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6 months agoericvespe
Joss Whedon has stepped away from Batgirl. His official reasoning for departing the project is that he spent a year trying to come up with a story to match the badass character and just couldn't quite do it. I'm sure there's other things at play, like how he didn't quite fix Justice League enough to make it less of a flop and the overall chaotic state of everything behind the scenes at the DCEU, but that's the reason he gave to The Hollywood Reporter.
Man, DC just can't catch a break. It's getting real frustrating as a comic movie fan seeing them squander so much potential and I say this as someone who likes both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck as Superman and Batman.
There's no reason there can't be amazing movies made out of these properties but the brass at Warner Bros seems less concerned about making good product than just making product period. Any and everything you got, throw it at that wall! Something will stick!
Whedon has shown a lot of talent at writing female characters, but maybe this cloud will have a silver lining and they'll actually bring in some, you know, females to write and/or direct these female characters? It certainly worked for Wonder Woman. Something tells me a talented female screenwriter might not have to spend a year trying to find a decent Barbara Gordon story.
6 months agoburnie
I'm having a hard time dealing with this current news story that the survivors of the Florida shooting are being coerced into outrage by evil anti-gun forces. If memory serves, right after 9/11 in the United States there was a number of candlelight vigils and calls for action – – I don't remember anyone needing a coach to feel outraged about that particular tragedy. It's disgusting that someone would say this about kids who have experienced unimaginable trauma simply because their views don't align with their own.
6 months agocoolnathan Nathan Isherwood
Wipers shred. If you like music that shreds, you should listen to Wipers. The top Youtube comment on Doom Town right now is "Punk for people who hate punk" and that's pretty fucking cool.
For fans of: Nirvana and pretty much every grunge band ever, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Fugazi, Hot Snakes, and that sort of thing. This album makes me want to drink a beer in a parking lot. Give the title track a listen.
FUCK. Right? Here's Doom Town:
The album should be available everywhere, so go steal it, cut the sleeves off your denim jacket, and tell me what you think.
6 months agoericvespe
I'm making a big assumption here, saying that Disney is rebooting The Muppet Show specifically. All that has been revealed in a Hollywood Reporter piece is that Disney is going to be rebooting the Muppets for its streaming service they aim to have ready next year. They say it won't be a movie, but a series, so I'm just going to say that it's a reboot of The Muppet Show because that's a great idea and we'll all forget about whatever the hell they did on ABC in 2016.
Having a weekly Muppet Show that throws back to the edgy, but kind-hearted wit of the original show with modern celebrity guests sounds super up my alley.
Disney's going all out with this as yet unnamed streaming service, promising a live action Star Wars show, some kind of Marvel content, access to their huge library of films and now this Muppets thing. They had me at "Star Wars Show" and everything they're announcing after is pure nostalgic gravy for me. Hrmm... Let's forget I put the words "nostalgic gravy" out there, shall we? We'll put it in the same "it didn't happen" box that we're putting the shitty ABC Muppets reboot in. 'kay? 'kay.
6 months agoericvespe
You may think it's weird that Universal is announcing a release date for a third installment in a franchise before the second installment is even released, but that's kind of the way Hollywood operates these days.
Look at their fumble with the Dark Universe. They announced cast and projects bringing their monsters into a giant shared universe and then oops, The Mummy fizzled, public interest was flatlining and suddenly all those projects are gone now.
It's a little less of a gamble here. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom would have to flop big time for them to rethink this because the first Jurassic World made so, so, so, so much money. Jurassic World 2 would have make Pluto Nash money to derail this franchise at this point.
People like dinosaurs, they like Chris Pratt and they want to see those two things together in big, spectacle films. It's not a hard formula to figure out.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Colin Trevorrow will return to co-write alongside franchise newcomer Emily Carmichael, who seems to have been picked by Spielberg himself after Amblin picked up a script of hers called Powerhouse. She has also written a remake of The Black Hole for Disney and worked on the Pacific Rim sequel hitting later this year.
No director is attached yet.
Early days, for sure, but again... barring catastrophe this is a no-brainer for Universal.
6 months agoMicheleFeghali Graphic Design
It's no surprise that women are underrepresented in the gaming industry, but after some quick Googling, I found that women actually make up 42% of all gamers in the US, and that number is only growing. Rooster Teeth fans are not entirely different, and the eCommerce team is hyper aware that women's cuts are underrepresented in the RT Store. BUT HEY, that's all finally about to change. So ladies, here's to you.
Coming real soon, we'll be launching a line with 100% women's silhouettes and cuts throughout 2018. To do that, the RT Store reached out to four inspiring/amazing/deserving women at Rooster Teeth and collaborated with them to bring you a collection that speaks to each one's personality and aesthetic. Those women are Lindsay Jones, Ashley Jenkins, Elyse Willems, and Bethany Feinstein.
We are all super excited to finally launch this idea, and have it become a reality. Of course, guys can get in on this too, but just know that the sizing and fits will be tailored for women so order accordingly! What this *doesn't* mean is our normal shirt releases getting a women's option – those will stay unisex sizing – but rather a separate collection that will release every quarter that stands on its own, made by women for women. Got it? Okay cool.
