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?
2 months agonicolew 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.
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.
2 months agoDaniel Writer/Director
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.
2 months agoBenBSinger Ben B. Singer
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.
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.
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
2 months agoJoshuaKazemi @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".
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.
2 months agoBenBSinger Ben B. Singer
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!
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.
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?
2 months agoAshley 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
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.
2 months agoBenBSinger Ben B. Singer
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.
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!
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?
2 months agoLarry 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!
2 months agonyx_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
2 months agoJoshuaKazemi @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.
2 months agokriss 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
2 months agoBenBSinger Ben B. Singer
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.
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.
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.
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?
2 months agoIAmAaron 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!
2 months agoBenBSinger Ben B. Singer
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.
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.
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?
2 months agoCricket RT Games Community Mngr
Hello there beans!
Rooster Teeth has a big events weekend ahead, and I wanted to loop you in on some excellent opportunities to come see us out in the wild!
Tomorrow you can find Community Manager extraordinaire Jackie Izawa, David Eddings of Rooster Teeth Games Publishing, our official Alice Angel cosplayer Citrus Bell, and myself at the ID@Xbox pre-PAX event in Seattle! We’ll be demoing Bendy and the Ink Machine with a load of other incredible indie developers including some games I’m especially excited to see (Klei with Mark of the Ninja: Remastered, Behaviour with Deathgarden, Finji with Tunic, Annapurna Interactive with Outer Wilds and many, many more.) You’ll want to register to attend that event here!:>https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/08/08/register-now-for-the-fifth-annual-idxbox-pre-pax-open-house/
Beginning Friday and running through Monday, you’ve probably already guessed it… we’ll be doing our thing continuing to demo Bendy and the Ink Machine right off of the Skybridge on the 4th floor (booth N3!) at PAX West. Come meet Citrus Bell, check out our photo op display, and play Bendy for yourself! Got a Bendy fan you love? Phat Mojo is teaming up with us and will be selling some super secret Bendy mystery boxes (so knock out some Christmas shopping while you’re at it!) You never know which personalities and what members of the Bendy creative team will be hanging out at the booth, so don’t be bashful and swing by a few times!
Sunday evening we’re going to want to see some familiar faces and share some Rooster Teeth love with our community. We’re going to have an informal meetup at Temple Billiards beginning around 7:30 pm and wrapping around 9:30. We’ll have some Bendy Steam keys to give away for the first 20 to show up. Grab some food or a drink with us and come be with your people!
Also, look for Bendy in the Microsoft and Xbox booths on the show floor. We’ll have Bendy available to demo over there with the good people of Microsoft playing host.
No plans for the west coast this weekend? No worries- because the events team and some of your favorite Rooster Teeth personalities will be heading to Fan Expo in Toronto, starting tomorrow (August 30) through Sunday, September 2. Go high five Barbara Dunkelmen, Chris Demairis, Ellie Main, and Patrick Matthews. Tell them I sent you. (Then look at them funny. Then don’t break eye contact and back away slowly. Then report back to on how awkward the experience was and we can have a good laugh.)((Actually don’t do any of that. Unless you really want to. I could always use a good laugh and let’s face it, you probably didn’t have a gameplan on how you were going to introduce yourself anyways, did you?))
So there you have it! An entire weekend packed with fun activities! For those celebrating Labor Day weekend (er… Labour... ((hellloooo Canadiens! ^.~)) be safe, have fun, and may the weekend grant you reprieve from work and for everyone headed back to school- kick back and enjoy.
For those of age, please drink responsibly and maybe put a little goodwill in the karma bank and opt to designate and drive for a friend or family member. For those underage, enjoy your youth, firm skin, and untainted livers. Jerks.
2 months agoBenBSinger Ben B. Singer
After the success of Goomba VS Koopa and the realization that gag battles would be a perfect fit for Death Battle, I was told to come up with more ideas for hilarious mismatches which would be interesting to watch. One of the first ideas I came up with was Hercule Satan VS Dan Hibiki. We didn’t get around to it until years later, but it was always in the back of my mind.
When it did come together, it was a blast to work on!
I think the voice cast and interpretations of the characters were spot on. After it aired, I did think the episode sort of dragged a bit, which led to an important piece of trivia about Death Battle’s production. After this, I enacted a production rule that script rundown for each character shouldn’t be more than 5 pages. The intention was to create a Death Battle standard where each episode would be between 15 to 20 minutes, depending on amount of information and battle length. This has obviously wavered a lot, but this still set that guideline in motion.
Discovering the in-depth backstories for these characters was actually extremely interesting. Everyone has seen Mr. Satan and Dan in the Dragon Ball Z show and Street Fighter games, but there was so much unseen lore to talk about. I’m curious if many viewers became more sympathetic toward Satan and Dan after watching, because not all of their backstory material was entirely humorful. I know I developed a whole new appreciation for both characters. Like, did you know Sagat is missing an eye because of Dan? Well, specifically Dan’s father... but close enough, right?
