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  • Sleep Paralysis... again.

    6 months ago

    Steffie AH Social

    Sometime last night I woke up to go use the restroom and had just laid back down to bed. Alec talks in his sleep but last night he made a weird yell. I woke him up because it freaked me out. We sat up talking about and then I turned to my side facing the wall to go back to sleep and he snuggled up next to me. Next thing I know there’s a bright flash that comes from outside and lightning sound bang. I try to turn around to ask Alec about it but I can’t move. All of a sudden there’s more flashing lights around in my room. Then I hear Alec talking rabidly in his sleep. I try to call him, move, anything because the flashes are getting worse. Finally I managed to move to face him but that’s all I was able to do. I try again to say anything or move his hand but nothing is working. Suddenly it all stops and I’m facing back towards the walls again. Alec asks if I’m okay but I’m like legit freaked out until I realized what just happened. I wasn’t sure what was real and what part was part of the sleep paralysis but after talking it was definitely the bright flash and bang.


    Notes:

    • I thought it happened over a span of at least 5 minutes. He said I was out for only about 15 seconds. Like I turned to lay down after our talk, started to snore, and suddenly I was whimpering and my hand was making weird, jerky movements. 
    • My room looked exactly the same. In the past when sleep paralysis happens, something is wrong or different about the room I’m in. It’s usually what tips me off that this isn’t real and I can relax and wake up from it. This time everything was the same. We listen to rain to fall asleep and that was still going. There was the light in the corner from all our electronics, the curtain to our window was even opened slightly. No hints what was happening wasn’t real.
    • I’ve had sleep paralysis since I was a kid. It was at its worst in my late teens. It calmed down in my mid-20s and then had my most recent one just a few months ago. I'm probably gonna have this for the rest of my life. 
  • Paul Bunyan didn't use the internet.

    6 months ago

    revelsrouser twitter.com/revelsrouser

    Resident frontend guru, John Jameson and I were talking about the least amount of money we would accept to never use the internet again. So like 30 million dollars and you just go live in the mountains. Jameson said, “I’m picturing like a shrunken down Paul Bunyan.” When I asked what he meant he said, “Well… he didn’t use the internet”. Which I’m pretty sure wouldn’t make the short list of Paul Bunyan descriptors. Also, a shrunken down Paul Bunyan is really just a person.


    So, there you go. Something about that interaction made me laugh. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  

  • A small reorganization to help your browsing experience

    6 months ago

    ebregman Programming

    This week we're re-organizing the library on RT.com a little bit to make it easier to browse, and easier to find some of our most-watched FIRST Exclusive content: talk show post shows.


    If you've navigated to certain show pages  you've likely noticed anything that is a bonus video (i.e., not a full show episode) is numbered as 0, and appears at the beginning of the Episode list. We did this so you could easily binge a show like RWBY from episode to episode, without being served a Coming Up Next video, trailer, behind the scenes, or World of Remnant. These are all great videos deserving of your viewership, but data shows us that when viewers encounter them in a playlist, they're very likely to exit the viewing session altogether.


    Then again sometimes you WANT to watch a bonus video right after a main episode. Talk show post shows are the clearest example: when you watch RT Podcast #470 you almost definitely want to roll into RTP #470 Post Show. Also in these cases, the bonus videos are a key value add for being a FIRST member, and it's some of our most regularly posted content. Instead of burying these videos inside an episode page and out of viewing order, we can do a better job highlighting them.


    This week we're making two key updates to address these cases:

    • Series pages will have a new tab titled "Bonus Features" (picture at the bottom). It'll be right next to the Episodes tab, and will be home to any BTS videos, trailers, or other non-episode bonus content related to a series.
    • We're creating new Series pages to house talk show post shows and other videos that are regularly posted "episode extensions." Anyone who watches the Dude Soup Post show or Try Harder is familiar with this setup; we're just applying it across the board. I should note this also includes Immersion Extra Runs, which will get their own Series page.

