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  • Shut Yo' Mouth! Shaft Remakequel Gets Dated!

    5 months ago


    So they're remaking one of the seminal films of the '70s. Again. And this time they're making it a comedy. 


    Shaft isn't a prestige film, but it's an important one. For the first time it brought the African American community into the filmmaking process in all the top line positions in front of and behind the camera and was a massive financial success and an Oscar winner (Isaac Hayes won for his original title song). It spawned a whole wave of creative low-budget highly entertaining black-centric films lovingly dubbed "blaxploitation" by cinephiles.

    The film was remade in 2000 by John Singleton with Samuel L. Jackson playing the title character. They made that one a sneaky sequel with Jackson's character actually being the original Shaft's nephew. Now they're remaking it again, but taking a similar tact.

    Tim Story will be directing this new film which is said to feature Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree and a new member of the Shaft family, played by Jessie T. Usher. It is said that it would be more of a comedy than a straight forward crime story like the previous entries and this film will debut in the prime summer season slot of June 14th, 2019.

    Blaxploitation as a subgenre always had a lighter, fun tone so it's not a huge leap to go funny with this, but I worry for two reasons. 

    One, Tim Story is directing this. He did solid comedic work with Barbershop, but made some of the worst big budget superhero films ever with Fox's Fantastic Four and Rise of the Silver Surfer. He doesn't have the best track record.

    Two, they've already made a couple really great blaxploitation comedies, my favorite of which is Undercover Brother. 

    But I can't deny being curious at seeing Sam Jackson play around in this universe again.

    This might be a good time to point out a few blaxploitation classics you might have missed. These are totally worth tracking down:

    Truck Turner - Isaac Hayes scores AND stars in this film about a washed out bounty hunter who pisses off a Madame played by Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols and she puts a hit out on him. It's super fun!

    Black Belt Jones - Jim Kelly stars as the most kick ass martial artist with the most badass afro you've ever seen. They take a traditional chop socky formula of the mentor's dojo being taken over by rivals (in this case the mafia wipes out the hood's dojo) and the students having to save the day. One of the most purely entertaining movies ever made. 

    Coffy - Pam Grier is the queen of this genre. She has a ton of great leading roles in the '70s, but her most famous (and best) are this, Coffy, and Foxy Brown. In Coffy she plays an older sister who decides to single-handedly take revenge against all the dope pushers in town after her little sister gets hooked. 

    Dolemite - What it lacks in production value it more than makes up for in pure force of personality. Rudy Ray Moore is one hell of a character and boy does he give 110% in this movie. In this movie Dolemite is a pimp who, along with his karate call girls, takes down a rival pimp and his thugs. If you ever saw Black Dynamite that movie's kind of a mix between Shaft, Black Belt Jones and Dolemite. The trailer for this movie is better than most films you've ever seen.

    There's a dozen more quality examples of blaxploitation that covers all sorts of genres, like westerns (Three the Hard Way) and horror (Abby, the Black Exorcist, or Sugar Hill, a zombie movie), but this is a good start.

    Let me know if you track any of these down and what you think.

  • Top 10 DC Animated Movies - Editor Notes

    5 months ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi

    Another week, another set of Top 10 editor notes.

    10 - Flashpoint - Hey! I saw this one. (You may come to find that I haven't seen all of these movies. They all look good though. I should definitely check them out, okay? I will. I'll do it. I'll watch them.) 
    9 - All-Star Superman - The DC animated Superman is probably my favorite version of the character.
    8 - Lego Batman - So glad this made the list! Michael Cera as Robin is a weird-Flash-dream come true. He should play him in live action too.
    7 - Return of the Joker - Eric Matthews is Batman. Feeeeeenay!
    6 - Year One - This looks goood but c'mon, I don't want to watch The Waynes die again. I don't. Don't make me. 
    4 - Mask of the Phantasmic Four - I said this a few weeks back but c'mon! BTAS is amazing. I miss it. 
    3 - Superman vs. The Elite: Dawn of the Justice of the Apes.
    2 - Under the Red Hood - I joked about Michael Cera playing Robin in live action but in all seriousness, I've always wanted a cool live action portrayal of Robin. (one that doesn't do laundry karate) 
    1 - The Dark Knight Returns - I missed Zach Snyder's work cited page at the end of BvS. I'm sure he formatted it correctly though.
    11 - Crisis on Two Earths - The "band" I was in in middle school was called !Crisis! 

