looks right. I’m frankly flabbergasted that Torrian was able to pull this animation off at all!
This was one of Nick’s episodes, and it was a pretty difficult one to write. This is often the case for characters with massive arsenals, but in this case there were also two additional characters to factor in. For the Dante VS Bayonetta animation, Trish and Jeanne 's additions were mostly fluff. They had nothing to do with the analysis. But Clank and Daxter? They had everything to do with this episode! It was an interesting challenge tackling a pair of characters so unique to the Death Battle format. I distinctly remember Nick and I bouncing dozens of ideas for the fight off each other to find ways to include as many weapons, powers, and funny moments as we could. At the same time though, Nick pitched the last minute of the fight right off the bat; the idea that the RYNO V would go haywire while blasting Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture during the final moments of the fight. While the final blow was changed a few times (In some drafts Light Jak appeared first and Dark Jak was the form he was ultimately killed in) this idea never changed.
Flash VS Quicksilver was another ambitious episode. Not necessarily in terms of determining a victor though. Frankly, this is one of the most one-sided match-ups we’ve ever done. However, I don’t think that idea alone is enough to dissuade a match-up, especially one so heavily requested as Flash VS Quicksilver. Without knowing everything about either character, it wouldn’t be so far-fetched to believe the possibility of finding a strength or durability or strategic feat that could put Quicksilver’s capabilities over Flash’s overall, and only in-depth research can truly uncover exactly how powerful each character is in all areas that matter. Honestly, Quicksilver turned out to be way more impressive than I thought! ...but we also found out that Flash is OP AF and I have no idea how he ever loses fights to anyone in DC comics.
I consider it ambitious in that we were working with a new animator, Shaq, with a fight script unlike anything we’d ever done. This wasn’t just a fight, it was also a race! I had always wanted to try doing a battle with a twist to the formula. Remember the Kirby eating contest idea? The idea of a death race had actually been mentioned around the office several times, so this was our first attempt at such a thing! That fact that Quicksilver was so much slower than Flash actually fit this death race structure really well, as it gave him a very good reason to try to take Flash out and get the “battle” part going.
Overall, I’m pretty proud of both these episodes! Nick, Sam, and the rest of the new team structure were off to a strong start, and I was really excited to dive into yet another ambitious episode; Joker VS Sweet Tooth.
-Ben B. Singer
P.S. What other characters would you want to see in a death race style episode?
1 week agoAshley The Know
It's finally time! We're getting ready to sit down and record our first episode of Club Club! We're starting off with Game Club (BACK FROM THE DEAD!) and we're playing Doki Doki Literature Club. We've scarred ourselves plenty with our playthroughs, but we also want to know how it scarred you. Let us know a favorite moment or element from the game and we'll shout them out as part of the episode!
Alternately, you can tweet with the hashtag #ClubClub and we'll be highlighting your tweets about the game as well.
And don't forget our other upcoming Clubs!
Movie Club: Stardust
Book Club: The Lies of Locke Lamora
Tabletop Club: Mansions of Madness
BONUS POINTS IF YOU WRITE AS A POEM
Look for the episode to go up on the site exclusively for FIRST members this weekend! Once we get the whole show settled and going along smoothly, we'd also like to add a streaming component, but I'm still learning the whole live/to-tape production pipeline so trying not to bite off more than I can handle.
1 week agoBen B. Singer Ben B. Singer
The Death Battle curse strikes again! On the same day we were going to announce Dante’s appearance in Death Battle, a Nintendo Direct aired which announced Bayonetta’s debut in Super Smash Bros. It seemed rather appropriate to do a last minute switch and announce his opponent first, as it just so happened to be the Umbra Witch herself!
Starting in 2016, Season 3 was a massive turning point for Death Battle, marking the changes which would come together to produce the modern version of the show. Most of this was thanks to finally merging with Rooster Teeth! Under RT, we switched to an annual season format; Season 3 would have a distinct start date and end date within 2016, and our production schedule would plan around that. This would ensure a steady, reliable release schedule. However, we had never done this before because we didn’t have the manpower. Death Battle had been trudging along for 5 years now, and each episode was still forced to be largely created by a single person, animation excluded. Nick and myself were still working on alternating episodes at the time.
Several major changes happened during this time. Not all at once, some were even occurring in the latter half of 2015, but they all culminated to make Season 3 what it was.
There was no way we could achieve what Rooster Teeth wanted without additional manpower. I was finally given the go-ahead to build out the team. It was decided I would move to a broader, more supervisory role and Sam would come aboard to take up the Death Battle episodes I would have been diving into. He had been writing Desk of Death Battle for awhile at that point, so he seemed like a natural fit! With Gerardo as editor and Jessica as a writer and researcher, the team was more than doubled all at once! Sam’s first episode would be Bowser VS Ganon, a match-up I had wanted to do for a long time.
We also brought aboard the research team in a more official capacity. Previously, while they were always available for discussion, we weren’t able to discuss the actual victor and the subsequent reasons with them. While bringing them into the fold meant the end of their fan blog, it provided us an even greater worth of talented researchers and writers to help narrow down victories, analyze the fights, and come up with creative ideas. All of a sudden we went from a team of two to a team of eleven!