    Lastly, in our CMS we can now specifically define a video as associated with another video, which will eventually be used in our binge logic to override other binge actions and instead roll a viewer directly from the video s/he's watching into the admin-assigned video. All that to say if you're binging RTP, you'll be able to go right from an RTP episode into its post show, and then back into the next RTP episode


    Stay tuned for more updates like this in the coming months. As always send me some questions to answer in the comments!


    EDIT: This change should not affect the URLs of any videos, so that RTP Post Show you bookmarked that one time because Burnie does that thing that you like should still be good to go.


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  • The Ocean's 8 Trailer Is Here!

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    The Ocean's movies don't get the credit they deserve. At the time they came out they were acknowledged as being fun if forgettable, but Steven Soderbergh really captured a laid back, charismatic series of heist movies that nodded to the audience and brought them along on the journey.


    There's a new Ocean's movie coming out that shifts focus from George Clooney's character to another Ocean, this one played by Sandra Bullock, who plans a heist of her own and assembles an all female crew that includes Cate Blanchett (yas!), Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Awkwafina and Anne Hathaway. 


    You can never tell a movie's quality from a trailer, but you can get hints as to what the tone's going to be and this one looks pretty solid, I think. The trailer already has a personality, playing with split screen and giving us a nice look at each of the key players. 


    Check it out:



    I'm excited to see how these actors bounce off each other in this new story, especially with Gary Ross at the helm. He's an underrated director (Pleasantville is soooooo good, you guys!) and if the heist is as smart as his casting this one could be pretty swell.


    What do you guys think?

  • Mega Man Composer Releases New Album

    6 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    If you're looking for some good video game-ish tunes to add to your collection, Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae has just posted a new personal album to Bandcamp. Titled "Three Movements," the album covers several eras of music, moving from classic chiptunes style music to a more orchestral score -- all while keeping that video game feel. 


    It's really a great listen, and I love the concept of it from top to bottom, especially when it circles back around to retro. It's especially nice because Matsumae is totally still channeling Mega Man through many of the tracks. Say what you will about the quality of that series over time, you always know when you're strapping in that you're going to get an excellent score. 


    The album is just $10, or you can stream it for free on Bandcamp to your heart's content. 

  • Appy Olidays!

    6 months ago

    patrickmatthewz RTX Events Coordinator

    Well, some of us are mostly recovered after an amazing RT holiday party! I am proud of myself for keeping it pretty even keeled this time around. Well, I kept it chill at the holiday party proper, but the after party was another story. ;)  Thank goodness for Uber and Ride Austin for keeping us all safe and getting us home. I slept most of Sunday, but managed to wake up long enough for a little Trivial Pursuit with friends. Now only 4 days until my holiday vacation begins. Going to Denver to visit family. What about you guys? Any crazy plans for the holiday season?

  • The Last Jedi and Having Opinions [SPOILERS]

    6 months ago

    Miles Miles

    This is gonna be filled with Star Wars spoilers. You've been warned.



    Right. So. Let's just get this out of the way: I really did not like The Last Jedi. I went in with pretty middle-of-the-road expectations, but still left the theater thinking "Woof... that was rough." My main gripes can be boiled down to dialogue that treated the audience like an idiot and that apparently when you try to deconstruct everything, you're just sort of left with a mess of pieces.


    BUT, it's easy to gripe and complain about things. Nothing is perfect. Lord knows nothing I've ever written is perfect, and even though reading about why people don't like your work is necessary for growth... it still isn't very fun, haha.


    So I want to talk about what I thought was RAD in The Last Jedi. Promote some positive conversation and general giddiness, because isn't that why we go to see these kinds of movies in the first place?


    So without further ado...


    YO HOW COOL WAS IT WHEN KYLO AND REY TEAMED UP TO FIGHT THE ROYAL GUARD?! The choreography was so much fun and watching the two adversaries having to help one another out led to some serious "OH SHIT" moments (looking at you, Saber-Through-The-Face).