Now, I've personally heard a lot of fans ask whether or not the talent designs their own shirts... since it is their line and all (specifically the Barbara and Geoff collections), so I'll give a little insight on how this all happens. We'll first start out with some collaboration from both the talent and the designer, and they'll tell us what kind of look/feel they're going for. In Lindsay's case, she told us about some Dubstep/Electropop artists that personified her style, and keywords like "skulls" and "cats." From there, I took my moodboards and tailored them around that feedback, eventually coming up with 10-15 designs that we later got together to discuss. From there, we had back and forth tweaking until she was happy.. and ta-da! Clothing line. So the short answer I guess is, no, the talent does not put pen to paper to design these things, but they are very much involved in the creative direction itself.
We wanted to hear not only the opinion of these talented four, but ALL the women in the company (why not, right?), so we held a meeting a few months back and invited any and all women in the company to try on different shirt blanks – see which ones fit better than others, the quality, feel, sizing, etc. and which ones we liked as a whole – which I thought was super cool. I mean, trying on clothes with friends hardly felt like work, but I hope y'all love the things we chose! Shoutout to eCommerce Buyer, Monica De La Cruz, for organizing all of it and being another kickass female who's made this entire project possible.
Another thing to note – we oftentimes work with fanartists. Here, we worked with artist @TheClayDart, who had made this awesome neon cat design in Lindsay's honor, and it worked so well with her style and the rest of the line that we just had to include it. Just another awesome way to make 2018 all about community.
With all that said, being the only female designer on a team of seven, it was really important to me to take on this project. I wanted to give it a... what do they say... "woman's touch," and give the ladies in our community the attention they deserve with designs that are tailored for them. AND I'm beyond excited for you all to see what's next in store because we're just getting started. Here – have a tiny peek.
If anyone has questions, I'd be happy to answer them. And of course, thanks so much to Lindsay, Ashley, Elyse, and Bethany for being such lovely, creative individuals and letting me bring your personalities to life. It's definitely been one of the most fun and rewarding projects I've been able to be a part of at Rooster Teeth.
I've typed the word "women" a lot.
6 months agoKdin
So we're already almost 2 full months into 2018 and it's already a whirlwind! Between work, stuff at home, and tons of personal side-projects, I've been probably keeping myself a bit "too busy".
I'm re-writing a comic/animated series concept I wrote over 10 years ago, updating it a bit and re-working some details.
I streamed the original Legend of Zelda to completion in order to get footage for an upcoming personal project.
I did a tease announcement of a VLOG series that will deal with issues like mental health, personal issues, dealing with stress, etc.
Attempted to get some low-key Voice Over roles in a couple projects I saw asking for auditions.
I'm in the process of writing a (live-action) show concept that came to me in a dream, and I'm really hyped about. Though the idea is still in a very early "series of stickynotes on a wall" phase.
Amidst all that, the usual stuff continues! The Know videos, MPG videos, trying to maintain a regular Twitch streaming schedule, and day-to-day life stuff.
I'm putting in a good effort for 2018, doing my best to make this year, -my year-.
I hope you're all doing your best for 2018 as well, I would love to hear about the projects you may be working on, books you are reading, games you are playing, etc!
Not surprising, but still good news: Jessica Chastain in talks to play adult Bev in It: Chapter Two!!!
6 months agoericvespe
Forgive me for the bragging I'm about to do, but I swear I have a point to it. I'm a big Stephen King nut. Like I've literally read every one of his novels and I started doing so in the 6th grade (Cujo was the first book I read). So I let it be known to the powers that be at Warner Bros that I was interested in visiting the set of the film adaptation back when I was with Ain't It Cool and got an invite to the press day.
While there I got to see a lot of cool things and talk to pretty much everybody, including every one of the kids in the Losers Club. Way back then, when they were still shooting the first one, I asked them to fancast their adult selves should It prove to be popular and warrant a sequel that finishes the second half of the story told in King's giant book.
They all had great answers (read them all here in more depth if you wish)... Jeremy Ray Taylor pointed out that Ben buffs up when he gets older, so he wanted Chris Pratt, Jack Grazer said in another interview closer to release he saw Jake Gyllenhaal as grown up Eddie (if you saw Okja you know he could pull this off), Finn Wolfhard chose Bill Hader for grown up Richie (brilliant, by the way), Wyatt Oleff thought Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be good for Stanley, Chosen Jacobs liked either Chadwick Boseman or David Oyelowo for Mike (I think Oyelowo is about as perfect casting as possible for that character), Jaeden Lieberher was drawing a blank for Bill and one of the press people attending suggesting Alexander Skarsgard. Jaeden seemed to like it, but Finn loved it, said it would be a big f-you to their Pennywise, Bill Skarsgard, who is Alexander's little brother.
The very first person who we asked to fancast their adult selves was Sophie Lillis and her response was short, but sweet: "Jessica Chastain. No brainer."
Andy and Barbara Muschietti seem to agree as Variety has revealed that Chastain is officially in negotiations to star in the sequel.
No surprise. She's the obvious choice with or without the support of her younger self and she also has a history with the Muschietti's, having starred in their first feature film Mama.
I'm psyched. I adored the first chapter and I can't wait to see them build up this cast and finish out this story. Looks like that September 2019 release date might still hold since they're casting up now.
