ARE WE YOUR FRIENDS? - Dude Soup Podcast #122

Dude Soup: ARE WE YOUR FRIENDS? - Dude Soup Podcast #122

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This week the gang talks about Funhaus and other online content as a substitute for social interaction as well as:
31:45 - Sega possibly recycling their old IPs
48:45 - Amazon now
52:30 - Another exciting episode of Hard Nettin'


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SOURCES: 
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Shenmue HD Remaster Coming in 2017: http://www.ricedigital.co.uk/shenmue-hd-remaster-coming-2017/
[Gematsu]
Sega Planning "revival of major IPs": http://gematsu.com/2017/05/sega-planning-revival-major-ips


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  • rhn94 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 day ago

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  • Astarties FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    5 days ago

    I can understand the idea of people consuming FH or AH or other RT stuff as a friend-simulator. I knew a few people in college that were super introverted and didn't want to interact with anyone, but they watched AH, Game Grumps, and several other groups/personalities constantly. Personally, I work a retail job, so I relish the chance to have some alone time when I'm not working. Just getting a break from having to interact with a bunch of people 8 hours per day and watch some FH/AH is ambrosia to me. That being said, I also have my friends that I like to do stuff with (albeit a small handful of close friends) along with my brother.

  • hahavwivwi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    5 days ago

    An important topic, I never thought funhaus would ever adress this as it could offend some viewers but from the looks of the comments it did the opposite. In no way do I want to belittle or insult anyone, but I personally don't need funhaus as supplement for friendship and instead watch them for entertainment. That being said, if rooster teeth were to swap out all of funhaus for equally funny and likeable people would I still watch? I'm 16 and still in school and I'm watching grown men playing video games, Charlie Brooker could have a field trip with that alone. What I see is a bunch of funny attractive people on the internet being idolised and that scares me because that's when people get hurt. I just hope one of them isn't stabbed or a president shot at for them. Looking at you taxi driver. 

  • Lord_Zarfax FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    5 days ago

    Are there funhaus fans in Oregon?


    • Kelsadilla FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 days ago

      Washington.. close to border of OR :)

  • AbstractSpaces FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    5 days ago

    I can strongly relate to the friend simulator discussion, there have been many times I've used Funhaus or other online content to fill a hole in my life. That being said I don't think the topic needs any sort of in depth analysis. The reasons for forming this sort of habit are pretty straightforward, and if you think it's unhealthy then you should just do something about it, don't waste time mulling over it and getting drawn deeper into your problems.


    If you're an audience member who relates to the issue, don't write a comment lamenting how it applies to you. The problem isn't a mystery, so just get of your ass and make a change. My tone may seem a little harsh, but most of my life has been spent dealing with my own emotional and personality issues, and I've long since lost any patience for self indulgence and wallowing in misery. Help yourself or quit bitching about your own inability to do so. Nut up or shut up, as they say.

  • BalianIronguard FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    Just listened to the audio podcast and wanted to leave a comment. As a diagnosed introvert, one of the things I keep track of is "Am I using this as a friendship simulator?" I really appreciate all you touching on this topic.

  • IceChin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    Watch this and then "Let's Play Live Busch Gardens Adventure"

  • Kelsadilla FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    Yikes.. this issue is a little close to home.

  • kparsons774 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    Its funny cause I have always felt that people can be drawn into this same issue. For me, they are like the cooler older sibling that you want to be around. The problem is the lack of recognizing that they (Funhaus) do not know you and are not your friends. If you can get past this small and insignificant thought, all is well. That being said, the best way to remedy this is to find other people who love Funhaus! Go to events like LetsPlayLive or RTX and meet others who love the community. Can't travel? No problem. Comment on the subreddit or here on the RT site. I have even found amazingly awesome people in the Twitch streams. 

