Just a few photos for you for my weekend update.
The holidays have arrived in my house and I baked! We love these cookies.
It's gotten quite cold over the past few weeks here in Utah so we got Archie a parka. Hasn't he gotten huge?
3 weeks agopatrickmatthewz
So, this was a pretty rad and fun filled weekend.
On Saturday I went to my first ever Renaissance Festival dressed as Ragnor the Gypsy Bard. We hit up Chili's on the way back, and then I finished the day with some Seven Deadly Sins on Netflix.
Sunday I started the day with a little Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen, then went to hang out with my mommy! She watched the Packers game (ZZzzzz) while I watched Fox's The Gifted (it is awesome!). Finished the night with some friends watching Murder on the Orient Express. It has some mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it.
Normally my weekends are much lamer. This one was cool. How was your weekend??
3 weeks agoEddy Writer - The Know
Is the Nintendo Switch officially one of the best inventions of 2017? That’s what Time Magazine says -- the publication just posted its annual list of the top 25 inventions of the year, with Nintendo’s new console joining the ranks. The Switch lands alongside other notable entries of 2017, such as the Mars InSight lander, the standalone Oculus Go headset, safer football helmets, super sustainable crops, and... fidget spinners. OK, maybe that last one discredits the list just a tad, but it’s still interesting to see Nintendo back on the forefront of pop culture, after spending a few years away thanks to the lackluster sales of the Wii U. We’ll have to see what heights the console climbs to in 2018.
3 weeks agoemilyweeks Office Coordinator
This weekend, some of my best friends and I went to the Texas Renaissance Festival and it was a BLAST. This was my first Ren Fest, so I wasn't 100% sure of what to expect. Honestly, I imagined it would just be a bunch of booths and tents set up in the middle of a field, but I was very wrong. It was like an actual town, with real buildings to walk in and out of. There were also gardens to wander through, and like a mini-stadium for events. Super neat.
As someone who doesn't really cosplay, I didn't nearly go all out with my outfit. But I borrowed a few pieces and then raided my closet for anything else that could remotely pass for an elf. Let me tell you, wearing elf ears all day was like the most awesome thing, ever. I don't know why... but they were super fun! If I could have kept them on this whole week, honestly, I probably would have.
I already have a small handful of cosplays that I have set a goal to work on over the next year or two, and now I'm adding a wood elf OC to that list. lol
There was so much to do at the fest, it was hard to figure out what to do with our day. Not too long after we showed up, however, the power to the entire festival went out. (Just our luck...) Not a big deal during the day, we just had to do cash-only transactions at all vendors. However, once the sun started setting around 5:00pm, the event made the call to start closing early. So our day ended up getting cut short before we got to explore everything, which sucked. But while the sun was still out, we made sure to work in plenty of shopping, jousting (spectating, not competing), mead, and FOOD. Oh boy. I had a chocolate-dipped cheesecake on a stick and I swear it was like biting into a piece of heaven. This is the only place I'll ever allow myself to eat something like that...
Though I will say I was a little disappointed in the shopping. I was really hoping to find some unique crystal and glass jewelry pieces, but I didn't find anything before we had to leave.
But regardless, it was still a great trip!
Have any of y'all been to a Renaissance festival before? I want to hear some of your experiences.
I wish I had remembered to pack my camera... but here's a quick phone pic of our group. An elf, a viking, a witch, a ranger, a musketeer, a pirate, and Red Riding Hood.
One of the fest staff told us we looked like an obscure D&D group, which... we really are. I'm currently in two D&D campaigns and everyone here is actually in either one of those groups
3 weeks agoebregman Evan
Checking in today to give everyone a heads up: in our constant quest to make RoosterTeeth.com the greatest place for you to watch our content and engage with the community, we’ve discovered a batch of video source files that have technical errors. These videos might be playable for some of you, but not necessarily consistently, or at a resolution that makes for a good viewing experience, and they might cause an app crash.