    DAWG, HOW RAD WAS IT THAT THE FILM ASKED THE QUESTION "WHY DON'T WE JUST SAY FUCK THE PAST AND ALL OF ITS TRADITIONS?" This is something I've seen really heavily defended about this movie, and I think it should be. The Force Awakens played a lot of things safe (which I think was totally fair and still very enjoyable), but Last Jedi has some if its characters take a step back and say "Light/Dark. Rebels/First Order. Jedi/Sith. They're all just two sides to this never-ending conflict. So why are we supporting either of them? Why are we still playing this game? Why don't we just get rid of all of it and try something NEW?" And I mean, yeah, this is obviously some meta commentary on Star Wars as a franchise, but I dig it. It's new. It's interesting. It validates my desire back when I was a teenager to play KOTOR as a morally ambiguous force-wielding badass.


    THE ENTIRE FILM IS ABOUT FAILURE. God DAMN is that a strong theme to get behind. Whether or not you think the story was successful in getting this point across to the audience, I still think it's one hell of a message to try and get behind and applaud them for going for it. You are GOING to fail in life and even though it reeeeeally hurts, it's absolutely necessary.


    THE MOVIE WAS FUCKING PRETTY TO LOOK AT. The battle on salt-planet, Rey having her trippy mirror-vision, and of course...


    MOTHER. FUCKING. HYPER-SPACE-SHIP-BULLET-SACRIFICE. FUCK. Whether you liked the movie or not, you GOTTA give props to what I would say is going to go down as one of the most memorable moments in Star Wars. The silence, the timing, the high contrast visuals, the FUCK YOU, FIRST ORDER OOMPH you felt when Admiral Holdo just DECIMATED the enemy fleet with her suicidal ship crash was just awesome.


    *whew*


    Okay...


    Okay, I'm okay. I'm good. I'm done now.


    So yeah... like I was saying... I actually didn't like The Last Jedi. I would honestly consider it to be a pretty bad movie, plain and simple. I know there's a lot of people out there that share my opinion and I know there's a lot of people out there that don't.


    And that's okay.


    It's easy to criticize and tear things apart (in fact, it's kind of fun), but it is important to remember that something that may seem dumb to one person, may actually be really important to someone else. By all means, defend your opinions and beliefs, but don't be an asshole about it. Don't go into a conversation with the intent to "win". Go in with the intent to have a conversation, which means talking and listening.


    It's harder to do than it sounds. As entertainers we often speak with hyperbole for the sake of getting a laugh (if you watch Fan Service, you're acutely aware of my thought's on JoJo). But all of us are guilty of firing up our phones so we can shout our feelings about things, so we can call our friends dumb, and blah, blah, blah. I don't think that kind of behavior will ever go away, but I do think we can all try and be a little more conscious of how we talk to one another.


    With that in mind, I hope you guys have a killer week, and may the Force be with you <3


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    Oh. AND YOU KNOW THAT LITTLE ORPHAN BOY FORCE-PULLED THAT BROOM AT THE END. HELL YEAH.

  • The Peter Jackson-produced MORTAL ENGINES gets a sweet teaser trailer!

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    Peter Jackson has been down in New Zealand shepherding a new epic series into existence. It's called Mortal Engines and is based on a series of books by Philip Reeve set in a post apocalyptic landscape where... well, watch the teaser first and then we'll talk about it:



    That's a hell of a teaser trailer. Jackson and his partner in all things (life, work and everything in-between) Fran Walsh wrote this adaptation alongside their LOTR and Hobbit co-writer Philippa Boyens and are producing for their longtime collaborator Christian Rivers who is making his directorial debut on this project.


    You can tell he's learned a lot from working closely with this team for the last couple of decades. Lots of trademark tension building escalation happening in this little teaser trailer. 


    Relative newcomer Hera Hilmar stars with a cast of young faces, including Leila George, Ronan Raftery, Robert Sheehan and Jihae. Vets Hugo Weaving and Stephen Lang round out the cast.


    We're a year out from seeing this one (it sees release December 14th next year), but that's a pretty good first foot forward, I think. What do you guys think?

