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  • Nomad Update: You only get to make a FIRST impression once

    3 weeks ago


    If you've caught us on convention panels or anim livestreams, talking about how development of Camp Camp went down, then you know that behind the scenes we pumped the brakes on CC's premiere by a couple months in order to get everything just right. And that turned out pretty well, yeah? (And if you haven't heard that story, please consider picking up a certain complete season 1 & 2 bluray set coming soon, and listening to the commentary track as well as watching the original unaired pilot! Sorry, my contract mandates I get in at least one major tease per post. It's like Barb and her puns. Just... not as funny! Eyyyy, wooooo! )

    Welp, I'm here to announce that the next brand-spankin'-new 2D show from Rooster Teeth Animation, Nomad of Nowhere is NOT, I repeat, NOT going to slide a couple months! Eyyyy, wooooo! is gonna slide a couple weeks, though, making its debut for FIRST members March 16th. We think the 2D team has something special coming together, and RT agrees. So the company has graciously agreed to give the team two more weeks to further enhance a couple parts of the first few eps to get its debut just right.  

    Meantime, please enjoy our fine RTAA and RvB PSA offerings, to quench your thirst for animation! What's that? You hadn't caught RvB PSAs return this Thursday on FIRST?! Because they do! Eyyyy, wooooo!

    On behalf of the team, sorry for the hurry-up-and-wait with Nomad. A sincere thanks for your patience. The team can't wait to get it out in the world either. 

    Yours in antici...

  • Hello from Yvonne

    3 weeks ago

    yvonne COO


    It's me Yvonne, COO of Rooster Teeth.  

    Yes, it's been years since you heard from me, but after reading Michele's post about the new Women's line, figure it might be time for me to connect with you.  

    I've been around Rooster Teeth for years now. It's hard to believe that in June it will be 12 years since I first sit down with Burnie to talk about his need for accounting and business assistance.  In these last 12 years a lot has happened and you all have been a big part of it. We now have an HR department led by Glen, totally awesome guy, so I don't have to do that any more.  Accounting is being managed by Walter an excellent and extremely knowledgeable CPA, no more bank reconciliations for me to stress about.  Our finance guru Matt Todd (as opposed to Matt), is the greatest, and now that Geoff Yetter is here (as opposed to Geoff), to handle my licensing deals - I've got time to commune with nature AND our awesome community.

    So what do YOU want to hear from me? Of course I can't share company secrets, but I love business, accounting and management.  I can talk about that kind of stuff all day. What is it you want to hear about?  How to depreciate a fixed asset?  What is a fixed asset?  How complicated is revenue recognition?  Or what about how to lead a serious business discussion with Geoff or Gus?  Either that, or I can talk about shoes.  I love shoes, I own many pairs of shoes, I want Rooster Teeth shoes.

    Let me hear from you, ask questions, let's see if I can answer them.



    3 weeks ago

    elliemainey Survivalist

    Hey everyone!

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone that submitted examples of their work to be a part of Skill Tree - I was overwhelmed by how many of you did. Check your inbox for my response <3

    Your excitement and support for this show means the world to me.

    AAAND announcing Simrell as our winner! We're really excited to be working with her - check out all her stuff! Follow her! Support her! Send her love! 

    Much love to you all!

  • The Grind is Real

    3 weeks ago

    Ashley The Know

    It's been years since I played Final Fantasy X. I bought the HD Remaster when it hit PC but decided to save it for another day and never got around to it. But I recently got a Vita to binge Persona 4 Golden and picked up FFX/FFX-2 while I was doing a pre-flight shopping binge wherein I buy several books and games to stave off the utter terror that I MIGHT. GET.BORED. 

    So I started playing again. And I decided, since I played the shit out of it before PSN Trophies were around to give me the credit I so richly deserve, that I would platinum it. I promised myself.

    I hate myself, and I hate my promises.

    I thought I knew what FFX completion looked like. In my PS2-era mind it was getting all the celestial weapons and beating the Omega dungeon. Then I see these fuckers on the trophy list.


    I didn't even realize what that meant. Surely it couldn't mean activating every node on the entire sphere grid (the game's leveling/skill tree system), could it? That's like a human rights violation. For reference, this is the sphere grid.


    In the normal course of the game, each of the 7 playable characters starts at a different point on this grid and follows a track. When you fight monsters you earn points (AP) that let you advance around the grid and you spend different types of spheres to activate nodes that raise your HP, MP, Strength, etc. or unlock abilities like Heal or Fire or Quick Hit.

