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  • #44: Coming Up Roses - Death Battle's Road to 100

    2 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer

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    Episode- 67 Ken VS Terry, 68 Amy VS Ramona


    Here’s a classic pairing of episodes! One which was based on an extremely high request, and another which most people never saw coming. I love this sort of thing about Death Battle… it really helps keep the show fresh!


    Ken VS Terry was yet another Street Fighter match-up, and unfortunately yet another Street Fighter loss. Suddenly, ScrewAttack was gaining a reputation of supposedly hating Street Fighter and purposefully killing the characters off. What’s hilarious about this is that anyone who paid any attention to ScrewAttack before this would tell you that the company is actually full of Street Fighter fanboys. We’ve had a Street Fighter Third Strike cabinet in the office for a decade that we’d play all the time. We still have it!


    But that’s one unfortunate side effect of a show like Death Battle. Public perception of us could do a full 180 in a snap, just because we deemed one character a better fighter than another.


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    This YouTube release had a little issue come up that’s entirely unique to this episode of the show. The copyright police showed up, this time because we used a few seconds from a King of Fighters movie. But instead of striking the video and taking it down, it was blocked in a couple specific countries. Most people had no idea there was a problem, and were pretty surprised when it was uploaded again a while later.


    Amy VS Ramona was actually bumped up from its original position in the series, switched with Hulk VS Doomsday to give Torrian some much needed extra time. (Recall yesterday’s blog!) That’s why both of these episodes were written by the team of Sam and Jessica. I knew Jessica was a big Scott Pilgrim fan, so it seemed like to perfect time to dive into a franchise which we had never explored in Death Battle up to that point.


    I love episodes which allow us to explore series that have never appeared in Death Battle at that point!


    -Ben B. Singer


    P.S. What’s a character you want to see in Death Battle whose franchise has yet to have any representative at all?

  • September - Feelin It

    3 months ago

    geoff

    These are songs so full of passion or love or pain, you can physically feel the emotion when sung.



    September - Feelin It


    Also, it's the first playlist I've created with the intent of it playing on repeat. Each song hopefully flows into the next both musically and narratively, with the idea that the last song flows right back into the first again, creating a perfect loop. Or not, whatever.

  • RT Community Stream for Extra Life! Nov 3-4, Submit Now!

    3 months ago

    Chelsea RT Community Manager

    Hey y'all!


    We’re back! For a third year in a row, Rooster Teeth will be hosting the RT Community Stream. We’re already gearing up with plans and shenanigans and ways that we can do mental (and some physical) harm to our co-workers in the name of, "For the Kids."


    The RT Community Stream will be happening on November 3 to November 4, 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. CST - a full 25 hours of bouncing around every hour to community groups all over the world. And yes, that's 25 hours, so 25 groups because Daylight Savings Time is happening again.

    We’ve done this the last two years, but some of you may be asking, WHAT IS THE EXTRA LIFE RT COMMUNITY STREAM? Let me tell you.


    The RT Community Stream is a 25-hour livestream where we, Rooster Teeth, will host a specific Community Group or Individual in hour long blocks. Jack, Caiti, myself and maybe some other randos will be hosting the stream at the top of every hour; covering Extra Life details, showing off the exclusive merchandise, and telling you about the new group we’re about to throw it to. The RT Community Stream is schedule on the same day as Extra Life’s massive GAME DAY. Where Extra Life unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Game Day is the day of play (the whole 25 hours of it) where gamers around the world marathon their favorite table top, PC and consoles games to raise money for sick and injured kids. It’s just like a walk-a-thon, only you’re participating alongside gamers who, just like you, are playing or streaming #forthekids!


    In the past we’ve been able to pull in groups located all over the US, Canada, the United Kingdom and more. There have been skits, gameplay, truly horrific stretch goals, and artistic streams - anything is game when it comes to raising money For the Kids.


    So, here’s the deal: we're looking for some amazing RT Community Extra Life teams that are looking to participate in our official RT Community Stream.


    If you're interested, please fill out the following form! Make sure to get with your fellow group members so there's no duplicates between y'all.


    SUPER COOL AWESOME FORM


    For those of you who participated last year, you'll have to fill out the form again. You have until September 28, 2018 to submit. 


    Now here's the cool part. By joining our Rooster Teeth Super Team on Extra Life, every dollar that you, or people in your sub team donate goes towards the total that Rooster Teeth is attempting to raise. Here is our team!


    If you have issues with the Rooster Teeth Super Team, or you want to create a sub-team to include in the Rooster Teeth Super Team, drop the support guys at Extra Life an email at support@extra-life.org and they'll hook you up.


    So, to sum up Extra Life and the streams...


    November 3 is the 25-hour RT Community Stream

    November 10 is the INSANE 24-hour Rooster Teeth Extra Life Stream.


    If y'all have questions, drop 'em below. @jack and I will do our best to answer!


    <3


    P.S. - A lot of people were asking about tech minimums and recommendations for streaming. HERE'S THAT INFO FOR YOU.

  • RT Community Stream 2018- Tech Updates

    3 months ago

    Chelsea RT Community Manager
    • Preferred 
      • Encoder: Xsplit/OBS/VMix - Keyframe interval set at 2
      • Resolution: 1080p 30/60 fps
      • Bitrate: 5000-8000 Kbps
      • Streaming Destination: Twitch / YouTube (Ads Disabled on both)
      • Sponsors: No sponsors during our time frame
      • Graphics/alerts: Turn off personal alerts during our time - We will have a bar at the bottom to display donations and total amount (Our graphics are still being worked out - details will come soon) We will aim to include their name and channel during their time for people to find. 
      • Upload Speeds: at least 10/Mbps
      • Equipment: A game feed and caster's audio. Group Audio should match output of Caster's and game audio should be lower (Unless game calls for certain game cues) - Webcam is Required- Audio/Video Sync needs to be checked.


