Matt317 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the guy

27 years old
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from Portland, TX

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    • Finally have RTX tickets

      4 months ago

      Matt317 the guy

      It took a few calls with Front Gate Tickets (who were very helpful) to get everything sorted out and to get my First member code to work, but I finally got my weekend pass for RTX 2018 and I'll be joining y'all there.



    • Why am I still a First member?

      4 months ago

      Matt317 the guy

      I suppose it's more so out of convenience than anything else: avoiding ads, watching episodes early, occasionally watching a stream, and using the Xbox app. I know for certain it isn't out of enjoyment of RT's exclusive content or from a personal incentive to support what used to be my favorite content creators. It's also out of support for the animation team and their work, but then again I can just as well do this from blu-ray sales and the occasional shirt. If there was a way that I could give directly to the animation team, I'd happily do that in its place.


      Other than marking oneself as a content consumer, I guess I'm not sure what this yellow star even means anymore.


    • RTX ticket price increase?

      5 months ago

      Matt317 the guy

      There doesn't seem to be much of a reason to warrant raising the prices for RTX tickets

      this year. I'll still go, but for what it is it's still steep even at early bird prices.

    • PAX South

      6 months ago

      Matt317 the guy

      I'll be in San Antonio this weekend for PAX South. Is anyone else coming? Unfortunately, it doesn't look as though RT will have any presence there this year, or atleast not officially.

    • Re-examining why I'm still a Rooster Teeth fan

      7 months ago

      Matt317 the guy

      It sure has been a while since I last posted a journal entry. In the time since my last entry, I have went to RTX in Austin, escaped from Hurricane Harvey without losing my home (of which I am very grateful), and I've finally moved out of my parent's house an into a house to call my own. But now to the heart of the matter. Why the title?


      It's hard to admit it, but I'm just not as passionate about RT content as I used to be. I still enjoy AH and Funhaus lets plays whenever possible. I'm still a big fan of RvB and RWBY and I'm still looking forward to their new mecha series. And of course, I'm always excited to go to RTX (if not specificly for RT themselves).


      Everything else, though, I just find myself being apathetic toward if not outright disliking it. I've taken a break from the RT podcast out of lack of interest (though that may change). It takes me a while to get around to finishing Off-Topic since it comes out on a weekend when I feel like doing other things beside listening to a podcast. Indeed, the only RT-related podcast I seem to listen to on a regular, first-hand basis these days seems to be Dude Soup (and Mega 64 but that doesn't count). Everything else related to Rooster Teeth I've ended up not really caring that much about or I've actively disliked it. That's of course not saying anything about any of RT's other partners, like Game Attack, Cow Chop and Sugar Pine 7, since I haven't delved that deep into their content to really comment on them.


      And I think a key reason for this, for me atleast, is that I've started to see RT as a whole as being a lot bigger, less intimate, and more distant with their fanbase than they were when I rediscovered them back in 2013. At the time, they seemed like a close-knit group of individuals who made funny content on the internet and really felt like they were close to their fans. In turn, fans like me felt obliged to give them support through various means, whether it be through sponsorship, shirt sales, and going to see them in person at various events. For me, it felt like I was giving support to good friends whom I personally knew and wanted to see succeed. Over time, though, this rift between creators and fans seemed to grow so wide to the point where even if individual members at RT still really cared about the fans and keeping in touch with them, RT the corporate entity could care less about what I thought or how much financial support I showed them, regardless of how many RT shirts I had in my closet or how many times I went to their conventions. To me, they simply stopped feeling like close friends and have largely become just like any other distant and impersonal internet celebrity.


      This indifferentism was what really caused me to not want to automatically latch on to everything RT puts out these days for the simple reason that "RT made it". Their content became a product that I could either like or dislike. It didn't matter.