  • On The Spot #120

    6 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    It's that time of the year where we play our last OTS games of the year. We won't be back for a few weeks so let's make these some good ones to hold us over for the break:


    QUICK THINKING

    • Come up with a category for the guests to list off possible answers for (i.e. Things not to say after someone says "I love you" for the first time.)
    • Category with a lot of possibilities for answers are the best.

    PULL IT OUT - You give me a prompt for a scene and I make them act it out. This week I'm looking for prompts involving:

    • Conversations about New Years Resolutions.
    • Political debates you WISH they would have?

    SYNC ABOUT IT

    • Finish the sentence: How to...?
    • Feel free to submit more than one idea.

    BONUS GAME: F/U

    • Submit the opening line to a short story that guests can complete as a team
    • Ex: One day, a small boy was walking in the woods and happened upon a magic talking rock...
    • Keep the prompt short but details will make it better


  • RWBY Holiday Update!

    6 months ago

    Kerry

    Happy Nondescript Holidays to all from RT Animation! I hope everyone has something awesome planned for the holidays, whether it’s a nice dinner with loved ones or anime in your bathrobe. Maybe a little bit of both, you deserve some “me time”.


    Wanted to share some news before everyone gets lost in the holidays: RWBY will be on break the week of December 23rd to make sure that everyone on the team can enjoy a relaxing holiday-of-choice with their families. But fret not! We’ll be back on December 30th like nothing ever happened! [insert Nora.gif]


    I also wanted to take a chance to thank everyone on CRWBY for doing such an incredible job this year, as well as all of you for the love and support you’ve sent our way! This has been a crazy year so far, and it’s only about to get crazier (wink). The two extra episodes we’ve been able to do this year has given us more opportunities to have some smaller character moments that normally would have hit the cutting room floor. And while we did learn some lessons about pacing [insert “standing around talking” joke here] we’re all still glad we were able to spend some extra time with the characters we’ve come to love :)


    I hope you’ve enjoyed the Volume so far and I can’t wait for you all to see the rest! Buckle up!

    -Kerry

  • Spoiler-Alert! About Themes and the Beautiful Brilliance of the Ending of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    I was going to wait to write a spoiler post about Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi early next week, but I'm seeing some catastrophically horrible takes from the movie on Twitter (what else is new, I know) and in my limited back and forth there I got a little bit fired up and decided it would be better to write out some thoughts on the themes and character arcs of The Last Jedi instead of arguing vaguely with strangers on Twitter.


    I know not everybody has had the chance to see the movie yet, so if that is you don't read this article. I will be talking about the finale and some structural and thematic arcs that require heavy spoilers. In fact, I'd go so far as to tell you to get the hell out and not come back until you've seen this movie. Love it or hate it on first blush that initial experience should be your own, untainted by knowing some key things in advance. Below I'm going to be talking like I would to a buddy who just watched the movie with me, which means everything's on the table.


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    So, now that it's only people that have seen the movie here, let's dig into this thing, shall we?

    Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi makes some bold, Galaxy-changing moves. Not everybody is going to be all in on these choices and that's okay. As a matter of fact I'd even say some of these choices were purposefully made to throw the audience off balance.


    There's a small moment in the middle of the movie where Rey reaches out with the force, thinking she's grabbing her lightsaber away from Snoke only to have the lightsaber fly over her shoulder, zip around the room and clunk her on the head before floating back to the side of the smiling Supreme Leader. By now we know that the end result for Snoke is the same, but the way we get there isn't the path we think.


    For many fans they are Rey in this scenario and the lightsaber is their expectation. They think they know what they're going to get only to have it fly over their shoulder. After all the condemnation this same group threw at JJ Abrams' The Force Awakens for feeling too familiar you'd imagine they'd be overjoyed to see a movie that defies expectation, but you'd be wrong.


    Johnson is a Star Wars fan who also happens to be a very thoughtful filmmaker, so he knows what you're expecting when a conflicted Kylo Ren is taking Rey before Snoke. He even shoots the elevator ride up to the Throne Room with the exact same framing of handcuffed Luke and Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi. There's a reason for that. He wants you to think this is going to be a redemption sequence when in reality it's exactly the opposite.


