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  • Kojima Dishes Out Tons of Death Stranding Info

    6 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    After multiple super confusing trailers, it looks like Kojima is dishing more on his mysterious game, Death Stranding. In a new interview with IGN, Kojima reveals tons of cool lore and gameplay details... like the fact that the underwater sequence seen in the most recent trailer is actually the game over screen? 


    Yeah, apparently so. Kojima says when you die, death isn't the end. Rather, you hang out in that purgatory type space and can collect items or go back to your body, during a countdown timer. Once you go back, the game doesn't reset you to before the point you died -- you pick back up in the game world. He also commented on the rain that seems to age people -- it's apparently called Timefall and it's super important to the story and lore. And if you're wondering where this new trailer falls in with the actual game, Kojima revealed that it's pretty close to the game's prologue, and happens fairly early on. 


    So yeah... maybe that'll make Death Stranding make some more sense for you. Or not. There's actually plenty more to read about in the IGN interview, and I highly recommend giving it a read -- it also goes into Kojima's love for fan theories, and some of the struggles they went through because of the recent voice actor's strike. 

  • Super Mario Odyssey beaten ... without jumping?

    6 months ago

    BrianGaar

    We've already seen some crazy Super Mario Odyssey runs, but this one might take the cake. 


    Youtuber Gamechamp3000 posted a video showing off the seemingly impossible task -- finishing the game with your jump counter at zero. No jumps, no double jumps, no triple jumps, no backflips, side flips or long jumps! Basically nothing using the jump button while Mario is on the ground. 


    Amazingly, Gamechamp pulled it off, making liberal use of cap jumps -- only to discover at the end, that the game (for some ungodly reason) counts the act of talking to NPCs as a jump. What the hell??


    But like a true champ, he ran through it again -- this time, without talking to NPCs -- and finally got a zero. 


    Check out the video, it has to be seen to be believed.

  • User Experience Product Designer for RT

    6 months ago

    janetwang

    I am an astrology enthusiast, fan of outdoor walks, and collage hobbyist (magazines + exacto knives are my jam). I'm looking forward to working with our team to build an awesome community experience for you all =D

  • We took a little day trip...

    6 months ago

    Barbara

    ...to this amazing cabin, to take pictures of the new RWBY Beacon collection and drink delicious hot cocoa. (PS... all the RWBY stuff is 20% off today... just sayin'...) 


    Was a really fun day shooting with @wesellis, @gisellegrayson and @coolnathan -- and being getting to pose/strut out stuff with @Miles, @coleg, and @micaburton. I know what you're thinking- "man, those are some great poses. Such realistic laughter!" -- that's because we were actually just having a really good time and genuinely laughing with each other. 


    So awesome to be surrounded by good friends. 


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    Bonus @coolnathan delivering our hot beverages.


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  • RTdraws -- a new home for creative community members

    6 months ago

    MicheleFeghali Graphic Design

    The design department did a new thing -- and we’re calling it @RTdraws. In case you haven’t heard yet, @RTdraws is our new Instagram drawing account where we’ll post a theme each Monday, and draw around said theme all week long. Occasionally we’ll also sprinkle in some behind-the-scenes content from the Animation dept, or merch art that never got the green light for production, etc etc.

    We’d love to see you involved if you have the time (don't forget to tag your work using #rtdraws)! Anything from napkin sketches to fully-crafted digital art are welcome.. skill level is irrelevant to us. We just like to art.


    Check us out here

    And if art's not your thing, that's cool too <3


    Michele


  • Beacon Academy Line

    6 months ago

    Zac_Fox eCommerce Buyer/Planner

    Growing up I was definitely a X-Men kid, and as such I wanted nothing more than to attend Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.  Any time I could find a shirt with just the Xavier's School emblem on it as apposed to the big colorful characters, I'd snatch that up.  I guess you can say I've always been more drawn to 'in world' merchandise.  Items that look like my favorite character might wear in their day to day life, instead of the flashy stuff worn to fight crime/save the world.


