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    • Malcolm X - In Memoriam

      2 days ago

      Faran

      On this day, 92 years ago, the world was blessed with a man named Malcolm.


      From an early age, he was attacked by the KKK - they terrorised him, his siblings, his mother and father - even being traumatised by a arsonists trying to burn their family alive while they slept. Not too long afterwards, his father, a Christian mister, was found dead on the train tracks.

      Growing up he dreamed of being a lawyer but was told "negros can't be lawyers". In his youth he did whatever he could to defy a destiny bound to him by the colour of his skin - dating white women, getting constant perms and wearing zoot suits. But still, the white Americans around him treated him with such disrespect that he quit his job and took up a life of crime, eventually targeting wealthy white homeowners, before being caught and sentenced to prison.


      Initially he cursed God for the state of his life and turned his back on the world, but was reintroduced to God by a couple inmates and his visiting brother. He took to the doctrine of the Nation of Islam very quickly because of its retaliatory views on white people, but as a result, his moral compass was redefined stronger than ever.


      He was devout in his understanding of religion and sought to bring down the injustices brought upon 22 million Black Americans by any means necessary, believing that violent reaction was inevitably the only way to gain independence from their oppressors.


      In November of 1963 he learned of the corruption present in the Nation of Islam and struggled with the reality that Elijah Mohammad, the man whom he deemed to be divine, was impregnating underage girls and then abandoning them and making them the subjects of public humiliation. Malcolm came to terms with this and left the Nation of Islam, seeking to find a more honourable means to tackling the injustices brought on to blacks.


      In 1964 he delivered his speech titled "The Ballot or the Bullet" in which he spoke of a peaceful revolution for black Americans, likening their struggle to those of the founding fathers - but rooted in deliberate hatred and inhumanity. Malcolm took a journey to the Middle East where he met Muslims of all races and his mind was opened to the prospects of unity among all races. He publicly spoke out against the Nation of Islam and Elijah Mohammad, which angered them. He then travelled into Africa, meeting with numerous Presidents of newly independent African countries. While there, he learned that in order for their struggles to be overcome, black people from all over the world, of all religious and political denominations needed to unite - the non-violent movements as well as those willing gain independence through violence needed to work together. He was also fuelled with the notion of an international coalition of black people, challenging the American government (as well as France and Britain) in the world court.

      On his return to the United States, several attempts were made on his life by the Nation of Islam. February of 1965 was an explosive month for Malcolm....


      At the start of the month, he threatened the government of Alabama that black Americans not "shackled by non-violent" philosophies would defend the civil rights of the people of Selma if they were attacked again, following protests and the death of a young black man in Montgomery. On February 13th, his house was set ablaze by members of the Nation of Islam, his baby girls narrowly escaping death. The next day, Malcolm delivered his final speech in Detroit, where he announced formally that he intended on taking the American Government to the UN courts for their violation of Human Rights obligations.


      That same week, he reached out to Coretta Scott King while Martin Luther King Jr was being kept in a prison cell in Selma Alabama, telling her and the local activists that they had his full support, apologising for how he shamed MLK in earlier years.


      In his final week of life, momentum grew around his charges against the American government, drawing attention to specific members of the government for their inability to take action - or even taking segregationist action. Finally, he made clear public accusations of everything Elijah Mohammad had done, including collusion with the KKK.


      On February 21st, 1965, he was assassinated by members of the Nation of Islam as he began his speech at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, New York. He died smiling in front of his wife and children. It is alleged (with a gross amount of evidence) that this assassination was somehow officially endorsed by the administration of the NOI, as well as the KKK. Based on declassified documents to have come out in recent years, the American government was aware of the assassination planned on his head and deliberately refused to prevent it.


      RIP Malcolm X

    • Proposal for further audience immersion

      in Forums > Proposal for further audience immersion | Follow this topic

      Faran

      First and foremost, thank you guys for everything you're doing. It's greatly appreciated and has not gone unnoticed. Your tireless efforts have resulted in thousands of people having a fun and entertaining online experience and you should be very proud.



      Proposal
       - How to have better interaction with the audience during live broadcasts


      Live Chat:

      The use of Twitter to chat is a great feature, but unfortunately it works better for small shout-outs than actual discussion/immersion. Tweets that require too much context can be seen as a nuisance to those who do not know what Rooster Teeth is and this is counter productive to spreading the word on RT. The benefit to a chatroom is that

      • Our screenames link to our RoosterTeeth profiles
      • It ensures that only posts intended for the twitterverse go to the twitterverse. These comments can essentially be curated specifically to people outside the community to draw them in.
      • People in the booth can chime in and join the chat here and there to provide a little more immersion to the audience

      *This is a feature you’d limit to First members

      Virtual Audience:

      This is a feature that a number of online shows provide. Essentially you have two angles to the show where - angle one is the main show, while angle two is a cascade of 8 Skype calls surrounding the main show in the middle. The people watching can then toggle on/off which version of the show they want to watch. The technician keeps their voices muted/volume low, until a point of audience interaction comes up in the show. If you’ve been a part of the audience once, you can’t do it again for two months - this opens up the variety in audience. (See TwinGalaxiesLive - Comic Book Show for an example)


      *This is a feature you’d limit to Double Gold first members

      Interaction:

      With the two above features added, cast/talent would be encouraged to interact with the chat/audience more (at least 2-3 times per episode) as opposed to the way it is now (roughly once every 2-3 episodes). This will help with the whole immersion experience 


      Further details:

      (In response to worries of audience disruption)
      Essentially, people are muted. They're just there as an audience. When you go to a live-taping of a show and you're disruptive, you're asked to leave. Similarly, if you're being disruptive in the skype-audience, you get kicked off. The skype call is there for audience reactions, and at any point in the podcast/video, the cast might poll the skype audience as well as the chat audience. Another great thing about the skype audience is skype's ability to screenshare. If someone who's called in is an artist, maybe they'll whip up a piece of fan-art about a joke that was literally just made, and it becomes their audience angle. Instant immersion. 