    Mostly, the tracks and some special abilities are locked off from each other, unless you get special spheres to unlock them, but theoretically this means you can teach your tanks to heal and get your mages some defense.

    Pretty cool, right?

    In the FUCKING SADISTIC version of the game, just taking ALL 7 characters around the ENTIRE GRID isn't even enough. You have to consign yourself to spending hours hitting special monsters in a monster arena to collect special spheres to turn empty nodes into attribute nodes, then activating them so there are no empty nodes left.

    You need to earn a LOT of AP to be able to move around to activate everything. There's one particular trick that's supposed to make this easier. You customize some weapons to add certain abilities, then repeatedly fight a specific monster to get a TON of AP.

    But before that you have to, (SURPRISE!) beat up other monsters for hours on end, torturing them into dropping items you need so you can customize OTHER weapons and sell them to make money so you can bribe totally different monsters for the materials you actually need to make the weapons to hit the AP guy so you can move around the sphere grid.

    I hate everything about it, but I'm still putting myself through it.

    Yesterday I got my first character through this gauntlet (bless you, Wakka). He had the hard work of forging the path through, transforming every empty node. Now all the other characters follow behind. Hopefully that means only a few hours to go? Hopefully?

    I checked my play time pre-grind and where I'm at now. 80 hours. 80. HOURS. That's half my total play time. As much time as I've spent playing the game, getting all the celestial weapons, and beating the secret dungeon that I would have defined as "complete" before.

    Almost done, though! Right? I hope? Then I can move on to getting the Platinum for Final Fantasy X-2 because I NEED the perfect ending.

    What am I doing with my life?

  • Annihilation

    3 weeks ago


    I love bottomless, open ended sci fi. Stuff like Arrival and Martian are great, where everything gets wrapped up in a nice pretty bow. That stuff is hard to pull off. But it’s always cool to see something risky like 2001 or BR 2049 or Annihilation. Classic sci fi was always a little mind bending and I’m glad we haven’t abandoned that. 

     I can’t say that I would recommend the movie to anyone, but I enjoy the hell out of it 


    3 weeks ago

    Bethany Head of RT Events

    Hi lovelies!

    It’s FINALLY that time….RTX Austin badges are on sale for Double Gold members at the early bird rates! See below for more information.

    TODAY, Monday, 2/26 10AM CST - Double Gold early bird rates on sale

    Wednesday, 2/28 10AM CST - FIRST early bird rates on sale

    Friday, 3/2 10AM CST - General Public early bird rates on sale

    Friday, 3/9 10AM CST - All badges for all members and general public will increase to regular rates

    *Front Gate Ticketing website to buy badges (you must enter your code for early access): >

    We will save a limited number of Platinum and Weekend Plus badges for the FIRST members on sale on Wednesday at 10AM CST. You’re welcome! :)

    Commemorative Badges are back again this year! For those of you who missed out last year, our design team has worked to create 3 dynamic, limited-edition commemorative badges. These badges will NOT allow entry into RTX Austin, however they look super cool and are meant as a fun keepsake for yourself or a gift for a friend. The 3 styles we will have this year are: RTX, RWBY, and RT’s 15th Anniversary. You can buy these limited-edition badges on the Front Gate Ticketing website where you will also purchase your RTX badge.

    Badge Pick-Up

    To remedy some of the line issues we experienced in 2017, we will be mailing out badges this year. Woohoo! All U.S. and Canada residents who purchase a badge prior to July 6 11:59PM CST will receive their badge in the mail to the address provided upon purchase. All badges purchased after July 7 12:00AM CST (U.S. and all International) will need to be picked up on-site at the Austin Convention Center between August 2-5, with a valid photo ID and confirmation email.

    Front Gate Ticketing website to buy badges (you must enter your code for early access): >

    Let us know if you have any questions!




  • BLOOD FEST - Super secret sneak peak!

    3 weeks ago

    dan_dan Editor | BLOOD FEST

    Hey y'all!

    We've been hard at work getting BLOOD FEST ready for a world premiere at the SXSW film festival. Some lucky folks got to check out a trailer at RTX Sydney, but I'm sure lots of others are wondering when they are going to have a chance to get a peek.

    Well, here you go.

    Here's a look under the hood. Pretty cool, right?! Ok. More soon. Promise. 

    - Dan 

  • Christmas finally ended... T_T

    3 weeks ago

    Chelsea RT Community Manager

    It's not March yet... But I finally have packed up all the Christmas decorations. 

