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  • Learn More About Final Fantasy 7 Thanks to This Oral History

    11 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    Final Fantasy 7 fans have some new required reading. Polygon writer Matt Leone has published a massive oral history of the game that not only changed Square Enix's trajectory as a company, but also put RPGs on the map in a way they hadn't been before. 


    Final Fantasy 7 -- An Oral History is a pretty deep dive into FF7, from the viewpoint of a number of the game's designers and producers. It talks about how Square ran business back in the mid 90s, talks about the origins of the game, and how the company knew they were making history as they toiled away on its multi-disc effort. There are even comments from the man who started it all, Hironobu Sakaguchi. It's seriously a huge, enlightening read, and even talks about the decision to make FF7 a 3D environment game in the first place, along with some other untold stories about its development. 


    If you spend any amount of time with me at all, you'll learn that Final Fantasy 7 is my game of games. I know it's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, and that there are much better games in the series (6 and 9 come to mind). But that doesn't change when I played the game -- it was the exact moment in my life that it made a lasting impact. 


    So if you're like me, or even if you're not, you might find some really cool nuggets of information in Polygon's article. Check it out and let me know what you think. 

    And also, feel free to fight me on Final Fantasy 7. Because I'll do it. 


    Source -- Polygon 

  • Join Us to Watch the Nintendo Switch Event

    11 months ago

    Ashley The Know

    On Thursday, Nintendo will officially reveal (again? more?) the Nintendo Switch. The company is expected to share the new console's tech specs, launch lineup of games, price, date(s), and other details during the event.


    So, what do you say we take this relationship to the next level and watch the event together?


    The Know/Rooster Teeth will livestream Nintendo's broadcast along with our own commentary, highlighting comments from the community (use #knowswitch on Twitter!), and probably drinking. It's late at night. That makes drinking practically a requirement. Apologies in advance to all the sober people dealing with mornings on the other side of the world.


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    We'll be streaming live on http://theknow.tv/http://roosterteeth.comhttp://youtube.com/know and we'll try to get feeds going on http://twitter.com/rt_theknow and http://facebook.com/rt.theknow, but the website and YouTube will be our main streams.


    Save the Date: Jan 12, 9:30PM Central (10:30PM Eastern, 7:30PM Pacific)


    Will you be joining us?

  • Steam gets across-the-board Xbox controller support

    11 months ago

    BrianGaar

    If you've ever wanted to play Civilization VI with your Xbox controller, now's your chance. 


    A client update for Steam, currently in beta, adds native support for Xbox One and 360 controllers. The update allows "all recognized controller types to use the advanced mapping features of the Steam Controller Configurator," according to Steam.


    If you're a Steam user, you'll have to opt into the beta to get the feature. No full release has yet been announced by Valve.


    Steam added native support for the Playstation 4 controller last year, so now Xbox players don't have to feel left out anymore (although many games offered Xbox controller support on an individual basis). 



  • First Look at Mute

    11 months ago

    Ashley The Know

    Since he finished work on the Warcraft movie, Moon director Duncan Jones has been working on a Sci-Fi Noir Thriller called Mute that brings Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), and Justin Theroux (Parks and Recreation) together on-screen (and it's also rumored to feature Moon's Sam Rockwell), and now we've got a first look at the movie's distinctly Blade Runner style visuals.


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    The film follows Leo (Skarsgård), a mute bartender who sets out to find his girlfriend when she goes missing in near-future Berlin. According to the official premise:


    Set in the near-future, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) is a bartender living in the pulsing city of Berlin.  Because of a childhood accident, Leo lost the ability to speak and the only good thing in his life is his beautiful girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh). When she vanishes without a trace, Leo's search for her takes him deep into the city's seedy underbelly.  A pair of wise-cracking American surgeons (Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) are the only recurring clue and Leo is forced to take on this teeming underworld in order to find his love.

    The movie is due out later this year on streaming service Netflix.

  • No New Backwardz Compatible Today

    11 months ago

    Kyle

    The title says it all. Miles and I are on a break until we find a new game to play. That being said we are still taking game suggestions so leave one in the comments below. Once we decide we'll let everyone know. Have a great Friday! 

  • The Top Downloaded PSN Games of 2016

    11 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    Been curious about what the top downloaded games are on PlayStation? Of course you weren't! But that's not going to stop Sony from answering the question. 