    • Minimum
      • Encoder:: OBS - Audio/Video Sync 
      • Resolution: 720p 30fps
      • Bitrate: 2500 kbps
      • Streaming Destination: Twitch/Youtube
      • Sponsors: No Sponsors during our time
      • Graphic/Alerts: Turn off personal alerts unless they are Extra Life related - Our graphics will still cover certain areas of the screen. If they want to keep their name graphic on stream we can make this work. 
      • Upload Speeds: 5Mbps
      • Equipment: A game feed and caster's audio. Group Audio should match output of Caster's and game audio should be lower (Unless game calls for certain game cues) - Webcam is Required- Audio/Video Sync needs to be checked.
  • #43: Run, Scout, Run! - Death Battle's Road to 100

    3 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer

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    Episode- 65 Cammy VS Sonya, 66 Tracer VS Scout


    Sooooo funny thing about how the jobs changed around with Season 3. Because I was no longer in the trenches doing research for characters, I have a lot less memories about the little choices for each episode as opposed to the bigger picture. What’s funny about this is now I look back at some Death Battle episodes and as I’m watching them I’ll be blindsided by things I totally forgot were in the episode.


    Like Sonya’s “It’s kombat time!” Oh my god, that was hilarious.


    What’s really special about this episode is who animated the fight. Before he joined the ScrewAttack staff, Luis aka Jetz had been an avid member of the ScrewAttack g1 community for a long time, and was well known for his animations. However, most of his animations were humorous and skit-based in nature, not fight scenes. Still, we were curious how he’d do with one, so we asked him to make a DBX!


    And then he made Ronald McDonald VS Colonel Sanders.


    McDonald VS Sanders was so good, I wanted to give Luis a chance at a Death Battle. His flair for comedic effect and absurdism was actually something I felt Death Battle had moved too far away from. Given how utterly ridiculous the very concept of Death Battle truly is, this sort of tone seemed apt for the fights.


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    Long story short and full of spoilers, Luis is now a full-time member of ScrewAttack and our very own Lead Animator.(Psst, you should follow him on Twitter.)


    When Tracer VS Scout came out, the audience reactions seemed pretty positive about almost everything except one thing. One thing which was apparently a much bigger deal than I anticipated. The Scout didn’t run enough. Yeah, I’m not kidding, but it’s also understandable. One of the many, many reasons why Death Battle is an incredibly difficult project is that both characters in the arena need to be properly represented to a certain tee every time. Believe it or not, by not having Scout run around the whole fight, he was seen as misrepresented.


    There actually was a reason for this. You may have noticed that this is the only Death Battle season where, at least for the first half of it, there’s a 3D fight every other episode. Now that Death Battles were regularly coming out every 3 weeks, this meant a new 3D animation only had at max 6 weeks to be finished. This was a terrible strategy, and totally overworked Torrian. It became a running joke that Torrian just wouldn’t go home, but it really wasn’t much of a joke to me. It was having an effect on his health, and I was distinctly reminded of how my first year working on Death Battle negatively affected me.


    After Meta VS Carolina, I knew our schedule would have to change, and worked to accommodate Torrian into a better production timeline. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to change Tracer VS Scout’s placement in our schedule. Too much work had already been done with the express purpose of it airing after Cammy VS Sonya, so we had to get another 3D fight done in 6 weeks. Therefore, we purposefully simplified the fight to give Torrian a bit of a break, at least in comparison to his earlier projects that year. After this, 3D fights would occur every three episodes, increasing the time available for production.


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    The majority of our battle animations are structured in a way which allow for setpiece changes to help change the flow of battle. The most recent episode is a perfect example of that. Halfway through the battle between Optimus Prime and Gundam, the battle moves from outer space to the Earth’s surface. This sort of structuring allows the ability to change up the dynamics of the fight, altering stakes and expectations. However, creating multiple setpieces and adjusting the character models for each takes a lot of time, so narrowing the fight down to a single small set would help quicken the process quite a bit.


    This is why the fight takes place in a pretty small area that doesn’t give Scout a lot of room to run around in. Tracer doesn’t actually do a lot of running, either. She’s mostly just blinking around Scout throughout the animation, because the location simply wasn’t big enough for a decent chase to happen. I didn't think it was that big of a deal. I still don't, honestly, but I understand the complaints. It’s unfortunate that this, of all match-ups, was the one that had to be changed like so… but I’d rather focus on my fellow crew members’ health and well-being than whether or not the Scout gets to sprint somewhere. The fact is, animation takes a lot of time and effort. 


    (Though on the brighter side, I think our cast of Elsie Lovelock as Tracer and Octopimp as Scout was pretty darn perfect!)


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    And before I end this, I’ve seen a lot of people complain about this season because it has less episodes than Season One or Season Two, and I have to comment on that to set the record straight. Season Three was the first time we entered an annual season production cycle, and for good reason. Season one had 25 episodes across 2 years, an average of 12 per year. Season two had 32 episodes across 3 years, an average of 11 per year. Season three had 14 episodes in 1 year. It’s pretty simple math, right? With Season Three’s production methods, we could bust out more episodes in a single year, created a reliable consistency through the series release schedule, and improved upon that even more with 16 episodes in the next year’s season. That’s one of the reasons why I feel Season 3 was one of the best.


    -Ben B. Singer


    P.S. Is there another Overwatch character you'd like to see in a Death Battle?

  • Londooooooooooon!

    3 months ago

    kriss Community Manager

    I WILL BE ON A PLANE SOON THAT WILL TAKE ME OUT OF THE COUNTRY. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. 