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    Some have been mad at Snoke's exit from the franchise, but that moment had to happen, and happen that way, to make Kylo Ren a fully realized character. He has now killed two father figures and is hellbent on killing a third.


    What's great about this sequence is Johnson takes your expectation (redemption) and gives you a hot second where you think you have it. You get the thrill of Rey and Ben Solo fighting back to back, working together and then you realize, about the time Rey does, that, as Luke warned her, things aren't going the way she's thinking.


    Kylo needed to not be a lapdog anymore. It's way more interesting to watch him make the choice to become the full-throated leader of the First Order than to see him get a hasty redemption. The other option would be to keep Snoke a mystery until the third film and then that would force JJ Abrams to copy Jedi's structure. I see why he was eager to come back for IX. He has a wide open world to play in now, thanks in large part to Johnson's decision to kill Snoke.


    One of the themes of the movie is about letting go of the past. It's seen in most major characters and in the overall arc of the film. Luke has to get over his mistake with Ben (and the even worse mistake to stop training the next generation). Rey has to move past her abandonment by her parents and realize they don't define her. Finn has to wrestle with his instinct to save himself/his friends and to serve a larger, grander purpose... and to live up to the image he wants to project, that of a Resistance hero. Poe has to come to terms with the fact that his gut instinct isn't always right, no matter where his heart is. Kylo literally repeats this theme in dialogue. He takes it a step farther. “Kill it if you have to.”


    With that in mind, yes the ending of the movie is quite beautiful, not just in Luke's exit but in the lead up to it. His moment with Leia is all about letting go of the past, but unlike Kylo he doesn't want to destroy it. He gives her Han's dice from the Millennium Falcon (even if it's just a mental projection of it). Remember the past. Cherish it. But it's time to move on.


    Luke said he came to that island to die and that's what happens. On a filmmaking level does it make sense to shoot it the way they do, by giving you that false sense of hope that Luke isn't going to Obi-Wan himself? That I find harder to argue against, but I can tell you that on second viewing the emotion of the moment hit me harder than wondering why they chose to have Luke give himself over to the Force alone on Ahch-To. It fits thematically with the whole letting go of the past thing and perfectly sets up the biggest, best emotional through-line of the whole movie for me.


    Above everything else this story is about hope. Not hope in some prophecy or chosen one, but one that can be found in anyone, whether they're a slave child or a pure-hearted low-level resistance engineer. It's about goodness and light inspiring the next generation. That is represented the best in the new character of Rose, played by Kelly Marie Tran, and it's the reason why I scratch my head at people dismissing the Canto Bight section of the movie. Sure, there's some iffy composite shots here and the highest concentration of CGI creatures, but this section is the linchpin of the entire movie.


    It's ultimately not about the search for the master codebreaker, it's about the downtrodden seeing kindness from the dying Resistance. The Resistance is fading. The First Order is close to winning. Not only have they all but wiped out Resistance forces, but they've successfully put enough fear into the galaxy that nobody comes to aid of the remaining handful.


    At the end of the movie all that remains of the Resistance is enough people that can fit on the Millennium Falcon and a broken lightsaber. But that's okay. The Resistance's time is over, much like the Jedi (as we know it) and the Sith (as we know it). The new Rebel Alliance is born in this film. It doesn't exist on the Falcon, but in the newly kindled fire in the hearts and minds of the people of the galaxy. Ordinary people. Extraordinary people who think they're ordinary.


    The word “spark” is used many times in the movie, even in the opening crawl. And that's exactly what Rose and Finn do on Canto Bight. They spark that hope in those children. In the final shots of the movie we see two things play out: one, the myth of Luke Skywalker standing alone against an army told with enthusiasm from one child to another, and two, the ring carrying the symbol of the Rebellion on the finger of a force-sensitive slave child.