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  • Bandai Namco Could Announce 5 New Games Next Month

    5 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    It's about to be Christmas in... well, December for video game reveals, apparently -- in addition to tons of rumors surrounding The Game Awards and the PlayStation Experience over the next couple of weeks, we've also got some hints that other players in the industry are ready to make a splash as well. 

    Writer and Nintendo enthusiast Marcus Sellars -- who's been associated with some Nintendo rumors in the past -- claims that next month will see the reveal of 5 brand new Bandai Namco games. According to Sellars, these new games are set to show up at a special event around mid-December -- one which will have a significant Nintendo presence. 

    Earlier this month, Bandai Namco said something sort of similar -- namely, that they'll be announcing 3 big Nintendo Switch entries early next year. So, this sort of falls in line with that timeline? Maybe? We'll have to see what happens when mid-December rolls around. Let's keep those fingers crossed for a new Soulsborne entry... and maybe a port of the games on Nintendo's system. 

  • You can switch characters in the next Final Fantasy XV update

    5 months ago


    There are some interesting new features coming to Final Fantasy XV in its Dec. 13 update. Probably the most interesting one is that it'll give you the ability to switch which character you control during the game's open-world sections -- so no more playing as Noctis the entire time! Now if only they'd let you switch to someone else during Chapter 13..

    The update will hit at the same time as the next DLC update, Episode Ignis, which will focus on everyone's favorite chef. It costs $5, if you didn't get the season pass. 

  • Infinity War Trailer has been up for about 8 hours and has over 17 million views!

    5 months ago


    And that's just on the main Marvel YouTube channel. It's been copied and uploaded a few bazillion times, some of these videos having millions of views themselves. 

    If you missed it... well, it's awesome. Check it out and prepare to soil your pants a little teensy weensy bit. If you've already seen it, well watch it again like any sane human being would.

    Marvel's going big for their finale to this first trilogy of phases. So. Many. People. Are. In. This. Trailer. 

    We at The Know recorded a pretty nerdy in-depth breakdown of the trailer, so prepare your eyeholes for that.

    Stay tuned, nerds! It's a hell of a time for Marvel fans and a ::shakyhand:: time to be a DC fan, but still... we've taken over the world and this trailer is evidence of that. Our time is now!

  • Battlegrounds -- on mobile???

    5 months ago


    Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Player Unknown's Battlegrounds is one of the biggest hits of the year on PC. But could it soon be coming to mobile phones? 

    Well, short answer: yes, if you're living in China. Mega publisher Tencent says it's bringing a localized PC version of the game to China and it's also developing a mobile version of the game. So yeah .. have fun with those controls!

    Engadget reports that Tencent said that they will "will ensure that this authentic mobile port of PUBG will remain faithful to its PC counterpart in terms of gameplay method, core elements and compliance with local content regulations." 

    No word when it'll release, but they say they're making "good progress" on it and it'll be released in China first. 

    For the rest of us, the game is expected to release sometime later this year on the Xbox One. 

  • Michael Giacchino, Germaine Franco and Camilo Lara talk about the music of Pixar's Coco!

    5 months ago


    Over the summer I visited the hallowed grounds of Pixar (of course I took an obligatory photo of the big Luxo Jr at the entrance... it's almost mandatory when you go there) and got to see a little bit of the behind the scenes of Coco. 


    One of the big focuses was on the music of the movie. Composer Michael Giacchino was on hand to talk about his score and so were Germaine Franco and Camilo Lara. Germaine was in charge of arranging the music and writing the actual songs and Camilo's job was to keep the movie authentically Mexican by making sure the source music wasn't just random Mariachi stuff that is in every Hollywood production set in Mexico.

    The reason why there was such a focus on the music is pretty self-evident when you see the movie. It's about a boy whose dream is to be a musician, but his family will not allow it. Music is the soul of this child and frankly it's the soul of their small town, who worship a deceased movie star/singer named Ernesto de la Cruz.

    The filmmakers needed to populate this town with music, give young Miguel the inspiration that sparks his passion, and for that to work it had to be authentic, which is where Camilo comes in. He's an expert on the broad tapestry of traditional Mexican music so he makes sure the music you hear playing in the town or in the town square (the source music) isn't fake Hollywood stuff.