In order to fix these videos, we need to temporarily unpublish them from RoosterTeeth.com. The total number of videos being unpublished is 2,033 out of our 24,000+ video library. Fear not! We are well on our way to fixing them, and many will be back online in a matter of weeks.
How are we fixing them, you ask? Well, allow me to get really boring and procedural for a few paragraphs...
When we first saw there was a problem, we knew it would take a while to accurately diagnose which specific files needed to be fixed, and we knew it would take a while to fix them. Rather than take those two steps in sequence, which would take the maximum amount of time, we generated a list of priority videos we knew absolutely had to work on RT.com, and we got to work immediately creating new source files for those videos that we knew definitely worked. Priority videos include our major series like Red vs. Blue, plus all videos that together make up over 85% of our total watch time on YouTube in 2017 (We used YouTube data because site data would be skewed toward those videos that actually work).
We partnered with a division of Fullscreen called Video Labs to help us do the grunt work. All our videos are archived at high resolution, but accessing the archive is labor-intensive and expensive, especially at this scale. Instead we chose to grab the videos from YouTube. Video Labs downloaded the videos and clipped off the YouTube-specific elements, like annotated end screens and opening bumpers advertising RT Store sales.
Dave just needs to write up the program that will deploy them in bulk, which will happen in the next 6 weeks. We’re bringing the problem videos offline now to help our engineering team put finishing touches on our new website beta, and aid us in our library deliveries to VRV. Those videos that do not come back online in the next 6 weeks might take a few months to be back, but we’re on it.
If you’re still with me (bonus points!), another piece of this project has been auditing and fixing metadata on RoosterTeeth.com and creating brand new artwork for every show so it all looks fantastic in our new website. That will all roll out over the next few months too, so if the current website starts looking strange, trust us it’s for the right reasons.
Questions about how our content ops works, our new website, or anything else? Leave me a comment!
3 weeks agoEddy Writer - The Know
Jon Shafer, the director of Civilization V, joined up with Paradox Interactive earlier this year -- and according to a new announcement from the company, he's already out. Shafer was hired just about 6 months ago at the developer -- which also created Cities: Skyline, Magicka, and Mount & Blade -- to serve as game director for an unannounced project.
But now the two have split due to the tried and true "creative differences," based on a statement by Paradox. The studio said: "Jon is an ambitious person with a lot of drive and passion and he has led some good discussions in our teams over the past few months. However, during the course of these discussions, it has become clear that we want different things creatively and we have therefore taken the mutual decision that it is best to part ways. We wish Jon the very best in the next part of his career and would like to thank him for his efforts during his time with us."
It's a shame that things fell apart so quickly -- it'll be interesting to see not only where Shafer lands, but also what this unannounced game is, once it finally sees the light of day.
3 weeks agoericvespe
It's a whole new world out there. If you told me 6 months ago that Quentin Tarantino's next movie would be made at Sony I wouldn't have believed you, but back then we all just thought Harvey Weinstein was an asshole not an alleged (don't sue me) rapist.
Tarantino parting ways with Weinstein is like Mickey Mouse leaving Disneyland. It changes the established Hollywood landscape and I hope it's a bellwether for a big positive change in the industry as a whole. There's obviously a problem and for the first time it feels like Hollywood at large is willing to deal with it.
But away from all that downer real life bullshit and back to movies. Tarantino shopped his new project around town and fielded many offers, but Sony wanted to be in the QT business the most and his Untitled Manson Family Murders script has landed there.
This movie looks to be one of his biggest-budgeted films ever at $100 million, which is quite a lot for a (surely) R-rated drama about '60s LA as the Manson cult were killing in the name of their crazy leader. Django Unchained is the only other movie he's done that has been in this budget range.
It feels to me that Sony wants the prestige more than any potential profit. According to Variety the deal Tarantino struck is pretty great... for him. He gets final cut and first dollar gross, which means it's real damn hard for the studio to use tricky movie math to screw him out of his participation percentage. With theaters taking a cut of box office and all the money that goes into publicity that means the movie would likely have to make $250-$300m to be profitable for the studio.