One other tidbit from the set visit: Andy Muschietti talked about his desire to bring the kids back for the sequel, wanting to film some flashbacks that would influence the adults' story, stuff that wasn't in the first film. He's gotta work fast because all those kids are at an age where 6-12 months will radically change their voices and appearance!
6 months agoemilyweeks RT Office Coordinator
I'm back to talk about food again. Go figure.
This week's instant pot/meal prep brings us a super simple chicken tortilla soup! I based my recipe off this Confessions of a Fit Foodie recipe, so I'll definitely give credit where credit is due. I just changed some things around depending on what I already had available.
Now I'll be completely honest here, this isn't as good as regular homemade chicken tortilla soup.. like the kind that's really hearty and more unhealthy.. lol But this turned out pretty good for a healthy version. I got six decent servings out of this, perfect for this week's meal prep.
1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
4 cups chicken stock/broth
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 can diced tomatoes (no salt added)
1 cup black beans (the kind I buy have lime and jalapeno in them, yum. also if you really like black beans you may want to put more than a cup. this wasn't a whole lot)
1 cup corn
1 medium onion (I sliced this in pretty big slices, like how you would for fajitas. you can definitely slice yours smaller if you prefer)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp chile powder
1 tbsp comino
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp paprika
the tortilla strips
3 tortillas (I used Mission's Carb Balance tortillas because they only have 6g of net carbs, but full-carb tortillas would probably taste better if you aren't watching your carb count)
optional topping: avocado and whatever the hell else you want, really
- Throw all soup ingredients into your pot, give it a good stir, add the lid and seal. For IP users, you can use your Manual pressure function with a 15 minute cook time. (Crock Pot brand - Soup function for 15 minutes.)
- While that's cooking, get to work on your tortilla strips. I didn't realize just how easy these would be until I made them... Go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Spread the tiniest drop of olive oil onto your tortillas, just enough to spread a thin coat over the whole thing. Slice into thin strips, line up on a baking sheet, and sprinkle sea salt over them. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or really, just keep an eye on them until they're as crispy/golden as you would like. (Remember, these will get soggy when you put them in your soup.)
- When your soup cook cycle is complete, you can either perform a quick or natural release. I don't really see any harm in either way. But when you do decide to open this aromatic vessel, you'll need to pull your chicken apart with a couple of forks, if it hasn't already fallen apart enough.
- Ladle yourself a bowl of soup and throw some of the tortilla strips in. I also topped mine with a quarter of an avocado for some extra good fats and deliciousness. If you're going to portion yours out immediately for meal prep - don't add the tortilla strips or other toppings in yet. Freeze or refrigerate the soup by itself, and keep the other toppings out until you've heated it back up and are ready to eat.
So, again, this isn't the best chicken tortilla in the world, but it does taste good and it gets the job done. Next time around, I think I might experiment with a little tomato paste to give a little extra flavor, color, and thicken it up a little. I might play around with the seasonings more, as well.
If you give this a try, let me know how it goes! I'd love to hear about y'alls adventures.
6 months agoSanaart RT Production Artist
So this is a very long game so I have a lot to talk about with it! I will also section off this review. The first part will be spoiler free and general things about the game, and the second half will be thoughts I had on each individual chapter. So if you wish to know my opinion without having the story spoiled, stop reading when I say so!
I quite like the art of this game. The Danganronpa games in general have a lot of "style" in my opinion, and with the larger screen size they have really been able to take advantage of it.
I did hear someone at work saying they didn't like the character designs as much in this game because they were much more samey in their proportions and nobody really stood out. While I do agree with this critique, I didn't mind it because historically, all of the characters with especially wacky proportions always died. And no, the one character with extremely strange proportions does not make it until the end (not that that is really a spoiler if you've played the other two games). So at the very least, having everyone samey gave me an opportunity to think about who I think would die based on personality and usefulness to the trials and such.
The sprites look very good, more consistent than they've been in the previous titles. The 3D environments are okay I guess. There's sometimes where I like it, when they combined 2D with the 3D is when I think it looks best. Other times there just really doesn't seem to be much to the environments. I think the second game had the most interesting environments overall by virtue of its extremely weird setting. But, this game they're obviously made better,
And lastly, while I do like the painted cutscenes overall, there are often mistakes in them. Details of characters missing and such quite often. I do wish the same care was put into them as with the other bits of art.
I just wanted to quickly comment on the UI because I really like how it looks. I think the way the camera switches between characters in conversations is really cool, and the way it looks in trials it's awesome looking. It has this neat stained glass effect.
I did make this section also because I had some minor complaints, however. In some situations this UI is just too tiny (like during the comic minigame), and other times the weird design made me confused on how it worked (such as the map screen). But overall I think it's very nice looking.
Gameplay in a visual novel game? Well, a little bit. Obviously I don't have too much to comment on because the gameplay is primarily pushing A. This section was actually entirely created because I had one minor complaint. If playing with a controller, and walking around the 3d environment, your camera keeps force centering itself when you move. This doesn't occur with the mouse, but I play with controllers. Well, at least you're finally an appropriate height. In the previous games you were always as tall as people's waists lol.
