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    • 1 Million Thank Yous

      2 years ago

      Ashley The Know

      Today's a pretty big day for The Know. Over the last two and a half years we've grown to become the latest YouTube millionaire under Rooster Teeth's umbrella--a milestone we passed today.


      When I picked up a camera and headed to PAX to do some test videos for @matt to see if the Rooster Teeth audience might have a hankering for informational content in addition to narrative and comedic content I had NO idea we could ever end up here.


      I remember when he asked what I'd judge to be a successful video, I thought maybe, MAYBE, after it grew for a while, 100k views per episode would be nice. When it immediately dwarfed those goals and grew over the next few months to 200k, then 250k, we knew we were on to something, but we needed to make some changes.


      RT News was the only daily show on the Rooster Teeth YouTube channel, and we ran the risk of smothering the other shows, so we needed to give it its own space. We also had to change the name, because some jerks called Russia Today or whatever weren't content just to hog rt.com, they ALSO had to go and hog news.


      And that's how The Know was born.


      Since then its benefited and grown under the guidance of amazing people who I'm proud to have worked with.


      Joey Aranda, my first coworker with The Know, who wrote and hosted news about entertainment while I covered the gaming side of things. He's gone on to produce shows for the CW here in Austin and continues to be a nutcase about Selena and Mean Girls.


      Meg Turney, who joined us after just a few short months and immediately added energy, positive vibes, and her own brand of zaniness to the mix. She was never afraid to stand up to the line and hold it fearlessly. I'm so proud of everything she's doing now, even though I miss getting to work with her on a daily basis.


      Bruce Greene, Adam Kovic, and Lawrence Sonntag, who joined the team when they formed Funhaus and have had an enormous positive influence over our content. They immediately shared the expertise gained over years working with Machinima to help us tweak and optimize our approach to The Know. Since then we've all had more fun with it and grown video news into our own special kind of monster. Their contributions and advice continue to be invaluable, and I feel lucky to have them. There's no one I'd rather run across the 1 million subscriber mark hand in hand with.


      Eddy Rivas, who helped us out as a freelance writer while I was away doing The Amazing Race in the middle of the holiday gaming rush--the WORST possible time for me to go missing during the year in games coverage. But he nailed it. I was so impressed I kept him on as a freelancer for the next few months before bringing him on full time earlier this year. He's such a great researcher and writer, and he writes like the freaking WIND. Also he can probably kill you. We all try to be extra nice to Eddy.


      Kdin Jenzen, who allowed me to steal him from Achievement Hunter to head up our editing. I always knew I wasn't a fast editor, but that was never as apparent as the first time Kdin single-handedly edited 30 minutes worth of news videos with full b-roll, quote attribution, and flub smoothing in a single day. Plus, if we ever have a question about a super weird Japanese game, he's the one who can answer it for us.


      Justin Pack, our first intern-turned-production-assistant, who helps me wrangle co-hosts in a post-Meg world, shoot our updates, hunt down b-roll, put together link dumps for sources, and make sure our videos are up where they need to be, when they need to be.


      And you guys. We love making The Know, but we couldn't make it if you didn't watch it. And you do, more than I ever thought possible. Where once I thought 100k views per day would be success, now we edge up close to 1 million views on a good day, and I really think that milestone is an achievable one.


      Thank you guys for watching, for commenting, for sending us tips, for your fan art and your embarrassing screen grabs, for your enthusiasm for the same stuff we're excited about. You're my Know Buddies for life.

    • Favorite Moments from The Know

      2 years ago

      Ashley The Know

      We're working on a special project for The Know and I need your help! I need to know what are some of your favorite moments since we started? Across any of our news updates/patch episodes/game clubs/specials/events/etc.


      Really we're just asking why you like us so much. It's a really passive aggressive move on our part but you'd better have a good answer or maybe you don't like us as much as you say you do.

    • Bill Gates Considered Xbox an Insult

      2 years ago

      Ashley The Know

      Xbox co-creator Ed Fries has been letting loose all kinds of details about the console's origins, and he's back again.


      According to Fries, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates initially considered the proposal of a gaming console to be an insult. In an interview with IGN, Fries related, "Bill walks in, he's holding our Powerpoint deck, throws it down on the table and says, 'This is a [blanking] insult to everything I've done at this company'—basically was the quote. And that was the start of the meeting."