So this is definitely an investment by Sony. They're hoping for awards, they're hoping to draw in other talented, visionary directors and they're hoping that Tarantino might make his next picture with them.
I believe Tarantino said he was going to make 10 features and then he was out of the movie-making business. This would be his 9th.
What do you guys think? I'm just happy to see any story that Tarantino feels like telling, no matter what logo is at the beginning. You?
3 weeks agoBrianGaar
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has won game of the year honors from the 35th Golden Joystick Awards, and it racked up a total of five awards total. The game also won the Critics' Choice Award, Best Audio, Nintendo Game of the Year and Best Studio.
As for other awards, Horizon: Zero Dawn won for Best Storytelling, Cuphead won Best Visual Design and Player Unknown's Battlegrounds won for Best Multiplayer Game.
The award for most wanted game went to The Last of Us Part 2 and Civilization creator Sid Meier won a lifetime achievement award. Accepting the award, Meier said: “I would not be here without the fans. Whether you played Pirates!, Railroad Tycoon, or Civilization, all of our fans around the globe have allowed me to have the best job in the world, and I want to thank them all.”
You can watch the award show here on Twitch.
3 weeks agoBrianGaar
One of the most popular fantasy series in China is finally heading to the West. Quartzy reports that the series known as the Condor Trilogy is being translated to English after decades of popularity in China.
The first book by writer Jin Yong was initially published in 1957 and has been described as the Chinese Lord of the Rings. The series is part of a genre known as wuxia, or martial arts fiction, and is based in Chinese history, with the first book set during the Southern Song Dynasty in 1205. It features the adventures of two heroes, Guo Jing and Yang Kang.
In all, the trilogy will be translated into 12 books in English by translator Anna Holmwood. and it's scheduled to release in February of next year.
3 weeks agoericvespe
Ava DuVernay's adaptation of the popular kids book A Wrinkle In Time is going to be a big deal, I think. 2018 is a big year for Disney franchises putting the spotlight on people of color. We have Black Panther in February and A Wrinkle In Time in March. It's awesome we're finally getting a solo film centered on a black superhero, but I think it's going to be an even bigger deal seeing young Storm Reid playing Meg Murray in an adventure story like A Wrinkle In Time.
Both will be inspirational for a whole new generation, but I have a feeling young women in particular are going to relate to the story being told in Wrinkle In Time. If DuVernay knocks it out of the park you're going to be seeing quite a cult spring up around this movie.
Disney released a new poster for the flick which shows off the magical beings that help young Meg on her journey to find her missing scientist father.
Check it out:
3 weeks agoMiles Miles
I'm curious... how many people are picking up Skyrim on the Switch? I've never actually FINISHED Skyrim (do people even do that?), and the thought of playing on the go is pretty rad. At this point, I THINK my Switch will have a game that scratches every, possible itch ('cause holy shit, fucking DOOM ON THE SWITCH IS THE BOMB).
I still can't believe how cool video games have become. We're a long way from the Game Boy.
3 weeks agoericvespe
December 15th is quickly approaching, so we're getting some of the nitty gritty details of Rian Johnson's Episode 8, most notably the epic run time. Some theater websites started listing the run time of the movie as a whopping 150 minutes (that's 2 1/2 hours), which the director confirmed.
That makes The Last Jedi 8 minutes longer than the previous longest Star Wars movie, Attack of the Clones, and 15 minutes longer than The Force Awakens.
Right now this is just a nice bit of trivia. We'll see in a few weeks if 2 1/2 hours is too much, not enough or just right. The story ultimately dictates how long the movie needs to be. A bad 90 minute movie feels like a 3 hour movie and a good 3 hour movie feels like 90 minutes.
With Johnson at the helm I'm willing to bet we're in for the latter. And hey, that means there's plenty of time for a Porg subplot, right?
