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  • Halo Wars 2 Beta Goes Live with New Game Mode

    10 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    Halo Wars 2 drops in just a little over a month from today, and Microsoft's launched an open beta to whet your appetite for the new RTS game. The beta is available for gamers on both Xbox One and Windows PC, clocking in at about 10GB to download. 


    The new beta introduces one of the game's new modes, Blitz. According to the Halo Waypoint blog, Blitz mixes up the traditional RTS formula by adding a deck-building, CCG aspect to the game. In Blitz, players spend energy accumulated in the game to redeem cards, which can grant new units, bonuses, or brand new vehicles. Every leader has their own deck (which you can customize and save, if you wish), and the cards will be dealt to you at random as you proceed through each match. 


    The whole thing sounds super interesting, but there's definitely a lot of new information to take in, especially for those of us who haven't played some Halo Wars in a long time. Fortunately, 343 put up a new video tutorial for the game, and recommend playing through the tutorial yourself once you get the beta installed. 



    I'm actually really excited about Halo Wars 2 -- I played the first game obsessively back when it came out in 2009. I'll be curious to see if they've recaptured the same magic while still giving the new game some room to feel a little bit different. If this new mode's any indication, it seems like that might be the case. 


    What do you guys think of Halo Wars 2's new mode? Who's going to be playing the beta? 

  • "Voltron: Legendary Defender" Season 2 Drops Tomorrow

    10 months ago

    micaburton

    Paladins everywhere rejoice! The long awaited season 2 of Netflix's exclusive Voltron: Legendary Defender is arriving tomorrow! If you're not aware of the successful phenomenon that is the reboot of the 80s TV show, here's a quick breakdown for you:


    For millennia, the evil Galra empire has plagued the universe by destroying other civilizations and enslaving various races. The only known threat strong enough against the empire's power and plans is the legendary "Defender of the Universe" Voltron, a 100 meter tall robot warrior composed of five lion mechas whose pilots are known as the Paladins. At the crux of the war that ended with the destruction of planet Altea, Voltron was separated by King Alfor of Altea in order to protect Voltron from falling into the Galran Emperor Zarkon's possession. King Alfor bonded the five lion's energies to his daughter Allura's life force and sent them across the universe to different locations until the time for the next generation of Paladins to appear and pilot Voltron arrived. Princess Allura, her retainer Coran, and the Altean Castle of Lions were hidden on planet Arus along with the Black Lion. In the present, the Galra Empire's path of conquest and search for Voltron has led them to Earth's solar system. A group of space pilots – Shiro, Keith, Lance, Pidge, and Hunk – discover the Blue Lion and immediately get swept up into the Galran War. They meet Princess Allura, become the next Paladins, and reunite the five lions to form Voltron and combat Emperor Zarkon's nefarious schemes, with the hopes of ultimately defeating the entire Galra Empire.


    The 2016 reboot has a wide-ranging fanbase and incredible reviews across the board (8.3/10 on IMDb, 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 99% by Google Reviewers). Are you ready for a binge watch, everyone? Because this beauty drops at 12 AM PST sharp tomorrow, January 20th. The whole season! AT ONCE!


    Who's excited? I know I sure am! For those of you who haven't seen the trailer for season 2 yet, you can watch it below. 


  • Always Open returns TOMORROW!

    10 months ago

    Barbara

    Hey everyone!


    I want to thank everyone SO MUCH for watching the first season of Always Open. It was very nerve-wracking to host a show for the first time, especially one that's unlike anything else we do at Rooster Teeth, and something I had no idea if people would like or not.


    The cast & crew involved in this show are some of the best people ever; they've dedicated so much time and effort into making it possible, and they kick ass at it.


    Thank you for being patient while we took a small break over the holidays. We wanted to take time to revamp things, evaluate how certain aspects of the show performed, and freshen segments up.

    Season 2 starts this week, and with the premiere, you'll start to see some changes:


    1. NEW TIME/DAY!

    Always Open will now be THURSDAYS at 11 a.m. CT for FIRST members, followed by public on YouTube 24 hours later (Fridays at 11 a.m. CT).


    2. NEW SEGMENTS!

    We're still keeping our current segments, but adding some new things here and there, including some fun games. We're always on the hunt for new, fun things to try on the show, so if you ever have ideas you think would work on the show, or a topic you'd like discussed, email AlwaysOpen@roosterteeth.com.


    3. NEW SET(ish)

    We're going to be making slight adjustments/improvements to the set. These may happen in pieces over time, not all at once. Just giving you all a heads up about that now so you're not confused if you see small changes happening.


    4. MORE GUESTS!

    We love the opportunity to have fresh faces on the show, and we'll be continuing to do so this season. You can expect to meet new people from Rooster Teeth, as well as some outside guests we think you'll love.