    Now I'll be spending the next 9 months finding ways to be decorative-in-most-definitely-not-a-holiday-way. 

  • I'm sure you can relate

    3 weeks ago

    ezracooperst President

    When your pile of RT shirts is about to pass your non RT shirts. 


  • That idea

    3 weeks ago

    ezracooperst President

    You ever had that experience when you are instantly hit with what you believe is a stroke of genius. Like a bolt of lightning, you have came up with a brilliant new idea. It’s an idea so good, so novel that you can’t help but feel excitement. An idea becomes an immediate’s a gamechanger and you start scribbling notes and the outlines of a business plan. By the time you get home you have already played out the execution in your mind and are counting the money the idea made you. Mogul status!! 

    And then you decide  to google the idea just to make sure it’s truly as special as you think it is. 

    Oh, shit. It was already done. Some other person got rich on it...back in the 90s according to their website. 

    So, do you feel bummed or a pride in humanity for thinking of that idea way before you did? I guess a bit of both. 

    Anyways...on to the next one...

  • LP: Minecraft #300 and SPOTIFY: Programming Patch Notes 02.18

    3 weeks ago

    ebregman Programming/Distribution

    Welcome to the first monthly update from your friendly neighborhood programming and distribution team. Here’s what we’re working on right now.

    First off congrats to the AH team for posting the 300th episode of Let’s Play: Minecraft, which officially puts them at a higher episode count than almost any TV show ever made. Someone manually did the math on this, but I checked myself and yes it’s almost 9.5 days of content back-to-back. In celebration of this milestone, we’re (finally?) going to break out Let’s Play Minecraft on its own series page on! We’ll keep you posted when that happens.

    In other exciting news today, as of this weekend podcasts from Rooster Teeth and the Let’s Play family will be available on Spotify! This has been a long time coming, something we get asked about all the time, and I’m so happy we finally got it done. All the libraries are there, and new episodes will be added at the same time they appear on all other podcast listening platforms. Note - post shows are NOT available on Spotify and are still only available for FIRST members on Here’s the list of shows you can hear now on Spotify:

    • Always Open

    • Beyond The Pine

    • CCTV

    • Class Of 198X


    • Dude Soup

    • Filmhaus Podcast

    • Glitch Please

    • Heroes & Halfwits

    • Kinda Funny Games Daily

    • Kinda Funny Gamescast

    • Kinda Funny Morning Show

    • Kinda Funny Reviews

    • Off Topic

    • On The Spot

    • Rooster Teeth Podcast (Yes, including the Drunk Tank episodes!)

    • The GameOverGreggy Show

    • Try Hard Podcast

    • Twits and Crits

    • Twits and Crits: The League of Extraordinary Jiremen

    Most of what we’re focused on now involves getting running smoothly and looking good. This week we finished testing image safe areas for featured episodes on desktop and mobile/tablet, and now that we know the specs we can dive into re-safe-area-ing everything. Those images will roll out over the next month or so. As that finishes, we’ll dive into a reorganization and metadata cleanup project to hopefully catch any out-of-order episodes and also make better use of series pages for shows that have grown unwieldy ( Let’s Play…). We’ll likely also be able to upgrade resolution on some videos at that point, with more on the way afterwards.

    We greenlit a few pilots this month too! You heard about these from RTX Sydney: Achievement Haunters will be AH’s wild journey to discover ghosts in the scariest places in Texas. We locked our location this week and I am ridiculously excited. The Murder Chamber (working title) is modern take on a classic murder mystery game. Go into the future where you are judge, jury and guided by Jessica, a super crime solving network. We’re talking through the right way to release these so you can tell us if we should make more.

    Last but not least we’ve been staring for hours at the full data wrap up from 2017, which like I’ve mentioned before is the most accurate viewership data we’ve ever had about That’s already led us to some interesting new insights. It has reaffirmed to us how important a free-to-watch window is for our content, especially on a 7-day FIRST Exclusive window. And it’s told us a lot about how the new can be a better place for our community to gather around content.

    Oh and here’s something weird: ScrewAttack’s video Top 10 Sex Scenes in Video Games had a pretty big burst in traffic from organic Google searches over the past month. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

    This is the first one I’ve done, so tell me what I missed! What else do you want to see in these updates?