      This disconnect with the fanbase can also illustrated by the fact that the RT website, formerly the go-to destination for RT fans wanting to meet each other, build a community, and stay in close contact with their favorite creators, has remained a clunky, unintuitive mess ever since its redesign. Nowadays, it's little more than a vehicle to host premium content not on Youtube, and occassionally serves as a place most of the RT staff rarely ever visit unless it's for promotional reasons. Most of the discussion on the forums is barren and is largely relegated to Reddit (which RT seems to pay more attention to anyway). Even with longtime friends whom I've met on the RT site, I rarely see on there anymore and instead keep in contact through social media.


      Even with all of this said, though, I still remain a fan and a longtime sponsor. Rooster Teeth has given me countless hours of enjoyment and memories, and I've met many great people through them over the years whom I'm happy to call friends. Lately, though, I've had to re-examine why it is that I still call myself a fan.

      -Matthew

    • On autographs and a lack of community at RTX

      1 year ago

      Matt317 the guy

      I guess I wasn't the only one who didn't get an email from Frontgate. In the past, I've had to go through my share of hurdles when it came to getting an autograph session through Frontgate (typically over the phone), and even despite the hassle the issue was always resolved with satisfaction. For this year, however, I found out about the sessions, not from the RTX event site or an email, but from a link posted on the RTX event Twitter page. By then a whole hour had passed and nearly all the sessions were already sold out. The only notification I received from Frontgate was anapology later that day and a link for the 5 remaining sessions that I didn't have interest in.


      That said, I can't say I was that excited for getting an autograph code to begin with, in part from me having already seen most of the staff numerous times in the past and from simply not being as enamored or "star struck" by them as I used to. I had already made it my goal this year to focus on meeting with friends and playing games. This mishap over autograph codes strengthened this goal even further. The "RT" side of RTX for me has become the least interesting aspect about the event. As @LadyOddDuck has rightfully pointed out, this disappointment over autograph codes wouldn't have been as much of an issue if RT had put more attention toward building a community and giving us a better site in which to do so. The way I see it now, RTX has become a good event for friends who already know one another to meet and have fun over their shared hobbies, but as far as RT is concerned, it seems that building and fostering a community is not one of their chief goals anymore.


      Hopefully, I get to see some of y'all at RTX! Meeting friends from out of town is now the biggest reason why I still go. :)


      Take care.


      -Matthew

    • Ramblings and RTX

      1 year ago

      Matt317 the guy

      Hi, everyone. I hope you are all doing well.


      My 4-year anniversary on this site passed about 2 months ago. Granted I was busy around that time, but even then I sadly I didn't have the enthusiasm to want to celebrate it. As I have said before, my interest in RT content has not been what it used to be. More to it, not only has this site not been what it used to be 4 years ago, but for me Rooster Teeth themselves have not been what they've used to be 4 years ago. There also has not been much incentive for me to continue to use this site other than to watch "First" content. Not only has this site been clunky and slow to use, but there isn't much of a community here either. A cursory glance even shows that the forums do not get much activity and whatever discussion that comes from the comment sections come from users who don't bother setting up profiles and avatars anymore. Coupled with the fact that I don't see most of my longtime friend on this site anymore and that it's much easier to meet with them over social media than it is here, there just hasn't been much incentive to keep me coming back here regularly.


      As for RTX, I still plan on going, but not so much for Rooster Teeth themselves anymore. I plan on going primarily to see games and meet with friends. If I have the chance to see any of the RT cast, I'd still happily shake their hands and thank them for their content, but I do not intend to make it my sole goal for the weekend to seek them out. I've seen them enough over the course of 4 other RTXs to the point where I am no longer star struck. If anything, I wouldn't mind meeting with some of the lesser known staff like Ric Guerrero, and others like him who typically do not have autograph lines.


      I'm sorry this journal had to be so downbeat, but I had not posted here in a while and these were things I needed to get off my chest.


      -Matthew

    • I'm a fan, but lately I've had to re-evaluate why

      1 year ago

      Matt317 the guy

      Lately, my relation to RT content has been strained to say the least. When I mean RT content, I'm specifically referring to content produced by the Rooster Teeth side of the company. I still regularly watch and enjoy most of the content that comes out of Achievement Hunter and Funhaus, and for that they are the sole reason why I still keep my First membership these days to support their content as well as to avoid ads.