4 weeks agoEddy Writer - The Know
One ongoing major story in the video game industry over the last couple of years has been Vivendi's -- apparent -- impending hostile takeover of Ubisoft. But, in light of Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot's recent attempts to hold on to more of the company, it looks like Vivendi might be backing off from its gaming ambitions. For now, at least.
Vivendi said in their Q3 earnings statement that while they fully intend to pursue more activity in the gaming sector (their shares in Ubisoft represent a $1.1 billion dollar investment), they have no intention of doing that in the next 6 months. In the press release, they clearly state that they won't be 1) jumping past the 30% threshold that would require them to make a bid on the company, and 2) won't be pursuing representation on Ubisoft's board of directors. That's all great news for Ubisoft and the Guillemots, because it means they've got 6 months to breathe a sigh of relief.
However, the company won't exactly be sitting on their laurels. Ubisoft said in a statement: "Ubisoft takes note of Vivendi’s statement. We will remain vigilant about their long-term intentions and will continue to pursue our strategy of growth and value creation in the interest of all our shareholders."
Translation: come at me, bro.
4 weeks agoBrianGaar
Heads up, Dynasty Warriors fans -- we've got a release date for Dynasty Warriors 9. The latest installment in the legendary hack-and-slash franchise will release on Feb. 13, 2018, on the Playstation 4, Xbox One and Steam in Europe and North America.
Koei Tecmo describes the newest game as "a brand-new installment in developer Omega Force’s acclaimed series of action titles. Unifying the classic, time-tested “one versus thousands” action iconic to the Warriors series with a variety of new features, characters and content in an expansive open world environment, Dynasty Warriors 9 aims to deliver the most immersive and ambitious experience to date."
The developer also said the game "introduces exhilarating new combat mechanics with the State Combo System. This new system allows players to perform three different attack styles – Trigger Attacks, Flow Attacks and Finish Attacks – each dealing progressively more damage and aiming to create a thrilling and fluid experience unlike any previous entry in the franchise."
4 weeks agoBrianGaar
The good times keep rolling for the Switch -- and for Nintendo in general.
The NPD Group reports that the Switch was the top selling console in the US for the month of October, followed by the Super NES Classic Edition at number two. In addition, when you combine that with the 3DS systems, Nintendo's systems made up two-thirds of ALL consoles sold in the United States for the second month in a row.
As for games, Super Mario Odyssey was the top selling game of the month -- which is even more impressive, considering that it launched on Oct. 27.
In all, we might be seeing a bit of an upswing in console sales -- more than 1 million units of console hardware were sold in October, which is the first time that's happened since 2011.
4 weeks agoericvespe
Rampage is an interesting movie to me. Unlike most video game to movie adaptations there's not a lot you can fuck up with this one. You just gotta have big monster versions of regular animals destroying a city and you're good.
The Rock stars as a buddy to George, an albino gorilla who gets some green space dust on him or something and grows super big. Now, The Rock's gonna protect his buddy and what we get is a Boy and His Giant White Gorilla movie with a huge wolf and crocodile thrown into the mix.
I do miss the more werewolf look to "Ralph" and the more Godzilla look to "Lizzie", but I guess they figure they have to ground an adaptation of Rampage into some kind of recognizable reality. I can tell from the trailer that Dwayne Johnson and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are chewing up the scenery when the big CG creatures aren't on screen.
Check out the trailer below:
4 weeks agoJoshuaKazemi ScrewAttack Editor
Another week, another look into the mind of a ninja editor. That's right.
10 - Storm Shadow - The all white is cool but it does seem like you're making it a lot harder for yourself, dude. Also remember when Channing Tatum was an awful actor?? I mean, he's not amazing now or anything but he's been in a lot of solid stuff since G.I. Joe.
9 - Psylocke - I was bummed that X-Men: Apocalypse was so bad. Anyone else?
8 - Raphael - Sooo, let's just say someone was looking to watch and/or read some TMNT. Where's the good stuff? Where should they start? Asking for a ninja.
7 - Mai Shiranui - Sorry, what did you say?