      It wasn't until an observer in the meeting noted Sony's gradual invasion of the living room and its possibility as a threat to Microsoft that Gates began to warm to the idea.


      Despite the cold start, Gates and Steve Ballmer approved the plan and provided full resources for the team to work separately from the rest of the company.


      And that's how mommy and daddy made an Xbox.

    • New Multiplayer Zelda Game Could Follow Breath of the Wild

      2 years ago

      Ashley The Know

      The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a runaway success at E3 earlier this month, and the variety of adventures had some hoping to share the experience with friends. While it looks like Breath of the Wild won't scratch that itch, we could see a multiplayer experience later on.


      In an interview with IGN, franchise producer Eiji Aonuma said he'd like to try a multiplayer Zelda game again. He explained, "I would like to take what I learned from Breath of the Wild and see if we can somehow fuse those learning points into another multiplayer Zelda...That's definitely a possibility and we will continue to [experiment] throughout the Zelda franchise."


      Previous multiplayer titles in the series include Four Swords Adventures, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks,, and Tri Force Heroes.

    • Join Us for Rooster Teeth at E3!

      2 years ago

      Ashley The Know

      Last year was our first time going all in on doing an E3 live show, and maybe it was the sleep deprivation because we decided it would be a great idea to do it all over again... and do more, because this year Rooster Teeth will be streaming for FIVE DAYS.


      We'll have 2 livestreams on Sunday to take you through the press conferences for EA at 12:30PM PT and Bethesda at 6:30PM PT, then Monday Funhaus will take over and give you alcohol poisoning with an all-day livestream starting at 9:00AM PT and going until everyone's unconscious probably. Then the show starts.


      Cure your inevitable press conference hangover with all-day streams Tuesday-Thursday starting at 10:00AM PT. We'll have interviews, demos, gameplay, podcasts, shenanigans, and Joel will probably give you a primer in economics.


      Sound good? It will all be streaming on YouTube! Funhaus will be streaming on http://youtube.com/funhaus because that probably limits our liability or something, but you'll be able to catch all the other streams on http://youtube.com/roosterteeth.


      See you there!



    • The Amazing Race - Ep 11 Live Blog

      2 years ago

      Ashley The Know

      Ready for China?!


      I've always wanted to visit China, so it's time to knock one off the bucket list!


      Kiss count: 1


      Tyler and Korey claws coming out! Now who's #TheVillains?


      This was a theme throughout the race. Tyler and Korey and the dancers worked together whenever possible.


      So, basically, this roadblock was the Amazing Race WITHIN the Amazing Race.


      Sheri is such a trooper. She's wonderful.


      Burnie's running training was paying off here, that's for sure! It must have been a full hour of dashing back and forth.


      Burnie's salt levels at max = my favorite. They never did find that airport clue.


      Tyler and Dana eat our dust!


      If only that train had been 1 minute sooner.


      Run through amusement park for an hour then run through a park! Sure, why not?


      We decided to take a train to the detour because there was a marathon going on next to the park so most of the streets were shut down. I worried we'd be caught in gridlock. Normally we'd take a cab 100%, but that made me nervous. Train might be slower than usual, but faster than traffic jam.


      Switching detours is always scary, but if you know you have a lead (i.e. Sheri and Cole) it's less so. We didn't want to end up with another Chamonix where we were last because we were stubborn.


      We may suck at balance, but hey! We can hang a painting.


      And that's all she wrote, kids.


      At least we broke that second place streak, huh?

    • The Amazing Race - Ep 9 Live Blog

      2 years ago

      Ashley The Know

      Snakes, salt, kites, Indonesia. Let's do it!


      I've always wanted to go to Bali.


      PS - it's pretty great to know something about Brodie and Kurt that no one else knows.


      I'm pretty sure there are more motorcycles in Denpasar than people in the US.


      What did you do this morning? I carried fruit on my head like a star. You?


      SNAKEEEEESSS! I told Tyler afterward that Burnie and I felt like Salma Hayek in From Dusk Till Dawn. He told me he's too young to get that reference.


      Hey guys, you know what would be a great idea? Let's leave our taxis and keep running along the road!


      Burnie's plot is my favorite plot.


      We can all aspire to Tyler's level of shimmy shake.


      So happy Kurt is getting credit for being such a great racer. Through the whole race he was our idol. He's strong, smart, athletic, can dance, is fluent in Spanish... the real question is what he CAN'T do. We haven't found anything yet.