    I am a nervous wreck right now, but I am really excited for the opportunity to not only see another country with my own eyes, but able to attend RTX London and give my personal thanks and love to Guardians and attendees throughout the weekend. I've only ever known the inner and outer workings of RTX Austin, so this will be a fantastic experience for me. I might even be tempted to throw on a Guardian shirt to help out =P 


    I'll be flying in with @Chelsea (thank GAWD) and I couldn't be more grateful. I don't travel very well, mostly because of my anxious nerves and I have zero directional skills. I am not even kidding. You can give me all the maps and landmarks known to man, and I will still get lost. Thankfully, the RTUK community will also be adopting me and I cannot wait to give them all the hugs. 


    Aside from RTX London proper, there are a TON of community events happening. I'll be attending as many as I can, and I hope you do too! 


    We should be taking off in about 7 hours or so. WHOOOOOOO! \o/  airplane


    Sound off in the comments if I get to see you this week! 

  • Movie Club: Stardust

    3 months ago

    Ashley The Know

    This week on Club Club we're watching Stardust! It's a 2007 movie based on the book by Neil Gaiman and we can't wait to talk about it. If you want to watch before this weekend, it's currently streaming on Netflix (in the US, at least... not sure about other regions. Sorry!), but it's also available to rent on YouTube/Google Play, Amazon, and iTunes.


    We want to include your thoughts in the show!


    You can suggest a "Movie Club" style question about the themes of the movie we should discuss.


    You can also leave us a comment about something in the movie that surprised you, a moment you particularly enjoyed, etc. and we'll shout out some of your thoughts in the episode. OR you can tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #ClubClub.


    I CAN'T WAIT TO DISCUSS THIS MOVIE WITH EVERYONE!


    NEXT

    Book Club - The Lies of Locke Lamora

    Tabletop Club - Mansions of Madness

    Game Club - Little Nightmares


  • #42: Red Vs Blue - Death Battle's Road to 100

    3 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer

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    Episode- 64 Meta VS Carolina


    When visiting conventions and hosting panels, Chad and I often get the question “What’s your favorite Death Battle you’ve worked on?” I often find myself not really able to pinpoint a single episode as my unchanging favorite, as a few always come to mind with entirely different reasons. This is one of them, and will always be, simply because of what it personally means to me.


    Meta VS Carolina isn’t just a Death Battle episode. It’s actually a Red Vs Blue episode first and foremost. The 14th season of this long running web series was an anthology show, with multiple episodes being written and created by creators outside of the normal RvB and Rooster Teeth staff. We were asked to create a crossover episode that would be a part of Red Vs Blue’s 14th season and Death Battle Season 3!


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    I’m sure plenty of people were a little mystified when this episode was announced. The last time Death Battle had pit two characters from the same franchise against each other Goomba VS Koopa, of all things. It just wasn’t something Death Battle was known to do, making this one a bit of an oddity. But from my end, this became one of the most important projects of the year. Red Vs Blue has had a massive influence on online entertainment, and on myself. It was a series I had been following since its second season over a decade before this. In fact, the day Craig had come to my high school video class looking for interns was the same day we were supposed to show some projects we had been working on, and mine included a long section of Halo machinima in the same vein as Red Vs Blue. This helped me get the very first paid employed position at ScrewAttack.


    And frankly, getting to work directly with the RvB team on what is essentially an official RvB episode which I got writing and directing credit on meant a lot to me.


    For me, the most fascinating part of this production had nothing to do with the analysis. It was the script. Specifically, writing for characters that aren’t Wiz or Boomstick. The years working on Death Battle had given me plenty of experience with writing characters that aren’t of my own creation, but there are a lot of restrictions there. I prefer to refrain from including very much dialogue or story structure in Death Battle because it’s not supposed to be fan-fiction. The interactions the combatant characters have in our animations are fairly limited and generally inspired by actions they’ve taken in their own stories. Even though including a narrative would be much more fun to write, it doesn’t feel right to structure an episode around a combatant character’s personality as opposed to their fighting ability alone. (Deadpool excluded, because that’s kinda Deadpool’s thing.)


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    But this was an entirely different case. We weren’t just making a Death Battle. It had to be a Red Vs Blue episode as well. So there I was, writing a script with Caboose, Grif, and Simmons arguing about who would win in a fight between Carolina and the Meta. Characters I had been watching for years, even before joining this industry. That was really special, and I’d be thrilled to do it again.


    There was also the matter of a little in-joke Chad and I had been tossing around for awhile. Chad based his Boomstick voice off the voice of Sarge, and we’ve previously laughed at the idea that maybe Sarge was Boomstick’s long-lost father he would mention every so often in Death Battle character rundowns. It was just a little inside joke we’d chuckle about every so often… but I just couldn’t help myself when writing this episode.


    Hope you all are enjoying this trip down memory lane! I won't be able to write an entry for tomorrow, but on Wednesday I'll be covering Cammy VS Sonya and Tracer VS Scout! Now that we’ve announced the match-up for Death Battle 99, I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about how close we are to wrapping up this epic journey down the Road to 100.


    -Ben B. Singer


    P.S. Are there two characters from the same franchise who you’d be interested to see in a Death Battle together?

  • Is VR a thing?

    3 months ago

    burnie

    I went to add the new wireless adapter for Vive to my cart and then I just didn't buy it. Can't justify any more money on VR. Am I alone in this? Is this round of VR over?

  • RTX London 2018- Weekend Badge Autograph Apology

    3 months ago

    nicolew Events Specialist

    Dear RTX London 2018 Weekend Badge Holders,


    We want to sincerely apologize for the issues we encountered today when Autograph Signing sessions went live for Weekend badge holders to redeem their access codes.