This also marked a changing of the guard for animation. Particularly our 2D animated fights. Previously, Death Battle’s 2D animations were contracted out to a collective team of animators. The team’s leader was contracted directly through Craig. Aside from Zack, the other animators were subcontracted through him. Unfortunately, this meant we had little say over how those animators were communicated with or the exact pay they received. Because of the multiple levels of communication, confusion and discontent among arose some animators, and fingers started pointing all over the place. It could have spiraled out of control pretty quick, and I was honestly a little concerned about Death Battle’s future for awhile there. Looking back though, I think we handled the situation rather well. We chose not to renew the contract, and I personally opted for a much more efficient and refreshing option; we would simply work with each and every animator directly. We still do to this day! Similar to the last animation shake-up, we worked with a number of different animators for awhile. Some would eventually leave for other projects, while a couple extremely talented folks would stick around and turn our animation quality up to eleven! But I’m getting ahead of myself...
This was also the year we started DBX! It had a bit of a rough start, as we were still going through that animation shake-up, but once that settled and the animation team grew as those we previously worked with started working with us again, it really got going well!
Quite a wild start to what would ultimately be one of Death Battle’s most important years. Stick around, I’ll keep chatting about Season 3 every weekday from here on!
-Ben B. Singer
P.S. Which Season 3 episode are you most interested to read about in an upcoming Road To 100 blog?
1 week agoLarry Shifty Larry
With the release of Pretty Pretty Princess, we're now four episodes deep on Let's Roll. This is my first foray into working on an AH show in a producer role, and I'm very excited so many of you are enjoying our style of tabletop gaming.
As Achievement Hunter's resident board game nerd, I've been curating our game selections so far (except PPP - that was 100% Lindsay). I've still got a pretty large pile of games from my own collection, but my closet is only so deep.
What are your favorite games? Or more to the point, what are your favorite games that you want to see Achievement Hunter play? Comment below and let me know.
For the moment, the shorter, the better. We are looking into doing a Betrayal at House on the Hill 2-parter down the line, but despite my best efforts, I currently can't convince anyone to do a Twilight Imperium mini-series comprised of sixteen 30-minute episodes.
But for seriously, tell me about your favorite games, and maybe we'll play them on a future episode!
2 weeks agoJoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi
The Desk of The Desk of DEATH BATTLE - Batman Beyond Is Messed Up - Editor Notes
- I don't know, Lisa, your Batman voice is pretty good if you ask me.
- This was an interesting edit because I had a lot more time to work on it. So I did a lot of extra passes and kept adding things each time. It got a lot more TLC!
- This tangled mess of Batman lore is almost expected when you keep writing for this character decade after decade. Lots of good stuff though so carry on I guess!
- Hypocrite alert: A movie with old Bruce, Terry, Dick and Barbara would be awesome.
- Side note: the Pete Holmes/Collegehumor/Batman sketches are so great.
- CAUSE I'M JUST A TEENAGE DIRTBAG BABY
- Thanks for all of the nice comments on this episode by the way. We all really appreciate it! See you next episode!
- Also.....I've got two tickets to Iron Maiden, baby. Come with me Friday, don't say maybe. I'm just a teenage dirtbag, baby, like you ooh.
2 weeks agokriss Community Manager
As open as I am on social media about a lot of different topics, there are some things that I keep to myself. I don't talk about my family much. I'll share snippets here and there, but for the most part, I keep that part of my life a little closed off.
In the past though, I have shared family news, and it's heartbreaking to share again that we suffered another loss. My aunt passed away on Monday. She wasn't well for the last couple months and days ago, she finally found peace. Her passing is now the 5th that our family has experienced in the last two years. This is honestly one of the worst drawbacks to having a big family. Growing up, you get to experience tons of birthday celebrations, weddings, and baby news, but there does come a point in life where you then have to experience the other side of the spectrum. You begin to lose the older generations in the same increments.
There's no class that teaches you how to process grief or loss. I don't think there's an absolute right way to process. Some people shut down and hide for a while, some people look to comedy for relief, others try to stay as busy as possible. I'm the latter. I'll be headed to PAX tomorrow morning and then flying to Vegas immediately after to spend time with family. It's really strange to me that the reasons why I have gone home lately is for a holiday visit and memorial services. That really should change. I had that thought earlier this morning.
Fast forward to now, I just got a text from my brother saying that he, mom, and dad are thinking about visiting Austin for my birthday in October. Since I'm the bird that flew furthest away from the nest, I think recent events really prompted my immediate family to come visit. I'm really happy that I get to see them for a nice occasion.
I really miss my aunt. I was lucky enough to see her on face-time about three days before she passed, and I told her that I missed her and loved her. And she said the same to me.
I'll be checking in on everything sporadically this week and next. If you send me any messages or emails, I will be getting to them, but likely not as quickly as I normally do.
Thanks for reading and for letting me be myself on this platform. Please do me a favor and tell your loved ones that you love them, enjoy life together, and create as many good memories that you possibly can.
Heart you all <3