    Over the past decade or so these kinds of pop culture in world items have become a lot easier to find.  This is the stuff that I absolutely love.  The shirts, hoodies, and pieces of jewelry that subtly show off which characters and stories you connect with.  It's a much more personal connection, one that lets someone feel like they can be a part of their favorite world.


    It's that personal connection that I've been pushing over the past several months while working on the Beacon Academy Collection.  That feeling of belonging by owning the day to day wear of a hero, yourself also now becoming an incognito superhero.  A shirt or hoodie that you could buy from a campus gift shop if you actually lived in the Kingdom of Vale.  I've felt like we've been missing that part in our RWBY merch for awhile now, and that taking this idea and applying it to the institution of Beacon Academy just made perfect sense.


    Yes, Beacon Academy may be in shambles and our heroes may be miles from home, but I'm willing to bet that someone in the group is carrying one of these Academy pieces with their travel gear (my lien is on Jaune).


    I hope you all dig the Beacon Academy items, as the team and I have put a lot of love into getting these created. (And man, Wes & crew absolutely killed it with the photos!!) Who knows, if you like these, maybe another Huntsman Academy will get some love as well in the near future. ;-)


    - Fox

  • How to get away with murder(-ing time). Mobile Games Part 1!

    6 months ago

    Skilltacular Producer @ RT Games

    I try to stay up on the latest gaming news across all platforms. I also like to cruise around the PSN, your Xbox Live, and Steam stores just to see if a little gem is waiting to be found. Fairly often, I hop in the Google Play store and see what’s new in the mobile gaming world. I spent a few minutes with some, but obsessed over others. Mobile gaming scratches that “just one more level” feeling for me. Some games did that more than others. I found a range of meh to legit-awesome experiences for my phone. Today, I’ll touch on the beauts I found this year.  


    Card Crawl

    The description of “a solitaire style dungeon crawler”  and the cool art was enough to get me to download this little experience. You play as a dungeon diver with a deck to represent your gear, potential loot, life giving potions, even the baddies you must defeat. Actually, the game is set up so that you are playing a card game across from a grog chugging minotaur at the local watering hole. If you best him, he slams the table with his beastly fists. If you lose you’ll be rewarded with a shit eating grin and low chuckle. I cursed at that damned minotaur a time or five while playing.


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    The deck has a set number of cards in it. There are four slots that are filled directly from the deck. You have four slots in which you drag loot, weapons, and potions. However, one of your slots is taken up by your avatar and your life total. What about the monsters? You drag your weapons to the monsters to deal damage. Drag a monster to your shield to block damage. Drag a potion to heal. Drag loot to your open slots to score points. Outlive the deck and you win.


    That’s it! Simple fun with a decent amount of chin stroking moments as you plan out your moves. Oh. and I’m pretty sure it’s free!


    Pizza Judgement: Trusty Pepperoni

    Device: Android


    Card Thief

    This is from the same developers as Card Crawl. Rather than being a dungeon crawler simulated with cards, Card Thief is a stealth game simulated with cards. Similar neat-o art. Also free, so I gave it a shot.


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    Here, you’re stealthing around a 3x3 grid of cards. Get loot and don’t get caught is the name of the game. Your character paths around the grid to interact or collect items. Path over a torch and it goes out leaving an adjacent guard in the dark and open for attack. Continue doing this until you uncover the exit.

    That’s it. Well, there may be a little more, but I played until I felt I got the gist. Pretty cool mechanics and worth a little bit of your time. Maybe it will click more with you. Let me know!


    Pizza Judgement: Basic Cheese

    Device: Android


    Post Knight

    Man.. this game… FacePalm.emoji out of 10. Let me explain! Sometimes I just find some cute art and roll with it. You’ve been there. You get it. Don’t get me wrong, this was a neat little game, but it feels like it’s what you think of when you hear “mobile game.” Despite all of that, I played the absolute brakes off this game for a couple weeks.