    Kylo has it wrong, Luke had it right. Don't kill the past. Embrace it. But look ahead, not backwards. Look to the stars. Look to the double sunset one last time. Have hope for the future and the fire in your belly to bring it about. Don't run from your failures, acknowledge them and move on. Don't run from compassion and love and hope. Inspire it. Every victory the Resistance his comes from a place of love and self-sacrifice, never attack. Even the exhilarating, aggressive space battle at the beginning ends up costing the Resistance more than it does their enemy.


    That little boy on Canto Bight represents that future. He so off-handedly uses the force that he probably doesn't even realize he has any special abilities, but we know for damn sure which side he's going to fall on should the call come again. And it's all because he saw two human, non-super powered people show kindness and bravery. The myth building of the Jedi Knight is cool and inspirational, but it's different seeing something with your own eyes. Surely that kid has heard of Jedis before, but what has he actually experienced? Cruelty 24/7.


    That's why Rose is so important to this film and why that visit to Canto Bight is thematically the richest part of the story. If you write it off you're doing so by willfully ignoring the larger themes at play.


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    The Last Jedi leaves us with a wide open playing field for Episode IX. If it really is closing out the Skywalker Saga then it has to be about balance. That's the key theme throughout all the prequels, original trilogy and, now, this new trilogy, especially this movie. Anakin Skywalker was supposed to bring balance to the force and that balance seems to be paying off now. Everything light and dark as we know it is going to be over by the time IX concludes. Leia will be gone, Kylo's pretty much got to go at this point. That will end the Skywalker bloodline and for the ultimate prophecy to be fulfilled that means everything has got to be in balance.


    On second viewing I found The Last Jedi to be even deeper and richer than I did on my first go around. I get that some people feel robbed of seeing Luke being a cool badass force warrior. I think that would have been cool, too, but would it have been right? Definitely not for this movie. That would have betrayed the core theme at play and I'll take smart story structure and strong thematic writing over “cool” any day of the week. The Darth Maul duel in Phantom Menace is cool as shit, but what does it mean in the grand scheme of that movie? Not much other than “oh, shit. The Sith are still here.” and “I guess you gotta be the one to train that Anakin kid now, Obi-Wan.”


    As Rose says it's not about fighting someone you hate, it's about saving someone you love. That is what spawns true good in the galaxy. Luke realized that at the end and that's why he finally found the peace he's been seeking for years and he found it in a way that doesn't put yet another black mark on Ben Solo's soul.  


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  • Unofficial Rooster Teeth Bowl Pick Em Group

    6 months ago

    Schwartzanicker Broadcast Nick

    Hello all! 


    I made a group for picking all the bowl games on ESPN's website! Go see how you stack up with everyone!

  • Happy Nondescript Holiday!

    6 months ago

    da1barker da1barker

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      Here is the progress on my birthday present from Azure Props, my gf! The SogeKing mask from the anime One Piece. He is King of the Snipers and I am super hyped for its completion.

      Today I got to do some voice acting for RWBY! It was just one line but it was exciting to know that I didn’t just build the environment for this line, I voiced it too. It was also cool to see Miles in his element. He was excitedly directing for just that one line. It’s nice to know so much passion goes into every voice line in the show.


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      My Secret Santa did good! For a 3D Environment Artist, a boat model from One Piece, was the perfect call. I have been at RoosterTeeth for almost half a year now and it has been a great experience. I feel very lucky to be working with such a tight team of talented people and at such an exciting time. Happy Nondescript Holiday!

  • Big Switch sale

    6 months ago

    BrianGaar

    It looks like Nintendo has rolled out its first holiday sale for the Switch. 


    There are a bunch of good games on sale currently, like the excellent SteamWorld Dig 2 for $15, and Overcooked: Special Edition for $16. There's also Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for $13.39 and Party Golf for $10. Party Golf!!


    Head on over and check it out for yourself. We don't know when the North American Sale ends but the UK eshop sale ends on Dec. 28. 

  • Top 10 Dragon Ball Fights - Editor Notes

    6 months ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi

    Hey everyone, how's it going? 