    The second type of music are the original songs in the film, inspired by the various types of Mexican music, but do it as storytellers that support that story they're telling. That's what Germaine Franco was in charge of. She arranged both the original songs as well as some traditional Mexican tunes so that they melded together into one cohesive soundscape, taking particular inspiration from the Oaxaca region of Mexico.

    And then there's score, which was Giacchino's job. You know Giacchino's work from a million things. The Incredibles, JJ Abrams' Star Trek, Rogue One, Up, War for the Planet of the Apes, etc. The job of the composer is to bring emotion and themes to the music, something John Williams so masterfully did in his Star Wars score, for instance. Themes and motifs became one and the same with the visuals. When you hear his Force Theme you know some force stuff is going on or when the Imperial March kicks up you know Vader is near.

    I was able to talk to all three people during my visit. Below you'll find my interview with Michael Giacchino, Germain Franco and Camilo Lara. Enjoy!


    Eric Vespe: First of all, I wanted to start by telling you that your War for the Planet of the Apes score is one of my favorite scores of the year so far.

    Michael Giacchino: Aw, thanks. Matt Reeves is a great director. I love working with him.

    Eric Vespe: Since I have all three of you here in front of me I think we should talk a little about your collaboration. What is the creative process like since you're all bringing different kinds of music together that ultimately has to be one cohesive, rich sound.

    Michael Giacchino: Basically if you look at three aspects of what has to be done in the film you have songs, you have source music and you have score. Germaine and Camilo have been there since the beginning, since before I came on board. If you guys want to talk about how you started I can pick up when I came on board.

    Germaine Franco: Camilo started a month or so before me...

    Camilo Lara: It's been very interesting. It's a complex situation. I guess Michael needs to put some salt on the emotions, make it so you can show those feelings, and Germaine has been working on these amazing songs, which are instant classics. I'm so excited to see them blossom. I've been helping with the process of making sure the elements are Mexican.

    Michael Giacchino: He's our Mexican Obi-Wan Kenobi.

    Camilo Lara: I would say Yoda. (laughs)

    Eric Vespe: So you're here to keep Michael honest and make sure everything is authentic.

    Camilo Lara: In a way, but I am not a purist of Mexican music. I mean, I do Mexican music because I'm Mexican, but I guess it just needed to feel right. It needed to feel correct and you can tell that.

    Eric Vespe: Yeah, you can tell when you see a movie set in Mexico and they pull out the canned public domain Mariachi music or whatever.


    Michael Giacchino: That's exactly what we wanted to avoid. We wanted to make sure it felt truthful and it came from the heart of this country.

    Germaine Franco: From the beginning we had the mandate to keep it authentic, but also be able to tell a story. We took songs, some that you've heard before and some that were written that I helped arranged and orchestrate... The first thing I ever did was arrange and orchestrate the big extravaganza of de la Cruz singing. We thought “What would that be like in that golden age of Mexico meets Hollywood cinema?” and adding fantastic Mexican musicians into the tracks.

    Also, there's a lot of great Mexican musicians in LA and players that can play the style very well, including the guitarist you heard today. Every time we sent a demo or I did an arrangement, we kept that in mind. It's not just going to be a marimba score or a mariachi score. Even though that's great music, let's look at all the kinds of music that you hear and let's focus on certain styles and, as Camilo likes to say, smells of Mexico.

    Michael created a bunch of source music which we took down to Mexico and we got to collaborate with the musicians there. In addition to playing the traditional music we also had them play some of his source music. It's all been a really great situation. We all respect each other for what we each do, so it's a lot of camaraderie, a lot of nice experimenting and openness.

    Michael Giacchino: One of the things that I love so much about movies in general is that I can jump into a project and take on this whole other character. You know my music. I like it to fit the movie. If that means it needs a completely different orchestration idea I do it. This is a perfect project to come into and become what the soul and heart of Mexico is.

    I had a narrow window into that world through my dad's record collection, but then growing up and getting to work with these guys I learned so much more about it. Camilo sent me a list intially and I was like “Whoa! This is whole other ball of wax!” It was really incredible to go down that rabbit hole and trying to use that to tell the emotional story of the film.

    Eric Vespe: Music is emotion in movies. Your Up score is a perfect example. At the beginning of that film your music is the dialogue for Carl's life story. Maybe you guys can talk about shouldering that responsibility in a movie like this. You have hundreds, if not thousands, of people working here at Pixar to bring these characters to life, but ultimately if the score is jarring it can derail all that work they've done. Not to put more pressure on you guys...