    I'm very excited to be continuing Always Open, and that's all thanks to you guys and your support. You guys make us excited and motivated to keep doing what we do.


    Hugs and kisses and butt squeezes,

    B

  • First Resident Evil 7 Review Hits

    10 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    if you've been waiting on pins and needles for the first signs of whether or not Resident Evil 7 sucks, you might finally have an answer. Ahead of the game's release next Tuesday, Japanese publication Famitsu's scores for Capcom's new survival horror game have hit the web. 


    As for the verdict? So far, so good. Famitsu's 4 reviewers scored it at 9/9/9/9, which is a pretty promising start for Biohazard. Considering the recent trajectory of the series toward the ridiculous (and awful, in the case of Resident Evil 6), and Biohazard's apparent return to the franchise's roots, this seems like a welcome sign for fans. 


    While I'm generally not a fan of horror games, I'm actually extremely interested in how Resident Evil 7 plays, particularly because it's such a bold shift for the series. Not just in going to a smaller scale (no bioterrorism in this one, please), but also in chucking out the traditional third person camera, it looks like Capcom really hard the feedback and made some much needed changes. On top of that, it's also the first real AAA game for virtual reality thanks to PSVR. 


    So I plan on braving through as much of it as I possible can. Previously, I've only played Resident Evil 1, 2, and 5 -- with the latter being one of my favorite games of last generation, and probably one of my favorite co-op titles of all time. 


    What do you guys think of Resident Evil 7's early review scores from Famitsu? Any of you guys planning on picking up the game?  

  • Rumors of Warner Brothers in Negotiations for "Attack on Titan" Film Quickly Squashed

    10 months ago

    micaburton

    Yesterday, the publication Deadline Hollywood excited a large number of anime fans, reporting that Warner Brothers Studios is negotiating a possible Hollywood rendition of an Attack on Titan film. They wrote that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them's David Heyman would be on board to produce a two film series that would remake the widely panned 2015 Japanese live action film. Bright and early this morning, however, Kondasha came along to slap those titan sized dreams right out of our hands. A representative from the manga publishing company has come forward to set the record straight, saying "Deadline's report is incorrect" and "There are many works where negotiations are advancing for film adaptations. I cannot comment on what is within contract negotiations." 


    So, we get the vague 'there may or may not be an American Attack on Titan production in the future' statement to make us hopeful enough to think maybe someday we will see a live action film better than the poorly green-screened Japanese version that critics and fans DESPISED. The 2015 movie is scored all around low (5/10 on IMDb, 55% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 56% by Google Reviewers), and only made about $6 Million it's opening weekend. 


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    For now, the Attack on Titan fandom-- myself included-- have to wait with baited breath to see if this wonderful series will ever be up on the big screen in all its glory like it deserves. Would you want to see Hollywood tackle this titan of a series (pun intended) for our viewing pleasure?

  • Required Video Game Reading: Console Wars

    10 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    Over the weekend, I picked up Console Wars, a book that's a total must-read if you're at all interested in video game history. The book, by Blake Harris, is an in-depth look at the late 80s and early 90s, when Sega did the seemingly impossible and took a huge swing at Nintendo, the video game giant who owned 90% of the video game marketplace. 


    The book pieces together hundreds of interviews with current and former employees from both companies, telling the story of a really instrumental few years in video games. I'm just about done with the book, and I can say there's quite a bit that I've learned that I had no idea about, while getting some fascinating details about stories I only sort of knew via urban legend. 


    Console Wars mostly sticks to the Sega point of view, specifically detailing the team that launched Sonic the Hedgehog as a global brand, and all the scrappy tactics they used to pull some of the industry back from Nintendo's clutches. And in doing so, they set everything up for another contender -- which they thought was going to be them. Without Sega's work during this era, we probably wouldn't have a PlayStation or Xbox -- and Sega also had a lot more to do with the origins of PlayStation than you might realize. 


    So if you've been wanting some good reading and excellent reporting on the video game industry, I'd highly recommend Console Wars. It's got some problems with stilted dialogue -- a symptom of trying to recreate conversations and make them more entertaining than they probably were -- but beyond that, it's definitely a treasure trove of information about some of my favorite years of gaming. And hey, it's also being adapted into a movie by Seth Rogen. So there's that. 

  • Popular movie "your name" Tops "Spirited Away" as Highest Grossing Anime Film Worldwide

    10 months ago

    micaburton

    Move over, Hayao Miyazaki, there's a new worldwide anime blockbuster in town. Shinkai's film your name has been gaining international popularity at an alarming rate, earning millions of dollars from Japan to South Korea to China and even Thailand. The film has earned a total of $281 million worldwide while Spirited Away in all it's popularity has only grossed $275 million. Even with these impressive numbers, Miyazaki is still clinging to his crown of "Highest Grossing Anime Film In Japan", however. In Japan, your name earned 23.23 billion yen (about $204 million), whereas Spirited Away's 30.8 billion yen (about $270 million). 