    Upon the signing sessions going live we immediately became aware there was an issue allowing only some individuals to access the signing sessions. We worked diligently to resolve the glitch as fast as possible. In some cases it appears the solution came too late to have access to redeem top choice signings for some individuals.  


    We have heard many of your stated grievances and truly understand your frustration. We are constantly evaluating how to improve RTX to make the experience more fun, enjoyable, and exciting. We will be working to improve and adjust the process for next year.


    RT Staff and personalities make a point at every RTX to try and explore the show floor, attend community meet-ups, and occasionally do impromptu signings. Just because you may not have been able to secure an Autograph Session does not necessarily mean you won’t get a chance to meet the coolest guys and gals at RTX London.


    Again, we cannot express enough how sorry we are. We hope you can understand and have patience as we work to constantly improve each year.


    Thank you,

    RTX Events Team


    *Autograph access codes are a non-valued perk associated with tickets purchased prior to August 22, 2018 11:59 p.m. GMT. There is no monetary value associated with autograph access codes. Autograph sessions fill up incredibly fast and there is no guarantee that an individual who has been issued an autograph access code is able to secure an autograph session.

  • Achievement Haunter at RTX London

    3 months ago

    Daniel Writer/Director

    Hey all!


    I'm trying to stay on top of these updates as we get closer to our Oct. 31st season premiere! This time--not only do I want to tease an episode below--but let everyone know that Achievement Haunter will be visiting RTX London! Get ready for some never before seen clips and scenes from the upcoming season! 


    Our Haunter panel will be Sunday, Sept. 16th at RTX London. We will tell some stories, share some initial findings and how this show is just an excuse to trap Jeremy in small, hot rooms. Please come with questions about ghosts, tactics or even the casts' personal experiences. But we've got our locations! Don't worry about that. 


    On that note, check out this BTS photo from a recent ghost hunt in Louisiana at a creepy gothic style jail. Spooky? Maybe. 


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    - Daniel

  • #41: Clowning Around - Death Battle's Road to 100

    3 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer

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    Episode- 62 Joker VS Sweet Tooth, 63 Mewtwo VS Shadow


    The Joker has always been one of our most popular requests in Death Battle history. But other than that fact that he is arguably the most famous supervillain of all time, I’m really not sure what people expect from match-up suggestions like Joker VS Green Goblin and Joker VS Kefka. I mean, Green Goblin’s a superhuman with futuristic tech, and Kefka ruined a whole world. What’s a scrawny clown with a murder infatuation going to do against people like that?


    Simply put, Joker was a tough one for me to envision in a Death Battle. Far more so than characters like Solid Snake, Wolverine, or even Rainbow Dash. But as I’ve said before, I like a good challenge, and figuring out a way to include such a popular request seemed like a pretty good one.


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    Then I found a Twisted Metal game on the ScrewAttack games shelf and realized the perfect opponent was staring right at me.


    I’ll never forget how Joker was cast. I knew we needed to find someone who could pull off a perfect Joker laugh. This voice was really important to me! The Joker is one of those voice that has been done so perfectly, particularly by Mark Hamill. I knew a poor impression would absolutely ruin the episode for a lot of viewers. I was expecting that we would have to sift through dozens upon dozens of auditions, scouring for days on end for the right one, if it even existed at all. Then, just a day or two after the casting call was sent out, the audition of a certain Lucas Schuneman popped up. I didn’t even finish listening to the full audition before I knew some miracle had happened and I didn’t have to worry anymore.


    It’s funny how the very next fight after this was Mewtwo VS Shadow, because the methodologies factored into the analysis and writing of these episodes couldn’t be more different. Season 3 of Death Battle was moving into a format where calculations and official stats were more important than ever. Powerscaling and data books became far more prevalent, as the effort was being made to create verdicts that were less reliant on opinions and personal interpretations. This was made possible thanks to the growing number of people now working on the show.


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    Bringing Shadow back was in large part an early effort to show how much Death Battle had grown. The analyses of Shadow between this episodes and his first one 5 years earlier are incredibly different, and set a pretty good precedent of where Death Battle was heading at the time. 


    But Joker and Sweet Tooth? There were no real calculations or statistics to produce that were so critical they would sway the battle indefinitely. Considering the Joker’s methods in particular, it seemed particularly important that we shouldn’t just examine his physical ability, but also his talent for manipulating others. Most online versus debates ultimately come down to whether or not Character A can blow up more planets than Character B, but Death Battle is different. I really enjoy digging into aspects of these characters which people might not really expect us to explore, especially when such exploring pulls up some juicy info that changes everything.


    -Ben B. Singer


    P.S. Have you ever learned something new about one of your favorite characters while watching Death Battle? What was it? Feel free to tell me here or on Twitter with the hashtag #DeathBattleRoadTo100


  • This Week at ScrewAttack - 9/7/18

    3 months ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi



    It's time for another round of notes! This week we had an episode of Top 10 I wrote and an episode of Desk of Death Battle I edited. So check out those videos and come back to read up on the random thoughts that pop into my head while I work here at ScrewAttack.



    Top 10 Bounty Hunters - Writer Notes

        

    • It is always fun to write something and send it off to Nick to see how he'll put everything together in the edit. 
    • Nick ad libbed that this list should have been "Top 10 Cowboys" - solid point. It turns out a LOT of bounty hunters are cowboys. 
    • I'm really happy to have gotten the Name with No Name and Dr. Schultz on this list. The movie nerd in me is pleased. 
    • I would actually be really interested in seeing the actual list of professions in order of their appearance on Earth.
    • Two lines in this episode I'm particularly fond of: "On a list of bounty hunters you’ll find a lot of people wearing hats and boots of the cowboy persuasion." and "The best bounty hunter on our list isn’t a cowboy and doesn’t frequent standoffs, Mexican or otherwise".


