My history with RoosterTeeth started out just like everyone else.
Once upon a time the only access I had to the internet was at high school. I had no internet connection at home (not even dial-up), which is strange to think of nowadays when almost every home has an always on connection and most of us carry an internet capable device that rarely leaves our reach.
Back in 2004/2005, my mate Daniel (Escobar) introduced to his group of friends - myself and William (Ford_H8er) - to Red vs. Blue. It was perhaps the funniest thing we had seen on the internet. This was at a time when stick figure flash videos and sites like joecartoon.com were the most amazing things we had found online.
In the early days, the only way for us to watch Red vs. Blue was either on a school computer, or by visiting the house of a friend who happened to have the internet. My household did not have an active internet connection until Mid-2005 when we tried dial-up for the first time (a connection lucky to manage 28kbps). So for a long while Daniel would copy episodes of RvB to my massive 128Mb flash drive to take home and enjoy. A few months later as the end of school loomed and the prospects of going to university came to be, the family finally decided to take the plunge into ADSL Broadband - a 512kbps plan with a whopping 1Gb quota. A quota I fondly remember burning trough very quickly at one stage when I discovered to old Animated GIF 256k Futility thread.
Soon after finishing school and getting my license the only way for us to enjoy RvB involved me downloading the low res video and driving over to Daniels house where we would watch the episodes together. It became a weekly ritual at one stage until Daniel managed to get his own broadband connection.
Red vs. Blue was a series that I quite passionately followed right through to the end season 4. For some reason my love for the series was overshadowed by work and study commitments and I lost touch with the series for almost four years. It is only quite recently that I returned to RoosterTeeth and Red vs. Blue, and I must say that I regret not becoming and active community member or keeping up with the series over the years. It had been almost 16 months now since I rediscovered my passion for all things RoosterTeeth, and it's nice to know that all the things I once loved, still remain.
As a result of my long time absence, I missed a lot of major milestones '“ Immersion, RT Shorts and the Podcast to name a few. On the other hand, the last 12 months or so have been packed full of pleasure as I catch up on all that I missed. I have now watched all the RT shorts, Animated Adventures, various miniseries, and even my old friends from Bloodgulch. I have listened to the entire podcast back catalog in the last six months and continue to listen almost daily (mostly whilst driving to and from work '“ catching the occasional live stream on time off).
I write this journal entry probably for the wrong reasons. I was surprised to discover when I got home from work this morning that I had some random friend requests and a few comments on my profile and was unsure why. It turns out that this member of the community, who was for so long departed, only a sponsor for the most recent year, and forever a barely active community member, had become what I remember being one of the most coveted recognitions during the sites early days '“ the Featured User. A position I feel I don't really deserve.
I have for a long time now wanted to re-engage in the community, but have never quite known where to start. Threads I once followed are now all but gone and people I had once talked to in the community '“ like I did, eventually become inactive users or departed. When I returned to the site, one of the first things I did was look at my profile which had laid stagnant for so many years and decided to remove all of my old journal entries and start afresh. That was almost a year ago now, and this is the first journal entry I have made. I now sit here wondering if this is perhaps the opportunity to try and re-engage with the RT community that I needed.
Daniel and I have been talking of plans to make the ultimate pilgrimage next year to RTX 2014. And it would be great to meet new people. So feel free to say G'day. If there is one this this community is '“ it's passionate, and it will be great to see it first hand. I'd love to get to know some of you in time. With any luck, I may even get to meet a few of you for RTX 2014.
To finish this off, I have a message the many talented staff of RoosterTeeth and Achievement Hunter whom I hold in such high esteem '“ Thank you for doing what you do every day. It had brought me much joy over the years and it is hard to believe that over the ten years so much has changed. I also feel I should say that it's great knowing that no matter how rough the day, or how hectic the week, something will always remain constant. The fact that there is somewhere I can return to on a daily basis to lift my spirits and keep me company when all else fails (even on that long and lonely drive home). Thank you.