    For those of you unfamiliar with the plot of the manga turned film, My Anime List provided a brief spoiler free summary: 


    "Mitsuha Miyamizu, a high school girl, yearns to live the life of a boy in the bustling city of Tokyo—a dream that stands in stark contrast to her present life in the countryside. Meanwhile in the city, Taki Tachibana lives a busy life as a high school student while juggling his part-time job and hopes for a future in architecture.

    One day, Mitsuha awakens in a room that is not her own and suddenly finds herself living the dream life in Tokyo—but in Taki's body! Elsewhere, Taki finds himself living Mitsuha's life in the humble countryside. In pursuit of an answer to this strange phenomenon, they begin to search for one another.

    Kimi no Na wa. revolves around Mitsuha and Taki's actions, which begin to have a dramatic impact on each other's lives, weaving them into a fabric held together by fate and circumstance."

    When the film premiered in South Korea, it sold $8.1 million in its first five days and remained #1 in the box office for over two weeks. Along with South Korea, Shinkai's film topped the box office charts on opening day in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. your name is breaking records in China left and right: top grossing 2D animated film, most advance tickets sold, fastest film to reach 100 million yuan, and more.


    When can you view the popular movie in your home country, you ask? Well, the film is slated to open in 92 countries and territories-- including the United States-- thanks to Funimation sometime within the first quarter of 2017. 


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    Will you be seeing your name when it comes out in a theatre near you? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

  • The Eleven Little Roosters -- Full Show Overview and Game Rundown

    10 months ago

    JoshtheFlanagan

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    Hey guys,


    We've setup the official site here, but just in case that buckles a bit from all your sleuthing, I've reposted all the information here (including the voting link).


    THE SHOW

    Rooster Teeth's The Eleven Little Roosters pits international assassins against each other, in an interactive spy comedy that asks YOU to help root out an evil mastermind! 


    Meet the Rooster Corps -- a coalition of eleven spy agencies, allied in pursuit of world peace. But when one of the “little roosters” is duped into assassinating another, it’s up to the survivors to smoke out the saboteur… before they can acquire the ultimate super weapon!


    Sit back and enjoy a comedic thriller with twists and turns... OR get in on the action, with a mind-bending metagame baked into every episode that’ll have you rethinking how you watch a web series. Enjoy a tale of intrigue, espionage, and murder as you search for clues, predict the targets, and compete for fun prizes. Welcome... to The Eleven Little Roosters!

     

    Mondays at 3PM CST on Rooster Teeth FIRST

    Tuesdays at 3PM Public/YouTube


    NEW ELEVEN LITTLE ROOSTERS MERCH AVAILABLE HERE!!!


    Follow Rooster TeethJosh Flanagan and Blaine Gibson on Twitter for additional updates and clues.


    And most importantly... 

    SUBMIT THIS WEEK’S PREDICTIONS HERE!


    YOUR MISSION

    There's a traitor inside the Rooster Corps, and it's up to YOU to uncover their master plan. But this saboteur is quite crafty. Rather than do the dirty work themselves, they've decided to pit the other Roosters against each other... Until there's no one left in the way.


    Each week, you'll be trying to get ahead of the mole and predict the next Assassin and Target -- But you'll need help. Luckily, master saboteur expert Ryan Haywood is on the case. Ryan has hidden five Haywood Files in every episode for you to uncover, encoded in various ways to keep the mole from intercepting them. Find the files, and you'll have all the intel you need to correctly predict the next assassination.


    Uncover the clues. Predict the targets. And just maybe save the world. Easy, right?

     

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    FINDING THE FILES

    This is a Haywood File. To find them, you'll need to keep your eyes and ears open for anything suspicious. The path to some are hidden in plain sight. Others might require you to solve a number game, audio puzzle, dialogue riddles, or acquire the proper cipher to break a code. Occasionally, you'll have to rethink how you're watching an episode -- or go outside the series entirely.


    The more files you find in an episode, the more you can whittle down your choices for the week. Find all five files hidden in an episode, and you'll be predicting like a pro.


    Feel free to go it alone, or build a team of fellow sleuths. You can keep your findings to yourself, or compare notes with others in the forums -- just remember, you'll be helping fellow competitors when doing so. After each new episode, we’ll post walkthroughs of the previous week’s puzzles in the UPDATES section of the website, so you can see what you might’ve missed. We’ll also update all previous Haywood File images in the GALLERY.

     

    SUBMITTING PREDICTIONS

    A new survey will open Mondays at 3PM CST (when new episodes go live for FIRST members). The link will be available at the top of this page, as well as across social media.