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    In a world, of something is wrong with the mail delivery system [?], you play a little duder charged with helping said mail system. You talk to lots of NPCs and go on quick missions. Those missions play out as side-scrolling jousting matches of sorts. If you’ve played Half-Minute Hero (which I’d bet you haven’t. You should.), the combat is like that -- your cute little warrior runs right and standard fantasy baddies run left smooshing into each other as damage numbers fly off (mmmm damage numbers). Get loot. Craft better stuff. Repeat. That’s it. Oh, and I’m pretty sure some of your actions had cool downs that you could use currency to reset. Like I said, “mobile game.” 


    For whatever reason, sometimes I get sucked into these games, sometimes I don’t. This one got me. Your mileage may vary.


    Pizza Judgement: Basic Cheese

    Device: Android



    That’s it for part 1 of my mobile game extravaganza. Next time, I’ll dive into the rest of Nintendo’s mobile games. I’ll also go over my time with a couple awesome real time PvP games that I played so much I had to delete them to make myself stop playing. Yay 3AM gaming in bed!


    Hit me with your thoughts! What are some mobile experiences that stole your time this year?  

     

    ^5,

    BR




    Click for details on my pizza-based review system.
    Pizza is life. Games are life. 



  • Far Cry 5 Delayed

    6 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    Looks like you'll have to wait a tiiiiiny bit longer to play Far Cry 5. Ubisoft announced today that the game will be delayed. Don't worry, though -- that delay won't be too terribly long, as the game is moving from February 27, 2018 to March 27, 2018. 


    According to Ubisoft: "the extra time will allow the team at Ubisoft Montreal to make some additional improvements that will bring the best, most ambitious Far Cry experience in line with the team’s original vision. We’re excited for fans to join the Resistance in Hope County, Montana against the Project at Eden’s Gate cult."


    While it's no doubt disappointing for fans that the game will be out a tad later, it's probably also a tad disappointing for Ubisoft. Not only for the obvious reasons, but because this likely puts them that much closer to the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2. Previously, they'd said they were happy that Red Dead Redemption 2 being pushed out of 2018 was great for them and gave their games more space to breathe. 

  • Top 10 Games of 2017 - Editor Notes

    6 months ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi

    I'm going to preface this week's notes with this: I'm very behind on my video game...game. I rock a GBA and a Wii - on which I exclusively play GameCube games. Help me! What console should I get? I love turn based RPGs, party games and co-ops. Let the recommendations flow!


    10 - Mario + Rabbids - I did not know this existed. It seems weird. But also fun?
    9 - NieR - C'mon NieR. tHe wHoLe aLt CaPs tHiNg iS sO 8Th gRaDe. 
    8 - Cuphead - This looks amazing. Also, I got another Community reference in a Top 10. This will not be the last. 
    7 - Nioh - I like when Nick calls me 'Editor'. I just want to make him happy. 
    6 - Prey - Why isn't 'Prey' like Gray/Grey. It would be really fun to always be confusing pray and prey. Long live context clues! 
    5 - Horizon Zero Dawn - Who else is waiting for the day that Pixar movies become interactive-animated-feature-film-video-games?
    4 - Persona 5 - See, this looks right up my alley.
    3 - Super Mario Odyssey - But a Nintendo Switch looks sooo coool and fun. 
    2 - PUBG - Horde mode or battle royal? Put your hands together. 
    1 - Zelda - Aside from the occasional try, I've never actually played a Zelda game. THERE I SAID IT!


    Watch the video: RT | YT  


  • Latest Hearthstone expansion is here

    6 months ago

    BrianGaar

    The latest expansion to the popular card-playing game Hearthstone is here. Kobolds and Catacombs, which features 135 new cards and a new mode called "Dungeon run," introduces some new mechanics like Spellstones to the game. 


    That's a welcome addition for the community, who have been complaining for awhile now that the game has gotten too reliant on luck and a few popular decks.