One small thing I just thought of is they no longer let you leave a room until you've collected all evidence from it, which is really nice. You no longer have to wander aimlessly because you missed a small bit of investigation.
I also have mixed feelings about the new minigames. I do think they add to the tone of the game and separate from being edgy Phoenix Wright, but I do think they slow down the trials. At the very least they're all extremely easy. I still have flash backs of the previous game where you could easily go from 100 to 0 on "Hangman's Gambit 2.0," not because you didn't know the answer, but because all the blocks would hit each other on the side.
They also added these fun fanservice modes that I quite liked. In previous games it was just a "dating sim" mode that would allow you to complete every characters side stories, but this one has a board game mode that opens up many many conversations you can't access in the main game.
Again, only minor things to say here. The voice acting is very good, I loved the little sound bits from all of the actors. My only minor complaint is the audio balancing. Sometimes the music is at an appropriate level, other times it's too loud. In the class trial it can also be problematic. Some characters that are loud are easy to hear, but sometimes the quieter characters can get drowned out by the music. Thankfully they do provide a way to balance the voices and music, but doesn't super help with the discrepancy of volumes between voices.
But I do want to reiterate I really loved the voice acting! And music is great, too.
This story was fine, mostly. I hated the ending. But I'll touch on that in the spoiler section of this journal. I think I liked the overall story of Dangan Ronpa 2 better.
I think this might be my favorite cast of characters, though!
From now on the rest of this will be full of spoilers! If you don't want to be spoiled, don't read any further!
While I think this case had a cool twist, in retrospect I think it might be my least favorite trial. I really didn't follow the logic of this case at all. When I watched a let's play, I realized that they actually prevent the player for investigating certain parts of the crime scene, but I did know they omitted a good deal of information until the trial. I'm okay with witnesses not saying anything until the trial, but purposely preventing the player from investigating something feels a bit cheap to me.
I can also suspend my disbelief and believe that this elaborate shot put ball contraption would actually work, but the characters never explain how Kaede would have known about the loud music playing near the end of the deadline. While she didn't necessarily need it to at least put her plan into practice, it is the last argument brought up as to why Kaede wasn't the killer. Seems like an oversight to me. Some of the other weird things such as the blood splatter feeling "off" are explained later, however.
The death scene I liked a lot because it was so brutal. A lot of the times the execution scenes don't seem super bad to me, since it's usually just the blackened sees a bunch of flashy stuff and then is squished or stabbed, making an execution seem mostly painless, and perhaps even preferable to being a victim. It's one that stuck in my head, most definitely.
I guess the one thing that disappointed me is I think it would have been cool to have a female protagonist for once, buttt whatever. I also think it would have made for an interesting dynamic to actually have someone take advantage of the first blood perk. But moving on.
This one was alright. While witnesses kept quiet long enough to prevent me from correctly guessing who the killer was, I was able to figure out the murder method on my own. I don't really have too much say about this except I think it worked. It was completely ridiculous, but par for the course for dangan ronpa games. And of course, dangan ronpa must always kill the characters with wacky proportions.
Mostly what I really liked about this one was the death scene. Again, it was extremely brutal; the voice acting was really good. Definitely stuck with me for a while.
This chapter I have mixed feelings on. I liked it better than the first chapter, but I do feel like there was some missed potential here. The characters bring up early on that their could be two murderers, and Monokuma determines that only the one who killed Angie will graduate. This sounded interesting to me, that a killer could be caught, but forced to stay with everyone. I thought it would have made for an interesting dynamic.
That being said, the motive for the crime being fucked as it is did save this trial for me a little bit. I really liked Kiyo prior to this trial haha. But this was the first execution scene I didn't like as much. The killing scenes have all had some bit of comedy to this, but this was comedic the whole time basically and it's not really my taste. But, he was boiled to death which is much worse than being hit over the head by a shot put ball, so it has that going for it.
This one is definitely my favorite trial. The simplicity of the murder scene made it pretty easy to figure out what exactly happened, so I was bored for the first half of the trial, but I really just couldn't figure out who had done it. My guess was Tsumugi, but I did think it was interesting how the game took advantage of my thinking, since I had immediately ruled out Gonta due to his disposition. Kaito did scare me a bit in this trial and I'm not sure if it was intentional. I'm partial to characters like Kaito as someone who has depression and anxiety and the like, having people that go out of their way to help you does make me feel like people care. But this trial he does a complete 180 on his thinking. Previously he had been convincing you to seek the truth no matter what, and now he's threatening you for doing so.
This happens again in the next trial, but with Maki I feel she had much more of a motive than Kaito for doing so and had a plausible reason to believe she may have been the blackened. Kaito was just yelling at you without any proof to contradict your claims. This case did make me much more interested in Kokichi though; I hated him at first but as the trails went on I became much much more interested in his character.
This death scene was also alright, and I do like how chibi Gonta had to die, too lol.
This case was interesting. It really could have gone other way, and unlike the first trial, the reason for having information omitted made sense since characters had specific things they wanted to get out of this trial. I also liked it referencing back to past actions I hadn't thought much of, and realizing what they actually meant.