    You will need a FREE roosterteeth.com account to log your guesses, which only takes a moment to setup (and doesn’t require a credit card or anything of the sort). You can also start a FIRST account with a free 30-day trial, to watch episodes 24 hours early (and be entered into a smaller prize pool).  You can sign up for either here.


    You’ll be choosing from a list of Assassins and Targets each week. There’s also a DOUBLE TARGET episode later in the series (where TWO organizations will be eliminated) to spice things up, and there might be some other fun turns along the way. It's also worth noting (though not a guarantee) that an organization can eliminate itself by sheer ineptitude. Bottom line: if it’s a choice in the survey, always consider it a viable option.


    Once submitted, guesses cannot be changed, and will be logged to your Rooster Teeth site account. You can view your selections for the current week by returning to the survey link, but won't be able to see past weeks. Surveys close every Monday at 2PM CST, an hour before new episodes air for FIRST members. Don't forget to get your guesses in before it's too late!

     

    FORTUNE and GLORY

    We've been hard at work designing an interactive experience that can be enjoyed in its own right, whether competitively or at your own leisure. Anyone is welcome to submit guesses, and we'll be announcing rankings of our top players no matter what country you're from.


    For those of you in the U.S., Canada, UK, and Australia, you can also score some fun Rooster Teeth memorabilia along the way. We've split the prizes into two pools -- one for FIRST members and one for non-FIRST. The prizes in both pools are equal -- this simply gives our non-FIRST members a chance to win, as FIRST members will have a 24-hour head start.

     

    WEEKLY PRIZES (5 FIRST, 5 non-FIRST)

    The quickest FIVE players to submit the correct answer (both Assassin and Target) for the week will receive:

    • An exclusive Eleven Little Roosters autographed card, signed by cast members
    • A social media blast proclaiming your brilliance, including a personal video message from some our finest ELR cast members

     

    GRAND PRIZE (1 FIRST, 1 non-FIRST)

    The person with the highest cumulative seasonal score (out of a possible 15 correct answers) will receive.

    • A Skype Hangout with all manner of Rooster Teeth personalities to celebrate your genius, re-record all your voicemails, and perform strip teases (probably Blaine).
    • An exclusive autographed Eleven Little Roosters pilot script.
    • A super-fancy Winner certificate thing that is way cooler than it sounds
    • Bragging rights for life
    • And maybe some other cool stuff that has no technical monetary value, but technically and legally isn’t on the official rules, so definitely not but maybe worth your while but definitely not.

     

    Weekly prizes will be announced and awarded after the following week's episode has aired. The grand prize will be awarded after the season finale. If there’s a tie, players will advance to a final tiebreaker puzzle, details of which will be announced after the finale. 


    Official Contest Rules rules are here.



    A QUICK NOTE FROM JOSH ON GAME RESTRICTIONS


    Hey guys,

    I just wanted to apologize to those fans who aren't eligible to win prizes. Believe me, I wanted the entire world to be in play, and to offer you fantastic prizes that'd make Oprah blush. Unfortunately, due to the legalities of running a contest with a show this large (something that wasn't an issue last go-round), it just wasn't possible at this time.


    We'd also initially considered offering a bigger prize ala Ten Little Roosters, but that would've meant restricting the contest to a single country, and so we erred on the side of the widest participation possible -- which opened up the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia. All that said... 


    Please don’t let that discourage you from participating. We made this show for you guys -- the fans. And at the end of the day, we just wanted you to have a great experience, and worked hard to craft an interactive journey that's fun and challenging all on its own. We hope you guys enjoy it.

           - Josh



  • OUT THIS WEEK - 01-17-2017

    10 months ago

    Kdin

    Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle - Jan 17th - PS4, Xbox One


    The original rangers are back and ready for action in this four player classic arcade style beat-em-up!  Play as Jason, Billy, Zack, Trini, Kimberly, and Tommy as well as the season 2 rangers Rocky, Aisha, Adam and Kat!  Take on Rita Repulsa along with her army of minions and Putty Patrollers and eventually confront the evil Lord Zed!


    Players will control the “teenagers with attitude” and build up a power gauge to morph into Ranger Form!  Use light, heavy, weapon, and projectile attacks to unleash devastating combos.  When Rita causes her creature to grow to building size the Rangers will summon their zords and form the Megazord, turning the gameplay into a FPS with quick time events to finish the battle.


    Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King - Jan 20th - 3DS


    The 3DS port of of 2004’s PS2 classic comes with a few changes and additions along side some needed stat balances and tweaks.


    No random encounters, monsters are easily seen on the world map and can be avoided except during ship travel.


    Battles can be sped up using “fast-forward” mode.


    The game’s Alchemy Pot can now produce multiple items as well as create items instantly instead of having to wait for in-game time to pass.


    The bottom screen features a quick menu that allows quick access to items as well as a minimap.


    Two new characters to add to your party:  Red the Bandit Pirate who will join naturally over the course of the game as well as Morrie the Monster master who will take some additional work and questing to recruit to your team.