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    • My film has been submitted...

      10 months ago

      Faran

      Hey guys!


      A film I had the great pleasure of directing and co-writing has been submitted for multiple festivals and we still have about forty to go! We'll start hearing back as of mid-August but for now we wanted to share a first look at the film. I hope you enjoy the teaser trailer for "Blackpowder and Guilt"


    • "Blackpowder and Guilt"

      in Forums > "Blackpowder and Guilt" | Follow this topic

      Faran

      Hey guys!


      I had the great pleasure of directing and co-writing a film titled "Blackpowder and Guilt". We're in the process of submitting the film for a few dozen festivals right now but I thought I'd share the trailer with you. Figured my fellow RT community members might enjoy.


      "Blackpowder and Guilt" Teaser Trailer


      In 1970's rural Canada, a dishevelled man revisits the forest where he was forced into adulthood at the age of eleven. The man must come to terms with the guilt of his past as his memories stagger between the image of his father's rifle, the disintegration of his family and the disappearance of his younger brother.


      Cheers!

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    • Original Trilogy vs Reclaimer Saga - Why the drop off

      in Forums > Original Trilogy vs Reclaimer Saga - Why the drop off | Follow this topic

      Faran


      So going from Halo 3 (and eventually 4) there was a HUGE dropoff in sales and popularity. Why do you think that is?


      Here's my opinion on the matter... they changed too much. Small changes here and there are alright so long as they further the development of the series, but at a certain point, you might as well just make a different game. The changes with Halo 4 were cringeworthy but definitely forgivable. When Halo 5 was coming out they announced that they'd listened to the fans and were going back to the roots of the originals, then they went even further out -_-


      Story / Characters

      Locke is a horrible character. They should have given his story to Arbiter. It would have been way more engaging considering the history. Also there is WAY too much focus on peripheral storytelling. The story became too complicated. Hunt the Truth, the comics, the DLC it's too much. You shouldn't need that to play this game. Character split should have been MC 50% and Arbiter 50%. If they wanted to introduce Locke, he should've gotten the short end of the stick, and they should have made his character a lot more interesting and conflicted like the Arbiter was. Also the fact that the Elites are villains again after Halo 4 is stupid. It undermines Halo 3.


      Aesthetics

      The architecture of the game worlds is too over the top. Look at the aesthetics of Halo 1-3. There are alien accents to more simplistic designs. After Reach and Halo 4 and now Halo 5 they have made things look more and more intricate to the point where the conceptual aesthetics are completely different from the original trilogy. The way armour looks in Halo 4 and 5 is way too different from the originals. It all looks plastic compared to the perfect design in Halo 3. And that H5 scope? Barf.


      Guns

      The guns look way too different (see shotgun and rocket launcher especially), and the lack of dual wielding and the inclusion of the DMR are insulting. The whole reason Bungie did this in Reach was because in Halo 1 you don't have dual wielding, so if you wanted to do a chronological playthrough, it made sense to exclude dual wielding in Reach. The inclusion of the DMR in Reach was due to the fact that the BR hadn't been invented yet (in universe) so having a prototype to the BR was an excuse to have the same type of gun in Reach... so then why is the prototype back in Halo 4? They nerfed the BR to make it different than the DMR and OPd the AR in Halo 4 and 5 to give noobs a better chance against the BR/DMR.


      Music and Sounds

      It doesn't SOUND like Halo. The music is way too different as are the sound effects. We have hints of the original Halo music in Halo 5, but barely anything. Halo 4 didn't have any at all! And I know people will argue that they were trying to update the SFX of the guns etc, but it's not that it sounds crisper, it sounds completely different. The DMR in Halo 4/5 sounds more like a progression of the BR from Halo 3 than the BR in Halo 4/5 does.


      Multiplayer

      The maps in Halo 4 and 5 are GARBAGE. Halo 1-3 had some of the best maps I've ever played in any FPS. They were straight forward, simple, sleek and you only needed a couple minutes to learn the map. Halo 4 and 5 the aesthetics became way too busy, all of the maps look the same and they have no originality or character to them. Also the lack of local multiplayer was some real bullshit. Halo was that one game that you'd get together at a friends place to play - those days are apparently over.


      Gameplay

      Some of the armor abilities are welcomed, others aren't. The way they handled abilities in Halo 3 was amazing. You pick them up as equipment and you get to use it once. If you don't, someone can kill you and take it. If they included the likes of hologram and jetpack with bubble shield, degen, regen, flare, mine, active camo and overshield that would have been amazing. After replaying all of the halo games recently, I'm down to remove sprint. It's not necessary. They're Spartans - they're always running. If I want sprint mechanics I'll play CoD.

      Changing a couple of things here and there is one thing, but changing as much as they did is downright stupid. Switch all of the above back for Halo 6 and all of those old players will come running back.

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