      The same cannot be said for much of the RT side of the company. Most of my enjoyment from RT these days comes from their animated series and Immersion. Everything else I've been more or less apathetic to. I don't enjoy listening to the RT podcast as much as I used to, their live-action productions have been very mixed for me, and everything else I've found myself either not caring about or simply not liking at all. And I think part of the reason lies with RT themselves.


      When I discovered RT back in 2006 and again in 2013, I was enamored by them since not only were they based in my home state and within close proximity as opposed to being somewhere distant and typical like California or the east coast, but I found them to be not only funny but very likeable and relateable. Now it feels like the opposite: they've grown more distant and even less relateable. I still have a great deal of respect for them, especially the original members, as well as some of the other less known, hardworking animation staff like Ric Guerrero, but as for the main personalities themselves, in my eyes, they've gradually become the distant and impersonal internet celebrities that I feared they would become. That's not to say they no longer care about their fans, but alot of what drew me to them in the first place doesn't feel like it's there anymore.


      Surprisingly, as I've said before this hasn't been the case with AH and Funhaus. For me, aside from Gavin, they still feel like relateable people whom I enjoy listening to and can get behind. Not only that, but they still feel like they make an effort to say connected with their audience. I can't speak for Gameattack and Cow Chop since I don't watch alot of their content to begin with. These days, it seems like I'm alot quicker to call myself a fan of Achievement Hunter, Funhaus, or even in a broader sense the Let's Play network than I am to call myself a Rooster Teeth fan, and even then it would be for specific series like Red vs Blue and RWBY as opposed to the company as a whole.


      And lastly, the only other reason I still stay connected with RT is because of the community and all the great friends I've made from it. Even when the main lifeline to the community that is this site has been severed and broken for almost two years, I still make the effort to stay connected through other means because I just love discussing with friends who enjoy the same things. I still plan on going to RTX this year, though now I'm more excited to go as a means of meeting with friends and playing games.


      All in all, I'm still a fan. I've just had to re-evaluate as to why.


      Thank you.


      -Matthew

    • When it comes to certain RT jokes that put you on edge

      1 year ago

      Matt317 the guy

      Ever have those moments where someone at RT/AH/Funhaus/everyone else says something that puts you on edge a little (even if it was meant as a joke not to be taken seriously)? This doesn't have to involve politics (and for me it usually doesn't), but on occasion there might be some offhand gag or photoshop still that might leave you, not necessarily offended, but with a slightly subdued or uncomfortable feeling that makes it hard to enjoy the rest of their content, which is not something you want to happen with your source of entertainment. For me, I eventually just shrug it off and get over it, but even this can take time.


      I know they can't please everyone, but it doesn't stop moments like this from happening from time to time. What's the best way to respond to moments like this?


      -Matthew

    • PAX South 2017

      1 year ago

      Matt317 the guy

      Not long ago, I was in San Antonio, TX, once again for PAX South, and I had a wonderful time. While I wasn't able to play the Switch, there was still plenty to do there with tons of games to play, including ones from Rooster Teeth's own booth. From what I got to play of Battlesloths I greatly enjoyed, and I'm looking forward to playing some more once it releases.


      On the subject of RT, though, despite the RT brand being very much present on the show floor (their booth twice was as big as last year's, rivaling even the neighboring Nintendo booth), I was a little surprised at how little presence the RT personalities themselves had there, especially in comparison to last year. Now don't get me wrong. I understand they probably couldn't send that many people to San Antonio for one weekend so close to RTX Sydney, and the ones that were there I was still happy to see, like Chris and Aaron who even hosted an impromptu fan meet-up, and the rest of the staff manning the booth were also really cool. Jon, Gilby and Miles were also there albeit unofficially. I also got to meet Lawrence's girlfriend, Stephanie, at the Alienware booth and she was really nice.