    You can learn more about the expansion on the official Hearthstone website here

  • Ubisoft won't take Russia out of its Olympics game

    6 months ago

    BrianGaar

    Russia might be out of the Olympics next year, but not the video game version! 


    Ubisoft says that, despite being banned for cheating, Russia will stay in its winter sports game "Steep Road to the Olympics." It's an expansion to the 2016 game "Steep" and it was released just a few days ago -- on Dec. 5th, which coincidentally was the same day that Russia was banned from the Olympics for widespread doping. Talk about bad timing!


    Ubisoft told Kotaku, though, that "there are no existing plans to patch Russia out of Steep Road to the Olympics." 

    It's worth noting, though, that some Russian athletes still might compete in the Olympics, just under a neutral uniform and without the Russian flag or anthem. 

  • Lots of PlayStation Stuff Discounted for Holidays

    6 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday, now looks like the time to save big on PlayStation hardware. Sony just announced that they'll be doing some special discounts from December 10 through December 16 on PS4 Pro and PSVR. 


    The PS4 Pro is getting $50 knocked off, making it $350 instead of $400, with bundles dropping from $450 down to $400. Meanwhile, the PSVR is getting mega cheap -- the Gran Turismo Sport bundle will now be just $200 (down from $300), while the Doom VFR and Skyrim bundles will similarly get $100 discounts, down to $300 and $350 respectively. 


    Considering PlayStation already had record-breaking sales for the console's history over the Black Friday shopping weekend, it'll be interesting to see if the system keeps moving units just as quickly throughout the holidays. 

  • Disney Wants Rob Marshall To Direct The Live-Action Little Mermaid Movie

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

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    Disney is king of the world right now. Just about everything they do is printing cash. Yes, you have Marvel and Star Wars, but they also have a rich vein in the live action adaptations of their back catalogue. Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book... all raked in the cash and they're not stopping there.


    Jon Favreau is underway on his photorealistic adaptation of The Lion King and Disney's been prepping The Little Mermaid as well. Today word came out, via Deadline, that the Mouse House wants Rob Marshall to direct Mermaid and... it's a pretty boring choice.


    The man has made some good movies, hell he has a best picture film on his resume (Chicago), but he hasn't hit a home run since in my opinion. Memoirs of a Geisha was pretty, but forgettable, Nine was pretty and forgettable, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was all around bad and Into the Woods was fun, but slight. 


    Marshall just filmed the long-time-coming sequel Mary Poppins Returns and is posting that movie now, which would explain why he'd be at the top of Disney's list. This would assume that Poppins is turning out great, which is why the studio's so anxious to sign him up. He knows his way around a musical and obviously works well with the higher ups at Disney.


    He's safe, in other words.


    When Jon Favreau took on The Jungle Book he came to it with a love of the original animated film and a storyteller's drive to push technology in a way that he hadn't gotten to before. That spark made that film work. I don't know if I see Marshall bringing any sparks to The Little Mermaid.


    Lin-Manuel Miranda will be contributing some new songs to this film, teaming up with Alan Menken. That is something to get excited about, but if Marshall ends up taking the job (he's still considering it, no contracts have been signed) I think we can expect a well-shot movie whose ambitions aim squarely down the middle.

  • Pocket Worlds and Pocket Monsters

    6 months ago

    Skilltacular Producer @ RT Games

    This year, I dabbled in lots of mobile games. Often these games help kill short bursts of time. If I'm playing Destiny and waiting for folks to show up for a raid, boom, Fire Emblem. Waiting for food to show up at lunch, Magikarp Jump or Battle Bay. Walking the dog, sitting at my desk, meeting running long... Pokemon Go! This last game, above all others, soaked up loads of time....and money 


    Pokemon Go!

    Good ol’ Pokemon Go! I won’t go too deep into what the app is, but rather how I’ve enjoyed my time with it.