    Over at the PlayStation blog, Sony gave us a brief glimpse at the top downloads across all of PSN, which would include PS3, PSVR, and PS4. It's a whole lot of charts, but here's the PS4 list: 


    1. Rocket League

    2. Battlefield 1

    3. Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition

    4. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

    5. Tom Clancy’s The Division

    6. Grand Theft Auto V

    7. Overwatch: Origins Edition

    8. Battlefield 4

    9. No Man’s Sky

    10. EA Sports FIFA 17

    11. NBA 2K17

    12. Need for Speed

    13. Star Wars Battlefront

    14. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

    15. Battlefield Hardline

    16. Madden NFL 17

    17. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

    18. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

    19. The Last Of Us Remastered

    20. Final Fantasy XV

    A couple of quick observations. 


    - Rocket League was a monstrous success for Psyonix -- it was addictive, simple, and gave friends great ways to play together and against one another. Hopefully we can get more of that cross-console play happening in the future. Come on, Sony...


    - How is Minecraft STILL the top downloaded game on just about every platform, even all these years later? Microsoft just talked up Minecraft quite a bit in their year end blog post as well, celebrating the major success it had on the Xbox platform. 


    - Ditto for Grand Theft Auto V, which marches onward to become an almost insurmountable contender for the highest selling game of all time (OK, the highest-selling game of all time that isn't attached to a console like Wii U, or isn't on a million platforms like Tetris and the aforementioned Minecraft). Highest-selling full-priced game of all time? 


    - Battlefield 4 AND Battlefield 1 managed to be in the top 10? Battlefield 4 from 2014? 


    - Rainbow Six Siege keeps finding new life thanks to its post-release content, and I keep getting more and more tempted to play it. Hopefully this is the model that Ubisoft is taking in their future of online titles, rather than games like The Division (but hey, that's on the list, too). 


    - Maybe it's just because of the PlayStation market penetration, but EA sure does have a LOT of titles in this list of the top 20 most downloaded games. 7 of the top 20 all belonged to Electronic Arts, 2 belonged to Ubisoft, 2 belonged to Activision, and 3 belonged to Sony. 


    If you want to see even more, you can go get charted yourself at the PSN Blog


  • My Newest Mobile Obsession -- Reigns

    11 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    Super Mario Run might have been the top downloaded iOS game over the holidays, but my heart was captured by another mobile game altogether -- Reigns


    Imagine a simple, text-based king simulator/strategy game that lets you swipe left or right to your inevitable destruction. That's basically how Reigns works. You're the king, tasked with ruling a kingdom, and keeping the church, people, army, and treasury nice and happy. Every decision you make (by swiping left or right) will positively or negatively affect each of those 4 systems. If any of them drops to zero, you're out, and the next king is in. But on the flip side, you can't make sure they get TOO happy either -- because then they're just so powerful they decided to overthrow you. 



    Each new Reign happens chronologically after the one before it -- you're a new king with a new name, trying to build on what the previous king accomplished in their reign. The idea is to get longer reigns than the last guy. There's also a pretty cool underlying story happening that spans multiple kings -- something about a devil and a plot to overthrow the kingdom. 


    It's a super simple game, but one that I've been addicted to like I haven't been addicted to an iPhone game in awhile. You can grab it for 0.99 on the iOS store, and $2.99 on Google Play and Steam. 


    What mobile games are you guys playing right now? 

  • Is it 2018 yet?

    11 months ago

    RTcastMichael RT Broadcast guy

    I know it is forward thinking, but I want to keep track of special/funny Broadcast moments over the 2017 year of productions and make a list/clips to remember and show off those moments we shared together this year.

    I am making it a goal to keep track of certain events in shows, but I want to hear what you like! Reactions - Close Ups - Bad Shots - "Sorry Broadcast" Moments - Yelling - you name it!


    Send your moments my way and I will keep track of mine as well. I may keep track of First Member content on a separate list. Let me know your favorite moments including: *What episode it happened in, What time in the show did it happen, Notes on what happened*.


    I look forward to laughing through the new year with you and having some incredible times with each new show! Now let's get through 2017 so we can celebrate it already!



  • Sterling K. Brown Joins Black Panther

    11 months ago

    Ashley The Know

    Black Panther is already shaping up to feature a star-studded cast, with Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock), Forest Whitaker (Arrival, Rogue One), Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War, 42), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Angela Bassett (Malcolm X, American Horror Story), Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario), Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War), Letitia Wright (Urban Hymn), and Winston Duke (Person of Interest) already onboard, with Andy Serkis also rumored to be involved.