    Michael Giacchino: The emotion is the number one thing in the back of my mind. Always. A film like this is so tricky because you could easily just put music everywhere. You could not care about throwing in source or score and let them bleed into each other, hoping no one would notice, but that's not what we wanted.

    One of my things talking with Adrian (Molina) and Lee (Unkrich) was saying that as important as figuring out where you want music is it's just as important to figure out where you don't. You want music, when it's there, to mean something, to have something to say. If it's just talking all the time it's like that person you get into a conversation with at a party that you just can not get away from and just won't shut up. So many movies do that and it's just like constant wallpaper.

    It was about how do we balance these three ideas: song, source and score, and get that to tell the story in a proper story in the same way you would if it was just score.

    Eric Vespe: You also want to give it personality, too, I bet. A lot of times that comes from happy accidents. How open were you guys to that?

    Germaine Franco: Totally open. That's the only way to be on a project like this, or any project. You have to keep experimenting. By experimenting you find what you're looking for. Sometimes you try four or five different versions and the first one is the best, but you only know that because you tried the other ways. That's one of the things that I learned from working with the Pixar team. Don't be afraid to try things. You don't have to make it a huge effort and try to make it perfect. Just see. Does that idea work? Oh, it doesn't. Here's another idea. Not having a preconceived notion of what the outcome has to be.

    In Mexico that was what was so beautiful. He were were sitting in a room with a lot of musicians, giving them charts of all these things. I didn't know if they would be able to play it, but I thought “let's find a way for them to engage with the music.” There's some source music that I think came out really beautiful because of that.

    Michael Giacchino: Oh, yeah. It's amazing to listen to. When you write something you have it in your head what you want it to sound like and you're maybe writing it just on the piano and then Germaine does these beautiful arrangements of these tunes and the next thing you know they come back and you're like “Oh, my God! That really sounds like it just came out of the country, like it had been there forever! How does that happen?!?” It's a crazy, wonderful magic trick.


    Coco is in theaters now and now you can go see it knowing even more about the thought put behind the music. 

  • Some Developers Still Love Expansion Packs

    5 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    Good news gamers, not everybody out there wants to milk you with microtransactions forever. In fact, some developers are still firmly committed to the seemingly fading business model of expansion packs. One of those is Civilization and XCOM creator Firaxis, who says it's the way they love to deliver additional content to their players -- like the just-announced Civlization VI Expansion: Rise and Fall. 

    Speaking in a recent interview with Eurogamer, the expansion's director, Anton Strenger, said about the topic of microtransactions versus expansions: "I think with the recurring payments, there are many different ways in which that can be done. There are microtransactions, there are expansion packs and there's DLC. I would say that, yeah, everyone in the studio here at Firaxis: our love, our passion and our expertise are in expansion packs."

    He went on to talk about how with procedural games in particular, expansion packs afford them some unique opportunities as creators, especially when it comes to deep gameplay system tweaks. It's definitely a stark contrast to some other things we've been hearing lately, so it's nice to see that there are players in the industry wholly committed to giving players those kinds of meaningful content updates. 

  • Let's go

    5 months ago

    ezracooperst President

    I'm going to try to post to my RT Community Journal 1-2 times per week. So here we go...

  • Is Nintendo Going to Make a Splash at The Game Awards?

    5 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    Does Nintendo know something we don't know about the upcoming Game Awards show? Ahead of the show's premiere next week, it looks like Nintendo is holding a giveaway via Twitter -- with 5 lucky recipients getting free passes to the ceremony. 

    While this could just be coincidence, this definitely has some wondering if this means Nintendo is planning on dropping some big news -- and maybe a trailer or two -- at the awards show. Considering there are hints we could be getting more than a dozen World Premiere trailers, with reveals of previously unconfirmed games likely to be in the mix -- it's definitely a possibility. 

    Or they could be, you know, just getting ready to celebrate all those awards they're likely to win between Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild. That's also a distinct possibility. Whatever the case, The Game Awards will air on December 7.