    When that first trailer dropped, I was too excited. When the game came out, I jumped the gun and nabbed the APK a day early. Now, nearly 17 months late, I still play… a lot. PKMN Go! Has sucked up so much of my time and money since that initial download. I’ve been fortunate to travel a lot for work, coast to coast and even overseas, so my gym badge collection is up around 170 (at time of writing). Outside of Kangaskhan and Mewtwo, I have all Gen 1 and Gen 2 pokes…. and a hefty Google Play bill for all those incubators.


    While I’ve dropped a lot of time into Pokemon Go!, I’d hesitate to call it a game. It’s more like an interactive checklist. That said, clearly I’ve enjoyed my time with the app. From helping friends/ co-workers/ random folks from Austin with raids to my morning coffee strolls with the fiancee, Pokemon Go! Has been a fun addition to life.


    Pizza Judgement: Supreme Pizza



    Dragonius Go!

    This takes me into my next game, Dragonius Go! Where Pokemon Go! lacks gaming features, Dragonius has quests, treasure hunts, different buildings to visit in its augmented reality world, crafting, and even online PvP. In general, if you know what Pokemon Go! is, you know almost exactly what to expect from Draconius Go! Save for the ok-enough monster designs, this game is a clone, through and through. 


    While I kept my wallet closed for the app, I feel I explored deep enough to know that I really like it. If not having Bulbasaur and friends in the game isn’t a deal breaker, I would totally recommend Draconius Go! to anyone looking for a bit more out of their pocket-based AR worlds.


    Pizza Judgement: Specialty Pizza


    Until next time, I'd love to hear your thoughts on these games. 


    ^5,

    BR




    Click for details on my pizza-based review system.
    Pizza is life. Games are life. 


    Basic Cheese
    Trusty Pepperoni
    Specialty Lovers

    Supreme Pizza

    Hawaiian with a side of ranch

  • Something Portal Related Rumored for Game Awards

    6 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    Um... say what? 


    There are tons of rumors swirling around the upcoming Game Awards, ranging from a Death Stranding appearance to Nintendo announcements... but one of the most intriguing rumors has to do with a franchise -- and to be honest, a developer -- that's been dormant for quite sometime. According to Superbunnyhop, there could be something from PORTAL revealed during the ceremony. 


    Superbunnyhop tweeted: "Hearing rumors from a gamedev friend about some Portal *thing* being revealed at the game awards Thursday. Crossing my fingers that they're right, though any Portal anything might feel off without Wolpaw's writing." He's of course referring to Portal writer Erik Wolpaw, who left Valve back in February -- one of several writers they've lost in the last year or so. 


    Either way, the prospect of seeing something out of the Portal universe is certainly exciting -- although given recent history, it's more likely that this is some kind of VR project, similar to The Lab. Still... maybe we can hope for some kind of full game experience? The Game Awards air on Thursday, December 7. 

  • Hey There!

    6 months ago

    KaraAnn Content Ops Manager

    Hey everyone! I'm Kara and I'm the new Content Operations Manager here at Rooster Teeth, nice to meet you! Decided it was time to dust this old profile off and introduce myself. 

    A little background on me: I just moved down to Austin from New York where I've lived my entire life. I've visited Austin the past three summers for RTX and fell in love with it! I studied theatre and social media marketing. Before Rooster Teeth, I was working as a social video coordinator for Fullscreen, and before that I was even a medical assistant (believe me, I don't know how either).

    Well I guess that's good enough for a short introduction. I'm so excited to be here and working with such an incredible team. Looking forward to speaking with a lot of you! 

  • Dark Souls remaster coming to the Switch?

    6 months ago

    BrianGaar

    The Nintendo Switch is getting all kinds of ports lately, from Doom to Rocket League. And the latest rumor is that a remastered version of the first Dark Souls is on the way, as well. 


    That's according to games writer Marcus Sellars, who tweeted that Bandai Namco will be hosting an event on Dec. 15th where "5 unannounced games will be shown off." He added that Nintendo will have a "big presence at the event." 


    And then in a followup tweet that is now deleted, he added that one of the games announced will be a "Dark Souls One Remaster" and he added the hashtags #DarkSoulsSwitch #DarkSoulsPS4 #DarkSoulsXbox, which seems to indicate that it would be coming for all current gen platforms. 