    Now joining the lineup is People v. O.J. Simpson star Sterling K. Brown in the role of N'Jobu, a figure from protagonist T'Challa's (Chadwick Boseman) past.


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    Brown won an Emmy for his work on People v. O.J. Simpson, was nominated for SAG and NAACP awards, and is up for a Golden Globe this weekend. He currently stars in the TV series This Is Us, and has previously appeared in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Army Wives, Person of Interest, Supernatural, Starved, Third Watch, and dozens of other shows and movies.



    Black Panther made his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War, and his standalone film is scheduled for release on February 16, 2018.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reboot: NO; Charmed Reboot: YES

    11 months ago

    Ashley The Know

    Apparently, if Full House can do it, any '90s show could be making a comeback. Two of the shows under scrutiny for similar returns are Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and Charmed (1998-2006), but we won't see both cult favorites return to TV.


    Buffy actress Sarah Michelle Gellar shot down the idea that Buffy could make a comeback in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:


    I have always believed that what was so unique about the show was the use of horrors of those formative years. With high school and college as a backdrop, we were able to address racism, identity, bullying, guilt, death, first love and heartbreak using the demons as metaphors for the demons we all experience. I am not sure how that translates into adulthood, although I am sure it could. The burden of saving the world a lot always weighed heavily on her, so for her sake, I hope she is somewhere on a beautiful beach located far away from any Hellmouth.

    It's worth noting that the show was created by Joss Whedon, who's lately been elbows-deep in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though he did take time out to create a new adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Most recently, for television, he created and executive produced Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for Marvel. It's unknown whether he'd have the time to oversee a new era of Buffy, and whether the series would have the same appeal without him.



    Gellar's response also approaches the revival concept as an ongoing story in the same universe with the same characters as the original series, similar to the recent Gilmore Girls Revival. An alternative would be to reboot the universe with a new cast.


    ...Which is the approach The CW appears to be taking with Charmed. 


    The network has ordered a pilot script for a new pseudo-prequel reimagining of the '90s series from the team behind Jane the Virgin, following a new cast, a new location in New England, and a new era of 1976.



    It's unknown if there would be any connection to the original series, beyond a shared name for one of the 3 characters, Paige.


    Tina: African American. Whip-smart, Tina is one dissertation (and one dissertation advisor) away from a PhD. She can be reserved, even standoffish, in uncomfortable situations, but she picks up on
    everything and she’s definitely making quick, accurate judgments about you.
    Paige: Caucasian Cheerful, curvy, wholesome and as all-American as the apple pie she can’t wait to serve to the husband she has yet to marry. Paige’s main goal in life is to marry a rich doctor and be a wife and mother.
    Annie: Caucasian. Intense, smart, and quick to anger. She dresses neutrally, though she could give two s–ts if you like her outfit, so stop wondering what “neutral” means. But under that tough façade, well… there is a fragility. A person desperate to be loved, and love.

    What are your thoughts on reviving your favorite past shows? Would you prefer a full reboot? Revival, Gilmore Girls style? Or would you prefer your favorite shows of the past stay in the past?


    PS - If the Charmed casting team are Rooster Teeth fans, I'd make an excellent Charmed One. Just saying.

  • Fans Petition for Leia to Be Official Disney Princess

    11 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    After Carrie Fisher's passing, there have been all kinds of fan tributes paying homages not only to her, but also Princess Leia. For instance, a new outpost was added to Elite Dangerous in her honor, titled "Fisher's Rest."


    However, fans are now finding a new way to remember both Fisher and Leia -- by immortalizing the Star Wars character as an official Disney Princess. A new fan petition has popped up on change.org this week, now featuring over 40,000 signatures


    The petition reads: "After the tragic lose of Carrie Fisher, we feel that it is only fitting for Disney to do away with the rule that an official Disney princess must be animated and make Leia a full-fledged princess. This would be a wonderful way to remember Carrie and a welcoming to one of Disney's new properties that is beloved by millions."


    That's all a little vague as to what they want to achieve, but the petition goes on to request Disney to induct Leia with an official ceremony, and holder a memorial service in Fisher's honor. 


    While fan petitions can sometimes go above and beyond in terms of unreasonable requests, this is one that does make its own kind of sense -- Disney princesses are traditionally only animated, but Leia is also one of the most iconic princesses of all time. So who knows, maybe they'll use the Force to bend the rules a little in her favor.