  • BardicBrad FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    I'm super glad they discussed that Reddit thread. Mainly because I see so much of my own experiences in what that Reddit poster was talking about. For the last couple years I've been in a pretty socially isolated living situation. I've just recently moved into a house with some of my long time friends and it's been fantastic. We play tons of co-op games together, have great conversations about science and philosophy, and have even been conceiving a video game of our own. But all the while when I'm spending this quality time with good friends, I have this nagging feeling in the back of my mind that tells me to just go to my room and watch a let's play or something of the sort. That is the feeling of dependence, and although I'm sure plenty of people consume web content without those dependency issues, my brain is definitely one that slips into those habits.


    This is definitely an issue related to consuming personality driven content. It's simultaneously a form of escapism and a form of relating to other humans, and as they said, it's less degrees removed from being relatable than movies or tv

  • PM_UR_GROATS FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    Been wanting to buy Mack Weldons for months after seeing the constant promos and recommendations from you guys. Finally have the spare money, and a Funhaus promo code too, how exciting! Annnddd, they don't ship to Australia. Damn. :(

  • mlkoegel FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Matt

    6 days ago

    This is exactly the perfect kind of topic for Dude Soup. 


    In my opinion, Dude Soup (and maybe even Funhaus) is at its best when you are talking about Youtube and its relationship with the real world, whether it be economics or social science.  I know that it might not be the easiest genre to program content around, but I think this frank, open conversation is where Funhaus really excels (and maybe where Lawrence feels most at home, what with all the philosophy talk he spouts on occasion).  You all make yourselves stand out when you talk in an in depth and rigorous way about something that no one else on Youtube is (or will ever be) talking about.  

    You always used to say in earlier episodes of Dude Soup that Dude Soup wasn't the Rooster Teeth Podcast (usually in response to someone asking for longer episodes or for you to just shoot the shit instead of discussing a more focused topic), and although I think Dude Soup could easily become something more like the RT Podcast, this kind of discussion proves that it doesn't ever have to and maybe even shouldn't ever become more like RTP.  That's seriously how strongly I feel about this kind of content.


    Thank you so much for all that you do,

    Matt

  • bfettes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    The discussion on the friendship simulator issue was enlightening, but I was let down once it predictably became a treatment of a condition where people don't know how to make friends or have an underlying fear of making friends.  It's valid, but I don't think speaks to the deeper issue, of what the definition of a friend is.  What do we seek in our flesh and blood friends?  What is the feeling of having a memorable moment with friends?  Does one require physical proximity or reciprocal recognition to achieve the same emotional response?  Is laughing along with or at the expense of a distant person any different from with a physical friend?  I think the answer is that humans are absolutely not as complex as we think we are, and a friend is only a vehicle for generating valuable and memorable experiences.


    In my case, I unapologetically allow Funhaus to fill that role for me, as a supplement.  I will probably never meet them in real life, my existence to them will remain unknown, and I have no problem saying that it doesn’t change things or even matter.  My daily “interaction” with their fabricated personas elates me enough to bring fulfillment in life.  A jarring truth is that I and many others “interact” with Funhaus more on a daily basis than they might even with significant others.  How can anyone not define that as an emotionally connected relationship despite it being entirely one-sided?  The recent effort by the Funhaus community to protect the vulnerable channel from Youtube woes is a fascinating example of humility propelled by this connection.  With that, it is in no way their responsibility to reciprocate, or is it their burden to bear.  I feel dissonance in that regard that the situation then becomes voyeuristic as mentioned, and a degree of protection becomes implied.  But are we as a species humble enough to be connected with someone without tactile knowledge?  Like the OP, I also feel dissonance as something does in general seem a bit wrong, but I’m not sure the answer is immediately difficulty socializing as much as it is about choosing to seek edification through whatever means.  In good ol’ ironic Matrix knowledge; “Love is a word.  What it implies is a connection.”