I don't really have too much to say about this one since I was pretty satisfied with it, except for around the ending of the trial, where Shuichi decides that he wants to go along with Kokichi's plan. It's obviously way too late. I know they needed to get Kaito out of the Exisal but it seemed a bit clumsy, especially considering Shuichi's character growth up until this point. Maybe something would have been different if I had used the lying mechanic. I may go back and try.
The death scene was fitting, at least, even if I really started to dislike Kaito's character at this point.
Okay fair warning about this section; I hated this chapter, and I have a lot of reasons for doing so. So this section is going to be ranty and complainy more than giving my thoughts of where I wanted to go. So if you do not want to read that this is your warning!
So, Keebo is going crazy and we must find out what the secret of the school was before dawn or he will completely destroy everything, including us. To illustrate this in gameplay, they add a time mechanic. But it's not actually timed. Time passes whenever you speak to someone or investigate something. So, the game emphasizes you must investigate only what you think is important. So, what problem did I have with this? Well...
- A significant portion of the investigation you are required to do. Now, this makes sense for the previous trials, because they don't want you to miss anything you need to progress the trial. As such, it would make sense here as well. Except that every but of investigation will "pass time," and it's not readily apparent which objects are important and which are not. It has never been a problem before in the game because you've never been punished for investigating everything in a room and speaking to everyone. And you are required to find everything that produces evidence in a room before you can leave. Naturally this lead to some game overs, and was slightly annoying because it goes against how we've been playing the game for 30 hours up until this point. However...
- The game over for investigating too much really doesn't matter. You are only required to redo the last room. And because it's an investigation, you aren't penalized from the prize you get for trials. So really you just waste a couple of minutes. Also...
- You don't really have any choice in where you chose to investigate. The characters will tell you where to go and if you try to go somewhere else, Shuichi will say that he should go where so-and-so said. This lack of choice didn't bother me earlier in the game because this game is a visual novel and I expect that. But because it's emphasized you must do things efficiently, and you're punished for investigating more than you're "supposed," to, I'm just really confused as to what the purpose of the "timing" mechanic is at all. Just let me investigate lol. Additionally....
- Not all of the evidence is actually used during the trial. So I must find all of this evidence, can't proceed unless I find it, and then it's not even required. Maybe it's for the lying mechanic which I didn't attempt to use, but the previous trials did not have sooo much unused evidence.
So I get through the investigation and I'm already a bit irritated because of the rooms I had to redo, but whatever. Time for the trial.
So the trial is okay. So far, until the "twist" anyway. Then I slowly got more bored and frustrated as the trial went on, and this is the longest chapter by far. What exactly was my problem? Well...
- It is revealed by Tsumugi that we're all in a killing game simulation for the entertainment of an incredibly peaceful world. The fact that the game is a simulation doesn't bother me; we've seen this twist before in the previous game and there was plenty to suggest we were in the "real" world: the flash back lights, the exisals, the way the new areas were revealed, weird meteors, etc. But instead, Tsumugi "proves" it to us by showing the intro cutscene nobody really cared about and showed the game was run by "Team Danganronpa," as evidenced on the title screen. Now I've played a lot of "meta games," and this is just really... sloppy. The only references we see to this chapter are in little cutscenes prior to when chapters start, which means me to believe this chapter was written separate from the rest of the game and then the cutscenes were added to give the rest of the game some tie to the last chapter. There are also no other "meta" elements to the game prior to the last chapter, which is like 35 hours into the game. Just sloppy shift in tone. But anyway, like I said, I don't have an issue with the game being a simulation, just with this "evidence" they chose to use. So what is really my problem? Well...
- Tsumugi shows us videos of the characters to prove that all of the characters volunteered to be on the killing game show, and as soon as they were put into the game, they were given new personalities, backstories, and character motivations. The show even has writing credits for each of the characters's plot lines. Now, I must ask, what is the point of the volunteers then?
The volunteers are willing to kill. I can see why this would be a bad idea, since it would just be a blood bath day one. So I find the volunteer idea already a little stupid, unless they were agreeing to do it for a large sum of money or something. So, I suppose "team Danganronpa" needed to erase any motivations the volunteers had in order to have unwilling participants. But they don't just do that.
They erase everything about the volunteer prior to them entering the killing game. Their memories and personality are gone. They're even given a new set of skills and reasons for moving forward. So I ask, what's the point of the volunteers at all? These characters ARE AIs. It's even shown in game these personalities can be recreated on the fly. There's no point to the volunteers. You may as well say a random person on earth dies every time someone dies on the killing game.
Now, if the characters were just AIs, I'd be okay. If the characters backstories are what they remember, but the Hope's Peak and meteor and whatever story Tsumugi made up for them was fake, and they were kidnapped or something, I'd be okay (and that's probably just what I'm going to roll with for my own enjoyment). I wouldn't really care if some assholes volunteered to be on this killing game for no benefit, but it wouldn't be contradictory. But trying to tie these two together just doesn't make sense. There's no reason to have both at the same time. It makes one of them obsolete. And also that being said...
- I can believe in a world of billions of people, you could find 15 idiots willing to participate in this killing game. However, if I'm too believe that, you cannot convince me that nobody in the audience would vote after Shuichi's speech.