  • Everyone hates the new mobile Mega Man ports

    11 months ago

    BrianGaar

    Here's the thing about the early Mega Man games. They were hard. Really hard. As in, "send Dark Souls home crying to its mommy" hard. 


    To have even the slightest chance of survival, you needed one thing: precision controls. And, of course, you needed to remember which ability beats Elec Man, because otherwise he would smoke your ass. Oh, and you needed the game to run at a decent frame rate. I guess that's three things. 


    Well, Capcom seems to have forgotten all that because the mobile ports for Mega Mans 1-6 have debuted on iOS and Android and they are getting ... pretty bad reviews. 


    Here's a user review that Polygon found:


    “Terrible frame rate makes it extremely hard to play,” one Android player said. “Can't accurately time jumps/attacks and it honestly just feels bad. I'm running Android 6.0.1 with 6GB RAM and the minimum requirements state Android 4.0 1GB RAM. I guess that's what you should expect from a $2 mobile port though.”


    Even the trailers released by Capcom make it pretty obvious that the ports have framerate issues. See for yourself:



    The videos are getting downvoted like crazy on YouTube and, even funnier, Capcom has disabled comments. 


    What do you think? Is it even possible to beat a Mega Man game with a virtual joystick? Is it unreasonable to expect an 8-bit game to run better than 10 frames per second in 2017? Let us know. 

  • Mass Effect 2 is free on PC right now

    11 months ago

    BrianGaar

    Do you like PC games? Do you like free copies of really good PC games? 


    You're in luck! If you've never played Mass Effect 2 for the PC, you can get it on Origin right now.


    On the downside, it's just the base game and there's none of the DLC included, but on the PLUS side... it's free. STOP COMPLAINING, YOU GREEDY BASTARDS.


    This is probably just a ploy by Origin to gin up interest in the franchise before Andromeda drops in late March. But, hey, it's free. Enjoy!

  • Quick Guide To Winter Anime Simulcasts

    11 months ago

    micaburton

    The Fall simulcast season is sadly over, but fear not anime fans! The Winter season is upon us! Crunchyroll is slowly but surely revealing their lineup for the upcoming months, so here are the reveals we have so far. Start marking your calendars now!


    (posters in order of mention below)


    "Seiren" : begins streaming Friday 1/6 at 10:00am PST

    Shoichi Kamita is an ordinary high school boy, who is faced with the university entrance exam and worried about his future. This campus romantic comedy, "Seiren", which means honest in Japanese, depicts his pure relationship with three different heroines. Each story is the unique and mutual memory between him and the heroine. 

    "Kenmono Friends" : begins streaming Tuesday 1/10 at 11:05am PST

    About The story takes place in Japari Park, an enormous integrated zoo built somewhere in this world. A mysterious substance found there, called "Sand Star," causes the animals to turn into humanoid beings called "Animal Girls"! These new creatures spend every day peacefully with the zoo's visitors... but after some time, a lost child turns up in the park. The child's attempt to find the way home turns into a great adventure with the Animal Girls!


    "Saga of Tanya the Evil" : begins streaming Friday 1/6/2017 at 7:30am PST

    It is June of the year CE 1923. A young girl with blond hair and blue eyes, Tanya Degurechaff, has entered the final curriculum of the Imperial Military Academy and is training at the third patrol line in the northern military district, the Norden Theater, as part of her service to the force. Her training, the first step toward a brilliant career as an aviation mage, should have gone off without a hitch... but things took an unexpected turn. War broke out between the Empire and the neighboring Federation committed a border transgression in entering the Empire. During the transition into wartime, she was assigned to observation duty, but a surprise attack by the Federation forces Tanya to engage in battle with the Federation's mage troops. She's greatly outnumbered with no chance of waiting for allies to arrive, but if she tries to flee, she'll be charged with the capital crime of deserting under enemy fire. In order to survive and convince the top brass that she did the best she possibly could, Tanya enacts a certain strategy...


    "Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid" : begins streaming Wednesday 1/11/2017 at 8:30am PST

    Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail!), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not. With a very persistent and amorous dragon as a roommate, nothing comes easy, and Miss Kobayashi’s normal life is about to go off the deep end!