  • PlayStation Admits They Sometimes Announce Games Too Early

    5 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    Leading up to the reveal of Ghost of Tsushima at PlayStation's Paris Games Show conference, one of the big questions from many PS4 fans was what the heck developer Sucker Punch was even working on. Now that the cat's out of the bag, the folks at Sony are talking a little bit more about why they waited so long to reveal Sucker Punch's exciting new follow-up to inFamous. 

    In a new interview with GameSpot, PlayStation Worldwide Studios SVP Michael Denny said of the timing: "I think the right thing to do...and I think we're learning and a lot of publishers are learning ... there is a right time to announce games."

    He later went on to say: "In the past, I think it's fair to say sometimes we announced games too early. And this is such a great project for Sucker Punch. It's a game they've always really wanted to make themselves. And I think it's the right time to announce that, and they've been working on that game for a long time now. There is great [playable version of the game] already. So we're just excited to let everybody know about it."

    It's definitely interesting to see this trend starting to take root with more publishers these days. In the past, we were used to 3+ years of wait time for many games, but the recent trend seems to moving toward revealing a game within a year of release (Square Enix notwithstanding). It's nice to know Ghost of Tsushima is one of those already playable games we won't be waiting too long for. 

  • Microtransactions are now in Call of Duty: WW2

    5 months ago


    We knew this was coming, and today's the day -- microtransactions have come to Call of Duty: World War 2

    You might remember that Sledgehammer Games delayed their implementation while it fixed issues with the game. But yeah, now they're here, ranging from bundles of 200-13,000 "Call of Duty Points." 

    How much are they? Well 200 points will cost you $2, all the way up to $100 for 13,000 points. And you use those points to get -- what else -- loot crates in multiplayer and in the zombies modes.  

  • Legendary Pokemon now available in Pokemon Go

    5 months ago


    Heads up, Pokemon Go players -- the legendary bird Ho-Oh is now available in the game

    In a post on the official Pokemon Go website, the developer says that it's a reward for players catching more than 3 billion Pokemon during an event called the Global Catch Challenge. 

    The post states: "As a result of all your hard work, Ho-Oh is now appearing in Raid Battles at Gyms around the world until December 12, 2017. So, gather your friends and find a Legendary Raid near you!"

  • Prepare Yourselves! First Trailer For Avengers: Infinity War Hits Tomorrow!

    5 months ago


    The wait is almost over, folks. Marvel announced that the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War debuts tomorrow! Hold on to your butts because it's all been leading up to this!

    There hasn't been an official announcement on time, but Good Morning America did say the trailer will debut during their show, which airs between 7 and 9am. I know I'm psyched.

    Marvel also dropped the new Teaser poster: 


    That should look a little familiar. All the Avengers posters have had the same motif, slightly tweaked to represent the movie it's advertising. Age of Ultron was all robotic and this one's purple as shit, which as we all know is Thanos' favorite color. 


    The culmination of a decade of record-breaking, industry-changing superhero cinema is almost here. Time to get excited, fellow nerds!

  • Square Enix Acknowledges Tomb Raider Goals Were Unrealistic

    5 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    Remember back in the day, when Square Enix first rebooted Tomb Raider and then they were disappointed that it "only" sold 3 and a half million copies, instead of something INSANE like 7 million? Well, so does Square Enix, and now they're acknowledging that wasn't too realistic. 

    In a new interview, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda admitted that maybe they'd set their sights just a tad too high. He told about their reflections on the Tomb Raider reboot: "It was immediately before the end of that fiscal year, in March, that Tomb Raider came out so we had very high expectations for that. Looking back on that now, I think the target we set for ourselves was extremely high."

    He went on to say: "I say this with the benefit of hindsight now, but at the time our numbers leading up to the release of Tomb Raider had been very poor and I think our people were probably banking on that and wondering how much it was going to help our final earnings. In the end, it didn't quite sell as much as we had anticipated."

    It's especially crazy to look at how both games in the reboot have performed -- 11 million in sales for 2013's Tomb Raider and 7 million for 2015's Rise of the Tomb Raider -- which are huge hits by any stretch of the imagination. Hopefully they're setting their sights more realistically for the still-unannounced sequel, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. 

  • Giving all the thanks

    5 months ago

    patrickmatthewz RTX Events Coordinator

    My Turkey Day was pretty chill. I invited Ellie to come hang with me and my mom. Ellie went all Thanksgiving on us and cooked an amazing meal! It was good food, good wine, and then I lost at Catan. Great day overall! I spent the rest of my time-off grinding out the new Assassin's Creed. It is highly addictive. 