    In addition to all this you can expect:  New cutscenes, new monsters, new monster arena challenges, new costumes, new recipes, new equipment, and more!


    Gravity Rush 2 - Jan 20th - PS4

    More of everything is the law of the land in Gravity Rush 2.  A world map that is more than twice as large, a story and mission list that will take gamers at least 20 hours to complete, as well as having Kat’s friend Raven as an AI controlled partner.  With minor gameplay tweaks and optimizations for this PS4 exclusive, the developers have made it much easier to switch between gravity and play styles with the use of the PS4’s touch pad.


    RWBY: Grimm Eclipse - Jan 17th -  PS4, Xbox One


    Console gamers and RWBY fans rejoice as RWBY: Grimm Eclipse finally hits PS4 and Xbox One TODAY!  Grimm Eclipse features 4 player online co-op, Team RWBY and Team JNPR, a brand new story and villain, full voiceover from the cast, challenges, unlockables, and of course achievements!


    If you haven’t seen the console trailer for Grimm Eclipse yet, check it out now!:


  • On The Spot: Reloaded Revolution Returns

    10 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    The show that brought you Michael's dick, James's ass, Aaron's eyebrows, Adam's nipples, Jack's foot & Maggie's boobs is back. And we have a lot of big changes this season!


    First one being we now stream the show Friday nights for FIRST Members so you guys can pre-game with us before going out for a night of debauchery on the town.


    Another big change is we will have a live, studio audience from the community this season so keep an eye out for the Eventbrite announcements from the Rooster Teeth twitter account each week to try and get your tickets. We have a very limited amount each week so make sure you grab them fast when we put them live.


    My favorite new thing we are doing with the show is a secret that you will have to watch the premiere to find out what it is and trust me, it's the biggest change the show has ever seen.


    So...do you guys have some prompts for me? Here are the games this week!


    ABCs OF STORYTELLING

    • Come up with a 2 person scenario where the characters interact with each other a lot.
    • Be as descriptive as you want, this is a scene the guests have to play out.
    • Scenes that work best for this game have a high potential for rapid dialogue and confrontation.

    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.

    COME AGAIN?

    You give me a story and I make them act it out. This week I'm looking for prompts involving:

    • Your worst experience at a stadium
    • Something strange that happened when you got picked up by an Uber/Lyft/Cab

    BONUS GAME: SYNC ABOUT IT

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

    Three cheers for On The Spot's premiere and an extra one for Inauguration Day! xoxo The Risemonger

  • 1/16 Dude Soup

    10 months ago

    sirlarr

    Just wanted to drop a note concerning today's (Monday, January 16) Dude Soup.


    We will be live at the normal time of 3PM PST / 5PM CST, but the show has been pre-recorded because we aren't giant racists and are taking the day off to celebrate.


    Additionally, we unfortunately didn't have time to pre-record a Dude Soup Post Show, so that will be skipping a week. I'll make sure all the good art gets crammed into next week's episode, though!

  • Episode 1 Discussion & Reactions

    in Forums > Episode 1 Discussion & Reactions | Follow this topic

    Barbara

    Use this thread to discuss Episode 1 of Eleven Little Roosters!

    40 replies

  • Theories

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    Barbara

    Use this thread to discuss your theories about the show.

    97 replies

  • Eleven Little Roosters: How to Play!

    11 months ago

    Barbara

    It's the series you've been waiting for... The Eleven Little Roosters begins... 

     tadaTHIS MONDAY! tada

     Stick with us - this journal's got important details about the contest that runs alongside the series and its prizes.


    We're so excited for everyone to experience this show; not just for the stellar 35+ member cast of all your favorite Rooster Teeth staff, but also because it's going to be quite the fun challenge to work on discovering clues and solving the extensive puzzle the team has built for the show.


    You’re going to want to pay close attention to each episode and take part in the game, because the winners (both weekly winners and grand-prize winners) will receive awesome RT-related experiences and some exclusive signed items! And, since we have part of our audience (FIRST members) seeing it before everyone else, FIRST members will be entered into one pool to win, and everyone else, another pool.



     mag_rightHOW TO PLAY 

    1. Sign up for an account on RoosterTeeth.com (includes free accounts, too!)


    2. Each week for 7 weeks, a survey will be available on roosterteeth.com/elr/selection (you must be logged in to see it!) Surveys will go live once new episodes premiere for FIRST members

    -You may log ONE answer per survey

    -The weekly survey will allow participants to select one "Assassin" (the killer for that episode) and one "Target" (the team to be eliminated by that killer)


    3. There is a way to discover the PRECISE correct answers each week, and in order to do so, you will have to complete a handful of puzzles hidden in every episode, to uncover 5 images called the Haywood Files 


    4. If there is a tie for the grand prize, all tied players will be notified with a date & time for a tiebreaker to occur, and there will be a timed challenge. Details will be delivered to contestants if this does occur.



     giftTHE PRIZES 

    Weekly Winners (5 FIRST members, 5 non-FIRST members)

    - Exclusive Eleven Little Roosters postcard signed by ELR cast members

    - A video message from an ELR cast member posted on Social Media mentioning you and the other winners of the week (we'll also send it to your email!)