    "Hand Shakers" : begins streaming Tuesday 1/10/2017 at 10:00am PST

    Tazuna is a high school student, living in Osaka, who loves to fiddle around with machines. One day, he receives a repair request from an university laboratory. He accepts the request and ends up meeting a girl named Koyori, who has been bedridden for a very long time. Guided by something unknown, Tazuna touches Koyori’s fingertip, and they create a weapon called “Nimrod”. After creating the Nimrod, Tazuna hears a voice: 

    “Those of you who’ve overcome many battles and difficulties, who’ve had a revelation, and who intend to challenge Me are “Hand Shakers.””

    Suddenly, Tazuna and Koyori get pulled into a whole different world called “Ziggurat”. In this world, there are Hand Shakers, two people who touch hands and create the Nimrod. Their goal is to defeat other Hand Shakers in order to gain an audience with “God”, who will grant them wishes. Bewildered by this new world before him, Tazuna tries to comprehend what’s happening. At that moment, Tazuna and Koyori are attacked by an unknown assailant. 

    "Masamune-kun's Revenge" : begins streaming Thursday 1/5/2017 at 8:00am PST 

    "I've returned to this town for revenge!" Eight years ago, Makabe Masamune, a weak and chubby boy, was harshly rejected by the beautiful Adagaki Aki. Now, he's lost a ton of weight, changed his name, and returned as a handsome teenage boy... all to make the "Brutal Princess" Aki fall in love with him so that he can reject her just as harshly as she did.

    "Akiba's Trip The Animation" : begins streaming Wednesday 1/11/2017 at 6am PST

    After being attacked by an unknown evil, Tamotsu Denkigai is stuck in Akihabara fighting to keep the streets safe.

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  • New Screens Of Mass Effect: Andromeda

    11 months ago

    BrianGaar

    Want to see 10 new screens of Mass Effect: Andromeda? Of course you do! 


    Game Informer posted them this afternoon, following the announcement from BioWare and EA that the game will be released on March 21 -- in North America, at least. 


    The screens show off some of the game environments as well as the combat interface and some enemies. 


    If you're still hungry for more, the game will be shown off during Nvidia's CES keynote at 6:30 pm Pacific tonight



  • Lead Writer for Tomb Raider Reboot Says Goodbye

    11 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    Rhianna Pratchett, lead writer for Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics's Tomb Raider reboot series, is bidding Lara Croft a fond farewell. 


    In a series of tweets this week, Pratchett announced that she'll be leaving the studio and the series, saying: "I want to thank the team for their dedication... I like to think we did some good things. Maybe shifted the gaming landscape a wee bit. And that feels damn good." For those concerned this might mean that Pratchett's influence won't be on the next game in the series -- the rumored "Shadow of the Tomb Raider -- it's likely that her portion of work on that title is already complete. 


    Previously, Pratchett has also lent her writing talents to other notable games like Bioshock Infinite, Heavenly Sword, Mirror's Edge, and Prince of Persia. It'll be interesting to watch where she lands next in the industry, or if she strikes out to do her own thing. The writing in the Tomb Raider reboot series has won a number of awards over the last few years, so Pratchett's next destination is certainly one to keep an eye on. 


    What do you guys think of Pratchett's departure from Tomb Raider? 

  • So it's been a few months now...

    11 months ago

    Kdin

    I've been out publicly as a transwoman for a few months now and I made a very important effort more recently to inform people and be more public and proud!


    If you follow me on twitter or tumblr, that should be a bit obvious at this point...


    BUT!  If you don't follow me on either of those, I'd like to invite some general Q&A in the comments section here and I'll answer any questions you nice folks may have on the subject! <3


    So...ASK AWAY!

  • Magical Girls 101

    11 months ago

    micaburton

    Have you ever wanted "go home and watch anime" to be your homework assignment? Don't lie, of course you have. Well, with a quick transfer to The University of South Carolina, that dream can be a reality. The college is offering a course called "Reading and Writing About Magical Girls" as an english 101 course, designed to help students mix feminism and political thinking in their writing while also learning about how to handle classic tropes. It may seem ridiculous to some that "Sailor Moon" is required reading... err... watching... for an actual college course, but it is getting students excited about writing in a way that seems to be more effective than traditional methods. 


    The course's watching material includes:

    • Little Witch Academia
    • Sailor Moon
    • Cardcaptor Sakura
    • Revolutionary Girl Utena
    • Bakemonogatari
    • Puella Magi Madoka Magica
    • The Powerpuff Girls
    • Steven Universe

    The Professor details his class on a handy Reddit post, and there is a clip from one of his lectures already posted on YouTube for our educational pleasure.