      Next time can WE have a task where we get fed along the way? Bring on the hot soup.


      I wish the instructions said Burnie had to do the roadblock without a shirt on. Wink.


      Poor Rachel. The second we saw her we were hurting for her.


      GOOD JOB, BURNIE! I'm so proud of you. #1 out of the road block is a good place to be!


      Yay, Rachel! Pushing through that challenge.


      SURPRISE TWIST: Double roadblock!


      Building a kite = even more complicated than assembling IKEA furniture without instructions.


      I love that they're showing the more serious side of our racing this leg.


      Me: "What's an outrigger?"

      Burnie: "it's like a canoe with a sail. And it will have a motor. No way they'll make us row all that way"

      20 minutes later of pure paddling...

      :/


      <3 <3 <3 for Zach and Rachel. I wouldn't have been able to do that salt roadblock AND all the rowing after? That was nuts.

    • The Amazing Race - Ep 8 Live Blog

      2 years ago

      Ashley The Know

      You ready to go to Dubai?!


      I can't believe we're down to 6 teams. It feels like it's gone so fast.


      First time in the race driving ourselves. We were so excited for this part.


      Which detour would you pick? Race camels or trek through the desert?


      As you watch the frisbee bros get stuck in sand, know this: those vehicles had a 4-wheel drive mode. Lulz


      Racing a camel = super easy, right? I mean, they're so slow.


      Yeah. Those camels destroyed me. Spoiler alert: I don't know shit about bikes.


      Goddamn. I'm such a bike sissy.


      Well, at least we weren't the only team to switch detours. There was NO WAY I was going to get that, even with the headstart. I wiped my lungs out so bad I couldn't breathe.


      HOW COOL IS THAT TO SWIM WITH SHARKS?


      I wish we got fed at every detour!


      GOODBYE, EXPRESS PASS!


      But hey! Rocking that gold swimsuit, Burnie!


      KICK ASS ON THAT ROADBLOCK, SWEETIE!


      I didn't get into this gold swimsuit for nothing. Let's waterslide!


      BTW, so refreshing to get in the water after all the Dubai heat and the half dying.


      Suckas had to use the express pass to beat us by 10 seconds. Not too bad.


      Second save for Cole & Sheri. How lucky is that? They're 2 out of the 3 last place saves so far.

    • The Amazing Race - Ep 7 Live Blog

      2 years ago

      Ashley The Know

      TIME TO GO TO GEORGIA!


      Everyone on the same train. So the pressure is on. BUT I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO TAKE AN OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN!


      This first taxi HAD to be the most frustrating thing that could have happened. We grabbed one, he waited for EVERYONE to go ahead of him, and then drove around the city waving to his friends to show them the TV camera in the car. GGUUUUUUHHHHH


      The monastery was beautiful. Nervewracking because it was so far out. We wondered if we were headed the right way. Glad we got to go there.


      Uh, clean gross stuff or make candy? NOT A TOUGH DECISION.


      God, we were so close to missing the last spot at the candy detour. We made it by a matter of minutes. Luuuucky us.


      Sorry I demanded to take the dancing challenge. I know Burnie would have outshined me, but I couldn't allow that.


      Shout out to my dancing instructor. She was a great teacher, and was super supportive and nice, even when I messed up.


      Sucks to have gone to the wrong location, but at least we had a head start, huh?


      Unfortunately, sometimes that's not enough. But hey. We're still in good shape.


      Thank goodness for the lady who helped us though. The first person all leg we'd found who spoke any English and she was completely fluent and SO NICE.


      Also, shout out to Zach and Rachel. They did great all leg. Not a single mistake. They earned #1.


      Poor Scott and Blair. They HAD to return the bag. They would have faced a penalty otherwise. You're not allowed to mess with other teams' stuff. I can't believe the outcome of the leg came down to that tiny detail.

    • The Amazing Race - Ep 6 Live Blog (East Coast)

      2 years ago

      Ashley The Know

      Live blogging here! And I'll answer questions during commercial breaks. :D


      LET'S GO TO ARMENIA!


      Fun Fact: We researched the opera house during a layover in Athens. Learned it's known for the composer of the Sword Dance (google it--super famous). I REALLY wanted to do the Sword Dance because we hadn't done anything like that yet.


      The Cascade is absolutely breathtaking. It's HUGE. And majestic. And a bitch to run up.