    Grand Prize Winners (1 FIRST member, 1 non-FIRST member)

    - 30 Minute Skype Hangout with Cast & Crew from the show

    - Signed Episode 1 Script

    - A special "Winner" Certificate that declares you as the champion

    - Major bragging rights



     clipboardTHE OFFICIAL RULES 

    PLEASE SEE ALL CONTEST RULES HERE 

    Regardless of if you choose to play along, we know you all will enjoy the hell out of this show. It's got mystery, action, drama, humor..and even some romance. Wink.


    Join us for the premiere on January 16th for FIRST members, and January 17th for the public!

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  • Europe Wants Mandatory Robot Kill Switches

    11 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    With all of these technological advances, it's good that at least somebody out there is looking out for the robot apocalypse -- and trying to pump the brakes. Lawmakers in the European Parliament are now asking for manufacturers of any type of synthetic worker to include automatic "kill switches" to stop them from causing accidental -- or intentional -- damage. 


    Joking aside about the killer robot revolution which is absolutely coming, the lawmakers have also proposed insurance for synthetic workers. No, not to stop them from getting sick, but in the event that a robot inadvertently causes injury to another worker or damage to a company's property. As part of this, robots would have to be designated as "synthetic persons," and might also have some sort of taxes associated with them. 


    Whether or not the robopocalypse ultimately hits, it is nice to see that at least some places around the world are trying to be forward thinking about this issue. Workers are going to start being replaced sooner than people realize by their synthetic counterparts -- some estimates place that number being as high as 20 million workers in the next 5 years, or 6% of the American workforce. 


    So yeah, maybe a good idea to put those kill switches on, especially if that robot revolution starts coming for our jobs.  

  • Teacher Threatens Japanese Elementary Students with the Death Note

    11 months ago

    micaburton

    If you were an anime fan back in the early 2000s, there is no doubt you had at least heard of the popular series Death Note. You know the one: the story of a hate filled teenager who finds a notebook that kills people when their name is written in it. And if you were an angsty middle schooler back in the early 2000s, no doubt you had a replica Death Note of your own. Well, turns out these replica note books aren't just for thirteen year olds hoping their bully will fall over dead via strange anime voodoo magic! 


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    An elementary school in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan was forced to hold a meeting when a male teacher in his 30s told at least four sixth grade students "I'll write your name in a Death Note!" when they were misbehaving. The teacher reportedly used the idea of the Death Note to control the children for a solid month before he was caught. The student's homeroom teacher was the one to report the incidents to the principal, and the teacher was swiftly reprimanded. In a statement, the principal said, "I don't think the kids had good feelings about this. As a method of warning, it's inappropriate."


    Inappropriate to say the least! How do you guys think the school should've handled this situation? Have you ever thought about threatening someone with a Death Note?


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  • What Do You Want/Expect from Nintendo Switch?

    11 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    Merry Switchmas, everyone!


    We're just a handful of hours away from Nintendo's even bigger reveal of their next handheld/hybrid console. By the end of the night, we'll probably have a pretty firm grasp of the machine's price, its hardware, an exact release date, a decent amount of launch titles, and maybe a few more upcoming games that fall somewhere in the launch window -- or that we can at least expect sometime in 2017. 


    While I haven't been a huge fan of Nintendo's efforts with the Wii U, I've found myself getting really hyped for Switch. I think it's a very solid concept, and one that could work really well for a lot of gamers out there. The big questions are going to be its software library, and finding a price that doesn't prompt shoppers out there to choose an Xbox or PS4 instead. 


    It's also fair to note that Nintendo systems do tend to start off on very strong feet -- looking very promising in their first year or so, before the support ultimately falls to the wayside as they get outclassed by the other consoles. I'm hoping that's not the case this time, but at the right price I'd be willing to take a shot. 


    My predictions/wishlist for tonight are: 


    - $299 price point bundled with a game

    - Breath of the Wild and new Mario game at launch (my poor wallet)

    - one very exciting new IP

    - Beyond Good and Evil 2 (please please please please)

    - something new and social that takes advantage of the Switch's portability


    What do you guys think we'll learn about tonight? Let's speculate together. And don't forget to join The Know tonight at 9:30 Central for a reaction stream!

  • Fan Service Season One Wrap-Up

    11 months ago

    coleg

    Hey everyone!


    Fan Service was such a fun show to work on! That was due, in large part, to YOU tuning in every week and joining in on the conversation. 