  • Final 2016 Send-Off

    11 months ago

    Yssa

    I jokingly said my 2016 resolution was "don't let your memes be dreams", and to be frank, I ended up accomplishing a lot of small victories and goals this year. Not like I can type it all out in one go, I'm not going to put in the effort to haha, but this year was a grand year of change. 


    One of my favorite things about this year was the production of Camp Camp. With every show there are ups and downs, but working on Camp Camp with Jordan, Maggie, and the rest of our small but mighty 2D team was such a blessing. The team has helped me learn new things about being a lead and new things about myself, and I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be a part of their lives. Love u fam. Pussies for life. 


    On top of that, I'm grateful for the opportunity to be noticed by you guys! Thank you so much for your support through this time. This year came with its own downsides, but the overwhelming love for Camp Camp, Fan Service, and just about ANYTHING has been a great upside. You guys are the bestest. 


    2017 is pretty murky territory. I'm going in blind, but my goal for next year is to really figure out what I want to do and set my own secret goals to accomplish. It'll be a rough ride, but time moves on and so shall I. 


    Happy new year!

  • Fan Service: December 30

    11 months ago

    coleg

    Hey everyone! Hope ya'll are having some happy holidays!


    We are back at it again with a live show this week.


    Since all of our Fan Service Anime Club shows are wrapping up, this week we will be discussing the season finales of BOTH Yuri!!! on Ice and Drifters, as well as the thrilling conclusion the Cole Explains: Keijo!!!!!!!!


    Gray is the target of this week's Fan Service Shot of the Week. So send all the help you can to KerryMiles,YssaAustin,  and/ or myself.


    Be sure to catch the live stream Friday, December 30 @ 5pm CST.

  • Slow week

    11 months ago

    burnie

    So the shows are still coming out pretty regularly, but most of the office has been quiet these last few days with most people taking vacation this week. There's still a skeleton crew of hard working employees making sure that the shows we recorded for this week go out on time. 


    How is your week before New Years going? Any plans for New Years Eve?

  • Game Time with Loud Mouth McGee

    11 months ago

    burnie

    This week marks the end of Game Time. I recorded a bonus episode with Greg Miller a few months ago and it just came out today. The audio on it was really glitched and Andrew Blanchard worked with it on-and-off for two months before he was able to edit the video. 


    I loved talking to Greg. He has such a unique story with his rise to prominence on IGN, his health crisis and the incredible independent success of Kinda Funny. Give it a listen and let me know what you think. 


    Game Time was fun, but I think there's a better format for long form interviews. One of my many plans for 2017...

  • Cool last minute gift ideas

    11 months ago

    burnie

    Anybody wait until the last minute to shop? Share your best gift ideas for the people that are rushing around at the last minute.

    In my family, Kindle books are always an easy one. You can buy it as late as Christmas morning and it's ready to go.

  • Ask the Editor - 7 Days of 7 Days to Die

    11 months ago

    ashl3dee

    We are continuing the "ask the editor" series! If you didn't already, check them out the other two segments. Larry has an awesome post about what it was like editing the longest Let's Play in Achievement Hunter history: Uno the Movie. And Kent's Battlefield Master Edit is a truly amazing edit and backstory. 


    So I asked via twitter what you wanted to know about the recent 7 Days of 7 Days to Die, and here are the answers!


    @TOGASmitty - Were there any moments you found hard to edit? Will we see a screaming montage on Day 7?
    The hardest edits were the days when the guys split into teams. They have this uncanny ability to have interesting things happen to the different teams at the same time. So I had to choose which moment was the most interesting and cut the other out. Or I would show both moments in tandem with each other, and movie magic the audio so that you can hear everything and it doesn't sound like a chaotic mess. (Although the chaotic screaming of 6 men is the spirit call of Achievement Hunter) 


    @Ed_TheGeek - Is the end worth the 7h of content?
    I think so! I really enjoyed editing this series. It's fun to watch what shenanigans the guys run into or create for themselves. The gameplay is really easy to get immersed in, even when they're just running in circles hitting every single cactus in the area. 


    @Ezzrit - Are you a member of the golden nugget club?

    No. :(


    @P1examatic - How much of Jack's footage was of him building the bunker? 
    90% - 95% of Jack's footage was him chopping, and digging, and crafting that bunker. While the other guys were running around fighting zombies/raiding towns Jack was just steadily building. He only stopped to eat, make better tools, and maybe kill an annoying zombie or two. Although most of that could be said to be just part of bunker building.