    10 - Everybody vs Broly - Am I going to use this entry as an opportunity to make a DORM LIFE reference. Broly.
    9 - Vegeta vs Android 19 - Getting "Goku'd" should be the new thing. Whether it's the reboot of Punk'd or it just takes the place of "Kobe!" it should become a thing. 
    8 - Gotenks vs Nazi Army - This b story looks amazing. Bravo. 
    7 - Tien vs Semi-perfect Cell - While I do love Gohan vs Cell, I've always hated Cell's character design. It kinda taints the whole saga for me. He looks ridiculous!
    6 - Goku vs Jackie Chun - I've never watched Dragon Ball. 
    5 - Goku vs Vegeta - Here's hoping Jack Black sees this video. 
    4 - Goku vs Beerus - Ah, my opus. It's all downhill from here. Sorry. 
    3 - Goku vs Krillin - I always liked Krillin. Seeing him become a less relevant fighter was a bummer. But at the same time it was awesome that the show was willing to go there and let things evolve.
    2 - Goku vs Frieza - Goku going Super Saiyan was everything for me as a kid. You knew it was coming. Was it this week's episode? No. Next week. Next week. When it finally happened, it was amazing. My favorite moment from the show. 
    1 - Gohan vs Cell - Gohan was always my favorite character. This was also a great moment born from such anticipation.
    11 - Krillin vs Jackie Chun - So silly. 


    Next week, I write a Top 10! 


    Watch the video: RT | YT 

  • Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X Top Google Searches

    6 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    2017 was definitely a big year for the video game industry -- not only because of all the great games we've gotten to play, but also because of the release of two brand new consoles thanks to the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X. If there was any question as to whether or not these systems actually made a splash, look no further than Google! 


    The company released their annual search report this week, detailing some of the most searched-for terms on the entire internet. And it seems that both the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X were in the top 5 search terms for consumer technology -- at number 3 and 5, respectively. That's fairly impressive in a category that is normally eaten up by smartphones (and for reference, the other 3 items were the iPhone 8, the iPhone X, and the Samsung Galaxy S8). 


    Considering what we know about the Switch, all that consumer interest has definitely translated into loads of sales. We're still waiting on Microsoft to release some totals for Xbox One X -- but this is another pretty good indication that consumers have been very much interested. 

  • Book Recommendations?

    6 months ago

    Steffie AH Social

    I'm building up my TBR list for 2018. Any recommendations? Love memoirs, journals, and sci-fi. I'm such a huge sucker for time-travel stuff especially if there's romance. (Not Outlander tho. Like fuck that book. Also already read Time Traveler's Wife which I loved.)


    My GoodReads: goodreads.com/cadetsteffie


  • George Lucas weighs in on The Last Jedi!

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

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    If you watched the spoiler-free video of Ashley, Jon and myself talking about The Last Jedi I brought up the question "Do you think George Lucas would like this movie?" My gut was telling me he just might because if there's one thing Lucas respects it's a singular vision and love or hate The Last Jedi it's clearly not a movie made by committee. 


    Lucas may respect the auteur but remember singular vision or no this is still someone else playing in his sandbox. He made a ton of money selling Star Wars to Disney, but he's an artist at heart and it's gotta sting seeing someone else play with his universe. 


    Well, we don't have to guess anymore. Lucas has seen the movie and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is a fan. He called the movie "beautifully made" and was highly complimentary towards director Rian Johnson on a phone call after his private screening. 


    Don't forget Lucas was publicly critical of The Force Awakens for being "a retro movie" that relied too much on being like his original Star Wars, so him giving the thumbs up to Rian Johnson's vision wasn't guaranteed. 


    Take it as you like. Is this the director of Star Wars and the main creative force behind Empire and Return of the Jedi or the director of Phantom Menace-Revenge of the Sith saying it's good? The answer is all of the above and, as someone who has seen Johnson's movie, I can tell you that it is definitely the artist respecting another artist. 


    Does this make you feel better about The Last Jedi or do you have visions of Jar Jars dancing in your head? 