  • More Master & Commander Movies? Yes, please!

    5 months ago


    Welcome back! How was your Thanksgiving? Get into any arguments with racist grandparents? How much stuffing and gravy did you eat? That much?!? Oh, you! You're so crazy! 

    I spent most of my Thanksgiving finishing up as much of the Holiday Gift Guide as I could (click here to visit if you missed it). It's still a work in progress, but the massive Books section is going up very, very soon and Music is shortly behind it. We should have the full guide completely finished and posted in a couple of days, so stay tuned for that. 

    I'm taking a break from the Guide to share with you something that caught my eye on Twitter. Russell Crowe tweeted this interesting thing this morning: 

    "For the Aubrey Maturin lovers, I do hear whispers indeed that a second voyage is perhaps potentially pre-proposed a possibility. So O’Brian affectionate’s and aficionados, let know of your pleasure." 

    He's referring to a sequel to Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, which was a GREAT movie. Straight up. If you missed it, fix that immediately. It's a Napoleonic era war movie, but it's not at all stodgy. In fact it plays more like a thriller as French and British naval captains play cat and mouse with each other on the high seas. 


    The movie was based on Patrick O'Brian's popular book series following Captain Jack Aubrey, who Crowe played. 

    Master and Commander was loved by critics and was a moderate success, but not a blockbuster, so a sequel was thought out of the question. The material is there, but studios don't tend to enjoy spending tons of money on a movie where they know they'll fight to just break even.

    Crowe's tweet doesn't mean too much. He could be trying to rally public support as a negotiation tactic in advance of a big pitch, but if he's right and Fox is open to the idea that could be great news, especially if they can get Peter Weir back in the director's chair. 

    Next year marks the 15th anniversary of this film's release, which is crazy. Maybe Crowe's aged out of the role, but I must admit I'd be excited to see this team get back together and make another classy, intense high-seas adventure.

  • New guns and modes in CoD: WW2 leaked

    5 months ago


    Thanks to a leaker, we've got a sneak peek at some new guns and game modes in Call of Duty: WW2. The leak first came via a video from Youtuber MrJaRni, but was taken down. Thankfully, the video was reposted by other Youtubers and GameSpot has preserved a copy here.

    The video shows off the classic mode Gun Game, where you try to be the first to get a kill with every weapon in the game. And we also got a look at the Gewehr 43 and Sten weapons, but the video doesn't really show how either will work in the game. 

    No word yet from Activision or Sledgehammer but we assume that this stuff is planned for future DLC.  

  • Fancy Mod Brings Loot Boxes to... Doom

    5 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    If you thought 2016's Doom was the perfect marriage of classic Doom with modern AAA gaming, think again! Because someone else has just perfected this unholy union, thanks to... a new mod that puts loot boxes into the 1993 version of Doom. 

    And it basically works the way you'd see it in a modern big-budget game. The Doom Loot Box Mod's official description reads: "Weapons and powerups are removed from the map, and will sometimes be replaced with crates. All enemies have a small chance of dropping a key. Use a key to open a crate and get a random weapon or powerup."

    YouTuber StronkiTube took the mod for a test play, and found that it took him about 600 kills of grinding to find 10 keys. True to form, you CAN also purchase keys through a new marketplace added by the mod -- but trying to do so gives you a notice that the game's servers are offline forever. 

    Wow. It's so accurate it almost hurts. 

  • RIP Demon's Souls servers

    5 months ago


    After 8 years, it's time to say goodbye to Demon's Souls. Atlus announced today that it will be shutting down the legendary game's servers early next year. 

    In a post titled "A Fond Farewell to Demon's Souls' Servers," developer Atlus says it's shutting down the games servers on Feb. 28th. The game will still be playable, but without online functionality like in-game messaging, player death locations, and World Tendency features. Oh yeah, and no more ganking people. 

    Atlus wrote: "It’s with mixed emotions we say goodbye to the service. Countless players have enjoyed Demon’s Souls and the functionality it introduced to players when such things were rarer. If you’ve played the game then you understand the feeling of dying multiple times in the span of 10 minutes or dealing with a boss fight so difficult that it took you a week just to figure out the best way to attack. The unforgiving nature of the game has provided countless enjoyable moments of frustration and anger, but also the elation felt from beating something so challenging. This difficulty and grit helped pave the way for even more punishing games such as its spiritual successor Dark Souls, the 2017 hit Nioh, and the landmark PS4 title, Bloodborne."