- One "explanation" I keep seeing is that it's possible that Tsumugi is just lying, but in the end that doesn't make me like this ending or chapter any more than I already do. It really just means that all these hours really didn't further our understanding of the story. I do think if lies are introduced to a game, there does need to be some way to figure out what the "truth," is, or I'm just not really that satisfied.
I could go on, but these are some of my huge problems with the logic of this ending. But I don't want this ranty portion to be half of the ramble. So I'll include some more overall thoughts.
I do like the message, that fiction can change the world, and how much it means to us is how we perceive. I just felt so much dissonance with this ending because they heavily emphasize the lies the characters were put through, but fiction isn't "lies." Fiction becomes real to us in a way. If we encountered a lie this extensive in real life, it's simply malicious and manipulative. It's really not was fiction. I don't know if this was some kind of error in translation.
The epilogue made me feel a little more helpful but eh, really a lot of this ending was lost on me just for the leaps and logic, and the fact that kind of audience this ending was referring to really isn't "me."
So, I'm surprised is anyone made it this far! This was really long, but to be fair the game was incrediblyyy long, so I had a lot to talk about. Overall I did like this game, but I liked the second game better. But I'll spend more time with the 3rd title because of the fanservice little game and also the mechanics that provide some branching paths (maybe? I haven't tried). I like the characters a lot, and up until the ending I enjoyed myself a lot. I'm sort of surprised that more games are apparently coming? It did feel "final" anyway.
But if you have thoughts, feel free to share them! My next game I've decided to play is Into the Breach. I had another game planned first but I'm too excited for Into the Breach haha.
7 months agodigigargoyle RT Animation Compositor
It's my 3rd Anniversary here at Rooster Teeth. Recently my other social media accounts reminded me of everything that led up to my interview and acceptance here, which is a story I still owe you guys. But.....not just yet.
Still, all in all, it's been a wonderful three years. From working on the end of The Chorus trilogy for RvB13,the various visual styles that we threw at you for RvB14 and the new story arch in RvB15 to the continuing evolution of RWBY from seasons 3 to the present, and the cuteness that is RWBY Chibi, I've been so lucky to have been a part of all of it.
AND, there's the matter of seeing how both the Animation Department and Rooster Teeth in general have grown over such a short time. There are so many wonderful and talented people that work here.
I'm humbled and honored to be a part of this company, community and family.
7 months agoelliemainey Survivalist
Hello again from me and the Skill Tree team!
We have an exciting opportunity for the many of you out there who possess the skills that I do not, and that it to draw real good!
A few days ago I mentioned this:
"As you may have seen from social media and the end of the BurnieVLOG *sob*, myself and a small, incredible crew have been working our butts off making five episodes of "Skill Tree", where we take an unskilled British executive assistant (it me) and transform her into a battle-hardened femme-fatale, RPG style!"
The thing is we want, no, we NEED your help.
We're looking for an artist (or artists) who can help with our show art and thumbnails! Someone who can visualize what this "battle-hardened femme-fatale" version of me would look like, what our post apocalyptic universe she has to navigate would look like and how she's going to use these badass skills to stay alive and kick butt. We're thinking a graphic novel-esque style...the 28 Days Later Graphic Novel meets Tomb Raider meets The Last Of Us kinda thing.
I'm not sure what we can offer you yet...I'm working on that bit. But it will be cool - promise!
If you want to give it a go send your artistry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Much love! Stay awesome!
7 months agoemiiyd Full Time Emily
It’s been a while since my last post on here, but I’m here now. I’m still Emily, but with a few modifications — I live in Austin now, I’m a junior in the Radio/Television/Film program at the University of Texas, and I’m the Programming and Distribution intern at Rooster Teeth!
If we haven't talked in a while, hit me up, let's catch up.
7 months agogeoff
Howdy Ya'll (which is a thing we say in Texas, without irony)
Tomorrow we're having a "Geoff Line" drop, but this one is a little different than the usual fare. It's called "Simple Geoff", and it will be the first stocked shirt in my line.
The idea behind the Geoff line of merch, is that the limited nature of the items A) appeals to my love of collecting things, but more importantly B) allows us the flexibility of trying out new and different ideas, while limiting the risk associated with buying large amounts of stock (as we traditionally do), freeing us up to be more creative.
To that end, I know there are a lot of you that can't be parked on the internet on a Friday, waiting for my dumb stuff to drop, so we've come up with this idea.
Completely in addition to the normal Geoff stuff that drops in limited quantities, we will have one constant shirt, a "Simple Geoff" shirt if you will, that is continually available for purchase, and rotates out on a quarterly basis. So, Feb 16th will be the first iteration of that. It's a knife logo pocket tee in green (shown below), that will be for sale until roughly Q2 2018, where we will refresh and change it in some way, and sell that version.
Does that make any sense? I'll try a TLDR: Normal Geoff line will continue to function as always, with the addition of a quarterly "Simple Geoff" shirt you can pick up whenever, and not have to worry about missing the drop. Hopefully this will satisfy collectors and non-collectors alike! If you have any questions about this journal (and only this journal), please ask them here and I will try and answer.
P.S. There's a hat dropping tomorrow that IS LIMITED.
7 months agoBoringGeoff Stuff and/or Things!