  • YodatheHobbit FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    I tried being friends with people for 8 years and then realized they weren't really my friends but only bandmates and co-workers. The two separate groups would always hangout without me when not doing band or work related things. Now I'm just focusing on the ability to earn a living, finally, and I stopped desiring friends. I do have a best friend though who I've known since I was 8 but he lives in San Francisco and we are VERY different people. We hung out in the spring after not seeing each other for years and it was great to reaffirm out friendship. Classic live-by-the-rules-be-safe-nerd/reckless-drug-using-rebellious-extremely-social-alcoholic dynamic, so we don't talk much, but we're always there for each other if one of us needs the other. I want to work on myself right now. I still try to interact with people sometimes since I work at lot at the beach by going to bars, preferably busy ones where you can get lost in the crowd and not stand out. No one talks to me though, unless it's some drunk guy grabbing me tight on the shoulder as a first introduction before he's spoken a word. I've been trying that for about 6 months on weekends after shifts without any success. It seems like I'm always about 10 years behind everyone else in the same age range. Got first job not counting odd jobs for my parents age 24, moved out age 28, moved back in after moving with family to a new city age 32 after realizing living on my own was not sustainable with my then part time employment. Now I'm on my way to hopefully earning enough to succeed working 8-12(mostly 12) hr days 4 days a week. I know Funhaus aren't my friends, but they sure as hell make for great acquaintances when you don't have many other options for social interaction and I view it as a good thing.

  • Fernansco FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    Elyse, you make a lot of sense with how you feel about big knee lover. However, I will say that isn't the exploitation of others the true meaning of the internet?

  • improvis FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Dynamite cop? Do they know our Lord and Savior INFERNO COP?

  • LE0NATUS FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    You guys are like the greatest friends anyone can have. 

    • Lorhechapol FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 days ago

      Like* 

    • LE0NATUS FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 days ago

      Well I mean I didn't want to come on too strong. 

  • imajedibabe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Bojangles

    1 week ago

    *watching the beginning about watching funhaus too much and not going out enough with your mates*

    Y I K E S I G O T T A G O

    • imajedibabe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Bojangles

      1 week ago

      Also, commenting on social anxiety issues, it's easier if you go out alone sometimes. Go to a movie that's a bit old (so there's no one in the theatre) and like hang out with yourself??? If you're more confident in yourself, then you can start being more confident in your social presence. Like, it's not a catchall (ha), but it totally helps to start chipping away that barrier. And it definitely won't work for everyone, but it could work for some.

  • charlie_driver FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Charlie Driver!

    1 week ago

    awesome episode 

  • ahugetrex FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    No

  • Lorhechapol FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Bruce's advice on always fucking up is so true. Take it to heart people. I was at a significant event where I fell down a small stairs in a field. I ended up ripping my suit pants at the knee. (It was a small tear, but very sad) I was feeling very bummed and extremely embarrassed. One of my friends made me feel instantly better when he said: "Listen man, life is literally a continuous embarrassing fall down stairs. This isnt the first time and it won't be the last." 


    Made me feel much better. 

  • TheRTV FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Round Peg in Square Hole

    1 week ago

    Anyone else notice in that WhitePowerMilk website that Georgie's age was wrong? Her birth year was 89, which would make her 27, not 23 like her age said.


    Edit: If the website was fake and created the one time, then that makes sense that the age would be wrong. Although, it's not hard to have the age calculated based on the birthdate.

  • mypal1990 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The one who works

    1 week ago

    Spoole just became The Question or the Riddler on that thumbnail. All is well.

  • genericdude1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    So, I should call Adam 'Cucklord' if I see him on the street?

  • BasicallyBasic FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    For those who are interested, I also read the Modern Romance book and recommend it for a funny and interesting read.

  • oh_bother FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    It was probably an offhand comment at the time, I wasn't doing journalistic due dilligence with my sources, but I hard heard the milk gargling thing was just an art project that went viral. I don't think it ever was a thing save for a photoshoot and a joke. 


    That said who knows, maybe the positive response lead them to make it real... the site is still up and people are fuckin' weird. 