    No word yet on whether or not this is true, but if it is, that would certainly be a welcome addition to the Switch.

  • Grab some gifts at the Rooster Teeth Store!

    6 months ago

    coolnathan Nathan Isherwood

    Hey y’all - remember me? I’m the guy that helps promote the merchandise in very strange and unique ways. I’m in the Marketing department, but you know - sweet sweet merch beckons to me…


    Which brings up my next cheerful point - You probably haven’t noticed, but the holidays are here! We’re sure that YOU have been really on top of things and that you’re already all done buying gifts. So pass this note on to the procrastinating slackers in your life and tell them you want some sweet Rooster Teeth merch this year. Look, we even made a handy gift guide to help your friends and family find the perfect present. Get on it so you (or they) don’t miss out. We have sweet deals and plenty of surprises going on throughout the season, so you should probably check on the store every single day or follow the Rooster Teeth Store on Twitter to keep up with what’s going on.


    Shopping for Christmas? Here are some deadlines you’ll want to be aware of:

    red_circle Dec. 15, 6 a.m. CST - Last Day to Ship Standard UPS Ground
    red_circle Dec. 20, 6 a.m. CST - Last Day to Ship UPS Second Day
    red_circle Dec. 21, 6 a.m. CST - Last Day to Ship UPS Next Day


    And until December 15 if you spend $75 or more, your shipping is free.


    As your old pal Loopy Lupe says - I got mouths to feed. So please... buy lots of things so I don’t get fired? Happy Holidays, everyone! christmas_tree

  • Pizzas & Games: Bites & Bytes

    6 months ago

    Skilltacular Producer @ RT Games

    Time to get Cheesy


    It’s been a bit since my last post. Finalizing this rating system has been tough. Generally, I feel like there’s way too much negativity in the various gaming community multiverses. Platform wars. Microtransactions. Player’s wishes vs development realities. Review systems. EA. Any conversation about these topics usually carries some form of sour attitude. I don’t want to add to that. I love games. I love sharing games. To this end, any game I talk about, I’ll aim to compare to one of Earth’s most beloved treasures: pizza.


    Aside from dietary concerns, what’s not to love about pizza? At its base, pizza is a particular arrangement of stuff on bread meant to sustain you. At its best, pizza can be a joyous experience to be shared with loved ones. The same can be said about games. Games mean a myriad of things to their players. To some, they sustain. To some, they are a joy to be shared with loved ones. See, some analogies, like good pizza, are meant to be cheesey.


    The Meat of the Matter


    Anyhoo, as I run through my games of 2017 and beyond, I’ll aim to recommend games by comparing them to their pizza counterparts. This yummy rating system has five main tiers. I have a few other special ratings, but I suspect they will be rare as their spice level is too high. Below, have a taste of my pizza-based review system. Because they're all fairly well known, I used various Mario games as examples.


    Pizza: Basic Cheese

    Meaning: If you have time

    Description: This game is nothing particularly special. You’ll likely have an ok time if you’re looking for something on which to kill some time.

    Example: Mario Run -- Android, iOS


    Pizza: Trusty Pepperoni

    Meaning: Check it out

    Description: There are loads of games out there, but this one is worth some of your time. Probably nothing groundbreaking or maybe it's time in the sun has passed, but there’s fun to be had. Dig in!

    Example: One of the lessor Mario games on the DS


    Pizza: Specialty Lovers

    Meaning: Worth your time if you like a very certain sauce.

    Description: This game may be good, bad, or great for various reasons, but there’s something really special here if you’re a fan of its particular flavor. This has some sort of wildcard ingredient that might not be for everyone, but is well worth a look for those who know what they are looking for.

    Example: Mario Strikers -- Gamecube


    Pizza: Supreme Pizza

    Meaning: Should play.

    Description: If you’re a game fan, you should play this. There’s something special about this game that should appeal to most anyone.