  • Open Beta Update - 2.23.18

    3 weeks ago

    revelsrouser Product / Design

    Hey, everyone,

    I’ve pulled myself out of the engineering mines for a moment to send out a note about our kick-ass new video site, currently in development and in open beta for those of you who are new around here. I want to thank all of you who have been using the new beta site at, and especially those of you who have sent us your feedback. There has been a ton of it, and we appreciate every word. We’re trying to respond to as many tickets as we can personally, and we want you to know that the team here is really listening to you and working on the things you bring to our attention. Even after we officially leave beta and launch the site, we’ll continue to work every day to make it the best place in the world to watch Rooster Teeth content.  

    In the meantime, we are squashing as many of the big bugs as we can, and doing so as fast as we can. Some issues with login that caused a “Grey Screen” - that’s fixed. Login from Facebook, also fixed. There are still some issues around older videos not playing. We are aware of this and are fixing them as fast as humanly (or computerly) possible!

    So if you haven’t been to to check out the beta site, go do that! For all of you using the site, please don’t stop. In fact, use it more. Chat during livestreams and drop some comments on the videos you watch. Let’s start making this new house feel like a home for the entire community! 

    Stay tuned for updates! <3

  • The Desk Of The Desk Of DEATH BATTLE: Godzilla Is A Sellout - Writer & Editor Notes

    3 weeks ago

    JoshuaKazemi ScrewAttack Editor
    • This script started out with several ads featuring lots of different characters. It was a few hundred more words than the average DoDB script so we focused on Godzila
    • Who owns this character? Is he public domain? Why has he been in THIS many ads?
    • Remember this stellar "Godzilla" joke from Austin Powers: I Don't Remember Which One? I do. 
    • I wish "Godzilla Repellent" was a real thing because it would essentially just be a quick and easy way to spray some Dr. Pepper down your throat. Mmm. 
    • I got Lisa Foiles to say "Hold on to your butts" I can cross that one off my bucket list. 
    • Of all of the things I've written, the line "Needlessly destroying signage" might be one of my favorites.
    • Sometimes you throw something together in the edit because you know it'll get reviewed. Like "This idea is crazy and it'll either have to get changed or someone will give me a note to make it better" And then sometimes your crazy, subliminal Blue Apron joke makes it into the final video exactly as you had it.
    • What are your thoughts on Godzilla (2014)? I wanna know. Can you show me? (In the comments below) 
    • My James Gunn/GOTG mega Easter egg comes in the form of something hidden in shots from the Snickers ad. I'll leave it at that....happy hunting.
    • There's something really great about the feeling you get when you make your boss cry with laughter over a Nickleback edit/joke in your video. 

    Watch the video: RT | YT

  • THANK YOU for a great Live Week!

    3 weeks ago


    It was great to see all of you who made it to RTX Presents: Live Week!  We love bringing our broadcast shows out of Stage 5 and in front of you whenever we can.  There is something about a live audience that gives a show a charge of excitement.  The crew and I absolutely love it!  As I mentioned on stage you'll be hearing more from me, including more posts here on the site.  And look for me in the chat room during live shows.  We have more in the works for you from Stage 5 so stay tuned.  Thanks for saying hi this week and I hope to meet more of you next time.

  • DC Just Can't Catch A Break. Joss Whedon Exits BATGIRL.

    1 month ago



    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. 

  • Outrage Over Outrage

    1 month ago


    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.

  • Please listen to Wipers - Over the Edge

    1 month ago

    coolnathan 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.

  • Disney rebooting The Muppet Show For Its Streaming Service

    1 month ago


    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. 

  • Ready or Not, Jurassic World 3 is coming June 11th, 2021!

    1 month ago


    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. 

  • Store Update! Rooster Teeth x Women's Line

    1 month ago

    MicheleFeghali 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.



  • Busy, busy, busy...

    1 month ago


    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!!!

    1 month ago



    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!

  • Low(ish) Carb Chicken Tortilla Soup (Instant Pot)

    1 month ago

    emilyweeks 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.

    the soup

    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)

    olive oil

    sea salt

    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.


  • Fortnite

    1 month ago


    I'm fairly certain that one or two people at Epic are responsible for turning Fortnite into a Battle Royale game. Whoever they are, they should get a very large raise.

  • Sana Rambles: Danganronpa v3 Killing Harmony

    1 month ago

    Sanaart 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!


    Chapter 1

    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.

    Chapter 2

    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.

    Chapter 3
    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.


    Chapter 4
    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.

    Chapter 5
    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.

    Chapter 6
    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."


    Closing Thoughts

    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.

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