Yang VS Tifa was a pretty interesting production. For context, we had not officially merged with Rooster Teeth at the time, nor did we know such a plan was in the works. But thanks to Monty, we had already developed a pretty good relationship with some of the RT staff. Before his passing, Monty and I had already discussed the possibility of bringing a RWBY character into Death Battle. Regardless of who won the match-up, he wanted to see it happen.
Near the end of 2015, Rooster Teeth came to us and proposed doing just that. We made it clear that they would have no say in who won the fight, and it was possible their character would be the one who died. They had no problem with that, and were even willing to let us cast their own actress. The only stipulation we were given was that somewhere in the episode we had to reference that RWBY Season 3 was about to start. I was concerned that, should Yang win, a blunt shout-out might make the whole battle seem like a rigged affair. RT agreed and proposed that we just show the Vytal Festival poster (a recurring advertisement of RWBY Season 3) at some point during the fight. Rooster Teeth as a whole believes in the power of word of mouth. In some cases, just hinting at something rather than drawing attention to it may work out even better.
Unfortunately, having the giant poster drop down right after Yang kills Tifa does give off a somewhat suspicious look. The poster isn’t supposed to be a punchline that the fight was meant to lead up to or anything. This was unfortunately a result of lost time. The original plan was that Yang’s killing blow (which is a really cool use of her unique weapons, by the way) was supposed to happen near a stack of leaflets advertising the Vytal Festival. The leaflets were supposed to get kicked up by the force, blowing around the arena, until one of them smacked into the camera, revealing its printed ad. I wanted to create a cool visual and fulfil our obligation at the same time. But time ran short, and creating the whirlwind of paper would be tough to pull off given our equipment available at the time, so we opted for a giant poster falling down instead.
Frankly, I wasn’t so worried. I was just so blown away that Rooster Teeth would trust us with their character like this. Also, why Yang? Well, I had already learned what happens to Yang at the end of Season 3, so everyone agreed we could take her at her current, well-known potential, which would likely change drastically once she received her robot arm. (Oops! Spoiler!) Since the show was still young and the characters were still improving their own powers they already possessed, it seemed like the best option.
But we haven't forgotten that Ruby VS Maka idea...
-Ben B. Singer
P.S. Do want to see another episode with a RWBY character? What match-up should it be?
2 months agonicolew Events Specialist
Hello all coming to RTX London! The awaited 2018 Panel and Autograph Schedules!
Weekend badges are still available- www.rtxlondon.com
*Please Note: TImes onsite at RTX London will reflect BST. For example, The Know panel on Saturday Room 1 will start 10:00 AM BST.
*Subject to change. Please refer to the RTX London mobile app for the most up-to-date info.
*SCHEDULE CHANGE: SATURDAY
Cosplay Contest Panel will be 2:30-3:30 PM Room 1
RTUK CommuniTEA Panel: A Cheeky Chat will be 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Room 1
Autograph codes were emailed by Rooster Teeth on Friday, 24 August.
Redeem autograph codes at >https://www.universe.com/rtxlondon2018autographs
5 September, 5 PM GMT = Platinum badge holders access to reserve
7 September, 5 PM GMT = Weekend badge holders access to reserve
Can’t wait to see you all there!
2 months agoBenBSinger Ben B. Singer
Episode- 52 Wolverine VS Raiden
Everyone loves Logan AKA Wolverine. There was never a question of whether or not he would be in a Death Battle. Of course he would be! The real question was… who on Earth could we realistically pit him against?
The most frequent viewer suggestions for pairing up against Wolverine were Vega from Street Fighter, Baraka from Mortal Kombat, and Shredder from TMNT. All of these ideas focused on comparing the blades and fighting styles, which would typically be more than enough to argue a worthwhile match-up. But come on, it’s Wolverine. There’s no way any of they stood a chance of permanently hurting the guy!
This was actually a question I would revisit every couple months. Who could Wolverine fight? The answer came not from my subconscious or research, and not from any viewer. In fact, it was Torrian who suggested we have him fight Raiden!
This might actually be a good time to talk about how we come up with match-ups, if I haven’t talked about it already. (Man, I’ve written so many of these I’m worried I’ll start repeating myself as some point! Better start logging...)