    Example: Mario Sunshine -- Gamecube


    Pizza: Hawaiian with a side of ranch

    Meaning: Must play!

    Description: A master class experience. A trailblazer or trendsetter. Other games will be learning and stealing from this game for years. When people ask “What should I play?” this is your answer.

    Example: Mario Odyssey -- Switch


    Sure, the toppings mentioned above are all subjective, but so are individual tastes for games. Let me know how’d you rate some of your favorites.


    ^5,

    BR

  • What's Up with Me?

    6 months ago

    patrickmatthewz RTX Events Coordinator

    I had a pretty good weekend. I drank a bit too much on Friday night. Ever done that? Me neither. BUT Saturday was where it was at. I woke up late and decided I would not leave my apartment for the day. I ordered Chinese food. I really wanted 2 Mexican Cokes, but didn't want to seem like a loser, so I ordered two full meals, two cokes, and requested 2 sets of chopsticks. Now that delivery guy thinks I have someone special, and seeing as how the most important thing in the world is how your are perceived by strangers, I think it was a good move. I finished the day watching corny holiday movies and falling asleep on the couch. Sunday I did boring laundry and cleaning. Also, I'm about halfway through Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive. It is fucking rad. Ok, I love you.

  • Quentin Tarantino Might Do A Star Trek Movie?!? Let's Break That Rumor Down, Shall We?

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    The big whopper that hit late last night was some word that Quentin Tarantino and JJ Abrams were partnering up for a Star Trek movie. No, April Fools Day didn't sneak up on you. This is a legit story, posted by Deadline's highly accurate scoop-hound Michael Fleming.


    It appears that big Original Series fan Quentin Tarantino had a great idea for a new Star Trek movie that he told to JJ Abrams, who loved it so much he's actively working to set it up at Paramount. Fleming said the idea is to assemble a writers room, let them kick around Tarantino's idea for a bit while he's off filming his maybe Manson Family Murders-related LA period film and when he comes back he'll take a look at their script and decide if he wants to actually direct it.


    I know, the concept of Tarantino directing a Star Trek movie is mind-blisteringly bonkers that it kind of has to happen now or else that void will never be filled by anything else and we'll all be walking around incomplete for the rest of our lives. But don't get too excited. 


    I don't mean to be the doomsayer here, but the chance of Tarantino directing a giant franchise picture that he didn't write from beginning to end himself is... improbable. He famously directed a 2-parter CSI episode that he pitched and had the writing team come up with the final teleplay, but doing episodic TV and a feature film is quite different in terms of personal time commitment and, honestly, prestige. 


    If he's sticking with his 10 and out feature promise that would mean Kelvin Timeline Star Trek 4 is Tarantino's last go-round as a director.


    I'm betting there are three outcomes more likely than Quentin Tarantino directing a Star Trek movie.


    Outcome 1: Tarantino takes a Story By credit and lets someone else run with directing the next Trek movie.


    Outcome 2: This is developed for a while and ends up dropped, becoming simply an interesting deep dive bit of movie trivia.


    Outcome 3 (the one I'm actually pulling for): Tarantino is sparked by this idea and it percolates in his brainpan to such a degree that he can't shake it and it ends up inspiring him do his own, original take on a sci-fi story.


    You'd think I'm crazy to suggest that, but it's happened before. There was time in 2005 where New Line approached him after hearing he was a Friday the 13th fan and rumors began spreading he was going to do "the Ultimate Jason Voorhees Movie." He shot the rumors down within a week. The meeting did happen, but, at the time, he was trying to get his WW2 movie, Inglourious Basterds, written out and had no intention of making Friday the 13th. 


    But that wasn't his next film up, was it? He didn't make Basterds until 2009. The film he made before it? The Death Proof segment of Grindhouse, which he said was his take on the Slasher Genre. 


    Stuntman Mike was the Slasher, but instead of wielding a machete or hatchet he killed with his car. Many slasher tropes are winked at... the slow stalk, the brutal gore and a quadruple down on the final girl trope. 