6 - Batman - The artwork for The Animated Series is GORGEOUS. #ThatsMyBatman
5 - Scorpion - Angry about Sub-Zero? GET OVER IT.
4 - Raiden - Not calling him "Raiden the Ripper" seems like a real missed opportunity.
3 - Ryu - Really random thought: I love working here. The creative and collaborative environment is inspiring.
2 - Strider - I'm dead now. Nick killed me.
1 - Sasuke - Naruto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Any chance I get to joke around with the lower third titles, I will)
11 - Shinobi - This seems illegal?
Also, thanks for all of your amazing support for #RTExtraLife! We had a blast and we're so proud of this amazing community.
4 weeks agoericvespe
Holy shit does this make me feel old. Titanic is turning 20 this year and to celebrate there's going to be a limited re-release of the movie into theaters December 1st.
The film will be playing exclusively in AMC Dolby Cinemas (check the list here to see if it's playing near you) in both 2D and 3D Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision, if you're curious, is essentially Dolby's proprietary HDR system, so that just means this has been remastered in Ultra HD HDR and will be projected that way. Super bright and crisp.
Titanic is one of the great big screen movies and I'm always happy to see the studios embrace the re-release. There's nothing like seeing an audience-pleasing classic projected nicely with a big, enthusiastic crowd. They did one of those kinda crappy Fathom Event things with Jaws last year and I took my then 9 year old nephew to see it big and he was enraptured even though we'd already watched it on TV.
Movies were meant to be seen big and every time one of these limited re-releases does well it gives me hope that we'll continue to see classics restored and projected.
4 weeks agoericvespe
James Franco is having a good year. He directed and starred in a movie called The Disaster Artist, about the making of the legendarily bad movie The Room (not the one with Brie Larson and the cute kid, the other one with the bad acting and gratuitous middle aged flexing man-butt closeups), which is great and is already being whispered about for awards consideration.
That good year is going full steam ahead with the latest word from The Hollywood Reporter that Franco is being courted by Fox to join the X-Men Universe as Jamie Madrox aka Multiple Man.
Multiple Man's power, if you can't deduce from the name, is to create duplicate copies of himself and anything he's wearing. He's one of the trippier mutants in that each duplicate has his own independent thought and is telepathically connected to Jamie Prime, who can re-absorb the dupe at any time. That means he creates copies of himself, send them out into the world, reabsorb them and have all their new memories. That means he has a huge amount of memories, some of them conflicting, knocking around in his head.
Simon Kinberg, who is pretty much the big comic book dude at Fox, is leading the negotiations with Franco and the idea is that Multiple Man will get his own movie, not necessarily be folded into an existing team right away. In the comics Madrox was a key player in the X-Factor series, as was Wolfsbane who will be introduced in another X-Men spin-off movie The New Mutants and will be played by Game of Thrones' Maise Williams. Could this mean Fox is building up to a new team? Perhaps.
The deal isn't done yet, but it seems to be close and Fox has already tapped one of Wonder Woman's screenwriters, Allan Heinberg, to pen the Multiple Man movie, so I'd say this one looks like it just might actually happen.
4 weeks agoEddy Writer - The Know
Eyes up, Guardians, because Destiny 2 is about to get a whole lot more content soon thanks to the first expansion -- and fortunately, Bungie has now detailed some of what we can expect from the upcoming Curse of Osiris. The developers held a livestream yesterday, giving loads of information about the game, including the fact that we’ll learn more of the mysterious Osiris, and that the story takes place a few months after the events of the main game, with the Vex getting up to no good on Mercury.
There will also be new playable areas on Mercury like the Infinite Forest, which offers new combinations of enemies each time you visit, as well as a new Raid Lair unlocked on the Leviathan, with new activities and a new boss. One nice reveal is that Raid Lairs also offer short form activities to do with 5 friends, which aren’t quite as big of a time investment as proper raids. Plus, Heroic Strikes are back! And of course, you’ll also have access to new gear and a higher light level of 335. Curse of Osiris launches December 5.