    @YesImSoAndSo - Out of the ones that are out, what was your favorite part? And what program do you use?

    My favorite days are the third day and sixth day. The third day because of the "walking dead" type experience it is to watch them race up a high rise building being chased by zombies. It was so cinematic and awesome. And the sixth day because it was night 7 in the game, and the zombie horde combined with Gavin's "Bridge of Love" was so hilariously absurd that I couldn't stop laughing. And we use Premiere Pro Creative Cloud here at AH.


    @TheOzinator04How long did it take to edit each day?
    It took around one full work day to do a first round of editing of each episode. I also prefer to watch the videos a second time around to make any small changes/edits. Add on creating thumbnails and descriptions, it took about one and a half work days to edit one video. 


    @JongeDroid - Is there a reason the contrast and color correction is different between each member? 
    I wanted to touch on this since there are a lot of comments about it. Color correction for these long videos proved very tricky. Each gameplay recording looked great in some light settings, and not so great in other light settings. Also, the night scenes in 7 Days to Die are really really dark. And when there's not a lot of color/light data, it's very difficult to pull out more colors and more light without the end result looking very pixelated. Example: I would try to lighten a dark scene and while it would be a little bit easier to see, as soon as the player would open up his tool menu, the picture would be extremely overexposed and look really awful. So, in the end, due to the time crunch and deadlines I needed to make, I decided against doing any major color corrections in order to get it out on time. Unfortunately, the night scenes are made to be very dark by the game developers. 


    @AH_Pietro - What did you work on to build up a portfolio for editing?

    Anything and everything. Student films, short films, music videos, YouTube videos, live plays, documentaries, news shorts - I mean anything. I first learned to multicam edit from an experimental series of music videos, where the crew recorded everything live with like 7 different cameras angle. That was hell, but I got really really good at multicaming and movie magic-ing all the fucked up parts. 


    @HavenPancakes - How did you get to work as an editor at Achievement Hunter? I'm really interested in film production/editing :)
    I knew Neal, who edits GTA at AH, from a few projects we had both worked on of in the past. He recommended me to Lindsay when they needed a freelancer to help out with extra videos. I guess I did a good enough job because they asked me to join the team. :)


    @ChknKng - How do you follow so many video feeds at once and decide which parts to use?
    Your eye will find the best camera angle pretty quickly when that angle is apparent. Your brain has to constantly be asking "what is the most interesting thing happening at this point?" And if there's a lot going on, I will watch the same 10 seconds over and over and over again, until I have an idea how to show it. 


    @Benton188 - How do you choose who to focus on during the videos? Do you base it off of on-screen action or more on who's talking?

    Both depending on the circumstance. Sometimes whoever is talking is having the action as well. Example 1: "OMG. DID YOU JUST SEE THE THING?" is a good clue that whoever is speaking is watching something interesting. Example 2: "Would you have a leg toaster implanted in your leg?" is a fun conversation that is happening, but does not necessitate that the action is happening to the speaker. If there is something more interesting happening, I choose the action. If nothing is happening, then I will go with the speaker. Example 3: "Did you just kill me?" while it seems to be similar to the first example, the best course of action would probably be to watch the screen of the person doing the killing. This is all very circumstantial.


    @PhoenixFilmsJ79 - Preferred keyboard shortcuts, Premiere or FCP7 presets?

    I use mainly Premiere Pro CC these days. My favorite shortcut is definitely: Shift A. It's a custom shortcut that I changed to make an edit in the timeline. I love it. I use it a thousand times a day. It's really easy to memorize, and super easy on the keyboard. I wish I was smart enough to have created it myself, but I cannot take that credit. I got it from Adam Epstein who edits for Saturday Night Live. 


    @birdertweet123 - Can you show us the process of editing an AH video?
    Trevor made a video called How to Edit a Let's Play that shows our workflow. I watched this video before freelancing with AH and it helped tremendously. It's still very accurate to our workflow now. The only difference is we don't use nameburns anymore and have adopted the adobe proxy system (which is awesome btw). 


    Thanks for all the questions! We will be continuing the series in 2017. If you have any more questions use #AHEditors


    Cheers everyone!

     


  • Why Him Screening

    11 months ago

    burnie

    Do you live in Austin and want to see the movie Why Him? tomorrow? I am hosting a screening here:


    https://whyhim.eventbrite.com


    Come out and see me!