      We also met a really sweet stray dog along the way. I wondered if he'd come with us the whole race but he said screw that.'


      LET'S MAKE SOME BREAD! We have to make food all the time! How hard can it be, right?


      The bakers are so sweet. They really wanted us to, uh, not suck at making Lavash. If only we could have complied. Turns out it CAN be a bit complicated.


      There were only 3 oven spots. That's probably why so many picked the rug one. We worried it would be full by the time we got there. Then, in the end, there was one oven that didn't get used!


      The oven was SO HOT. My hair crisped up. I had to cut it when I got home from the race. And I burned the crap out of my hands. But they're already scarred from my hair wand so... no biggie?


      We called this challenge the mighty boosh.


      I'm glad everyone called us the roosters.


      That baker lady was SO MEAN. She didn't like so many of our lavashes and threw them away. I would have taken them and eaten them!


      Not shown: You were supposed to go grab a bus driver. We had been doing first aid on my hand and didn't read the clue thoroughly so we found the bus and sat on it for about 10 minutes wondering where our driver was before we re-read and figured it out.


      Everyone else had awesome party buses. Our bus was super chill. A lady gave us walnuts. Other bus people danced. Unfair.


      Burnie's such a sweetie. I'm totally impressed with the oil change. How about that date, boo? I'd say you earned it.


      Second place! That's our best finish! Not a bad comeback, huh?


      God, poor Sheri. And Blair is such a sweetie. It sucks for Cole not to be able to help her at all.


      Scott's a class act. So kind of him to help Sheri as much as he could.


      And OF COURSE It's keep on racing! No pit stop. No rest. Straight into another leg.

  • Comments (354)

    • John4767 Meow

      13 years ago

      awsome its jinx from the frag dools, yo wat up girl? i love your site, you girls rule!!!!!!

    • Capt_Sparrow

      13 years ago

      I think I'll wear my "I Play With Dolls" shirt on campus tomorrow...

    • crazypotato

      13 years ago

      Hey look, another potato! Yay potatoes!

    • ohdear

      13 years ago

      potato's are good you get chips and crisps and wedges and mash and lots of other wonderful foods

    • naruto1986

      13 years ago

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    • ILUVHALO16

      13 years ago

      What!!?? There's no Metallica in your list of music! WHY!!????!!!???!!!???!!!

    • nikasaur

      13 years ago

      Allo, Jinx!
      Yeah, this site is my normal hangout spot. Rooster Teeth groupie for-the-win.

    • djedgar

      13 years ago

      Did you attend PAX this year?

    • Chupathingie

      13 years ago

      You say you like comedies?
      *slides piece of paper over*

      Shhh...you should see these...

      Airplane!
      Blazzing Saddles
      Cannonball Run
      Smokey and the Bandit
      Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

    • HeavyYeti

      13 years ago

      Yo!
      Like I said on BrookeLyn's profile, the Frag Dolls PWN. Beside the fact that you ladies can probably kick any other group of people's asses (What? Oh, not Bungie....=)), you kickass just by being different and quite literally, revolutionary. I can't think of another group of female gamers who hit big like you guys did. Keep it up!


      And maybe if you guys do come by El Paso, you can PWN my friends who think they're awesome...don't worry, I suck...miserably.

    • bary_jon_200

      13 years ago

      how have u only played halo once, one of the best if not the best game of all time

    • Jstr21

      13 years ago

      Sweet, another FD on RvB... Now if I could just play ya online...

    • irishred

      13 years ago

      congratulations on having the most absolutely cool job EVER. makes graduate school look that much more crappy. here's to hoping that i never ever meet you online because you would definitely crush me.

    • Genesis11

      13 years ago

      You should post more often- it's like you don't ever come here (even though you do).

    • Genesis11

      13 years ago

      Thanks, Jinx!

    • neutrino

      13 years ago

      God. Damn. You are hot. And you play video games for a living. You are awesome. Ok, 'nuff said.

    • CMAssassin

      13 years ago

      How the HELL do you become a professional gamer?

    • chadk

      13 years ago

      This makes me cry. Where were the hot professional gaming teams when I was a bit younger? Oh, hell, I guess there weren't any DOOM teams.. ;( Depressing.

    • Brakus

      13 years ago

      wow thats awesome

      prince of persia warrior within is awesome too

    • Drewman

      13 years ago

      I would love to give you a game of halo 2, even if i lose

    • paverhammer

      13 years ago

      I wish I could do that for a living...