You may have heard that our friends at VIZ Media released the newly localized version of the RWBY Manga last month. We are incredibly pleased by how the book turned out - and apparently so are you because it is selling like hot cakes!
The RWBY Manga debuted at #2 on the NPD BookScan charts. It's tracking just behind the latest volume of Brian K. Vaughan's ultra awesome SAGA series. This is huge news. We know how much y'all love RWBY and we know how much y'all love manga, but we never could have predicted how much y'all would love a RWBY manga! Thanks for all the support.
This bodes incredibly well for the other upcoming RWBY manga localizations. The adventures will continue when RWBY Official Manga Anthology 1: Red Like Roses hits store shelves on May 15, 2018.
In the meantime, go pick yourself up your very own copy of the RWBY Manga. It's out now wherever fine manga are sold - and (even cooler) will be available on our RT store very soon!
Stay tuned for more updates as they come in. Until then, happy reading!
LuckE Gainfully Employed
If you are like me, it's hard to resist the sweet sirens call of alcohol, especially after a long work week. Most of the time I am pretty good about not getting hammered, but on occasion it happens. The next thing I know I'm waking up in bed, covered in bits of cheese and lettuce, surrounded by the wrappers of the many poor choices I made the night before.
So! I have compiled a short list of drinks that will minimize your regret AND your waistline.
Vodka Soda: 96 cal
Not only is Tonic gross, but it also adds extra calories to your drink!
- 1.5 oz Vodka
- Club Soda
Bloody Mary: 89 cal
A cold reminder of the night before
- 1 ounce vodka
- 4 ounces tomato juice
- 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 dashes Tabasco
- 1/2 lemon, juiced (optional)
- 1 stalk celery, trimmed
Moscow Mule 100 cal
This Mule kicks the simple syrup!
- 0.5 oz lime juice
- 1.5 oz vodka
- 4 oz diet ginger beer
Pomegranate Martini: 110 cal
For when you are feeling a little classy
- 1 oz vodka
- 1/4 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
- 2 Tbsp. sparkling water
- 1 orange slice, squeezed
- 1 Tbsp. pomegranate seeds, for garnish
Tom Collins: 122 cal
It's no Rob Roy
- 1 oz Fresh Squeeze Lemon
- 1.5 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz Club Soda
- 1.5 oz Gin
Rob Roy: 145 cal
Fuck Tom Collins
- 2 oz Scotch whisky
- 3/4 oz Sweet vermouth
- 3 dashes bitters
Irish Coffee: 80 cal
Learn to drink it black, your thighs will appreciate you for it
- 1.5 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
Whiskey: 70 - 100 cal
7 months agoericvespe
The hype is strong for Black Panther. I certainly felt the weight of it as I sat down for the press screening. Not only was this movie supposed to be an all-timer, but it's also super duper important culturally and anyone who doesn't love it probably hates black people and donates to Donald Trump on the regular.
Thankfully the movie is really damn good so I don't have to question my own progressiveness. Phew, that was a close one.
Is it in danger of being overhyped? Yeah, for sure. At the end of the day it's a good superhero movie, but I didn't walk out of it feeling like I did after credits rolled on The Dark Knight or even The Avengers.
To be fair, Black Panther is about something way different than either of those films. Avengers was a big feel good ass-kicking actionfest that was all about dazzling you with the first ever superhero team up of that scale and The Dark Knight was a dark, gritty examination of how good people deal with the injection of chaos into their world. Black Panther isn't going for either of those two feelings, falling somewhere between the two, actually.
There isn't much action in the movie. In fact it plays a little more like a modern era James Bond film than a typical Marvel superhero story for almost all the action in the first half. The fights are one on one as T'Challa proves his worthiness for the throne and there's a mission to a South Korean underground casino that reminded me a ton of Skyfall in how it was shot and the political intrigue on display.
This film is more concerned with character and world-building than it is on dazzling you with an action set piece very 15 minutes. Instead it cranks up the emotional stakes until you get the big final action scene, filled with warring tribes on the ground, dogfights in the skies and, yes, armored rhinos, that leaves you exiting the theater feeling fulfilled on that front but when you look back you realize just how little action is actually in the movie.
That's a testament to a few things working very well. There's the wonderful direction from Ryan Coogler that keeps the pace going and puts an emphasis on bringing out the most personality he can out of his actors. There's the incredible production value on display. Wakanda is bright, detailed, vibrant and just about every single shot, interior or exterior, offers a visual feast for the eyes. From cinematography to production design to wardrobe to makeup, all departments are way on point.
I suppose there could be human beings in this world that will be upset that Black Panther is isn't wall to wall kicking and scratching and stabbing and punching, but they'd be overlooking some pretty great character work to complain about it. Hard to believe comic book fans would complain about the little stuff, though, right?
Oddly enough Black Panther himself is one of the least interesting characters in this film. He's not a bad character by any means and Chadwick Boseman is more confident in his performance than he was in Civil War, but the very nature of T'Challa's place in this story forces him to be a bit more serious. He's taking on the mantle of King. There's no conflict about that even if he does feel the weight of the throne. His struggle in the movie is all about his desire to be a good King, but not knowing if he can be. He's terrified of letting his country down, but even from early on he doesn't let that fear control him.