    If you don't remember, Demon's Souls was created by director Hidetaka Miyazaki and released back in 2009 for the Playstation 3. It became a surprise hit, winning some Game of the Year honors and spawning its own genre of brutally tough games, including Dark Souls 1, 2 and 3, and Bloodborne. 

  • Shhh shhh shhhh - it's Christmas

    5 months ago

    Chelsea FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Community Manager

    So last week, @RTcastMichael shared a story with me about @IowaHawkins and their interaction during setup for some broadcast show. 

    It was time to get ready to shoot the next show, which would be airing after Turkey Day, and Cody (IowaHawkins) is one of the lighting guys. He was going around, doing his thing and making things illuminate. Illumination included pulling out Christmas lights and other set stuff. 

    Apparently, every time someone would say, "But, Cody, Thanksgiving hasn't even happened yet!" or something along those lines he would just hold a finger up to his lips (or theirs, if they were within touching distance) and respond like so: 

    "Nu-nu-no-no," he says, "Just Christmas," he finishes in a whisper and a jolly grin. 

    I've taken it upon myself to inflict my house with holiday spirit and cheer - some of it prior to Thursday's Turkey feast. And every time Michael (RTcastMichael) would tell me it's not time yet, I was able to respond with that exact sentiment from Cody.

    Because, you know. IT'S FUCKING CHIRSTMAS NOW, OKAY?

    So, here's a photo of some of that cheer. I made the wreath, decorated the hell out of a tiny tree, and I also made the weird Russian/Scandinavian Christmas Gnome. His name is Petyr.


  • Anger and Madness

    5 months ago


    We all need to get better as fans of things. On last week's podcast, I said I liked Justice League, but I guess I didn't like ENOUGH for some people. I've been getting blasted on social media for daring to criticize the portrayal of Superman in the movie. I was actually way more critical of the Flash, but OK.

    Plus it's always oddly disappointing to get blasted by someone who has a cartoon avatar. I make cartoons as part of my living, but when someone is just furious on the internet and they choose to represent themselves with a picture of a cartoon character -- it's really hard to take it seriously. 

  • Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

    6 months ago


    Thought today would be a great day to do my first post. I've been a member of the site for just over a year, but have been a huge fan of Rooster Teeth since forever. So you can imagine how ecstatic I was when I was given a chance to join this team of creative and wickedly talented people! 

    So, I wanted to take a second to say that I'm thankful and honored to be spending this Thanksgiving as a member of the Rooster Teeth community. I'm grateful for my new coworkers, new opportunities, and for the great community that's makes all of this possible.

    Wishing all of you a safe and awesome holiday weekend!

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey with Barbara

    6 months ago

    wesellis Staff Photographer

    Most photo/video professionals will tell you that Stanley Kubrick has inspired them one way or another... I'm no exception. I feel very fortunate having friends like Barb that aren't weirded out when I ask them to put on a helmet in a dark room, hold lights up to their face and let me point a camera at them. This famous scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey has been something I've been wanting to try recreating since I was a much younger boy. Here are three of my favorites from this shoot. Hope you like them!




  • Welcome to the Holiday Gift Guide

    6 months ago

    Ashley The Know

    Eric Vespe recently joined us to be our resident movie nerd, but he has many skills. Every year, he publishes one of the most comprehensive holiday gift guides on the internet, and this year he's doing it with us! Whether you're looking for movies or collectibles or games or housewares or art or... well, pretty much anything, if it's geeky and awesome he's probably found it and listed it in this guide.



    We'll be putting up additional sections of the gift guide over the next several days, but we're starting off with two of his favorites: blu-rays/dvds/4k video and art.

    Check it out, let us know if you get anything for someone you love (or, let's be honest, yourself), and if you've got additional gift ideas throw them at us!

    NOTE: there are some links in this guide that include affiliate links for sites like Amazon. What this means is that if you click the link and find something you like and buy it, Amazon pays us a small referral fee. We're hoping to use this to fund cool new stuff for The Know, but it's not a consideration for what goes in the guide itself, and we include a ton of stuff from all across the internet simply because it's super cool. We just want to be totally transparent about the process so you know what's going on when you click those links.