    Watch the episode!



    The Desk of The Desk of DEATH BATTLE - Jojo's Egg Baby  -  Editor Notes 


    • One selfish aspect of this job that I indulge in is trying to fit in references to shows/movies I like.* This episode, I really wanted to include this clip from Superbad ("Oh no, it's the cops!") for when Jocelyn says "Oh no!" but it just didn't work so I went with Kristen Wiig instead.
    • *Hence Community reference.  
    • As scary and confusing as that little Jojo baby is...it's also pretty cute. 
    • When you edit a biweekly show, it's always fun when the script calls for you to shake things up. The "To be continued" tag gag at the end of this episode was...dare I say...thrilling. Haha probably a exaggeration but it was so fun to see that come together.


    Watch the episode!




  • #40: The Death Race - Death Battle's Road to 100

    3 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer

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    Episode- 60 Ratchet & Clank VS Jak & Daxter, 61 Flash VS Quicksilver


    It’s funny, despite the shake-ups we were still getting the hang off when Season 3 started, we were pulling off some incredibly ambitious match-ups pretty early on! I didn’t really talk about it too much in the last blog, but Dante VS Bayonetta was a huge passion project for Torrian. It was his idea to include Trish and Jeanne as a gag that would lead to their DBX (which was unfortunately forced to be rushed out waaaaay ahead of schedule and therefore unfinished but hey, water under the bridge...) and right after that massive project, he jumped into another one!


    Ratchet & Clank VS Jack & Daxter was one of those episodes we always wanted to do, but really weren’t sure if we could pull it off. Not only would it involve 4 characters and a ton of weapons, they’re all extremely cartoony. This actually makes the models extremely more difficult to animate than a more realistically styled character like Dante. Cartoon characters require a lot of silly pulling, stretching, and general rubberiness to make their animations looks right. I’m frankly flabbergasted that Torrian was able to pull this animation off at all!


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    This was one of Nick’s episodes, and it was a pretty difficult one to write. This is often the case for characters with massive arsenals, but in this case there were also two additional characters to factor in. For the Dante VS Bayonetta animation, Trish and Jeanne 's additions were mostly fluff. They had nothing to do with the analysis. But Clank and Daxter? They had everything to do with this episode! It was an interesting challenge tackling a pair of characters so unique to the Death Battle format. I distinctly remember Nick and I bouncing dozens of ideas for the fight off each other to find ways to include as many weapons, powers, and funny moments as we could. At the same time though, Nick pitched the last minute of the fight right off the bat; the idea that the RYNO V would go haywire while blasting Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture during the final moments of the fight. While the final blow was changed a few times (In some drafts Light Jak appeared first and Dark Jak was the form he was ultimately killed in) this idea never changed.


    Flash VS Quicksilver was another ambitious episode. Not necessarily in terms of determining a victor though. Frankly, this is one of the most one-sided match-ups we’ve ever done. However, I don’t think that idea alone is enough to dissuade a match-up, especially one so heavily requested as Flash VS Quicksilver. Without knowing everything about either character, it wouldn’t be so far-fetched to believe the possibility of finding a strength or durability or strategic feat that could put Quicksilver’s capabilities over Flash’s overall, and only in-depth research can truly uncover exactly how powerful each character is in all areas that matter. Honestly, Quicksilver turned out to be way more impressive than I thought! ...but we also found out that Flash is OP AF and I have no idea how he ever loses fights to anyone in DC comics.


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    I consider it ambitious in that we were working with a new animator, Shaq, with a fight script unlike anything we’d ever done. This wasn’t just a fight, it was also a race! I had always wanted to try doing a battle with a twist to the formula. Remember the Kirby eating contest idea? The idea of a death race had actually been mentioned around the office several times, so this was our first attempt at such a thing! That fact that Quicksilver was so much slower than Flash actually fit this death race structure really well, as it gave him a very good reason to try to take Flash out and get the “battle” part going.


    Overall, I’m pretty proud of both these episodes! Nick, Sam, and the rest of the new team structure were off to a strong start, and I was really excited to dive into yet another ambitious episode; Joker VS Sweet Tooth.


    -Ben B. Singer


    P.S. What other characters would you want to see in a death race style episode?

  • Game Club: Doki Doki Literature Club

    3 months ago

    Ashley The Know

    It's finally time! We're getting ready to sit down and record our first episode of Club Club! We're starting off with Game Club (BACK FROM THE DEAD!) and we're playing Doki Doki Literature Club. We've scarred ourselves plenty with our playthroughs, but we also want to know how it scarred you. Let us know a favorite moment or element from the game and we'll shout them out as part of the episode!


    Alternately, you can tweet with the hashtag #ClubClub and we'll be highlighting your tweets about the game as well.



    And don't forget our other upcoming Clubs!

    Movie Club: Stardust

    Book Club: The Lies of Locke Lamora

    Tabletop Club: Mansions of Madness


    BONUS POINTS IF YOU WRITE AS A POEM

    obviously


    Look for the episode to go up on the site exclusively for FIRST members this weekend! Once we get the whole show settled and going along smoothly, we'd also like to add a streaming component, but I'm still learning the whole live/to-tape production pipeline so trying not to bite off more than I can handle.

  • RTX LONDON COMMUNITY CORNER SCHEDULE

    3 months ago

    Clarissa.Gonzalez RT Live Events Manager

    Hey all,


    We're excited to share our Community Corner schedule. Please show them love and support at our first ever Community Corner located near the FIRST booth on the Exhibit Floor.