As we’ve stated many times, most of our episode choices come from viewer requests. We have a handy form which people can send requests through, but I often get questions about more complex match-up ideas that can’t be summarized in the form provided. The form isn’t our only means of procuring requests. In fact, the form’s primary function is to determine the frequency of certain requests from different people! If a lot of people are making the same request, then we know there’s an audience for it! (And we’ll know if you spam the same idea over and over, so don’t try it, ya smart alecks!) We still see suggestions through social media all the time. I’ll even check out YouTube for “Death Battle ideas” videos from time to time. We do our due diligence researching the characters in our show, who says we shouldn’t do the same to see what you all want to see?
Back in seasons 1 and 2, we didn’t plan out too many episodes at once. Remember, Season 1 and Season 2 were named such retroactively, which is why they have a bunch of episodes spanned across several years each. We didn’t settle into the annual season format until we joined Rooster Teeth and kicked off Season 3 in 2016. But before that, I’d usually have the next 5 or so lined up at any given time. It was important to plan further out so our awesome research team could keep ahead of the writers and animators, but that was about all that was needed. Come 2016, myself and a few key team members actually sat down and planned the entire year out from season premiere to season finale. Though almost no season so far has kept the exact same schedule throughout the year. There’s bound to be a few changes here and there.
It’s also really important to me that everyone who works on the show gets some input in regards to what episodes they’ll be working on. I often try scheduling the year’s match-ups to line up to different team members strengths or interests. This is why every season will be bound to have one or two less popular suggestions turned into match-ups, because someone on the team thought of a unique idea which would make a really cool episode and the rest of us agreed!
Well, that about covers it. I think about about halfway through these blogs now. Next week, I’ll be covering one of the silliest Death Battles of all; Hercule Satan VS Dan Hibiki!
-Ben B. Singer
P.S. What’s a Death Battle you really want to see that you think nobody else has thought of or wants?
2 months agokriss Community Manager
As no surprise to anyone, I am of Asian descent, but with that heritage comes the inability to break down alcohol (at least for about 40% of us). Straight from the wikipedia, the "Asian glow" is "a condition in which a person develops flushes or blotches associated with erythema on the face, neck, shoulders, and in some cases, the entire body after consuming alcoholic drinks. The reaction is the result of an accumulation of acetaldehyde, a metabolic byproduct of the catabolic metabolism of alcohol, and is caused by acetaldehyde dehydrogenase deficiency."
So lucky for me, I can very well tell where my line is. I don't really drink much when I go out, but I'll enjoy a glass of wine most times. Generally, I will request a red wine of some sort. I tend to cater toward Cabs and Malbecs. For home, I really enjoy 19 Crimes as it's a really smooth red blend and it's not a bottle that break the wallet.
"Nineteen crimes turned criminals into colonists. Upon conviction British rogues guilty of a least one of the 19 crimes were sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. This punishment by "transportation" began in 1783 and many of the lawless died at sea. For the rough-hewn prisoners who made it to shore, a new world awaited. As pioneers in a frontier penal colony, they forged a new country and new lives, brick by brick. This wine celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built."
One of the coolest things about the wine is that each cork will have one of these 19 crimes listed on it.
Well, that's a little bit about my favorite red wine. I'm also a huge fan lychee wine. It's incredibly sweet, so I can't drink it all the time (because you can't taste any of the alcohol, just the sweetness).
For those who are of age, what are some of your favorite wines?
2 months agoBenBSinger Ben B. Singer
(Quick aside, I’m skipping episode 50 because I already covered it in this blog about the Goku VS Superman releases.)
We do a lot of different things with our Death Battle fight animations. We explore so many different powers and techniques with every episode. Characters can fight anywhere from underwater to outer space. Some battles get super serious, while others have a largely humorous side.
But one of my favorite things to add into any Death Battle brawl is a good old fashioned fake out! You can only do it so many times in so many episodes before it started to get tiring, so I try to time these well.
I’m not entirely sure, but I’d wager to guess that Darth Vader VS Doctor Doom has more fake outs than any other Death Battle. It’s kind of wonderful to watch both characters totally convinced that they’ve pulled off a victory, only to have the other turn everything around and… rinse and repeat.
This match-up was one of the Original 26 I pitched way back when, and it was also one of our most requested episodes at the time. The thing is, when I picked it for the Original 26, I actually intended it to be a temporary listing that would eventually be replaced with something else. I had no idea the match-up would become such a popular request. In fact, for awhile there I was trying to figure out if I could make a Darth Vader VS Sauron episode work, instead!
I believe this was one of the first episodes Gerardo jumped into the editor bay for. Not the very first, he helped a bit with Gaara VS Toph, but that was more of a last second thing because I was dealing with some personal issues at the time. This was the first episode he was assigned. If you don’t know, Gerardo is now one of our recurring editors for all episodes! Definitely one of the most underappreciated roles a show like Death Battle has. If you don’t already, you should follow Gerardo and our other Death Battle editor Noël on Twitter. I think they’d appreciate it! If you’re interested, I’ll probably dedicate one of these blogs to discussing the editing process. Still got plenty more entries to go!