  • xXICALLUMXx FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I cant wait for drunk E3 

  • Richab FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    This was a crazy good episode

  • honkysachmo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Noah

    1 week ago

    I think for a lot of people including myself, you guys really are "squad goals" in the sense that we all in some part aim to have a friend group like yours. Great people are truly hard to find, especially when you're in a small town in bumfuck USA like myself and I would assume a lot of RT's fanbase. 

  • ShoJu FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Lawrence needs to put in a little more effort on these hard nettin challengers, bigkneelover isn't that strong and keeps getting free wins left and right!

  • KloneTuul FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I hope Sega display the finished release date of endless space 2

  • FetidWater FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Thanks to FH for recognising that not everyone is into the whole "making friends" thing. It's not necessarily an anxiety thing, some people are just happy in in their own little world and don't feel the need to socialise. My (sarcastic flippant non-serious) argument is "friends are for people who don't have a sufficiently interesting internal monologue".

  • Paleyeti FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Technology is destroying peoples ability to form meaningful relationships and friendships. It's taking away the skills necessary to learn how to form those bonds with other people. Like I remember what life was like before everyone had a cell phone, before social media and the internet. It involved physically having to go up to someone and ask to be their friends. Learning naturally how to form and maintain meaningful relationships. Now it's all just the click of the button. It's sad and I honestly fear for the next generation of kids. I know when I have kids I'm gonna force them to learn the same way I did because that's the way I learned those skills that have helped me make friends. For reference I'm only 25, that's 3 years older than that person. So realistically we probably aren't that different. Maybe the only difference between us is that my parents forced me to go out into the world and interact with others. And I hated them so much for that when I was a kid. Now I'm thankful for what they did for me. 


    Seriously though, the OP should just get a hobby. I suggest MTG. It's a fun game and it's social. Most of the people who play locally are probably the same as you socially. I've actually made new friends for the first time since highschool by going to FNMs. 

  • JT8 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I wanted to recommend 'poppy', on youtube for hard-nettin'. Athough I feel like Adam ruined it by vetoing my fav so far and pissing in the well. Poppy is definitely nettin' like a mf tho

  • Dr_Wondertainment FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Doesn't Fuck With Velcro

    1 week ago

    I live a couple towns over from Scarborough, kind of cool to see it on the podcast.

  • benabula FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Honestly welled up when James said, "You are not broken".

  • FuseUnison FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I'm disabled due to a severe form of epilepsy, and have an average of 2-5 seizures per day.  As a result, I make half the people who are ever around me uncomfortable(like I'm a bomb that's always about to go off), and the other half of people I make feel sad.

    I'm at the age where everyone who stuck it out over the years as my few friends, now have kids, and just don't want me scaring their children...which is understandable.

    Summing up, I know it may not be an actual friendship, but Funhaus, AH, and the RT crew are without a doubt, the closest thing I have to anything resembling friendship in my life, and I am eternally grateful for it.  =)

  • ComatosePotato FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    As opposed to the guy (mentioned in the podcast) who has Funhaus as their replacement friends, I feel as though they serve as my supplemental friends where I do have a close circle of real friends whom I really enjoy spending time with but I have noticed that I may spend as much or even more time watching Funhaus than with my real friends. This is not because I choose Funhaus over my real friends it's just that my friends and I tend to have schedules that don't let us hang out as much as we would like. I realize that the Funhaus crew is merely a group of entertainers and this is their job but I can't help but to feel as though I've fallen in love with their personalities. I'm even an RT first member only for their channel. I don't know if this is healthy or not but I can say that their personalities do bring joy and distraction from the harsh realities of life. Anyways, keep on doing great stuff guys. 

  • davedwards FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    pls volleyball live stream

  • dog_full_of_lupus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I actually disagree with something Adam said. Everyone is feeling that SAME anxiety or dread of socializing. Some genuinely have it worse due to mental illness or something similar. But hes not wrong in that everyone feels at least SOME kind of anxiety for socializing. At a point I feel like you will be where you don't care anymore about it but you will always feel something in that sorta way.