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    xoxo

    Clarissa



  • #39: Season 3 Shake-Up! - Death Battle's Road to 100

    3 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer

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    Episode- 58 Dante VS Bayonetta, 59 Bowser VS Ganon


    The Death Battle curse strikes again! On the same day we were going to announce Dante’s appearance in Death Battle, a Nintendo Direct aired which announced Bayonetta’s debut in Super Smash Bros. It seemed rather appropriate to do a last minute switch and announce his opponent first, as it just so happened to be the Umbra Witch herself!


    Starting in 2016, Season 3 was a massive turning point for Death Battle, marking the changes which would come together to produce the modern version of the show. Most of this was thanks to finally merging with Rooster Teeth! Under RT, we switched to an annual season format; Season 3 would have a distinct start date and end date within 2016, and our production schedule would plan around that. This would ensure a steady, reliable release schedule. However, we had never done this before because we didn’t have the manpower. Death Battle had been trudging along for 5 years now, and each episode was still forced to be largely created by a single person, animation excluded. Nick and myself were still working on alternating episodes at the time.


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    Several major changes happened during this time. Not all at once, some were even occurring in the latter half of 2015, but they all culminated to make Season 3 what it was.


    There was no way we could achieve what Rooster Teeth wanted without additional manpower. I was finally given the go-ahead to build out the team. It was decided I would move to a broader, more supervisory role and Sam would come aboard to take up the Death Battle episodes I would have been diving into. He had been writing Desk of Death Battle for awhile at that point, so he seemed like a natural fit! With Gerardo as editor and Jessica as a writer and researcher, the team was more than doubled all at once! Sam’s first episode would be Bowser VS Ganon, a match-up I had wanted to do for a long time.


    We also brought aboard the research team in a more official capacity. Previously, while they were always available for discussion, we weren’t able to discuss the actual victor and the subsequent reasons with them. While bringing them into the fold meant the end of their fan blog, it provided us an even greater worth of talented researchers and writers to help narrow down victories, analyze the fights, and come up with creative ideas. All of a sudden we went from a team of two to a team of eleven!


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    This also marked a changing of the guard for animation. Particularly our 2D animated fights. Previously, Death Battle’s 2D animations were contracted out to a collective team of animators. The team’s leader was contracted directly through Craig. Aside from Zack, the other animators were subcontracted through him. Unfortunately, this meant we had little say over how those animators were communicated with or the exact pay they received. Because of the multiple levels of communication, confusion and discontent among arose some animators, and fingers started pointing all over the place. It could have spiraled out of control pretty quick, and I was honestly a little concerned about Death Battle’s future for awhile there. Looking back though, I think we handled the situation rather well. We chose not to renew the contract, and I personally opted for a much more efficient and refreshing option; we would simply work with each and every animator directly. We still do to this day! Similar to the last animation shake-up, we worked with a number of different animators for awhile. Some would eventually leave for other projects, while a couple extremely talented folks would stick around and turn our animation quality up to eleven! But I’m getting ahead of myself...


    This was also the year we started DBX! It had a bit of a rough start, as we were still going through that animation shake-up, but once that settled and the animation team grew as those we previously worked with started working with us again, it really got going well!


    Quite a wild start to what would ultimately be one of Death Battle’s most important years. Stick around, I’ll keep chatting about Season 3 every weekday from here on!


    -Ben B. Singer


    P.S. Which Season 3 episode are you most interested to read about in an upcoming Road To 100 blog?

  • Let's Roll Game Suggestions

    3 months ago

    Larry Shifty Larry

    With the release of Pretty Pretty Princess, we're now four episodes deep on Let's Roll. This is my first foray into working on an AH show in a producer role, and I'm very excited so many of you are enjoying our style of tabletop gaming.


    As Achievement Hunter's resident board game nerd, I've been curating our game selections so far (except PPP - that was 100% Lindsay). I've still got a pretty large pile of games from my own collection, but my closet is only so deep. 


    What are your favorite games? Or more to the point, what are your favorite games that you want to see Achievement Hunter play? Comment below and let me know.


    For the moment, the shorter, the better. We are looking into doing a Betrayal at House on the Hill 2-parter down the line, but despite my best efforts, I currently can't convince anyone to do a Twilight Imperium mini-series comprised of sixteen 30-minute episodes.


    But for seriously, tell me about your favorite games, and maybe we'll play them on a future episode!

  • New to Rooster Teeth!

    3 months ago

    nyx_morciniec

    Heya! My name is Nicole! I'm new to the Animation Department here at Rooster Teeth, and I'm super honored and excited to be a part of it! I'm going to be working on RWBY season 6, and I'm so hyped!


    I'm originally from New York, so moving to Austin was a big change for me, but one I definitely feel is worth it! :D

  • Last Week At ScrewAttack? - 8/31/18

    3 months ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi


    The Desk of The Desk of DEATH BATTLE - Batman Beyond Is Messed Up  -  Editor Notes 

                                                                                                   

    • I don't know, Lisa, your Batman voice is pretty good if you ask me.
    • This was an interesting edit because I had a lot more time to work on it. So I did a lot of extra passes and kept adding things each time. It got a lot more TLC! 
    • This tangled mess of Batman lore is almost expected when you keep writing for this character decade after decade. Lots of good stuff though so carry on I guess! 
    • Hypocrite alert: A movie with old Bruce, Terry, Dick and Barbara would be awesome. 
    • Side note: the Pete Holmes/Collegehumor/Batman sketches are so great.
    • CAUSE I'M JUST A TEENAGE DIRTBAG BABY
    • Thanks for all of the nice comments on this episode by the way. We all really appreciate it! See you next episode! 
    • Also.....I've got two tickets to Iron Maiden, baby. Come with me Friday, don't say maybe. I'm just a teenage dirtbag, baby, like you ooh. 