    That Friday the 13th meeting and subsequent rumors for sure got the juices flowing and gave us admittedly his weakest film to date, but still something I'm quite fond of: a uniquely Tarantino take on a slasher movie with liberal dashes of '70s car fetish road pictures.


    Fleming got no comment from either Paramount or Tarantino's camp, so the other unspoken option here is that this rumor is pure horseshit, but Fleming has a great track record and this is a big story. I doubt he'd go to print unless he was sure it was accurate. 


    I wouldn't hold my breath for this ultimately coming to anything, but we do know Tarantino is a fan of Trek and has some ideas. Hell, he talked on the Nerdist Podcast about his likes and dislikes about the world of Trek, being pretty open about what he feels works and doesn't work about JJ's movies and even about some of his ideas on what he'd do if he were making one. Listen:






    There's no telling if his off-the-cuff ideas spit-balled here are what he took to JJ or if, much like my Friday the 13th/Death Proof theory, this chat got the creative juices running and inspired something we don't know yet. 


    Again, it'd be pretty rad to see a Tarantino-directed Star Trek movie. I just think it'd be even more badass to see a fully original Tarantino sci-fi movie INSPIRED by what he loved about William Shatner's Kirk and Wrath of Khan and the bits and pieces of Trek that absorbed growing up.


    We'll see what the reality is eventually, but I got $20 says he ain't directing a Star Trek movie.


  • Vlog coming to an end

    6 months ago

    burnie

    if you watch today’s vlog then you know that I announced in this video that I will soon be ending my weekly vlog. It’s been a tremendous amount of fun making the vlog for all of you every week. But it’s time to move on to new project and I really need to focus on that. Like I said in the video, I don’t know what the future of the vlog is – –  it could move to Ellie, or some other people at the company or it could just end all together. 


     I’ll be wrapping up over the next few weeks, so if there’s anything you would like to see an upcoming episode please let me know the comments. Thanks for watching, it’s been a really fun adventurous year. 

  • Adventure Time in the Northwest

    6 months ago

    Qholtz VFX Artist Rooster Teeth

    I just got back from a weekend trip to Portland.  My wife and I love to travel and the Northwest has never let us down. Best place we ate had to be Country Cat, The de-boned fried chicken was amazing.  Sunday we were able to drive out to Haystack rock and we were both in awe. The drive out there through the tree was beautiful and the rock itself is like a little mountain just dropped onto the beach.  Does anyone have any small trips coming up?  Where are you headed?

  • Capcom announces Mega Man 11

    6 months ago

    BrianGaar

    It looks like the long-rumored Mega Man 11 is finally happening. Capcom announced today that, yes, the game is under development and will release next year.


    It released a trailer that definitely shows some influences from Mighty No. 9, the crowd-funded game launched by Keiji Inafune after he and Capcom split ways. Still, the new Mega Man looks cartoony and great -- with 3D sprites moving along a 2D world. 


    The game is coming late next year for all consoles -- including the Switch -- as well as PC. 

  • EA Fixing Battlefront II?

    6 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    If you're a Battlefront II player already tired out by the game's grind, it looks like there might be some celebration in order -- DICE and EA are starting to release updates to tweak the game's progression. 


    DICE outlined the newest update in a blog post today. Most of the changes to the game have to do with progression -- namely, how many credits you earn for accomplishing certain tasks. To start, they've said that the credit payout at the end of rounds is increasing -- and you can thankfully farm three times more credits in Arcade mode than you could previously as well. In addition to that, the developer revealed that the daily loot boxes you're awarding just for signing in will now award you with more crafting parts. 


    According to the team, this is just the first in a series of planned content updates. They wrote: "Thank you again for your passion around this game. Star Wars™ is special to all of us, and we all want to experience that world in fun, exciting ways. If you're already playing the game and are loving it, we want to thank you for taking the time to do so. We have a lot planned, and are excited to show you what’s to come.