  • dog_full_of_lupus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    This reminds of that French WeatherWoman who made a fucking rude/weird joke to Jonah Hill and everyone was like, "wtf?". She later apologized and said she was out of line and originally felt like they were friends due to her being a big fan and following his media in every outlet. She later said she was wrong to think that. I feel like were going to get ALOT of this with how youtube works. Especially how creators talk directly to the audience in such a friendly and close way. People need to realize that these people aren't your friends, to them, you are just a fan. Not because they don't want to be friends with you, but because you are just a fan. I gotta admit it, people offer drinks to these guys or hang out with them if they are in their area for like LPL or something. They will always say thanks because Funhaus is full of good people. They will never say "yea lets do it!" unless there is some way for them to gain. Not to take advantage of them, but because the only way they would know you is through their business. People fail to get this a lot, due to the way Youtube entertainment works. You're not dumb or stupid for doing it, you just failed to understand the way your "relationship" with the creator works.

  • Hugh_King FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    The way I look it as like watching low production Friends. (don't mean this as an insult). Its just a bunch of people that riff of each other and make funny content. I don't have very many friends but I have a girlfriend and my brother, maybe that's why I don't feel like that person said they did, although similar thoughts crossed my mind but then I cought myself still watching things like always sunny or a twitch stream or a fallout youtuber. Its just content, you will watch it no matter who makes it. If you are so introverted and kind of almost scared to go out and try to interact. (I know that "go out and try to interact is a very obtuse thing to say and it should be elaborated on, however this is already long enough)

  • FluffyBunz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    what people dont realise is that when you make expectations, you are set up for failure. You can't expect Funhaus and other content creators to be your friend. They are a group of people who enjoy playing video games and expressing themselves on camera. But what people tend to forget is (especially younger people who dont have any idea of this) that people only show their highlight reels. Like Elyse said, all content is cut down videos of them being at their funniest and for the simple fact of thats what the community enjoys most. I feel those who rely upon such things need to notice they have this problem of taking content creators as their friends and to invest their time to seek help. That's not being rude in anyway its just for the pure fact of that what you are doing is not healthy. For the sake of it, I understand why people do take content creators as their friends as i have been through depression myself. I get it and that's why I ask for those of you who see this as okay to have youtubers as friends need to seek some sort of help. ❤ 

  • BWTMacLeod FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Kind of eerie - I had a dream the night before this podcast that I was "crashing" a Lets Play Live that was talking place at my local bar. I was going hoping to meet up with the crew but in the end scared off Achievement Hunter. After a few curses thrown at me from Michael and Funhaus choosing not to come out , I awoke.


    Clearing my head - I came to a conclusion that meeting the Funhaus and Achievement Hunters would be a blessing and a curse (don't meet your heros). You see them everyday and get a pretty good idea of what makes them tick but they don't know you personally. It's kind of like a window that we are able to look through and should enjoy it as such. The best part about windows is at any given time the other person can maybe see you too. With that said - I still can't wait for the day I get to meet all of you! Keep up the amazing work!

  • Sun-Sea FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    The 'Funhaus friend simulator' was helpful during a tough period in my life. Becoming isolated from my friends and the world started to make me paranoid and very unhappy, however the more I listened or watched stuff like funhaus the less isolation affected me. Funhaus may be a good imitation of real friends and real relationships but I can't have back and forth with a screen.

  • EnderofGames FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    "Whenever Nintendo releases an IP on mobile it is very little like its [console] version"

    Fire Emblem Heroes actually holds quite a bit true. The Fire Emblem console games don't really have anything fun in the form of multiplayer (although they have occasionally tried), and that change in Heroes takes form by a drop in the long permadeath story mode, and the addition of battles you can do on a regular basis. The weapon types, weapon triangle, stat types, and movement modes are essentially the same as they have been over their ~30 year history. 