    Watch the episode!



  • Rebel. 2012 ~ 2018

    3 months ago

    adam Director of Technology

    The hardest post I'll ever make.


    My boy Rebel passed away yesterday to unknown causes. He was 5 years old. He loved tortillas and playing ball.


    My heart is utterly shattered to a thousand pieces.


    I will miss you ever day, Rebel.

  • When it rains

    3 months ago

    kriss Community Manager

    As open as I am on social media about a lot of different topics, there are some things that I keep to myself. I don't talk about my family much. I'll share snippets here and there, but for the most part, I keep that part of my life a little closed off. 


    In the past though, I have shared family news, and it's heartbreaking to share again that we suffered another loss. My aunt passed away on Monday. She wasn't well for the last couple months and days ago, she finally found peace. Her passing is now the 5th that our family has experienced in the last two years. This is honestly one of the worst drawbacks to having a big family. Growing up, you get to experience tons of birthday celebrations, weddings, and baby news, but there does come a point in life where you then have to experience the other side of the spectrum. You begin to lose the older generations in the same increments. 


    There's no class that teaches you how to process grief or loss. I don't think there's an absolute right way to process. Some people shut down and hide for a while, some people look to comedy for relief, others try to stay as busy as possible. I'm the latter. I'll be headed to PAX tomorrow morning and then flying to Vegas immediately after to spend time with family. It's really strange to me that the reasons why I have gone home lately is for a holiday visit and memorial services. That really should change. I had that thought earlier this morning. 


    Fast forward to now, I just got a text from my brother saying that he, mom, and dad are thinking about visiting Austin for my birthday in October. Since I'm the bird that flew furthest away from the nest, I think recent events really prompted my immediate family to come visit. I'm really happy that I get to see them for a nice occasion. 


    I really miss my aunt. I was lucky enough to see her on face-time about three days before she passed, and I told her that I missed her and loved her. And she said the same to me. 


    I'll be checking in on everything sporadically this week and next. If you send me any messages or emails, I will be getting to them, but likely not as quickly as I normally do. 


    Thanks for reading and for letting me be myself on this platform. Please do me a favor and tell your loved ones that you love them, enjoy life together, and create as many good memories that you possibly can. 


    Heart you all <3

    Jackie 

  • #38: Pokemon VS Digimon - Death Battle's Road to 100

    3 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer

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    Episode- 57 Pokemon VS Digimon


    Let’s chat about the Season 2 finale; Pokemon VS Digimon!


    The comparisons between the Pokemon and Digimon franchises had always made up a huge chunk of episode suggestions seen from viewers all around, so we were always going to do something like this.The big question was ‘how?’ An all-out brawl between all of each franchises’ characters was a popular suggestion, but that was out of the question. There are hundreds upon hundreds of Pokemon and hundreds upon hundreds of Digimon! There was absolutely no way our time and budget could possibly allow us to pull something that ridiculously ambitious off. Heck, that’s putting it mildly. There’s ambitious, there’s ridiculously ambitious... and then there’s however freakin’ insane you’d have to be to make a piece of quality content featuring a fight between over 2,000 characters!!


    Naturally, that was off the table. It had to be narrowed down to something simpler. But plenty of Pokemon could defeat most Digimon, and plenty of Digimon could defeat most Pokemon. So which do we choose? And how would we include Digivolution? Should it be included at all? These were just some of the questions I was wrestling with.


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    For the longest time I figured we’d do a match between Pikachu and Agumon. However, that didn’t seem to quite fit the grand scope of what this match-up could represent. Sure, it’d be a fight between the two most popular characters from their respective franchises and would easily net us millions of views, but Death Battle isn’t about pandering to what’s popular. If that were the case, we’d always make up reasons for the more popular characters to win. The other option was Charizard versus Greymon, which seemed like a perfect fit, but upon further reflection it felt imbalanced. Greymon needed to Digivolve to achieve his full potential, but Charizard couldn’t do anything like that. Would it be fair to include Digivolution? If we removed it and Charizard won, wouldn’t that be unfair to Greymon, as we purposefully restricted his potential but not Charizards? To some extent these kind of questions come up behind the scenes with every Death Battle match-up, but they were of particular importance here because we couldn’t even settle on a match-up idea without answers.


    Fortunately, less than 2 years prior, Nintendo and Game Freak had introduced a new mechanic to the Pokemon franchise. Mega Evolution, which for all intents and purposes works almost exactly like Digivolution! And after Pokemon Origins released, it became pretty clear what we should do.


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    When this episode released, I know there was some confusion over the title. It’s called Pokemon VS Digimon, but it should really be called Red and Charizard VS Tai and Agumon, right? There were a number of reasons for the title. First off, if we were to name it that, it would imply that only Agumon was fighting. We couldn’t exactly name it Red and Charizard VS Tai and Agumon/Greymon/Wargreymon because that would be incredibly long. Actually, that leads perfectly into the second reason; title length. Insider tip for any upcoming YouTubers out there: your title is the most important aspect to getting your video seen. It’s what populates first in search engines and recommended video options. If your title is too long or too wordy, not only will it be cut off when viewed, but some of the title will be prioritized over other parts. That’s just how YouTube’s algorithm works. Simply put, Pokemon VS Digimon is far more optimized for search engines than Red and Charizard VS Tai and Agumon.


    But the most important reason is because of this episode approach. This is one of the few match-ups in which all aspects of Pokemon and Digimon can be applied. A trainer, a DigiDiestined, mega-evolution, digivolution, the power of friendship, strategies between pairings, and so on. It’s unlikely we’ll ever do another Death Battle with this sort of arrangement ever again. The concept just doesn’t fit Death Battle’s ruleset. Just look at Lucario VS Renamon. That’s why this isn’t just a battle between Charizard and Agumon, it’s a battle between everything that makes Pokemon and Digimon what they are. Red’s Charizard and Tai’s Agumon are simply the representatives for their franchises, as they embody all of their series strengths and weaknesses. It was a perfect match-up.