If you’ve been watching ScrewAttack for awhile, you may know that I’m considered the resident Sonic “expert” of the office… which basically just means I grew up with Sonic and other Genesis games instead of Mario and the original Nintendo consoles. Even then, I have to give 100% of the credit for amazingness of Donkey Kong VS Knuckles to Nick and Zack. They pulled off one of the most fun episodes I think we’ve ever made!
Which was difficult, because we actually had to change the verdict at the last minute.
This rarely happens. I’d go so far as to say this never happens except for one extremely rare occasion. This one. We were actually pretty convinced Knuckles would win this one up until a little over a week before release. There was some debate over whether we should include the comic books for Knuckles, as the comics had been used for Sonic and Tails’ appearances. Again, that fourth rule we had for seasons 1 and 2 was pretty broken, and this is where I started to realize just how broken it could get. See, in the Archie comic line in particular, Knuckles gains a whole new level of godly power which essentially makes him an entirely different character from the Knuckles of the Sonic games. After a lot of debate, we decided to remove contradictory comics from the equation and only focus on the games and anything specifically inspired by said games, like some of the TV shows. This is what would eventually morph our fourth rule into the much better version we have today.
Even then, Knuckles still had this in the bag, until I re-examined a feat on a hunch. The robot-moon one. We had previously believed Knuckles had actually moved the moon himself, when in fact… well, I’ll let you watch the episode for yourself!
-Ben B. Singer
P.S. What is your opinion of including intentional fake-outs in Death Battle? If you’re not sure what I mean, just watch Darth Vader VS Doctor Doom.
2 months agoBenBSinger Ben B. Singer
To be perfectly honest, there’s not much to say about Beast VS Goliath. There’s nothing really wrong with it, but I do think it’s one of our weaker episodes overall. (Though having an excuse to watch and talk about those classic X-Men and Gargoyle shows made it totally worth it!) On the other hand, Solid Snake VS Sam Fisher was one of the most ambitious we had ever done.
If you’ve been watching Death Battle for awhile, you probably know that Chad and I often visit conventions we’re invited to. While we’re there, we usually show off upcoming content, make any cool announcements we have, and take questions from a gathered audience at a Q&A panel. The request for Kirby VS Ditto and Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog actually came from these very sorts of panels. But one of the most common requests we’d hear about at our panels was Solid Snake VS Sam Fisher.
Now, let me tell you a secret. If you were to ask me “Are you ever going to do an episode ______ versus _______?” My answer will almost always be a shrug and a “Who knows? Maybe!”
Obviously, I can’t spoil upcoming episodes we have planned! Even if I could, more often than not I’m not a fan of announcing match-ups too far in advance for fear that they may steal the thunder away from whatever episode is coming up next. That being said, I always figured we’d do Solid Snake VS Sam Fisher, though before Torrian came along we really didn’t have the means to do such an episode justice. Still, we knew we would do it eventually.
But when the question came up at panels, we loved to joke about how we supposedly couldn’t do it because Snake and Sam are so sneaky, we wouldn’t even see the fight happen! We always laughed at the idea that the fight would start with both characters disappearing into the shadows, followed by 2 or 3 long minutes of silence… and then BANG! One of them would suddenly fall out into the open with a bullet wound to the face, their assassin totally unseen. Hey, I thought it was funny.
I know some people interpreted our joke a little too literally, and the rumor was spread that we would never do such an episode because we considered it impossible. Let me make this perfectly clear; I do not consider any potential match-up impossible for Death Battle to take on. In fact, I relish the challenge of working against the norm. That’s why episodes like Goomba VS Koopa, Starscream VS Rainbow Dash, and Deadpool VS Deathstroke exist. Pushing the limits of Death Battle doesn’t just keep us invested, it also creates new and exciting ways of presenting different match-ups.
Which brings me to another rumor this episode crushed; the so-called “no outside help” rule. I’ve already covered it in a previous blog, but for this match-up in particular I really wanted to include Snake and Sam’s technical assistants, Otacon and Grim. Oh, that also reminds me that we had a killer cast for this one! Turns out Chris Sabat, the voice of Vegeta in FUNimation’s Dragon Ball, had always wanted to voice Snake. In fact, at his own panels he’d often get the question “What’s a character you’ve always wanted to voice but haven’t?” he’d always answer Solid Snake. It was really awesome working with him. He even let us use his own studio, Okratron 5000 to record! He’s a pretty cool guy.
Last but not least, this was the episode where Torrian gained his legendary reputation for backflips. And no, I’ve never actually seen Torrian pull off a backflip himself.
-Ben B. Singer
P.S. What’s another unconventional match-up you’d like to see Death Battle take on?