  • fanning50 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    i'd say the creators i watch are my friends however i mean more along the lines of you all help me with the dark days such as when my best friends (people i'd known for 7 plus years only 20 so along time) turned out to be horrible people who kept me around to have me be the butt of the joke and only make themselves feel better finally abandoned me causing me to spiral into more depression than they had already caused did i realize that back when my "friends" kept me around i was really avoiding them because i subconsciously knew they were cruel but i pretended they liked however i found solace in the fact that my friends might be terrible but i could always look forward to a new video with people i liked to distract me from the pain.


    tl/dr: without roosterteeth i may not have made it this far and even if where not literally friends i'll still call any employee my friend since they made everyday bearable.


    sorry for the horrible format im a lurker not a poster

  • Geehump FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Okay, so the argument they made about "playing" themselves in videos fails to be accurate in one way: this podcast. They don't act in the podcast the way they act in videos, which is what draws me to the podcast actually. In a video, they'll jump on something funny to make a bit out of it, or do voices or crack jokes. On the podcast, they offer their real perspectives on actual issues as themselves. It is much more "friend simulator" than the rest of Funhaus content, and totally falls outside of the argument of "We're playing a character".


    This is also true of the argument Elyse made about the videos being edited. The podcasts aren't. It's not just the funniest bits of their hour of recording, it's the full hour. We get a much more real representation of who they are, or at least who they represent themselves as. And because half the time Dude Soup is an advice podcast, I know that I at least have come to respect their perspectives as real individuals. The process of hearing about and appreciating their past experiences and their points of view on news or life or whatever is very similar to the way those things happen with my real friends in real life.


    If I'm totally off base, here, and the people we see in the podcasts are just as much characters as the people we see in other Funhaus content, then I think that does not come across at all. Otherwise, the podcast(s) totally serve the function of "friend simulator", and I would argue that they do it far better than any edited Funhaus content.


    Edit: And, if you include the post show and Filmhaus, there were 2 2/3 hours of "Podcast Funhaus" posted in the last week, and about 2 1/2 hours of "Character Funhaus". That means that about half the time, we're seeing the more honest representation of the cast.

    • dennett316 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 days ago

      There's less of a need for them to be fully "on" like they are in gameplay vids or Open Haus in a podcast setting, but there's still an element of that.  They still get prepared to talk about stuff for an hour, there's still an element of "performance" in it.  Definitely more real than their main videos, but still not entirely them.  They're not playing characters as such, but there's most likely things they wouldn't say on here that they might in 'real life'.

  • DylanCraine1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Earthworm Jim guys...come on!

  • Warlord_Bambi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Hero & Halfwit

    1 week ago

    The user's "Friend Simulator" post is 100% relatable. I've been feeling like him for nearly 9 years, but I have always felt weird about talking about it, since my only friends in my life are currently Internet and or Youtube celebrities that have no idea I personally exist or know me at all. Whether it is Roosterteeth, Achievement Hunter, Funhaus, Cowchop, or individual Youtubers, I've always used the internet and these platforms to form my sense of humor, give me a sense of belonging, and fill the multiple holes I'm missing in my life. I'm to the point where trying to make friends in the real world is impossible and it is much easier to keep watching the content I always do and maybe smile while doing so. With my mental and physical disabilities and being unable to work I'm stuck in this cycle of either being depressed or nonfunctional and using mainly Funhaus, Achievement Hunter, and Cowchop to forget about my life for a little bit until I go to sleep to just repeat it all. My schedule is wake up, therapy, weekly doctor appointments, then watching all of the content I possibly can so I forget about everything. I'm probably one of the biggest fans of the Let's Play Roosterteeth community and thats all I really am. Nothing else in life but staying alive and watching this. A shitty cycle, but when you do not think about it, watching all of this is simply a coping mechanism. I don't usually post much. Sorry for the rant. I have nothing to lose at this point. Thank you Funhaus for continuing to give me something I look forward to in life even if it all I have, thank you.