    It was only decided to become the season finale mid-way through production. We were in the process of merging with Rooster Teeth, and they wanted us to begin an annual seasonal approach to create a more consistent timeline across episode releases. Even before I knew it would be a finale, I wanted to make sure this episode’s production was special. We got some amazing voice actors for the battle, including Todd Haberkorn as Tai and NateWantsToBattle as Red, who also performed a Pokemon and Digimon mash-up for the fight. It was awesome!


    Also, we like to give Torrian a hard time for what he did with the final blows. While discussing how Wargreymon could just annihilate Charizard, we had joked about a horrible ending scene with Red’s legs being broken as he and a bloody Charizard are disintegrated as they cry. It was just a bad joke, and when I handed the finished script to Torrian it had a far less gruesome ending… which he ignored in favor of the blood-fest, complete with a disintegrating 10 year old. I was pretty worried about it, because it gave me flashbacks of the reactions I got from the Ninja Turtles Battle Royale episode. But nowadays it’s just funny to think about!


    Just like the scene where Tai kicks Red in the shins. I love that part so much.


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    With that, Season 2 is a wrap! I’ll be taking a brief break from the blog for the next few days. We’re knee-deep in the last quarter of the current season’s production, so it's getting really busy. I’d like to ensure that my work on the show doesn’t impede my time needed to make sure these blogs have some semblance of quality! So I’ll be back Wednesday (September 5th) right and ready to dive right into Season 3, starting off with Dante VS Bayonetta and Bowser VS Ganon! Thanks, everyone!


    -Ben B. Singer


    P.S. Is there another Pokemon or Digimon you want to see in Death Battle? What would be the match-up?

  • A Badge of Honor

    3 months ago

    IAmAaron Editor of Videos

    Welp, there's a staff badge on my profile now, and I have to be honest:


    I'm really proud of that.


    It's been a long proverbial road full of long nights, busy weekends, lots of stress, and a bit of luck, but I'm happy that I've actually accomplished the goal of finding full-time editing work. That I was able to secure that work with a company that I admire and respect with a community that I'm more-than-proud to be a part of is... mindblowing.


    Make no mistake, I am absolutely shocked and humbled by this opportunity, and coming from the community, I feel extra pressure to succeed. And, I mean that in a good way. It's a pressure to deliver, to get better; to still be a member of this community and help represent it on a bigger stage means the world to me. This community means so much to myself and so many others, and I hope to make you all proud.


    There's still a ton to do, like get the house in Mobile packed up and sold, and then move my wife and our pets to Austin (side note, holy shit, I miss Erin). Of course, as I've only been in the office for a couple of days, I'm also still figuring out my day-to-day routine. But overall, seeing that badge on my profile feels like a solid exclamation point at the end of a really long but good book.


    I can't wait to see what's next.


    Less than three you all!

  • #37: Mega Arsenals - Death Battle's Road to 100

    3 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer

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    Episodes- 55 Mega Man VS Astroboy, 56 Green Arrow VS Hawkeye


    These two episodes are easily some of my favorites from Season 2, probably because they show some clear signs of how Death Battle would be improving for the following season. While the exploitable fourth rule was yet unchanged, we had finally begun interpreting it in the current format’s method; namely, we started disincluding possible analysis if it was inconsistent with the primary source material.


    As for what arsenals we include and/or supposedly ignore, I continue to see some confusion about this in regards to what’s shown on-screen, and the Mega Man and Astro Boy rundowns are excellent examples of it. Both characters have been explored through numerous different stories, including plenty of modern interpretations. While the analysis used was their original source material, (Mega Man’s games and Astro Boy’s manga) we also included material that was consistent with said sources (Mega Man’s comics and Astro Boy’s anime) while not including conflicting material, like Mega Man’s Ruby-Spears cartoon and Astro Boy’s recent movie. While we did use some footage of those sources which applied to what was being discussed on screen, we never used them in conjunction with the verdict and analysis.


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    While writing both the fight and the rundowns, we ran into a little snag concerning Mega Man. He has so many possible weapons, and we can’t possibly fit all of them into the fight! We went through so many different script ideas to find ways to incorporate as much of Mega Man’s weaponry as possible without making them feel shoved in for no purpose. A big part of this process was also figuring out how each weapon could affect Astro Boy and which attack or combination of attacks would give Mega Man the best chance for a victory. A single episode of Death Battle doesn’t give nearly enough time to run through Mega Man’s entire possible arsenal, but rest assured the whole thing was taken into account. It’s worth mentioning that’s the case for all episodes, actually. For characters with a ton of weapons, we don’t have time to go through every single one. That doesn’t mean we somehow forgot about or ignored them.


    This was the first Death Battle to be animated by Aquila Harukaze, who does some fantastic work! She’s particularly good with characters that have a lot of movement, such as flight or super speed, so this was a perfect fit for her animation style.


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    Green Arrow VS Hawkeye was an extremely difficult episode to pin down. Both characters were so close in terms of fighting potential, that for awhile it looked like it could either way. In the end, I have to give all sorts of compliments to our research team for helping us find so many minute, hidden details in both characters’ backstories which ultimately paved the way for a victor to be chosen. I also really appreciate how Zack and Nick turned a fight with bows and arrows, which could easily get boring to some people, into one of our most creative and fun animations.


    -Ben B. Singer


    P.S. We haven’t had another fight between archers since Green Arrow VS Hawkeye. Any ideas for match-ups you’d like to see?