So as a character he doesn't grow too much. He's steadfastly good-hearted, a rock for his people, but with the weight of that responsibility on him the whole time.
That allows the movie to get stolen by some more colorful, looser performances. Everybody is going to walk away from this movie adoring Letitia Wright's Shuri. She's T'Challa's sister and kind of Q from James Bond folded into Tony Stark. She's smart, but young and so, so full of smart-ass that she brightens literally every scene she's in just by being there.
Then there's Danai Gurira, playing Okoye, the head of the royal guard and loyal to the throne above all else. Gurira could have played this more serious and been badass and intimidating, but by going the more human route she becomes so much richer. She's cocksure and an incredible warrior, but she's also kind and funny and willing to call it like it is, no matter who she's talking to.
Okoye also happens to have the most internal conflict in the movie. She's incredibly loyal, but her oath is sworn to the throne, not a specific king. So when the big bad guy comes in and challenges T'Challa to the throne her alliance is tested. She knows Erik Killmonger is bad news and doesn't like his politics. She also knows that T'Challa is a better king, but that's not her choice to make.
It's a fascinating place to put the greatest warrior asset in this film and Danai Gurira sells every aspect of it; the doubt, the resolve, the badassness, the conflict... it's all there and Gurira makes it look effortless as she somehow expresses it all from scene to scene.
I brought up Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger, who we know is the bad guy because he spells his name with the evil 'K' instead of the heroic 'C'. Another of this film's strengths is we actually have a good, well-rounded villain. That's not to say Killmonger isn't diabolical at certain points. There definitely fun had and some rhetorical mustaches get twirled, but you can see things from his point of view.
In many ways he's a stronger leader than T'Challa. He may not be as wise and good-hearted, but he has a plan to save his people... not just the safe, hidden world of Wakanda, but all repressed people of color all over the world. It's time to shift the power away from those who enslaved and back to the people who were wronged. He's not wrong that societies are built to prevent that power from shifting and his plan isn't about making him ruler of the world, really. There's an altruistic undercurrent to the reason he wants the power.
The easy comparison is that T'Challa is MLK and Killmonger is Malcolm X. They have similar goals and desires, but Killmonger is impatient and willing to use more aggressive tactics. This leads to a faceoff that is actually very dramatic and not just CGI dudes punching each other a lot. There's that, too, of course, but there's meaning behind it and the stakes for winning or losing this fight is high. The result will define the conscience of a whole nation.
Coogler brings all this to screen in an authentic way that can't be denied. The Afrofuturist look executed so well and automatically makes this a different kind of superhero film. The uniqueness is a fresh flavor for the MCU and on a deeper societal level carries with it a level of representation previously unseen. Yes, we've had great roles for people of color in tentpole cinema, but this isn't just about having a strong black man in a costume, it's about embracing a culture and giving it the same love and signal boosting attention as we do with our traditional European heroes.
I know I started this review kinda making fun of the woke reviewers, but it is something you can not separate when watching this movie. At least I, a white man quickly approaching middle age, couldn't. That feel of something new is so tied in with the character and the story being told and the world they've built is unquestionably at the forefront of this movie, which could piss off a lot of the more right-leaning white folks that see the movie, but the counter to that is it's going to inspire so many more people on the other side of that coin for exactly the same reasons. Black Panther doesn't hide its differences. It celebrates them. That is the takeaway here and that is what feels revolutionary about the whole project.
I hope this if the first of many like giant mega blockbuster films. The box office predictions seem to indicate it might be. There's one thing Hollywood like above all else and that's money. If it become financially safe to make these kinds of movies with this kind of diverse cast then the door will be blown wide open.
That's exciting, not just from a politically progressive standpoint, but also a cinema-loving standpoint. More diverse voices means more diverse storytelling, which means better, less predictable movies. Also, as a comic book movie fan, it means at least Marvel is still in the business of changing things up. Guardians of the Galaxy changed the feeling of what superhero movies could be. Black Panther does it as well. That will be why Marvel succeeds for another 10 years.
7 months agoKaraAnn Content Ops Manager
Hey everyone, hope you're having a wonderful week!
I'm getting better with updating this as I go, so thanks for sticking with me! Not sure if I'll find a theme for posting, but for now, let's just roll with it.
How about we talk about movies? I've recently been spending a bunch of time just going to see any movie I can these past few weeks. Since I've moved down here, one of my new favorite things is to do is go to the Master Pancake nights. I hadn't had the chance to really experience something like that before while in NY, but now I love them. Any other fans here, what have been some of your favorite past shows?
7 months agor_quinny
I just wanted to write a quick note about how amazing you guys are that make up our community! The product and e-Comm team is having so much fun creating products and seeing reviews and what everyone is liking....or not liking. We are dedicated to making this an awesome year for everyone. We have a ton of fun projects and upgrades that we will be implementing throughout the year and can't wait to share more! I myself have been absolutely blown away by the support and interaction I've seen so far. Not even to mention the product ideas, fan art, shirt designs and so much more all over social media - such a creative community, I can't wait to see what you come up with next!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at our RTX coming up in August and at the live events throughout the year. You guys rule and we love you!