    So I want to know what did you like most about season one? Was it the Fan Service Anime Club discussions? Segments like Fan Service Shot of the Week, Cole Explains, and Stan's Shower Thoughts? Our general discussion? What would you have liked to see more of?


    I want to know how we can make this show better for you!


    Again, thank you all!

  • U.S. Amazon Launches Anime Streaming Service

    11 months ago

    micaburton

    You've heard of Crunchyroll and Funimation-- arguably the two best ways to binge watch or keep up with your favorite anime. Well, brace yourselves, anime nerds. Amazon (U.S.) has rolled out a brand new on-demand streaming service called "Anime Strike" for all your viewing needs! The paid service ($4.99 per month and available to Amazon Prime members) is offering over 1,000 episodes of anime and holds exclusive rights to stream Chi's Sweet Adventure, Onihei, The Great Passage, ViVid Strike!, Shin-chan Spinoff vol. 1 Aliens vs. Shinnosuke, and Scum's Wish. Never heard of those? Not to fear! "Anime Strike" will also be streaming some classic titles like Akira and Death Note, both subbed and dubbed. 


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    Michael Paull, Amazon's vice president of digital video, said, “With anime in particular, there's a strong, passionate audience that is underserved by traditional pay TV.” He has expressed the want to launch even more branded subscription services through Amazon. This is Amazon's newest channel in it's planned line-up of about 100.

  • Looking for some Strange

    11 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    We got the third, and in my opinion, best episode so far of Enjoy the Show out right now. In this episode we respond to comments from last week's episode and have a lot of fun with it. We are filming another episode tomorrow. If you wanna see your name on the show, go watch the episode and leave a little something something in the comments section. Spoiler: Tyler likes to see his name in comments.


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  • Fan Service: Season Finale

    11 months ago

    coleg

    Hey!!!


    This Friday, January 6, at 5pm CST will be the finale of Fan Service Season 1. Thank you all so much for tuning in for the past 12 weeks. This show has been so much fun for us and it is all thanks to you!


    Since this is the finale, we are gonna do stuff a little differently this week. Stan will be in for some of his shower thoughts. For our discussion will be reminiscing about our favorite anime year of 2016. Instead of our normal Fan Service Anime Club, we will be previewing some of the shows we are highly anticipating.


    We will still be having Austin judge the Fan Service Shot of the Week.


    Again; thank you all so much for such a kick-ass first season.

  • 'Winds of Winter' is coming this year!!! Maybe!!!

    11 months ago

    BrianGaar

    Game of Thrones author and the last remaining LiveJournal user George RR Martin took to his blog this week to mourn last weekend's terrible round of NFL playoff games. 


    But for fantasy fans, he left an interesting little tidbit in a separate comment, when he mentioned that the long-awaited "Winds of Winter" book is "not done yet, but I've made progress." 


    "But not as much as I hoped a year ago, when I thought I'd be done by now." 


    Martin added: "I think it will be out this year. (But hey, I thought the same thing last year)."


    So that's -- kind of reassuring? Of course, we've been waiting on the sixth installment of his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series for years now and it's famously been beset with delays. So much, in fact, that HBO series based on the novels has long since overtaken the books and has already spoiled several major plot points. 


    Still, it's nice that at least there might be SOME light on the horizon. And that just means he can get to work on the next book so we can expect even MORE delays! 

  • Guardians Is the Russian Superhero Movie We Deserve

    11 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    OK, I get it, there's lots of stuff going on about America and Russia right now, but the only real Russian media we should be paying attention to is this new trailer for the Russian superhero movie Guardians. 


    I see your Buzzfeed reports on showers and I raise you showers of epic explosions, an invisible girl, a man with rock hands, a ninja assassin dude, and a bear with a chain gun strapped to its back. All of these awesome battle scenes will no doubt make you curious about the movie's plot, which is apparently about this supergroup coming together during the Cold War to fight against a common enemy. Each of these badass heroes comes from a different country in the Soviet Union, and must set aside their disagreements to be awesome and blow up robots. You know, Cold War stuff. 




    Guardians releases next month, so if you happen to know a place to see your latest Russian blockbusters, tell me how I can get a ticket. 

  • The Winners of Crunchyroll's Anime Awards!

    11 months ago

    micaburton

    January is the start of Awards season in Hollywood, and Crunchyroll decided they wanted to be a part of the festivities too! This year they held their first ever "Anime Awards" with more than 1.8 million fan votes from around the world. Crunchyroll decided to open these polls to the public for a week, essentially creating a multifaceted popularity contest for this year's best anime. Without further ado, here are the results!