  • World of Warcraft guild beats boss after wiping 320 times

    6 months ago

    BrianGaar

    A top World of Warcraft guild beat the final boss of World of Warcraft: Legion -- Argus The Unmaker on mythic difficulty -- and, um, it sounds like a bit of a chore. 


    Guild officer George Georgiadis of the EU-based guild Method tweeted that they accomplished this after wiping 320 times. Which, I'm not sure if it's amazing or horrifying. He tweeted that Argus wasn't quite as hard as Tomb of Sargeras boss Kil’jaeden but he added that it was “still quite a tough one—heart was going BOOM BOOM BOOM.” 


    The victory came after the mythic version of the boss had been released for about a week -- and of course all the top guilds were racing to see who would be first.  


    Here's a Twitch clip of the Method crew screaming in nerd joy after beating the boss.



  • Programming Team Community Service Day

    6 months ago

    ebregman Programming

    This is my second holidays at RT, and the first when my team has been more than just me and one other person! That meant it was time to do some team bonding, and my favorite way to get closer to folks is good ol' fashioned volunteering.


    This year we spent time with the fine residents of the House Rabbit Resource Center, where one of our team members volunteers every week. Yes, we pet bunnies all morning (and fed them!).


    Couldn't help but share this familiar face who we met as soon as we walked in - a sassy Californian rabbit named...Yang. Can't make this up guys.


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  • How Many People Watched The Game Awards

    6 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    Some of the early numbers are in for last week's Game Awards -- and it looks like this was a record year for the show. According to the organizers, 11.5 million tuned in to check out the ceremony this year, which is way, way up from 2016's event. That show brought in just 3.8 million in comparison, which makes this a 202% jump. As for some other stats released about the awards, it seems more than 70% of the viewers on Twitch interacted by voting, and Steam viewers clocked in at around 70 minutes of watch time each. 


    So hey, great job on getting watched by lots of people this year, Game Awards. We look forward to the trailers, announcements, Death Stranding trailers, and memes waiting for us in 2018. 

  • PUBG Xbox

    6 months ago

    burnie

    Played a couple of rounds of PUBG last night. It's a pretty steep learning curve going from PC to console. The inventory system seems like they did their absolute best put there's no way they can make it as quick as it is on PC. However, I do like that you can attach/equip items straight from the ground with one button. That's pretty convenient and would be cool to have on PC.

  • Player Unknown's Battlegrounds out now on Xbox One

    6 months ago

    BrianGaar

    If you don't know a gaming PC and want to know what all the fuss is about, when it comes to Player Unknown's Battlegrounds -- today is your day. Well, if you own an Xbox One, that is. 


    A port of the game is now available on Xbox Game Review (meaning that it's still unfinished) and reviewers say that it's clunkier than PC, but still worth a shot. 


    The Verge said: "PUBG is one of the most brilliantly designed shooters of recent years, and that design remains intact on console. You don’t have to be an experienced online shooter fan to have fun with PUBG. It certainly rewards skill, but the way that each game has an element of luck keeps you coming back to see if you can do better next time."


    But yeah, it's definitely not as smooth of an experience on the console. Kotaku said: "The console’s more casual feel benefits players who prefer a more strategic, slow-moving pace, but that’s in part because the game’s signature jankiness is significantly jankier here—it’s hard to play ambitiously when everything from switching weapons to jumping off the airplane is just a little more finicky. If you were hoping for a more polished Battlegrounds experience, I’m sorry." 


    Still, most agree that it's worth playing if you haven't checked it out on PC. You can buy the preview version for $30 starting today. 

  • Breakdancing game 'Floor Kids' now out on Switch

    6 months ago

    BrianGaar

    The Switch has been filling out its lineup of games nicely ever since it released in March. And now it's getting a genre that you didn't even know you needed -- a breakdancing game!


    Floor Kids is now out on the eShop and it's described as "a unique freestyle game featuring fresh rhythm challenges and multiplayer sessions." 


    Here's a trailer if you want to check it out