    • Spike12

      13 years ago

      The Frag Doll's are awsome,were you in the Halo Humpday Challenge against Bungie?

    • DU_Stars_Fan

      13 years ago

      Why can't I be a professional gamer and get paid for it? That sounds like a cush job...not sure if it's more fun than playing with alcohol all day long though.

    • kyle_gumby

      13 years ago

      SLC Punk! Yayee!

      Yeah.. that came off a little fanboyish, didn't it? Bah.

    • Anim8rJB

      13 years ago

      Jinx...more like Stinx lol

    • simmons42

      13 years ago

      =O a fragdoll with only 4 friends? We should improve on that...... =)

    • TommyTheCatt

      13 years ago

      I am glad to see that the first player shooter is not only dominated by only guys. I am impressed!

    • deadkat

      13 years ago

      Jinx is a superstar. Kinda like Wonderwoman, but shorter and blond and smarter and hotter and she does not run around in her underwear. Unless you ask nicely ;)

    • spartan13

      14 years ago

      Don't be afraid kakshi160. I've been handed my ass by Brooke on R63 a few times. Now it's happening on again Halo 2. It's much better getting beat by a FD than by a 13 year old kid just starting puberty! =)

    • whitewolf

      14 years ago

      I am right with you on that one kakashi160 I would challenge her and would love every minute of getting my ass kicked by something as drop dead lovely as jinx I would play her over and over just for the fun of getting my ass kicked also I can't wait for ghost recon 2 to come out as I am a huge ghost recon fan.....

    • airsniper

      14 years ago

      Do we all have to pay your gang protection money now? Don't hit me...

    • deadkat

      14 years ago

      Welcome to the Fray baby!

    • tracker1

      14 years ago

      gamer chicks.... *droooool*

    • Kakashi160

      14 years ago

      I am speechless, its hard to find girls that are really into video games, but that fact that you are ladies are, how should I say it...extremely fine. It is making my brain hurt. I'd challenge you to a game of halo or halo 2 but I am afraid of getting my ass kicked.

    • Big_Head

      14 years ago

      I may be a bit evil when I say this,but what would happen if Halo2 was a flop? Would there be rioting and pillaging ?

    • NOVAmonkey

      14 years ago

      I will definitely be adding a link to www.fragdolls.com on my website NOVAmonkey

    • debaser

      14 years ago

      I came by because I clicked Tori amos, then I saw you said you played Halo2, then I saw you were in the Frag Dolls... so nice taste, arrrrrrrrrrgh, and nice job.

    • Sooprmunky61 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      14 years ago

      Brak show and the daily show? very nice. comedy rocks, I'm going to see Drew Carey and his improv allstars tomorrow. Hpe you feel better, being sick sucks. And remember kiddies, watch out for bear droppings

    • HotSoup

      14 years ago

      don't judge us all by scramcam.we're not all adolescent boys.

      we're assholes, too.

    • Helios

      14 years ago

      Nine Inch Nails!
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    • Ashley FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Know

      14 years ago

      Ubisoft sponsors us to play online coop/competetive games (on LIVE mostly, for obvious reasons). We've been playing Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow as a team, but now we're ramping up for when Ghost Recon 2 comes out so we can rock that. At the moment I'm starting to play Socom II on PS2 to practice, since that's supposed to be the closest to GR2's style. We'll be playing Halo 2 as a team when that comes out too, so between all our games we've got a lot of fun coming up.

      I think most of us are RvB fans. We got to meet them up at the Penny-Arcade Expo and had dinner with them, but I was at the opposite end of the table so I unfortunately didn't get to talk to them much. Plus I was exhausted from 14 hours of games, so I wouldn't have been an exciting conversationalist anyway. ;)

    • scramcam

      14 years ago

      hey

      u sound really kewl

    • HollowDog

      14 years ago

      Wow... not only are you a gamer, you're a professional gamer? And you like Massive Attack, Tori Amos, NIN and (most importantly) TOOL? I'm impressed.
      So what does Ubisoft sponsor you to do/play? Are any of the other Frag Dolls RvB fans?

    • Ashley FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Know

      14 years ago

      www.fragdolls.com

      We're a professional female gaming team sponsored by Ubisoft. I think that about explains it. hehe :)

    • OrigamiGuy

      14 years ago

      Let me be the first to welcome you to the site. Welcome..

      So what are the frag dolls?

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