    Hero of the Year

    • SATORU FUJINUMA | ERASED
    • MUMEI | KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS
    • MOB | MOB PSYCHO 100
    • IZUKU "DEKU" MIDORIYA | MY HERO ACADEMIA (32%)

    Villain of the Year

    • TOMURA SHIGARAKI | MY HERO ACADEMIA
    • YOSHIKAGE KIRA | JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE
    • BIBA | KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS
    • GAKU YASHIRO | ERASED (33%)

    Best Boy

    • ARATAKA REIGEN | MOB PSYCHO 100
    • IZUKU "DEKU" MIDORIYA | MY HERO ACADEMIA
    • YAKUMO | SHOWA GENROKU RAKUGO SHINJU
    • YURI KATSUKI | YURI!!! ON ICE (58%)

    Best Girl

    • MUMEI | KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS
    • NICO NIIYAMA | KIZNAIVER
    • OCHAKO URARAKA | MY HERO ACADEMIA
    • REM | RE:ZERO (60%)

    Best Fight Scene

    • MUMEI VS. KABANE (EP. 2) | KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS
    • SHIGEO VS. KOYAMA (EP. 8) | MOB PSYCHO 100 (40%)
    • ALTLAND VS. MOSS (EP. 32) | MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS
    • DEKU VS. KACCHAN (EP. 7) | MY HERO ACADEMIA

    Best Animation

    • KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS
    • MOB PSYCHO 100
    • FLIP FLAPPERS
    • YURI!!! ON ICE (49%)

    Most Heart Warming Scene

    • KAYO'S FIRST HOMECOOKED MEAL (EP. 9) | ERASED
    • MAKOTO FLIES OVER HER NEW HOME (EP. 12) | FLYING WITCH
    • KAKERU AND SUWA LEARN TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER (EP. 4) | ORANGE
    • THE KISS (EP. 7) | YURI!!! ON ICE (55%)

    Best Drama

    • ERASED (51%)
    • JOKER GAME
    • KIZNAIVER
    • SHOWA GENROKU RAKUGO SHINJU

    Best Couple

    • SATORU & KAYO | ERASED
    • KATSUHIRA & SONOZAKI | KIZNAIVER
    • LULUCO & NOVA | SPACE PATROL LULUCO
    • YURI & VICTOR | YURI!!! ON ICE (69%)

    Best Comedy

    • HAVEN'T YOU HEARD? I'M SAKAMOTO! (36%)
    • KEIJO!!!!!!!!
    • KONOSUBA: GOD'S BLESSING ON THIS WONDERFUL WORLD!
    • SPACE PATROL LULUCO

    Best Action

    • DRIFTERS
    • KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS
    • MOB PSYCHO 100 (36%)
    • MY HERO ACADEMIA

    Best Opening (OP)

    • KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS
    • MOB PSYCHO 100
    • SHOWA GENROKU RAKUGO SHINJU
    • YURI!!! ON ICE (57%)

    Best Ending (ED)

    • KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS
    • MOB PSYCHO 100
    • SPACE PATROL LULUCO
    • YURI!!! ON ICE (56%)

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    The final category, "Anime of the Year" will be announced live on January 28th during the Crunchyroll Anime Awards Party in San Francisco. 


    Any anime you guys want to catch up on now that you've seen the results?

  • Hideki Kamiya Addresses Scalebound's Cancellation

    11 months ago

    Kdin

    As most of you are aware, Microsoft recently announced the cancellation of the Xbox One exclusive title "Scalebound" developed by PlatinumGames. The studio behind the development finally spoke out last night (around 5pm Wednesday afternoon in the developers local timezone).


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    Rather than look at this as a setback Kenichi Sato, PlatinumGames CEO, focuses fans of the studio's eyes on the future and on other projects. Nier: Automata will be hitting the PS4 in just a few short weeks, while Granblue Fantasy Project Re:Link and Lost Order have TBA dates but are expected to release sometime in 2018.


    Meanwhile the game's director, Hideki Kamiya, took to twitter to speak more about his personal feelings on the cancellation of his latest work.


    As you may have already heard, Scalebound has unfortunately been canceled. I'm very sorry to everyone who was looking forward to this game.
    — 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) January 11, 2017
    Sorry to bring you such bad news at the start of the year. All I can do for you is to promise to keep delivering fun games.
    — 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) January 11, 2017
    I'll work extra hard to never have to let you down like this again, so I hope you will keep watching over us in the future too.
    — 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) January 11, 2017
    I thought I would get lots of savage messages, but in reality I'm getting lots of warm messages. Thank you.
    (´;_;`)
    — 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) January 11, 2017

    Additionally there were also rumors that Kamiya would be taking time off for mental health reasons after the cancellation of his game, Kamiya quickly debunked these rumors saying "No way."


    And...I took time off for my mental health? ...Me!?

    No way.
    — 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) January 11, 2017

    How do you feel about the cancellation of Scalebound? Were you looking forward to it? Give your two-cents in the comments!