      That said, I was a little disappointed by the absence of anyone from Achievement Hunter, Funhaus or Screwattack/Gameattack, especially since FH and SA were still there in some capacity last year. Blaine, Jordan, Joel Rubin, Matt Peake, Sean, and Nick were still there to sign autographs and meet with fans even with RTX Sydney right around the corner. There was still fan interaction this year, just not as much as I would expected from last year. My only guess for this lack of presence seems to be that they were simply not needed to promote the games on display, namely RWBY: Grimm Eclipse and Battlesloths, and decided not to go to focus on RTX Sydney. I don't blame them, but it does explain why RT barely said a word about PAX South until a few days prior.


      None of this really bothered me though, since there was still plenty to do on the show floor even if RT had no presence at all. From now on, though, for those wanting to go to PAX South expecting a small-scale meet and greet with the RT cast prior to RTX, or any other PAX event, you should keep their expectations in check. It appears that RTX Sydney will be their main focus this time a year from now on.


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      Sorry if my recap seemed partly dour. I still had a great time, and I'm looking forward to going again next year, and I'll see y'all at RTX this July. :)


      -Matthew

  • Comments (31)

    • JDunlap The Dude

      1 year ago

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      • Matt317 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the guy

        1 year ago

        Thank you!

    • Fly Keeper of Blades

      2 years ago

      We know each other through twitter, correct?

      • Matt317 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the guy

        2 years ago

        That is correct.

    • GlukeMore More?

      2 years ago

      It was cool meeting you. Hope you had a great rtx

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

      3 years ago

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    • JDunlap The Dude

      3 years ago

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    • Audrey

      3 years ago

      Thank you for being on The List! You rock! smiley12.gif
      Spread the love with Warm Fuzzies of your own today!

      • Matt317 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the guy

        3 years ago

        Thanks! Right back at ya! smiley0.gif
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    • xcalante Sentry The Defiant

      3 years ago

      Thank you so much Matt, you are awesome. This means so much to me and his friends and family. smiley12.gif

      • Matt317 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the guy

        3 years ago

        Thank you. I'm very happy to help.

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

      3 years ago

      Thanks for the friendship pal!

      • Matt317 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the guy

        3 years ago

        With pleasure. smiley0.gif

    • Caszie Fishy Queen

      3 years ago

      Thank you for the friendship!! :D

      Giant fish pillow friends for life! smiley12.gif

      • Matt317 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the guy

        3 years ago

        You're very welcome! smiley0.gif

    • LogJam101

      4 years ago

      I like your fedora smiley12.gif

      • Matt317 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the guy

        4 years ago

        Why thank you. smiley0.gif

    • Kiwi OCC Time Lord

      4 years ago

      Ha! You've fallen victim to my plot to farm for other scientists! Hi. I'm Kiwi. I'm a geologist (sort of). Would you perchance be a science student? smiley1.gif

      • Matt317 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the guy

        4 years ago

        Certainly!

        I go to Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, but I'm taking my field camp with New Mexico Tech. We're currently in Las Vegas, NM, near the southern Rockies. Right now we've been doing field mapping with sedimentary units and structures.

      • Kiwi OCC Time Lord

        4 years ago

        Well we're gonna have to meet up at RTX and swap field camp stories! Where are you and are you with your own school or another? I'M SO EXCITED!!!!!

      • Matt317 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the guy

        4 years ago

        As it turns out I'm also a geology student. In fact, right now I'm taking my summer field camp. Once its over, I'm heading to RTX. After that, graduation. smiley0.gif

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

      4 years ago

      I was looking through a "Where are you from" thread and saw you are also from Portland! Except in Texas. My Portland is in Maine. I bet mine is colder. smiley8.gif But still, hello!

      • Matt317 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the guy

        4 years ago

        Well you wouldn't be wrong, and it just got warmer. smiley8.gif Thanks! Hello, to you, too.

    • kaosblack21 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian V.4.0

      4 years ago

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      Thanks for being one of my best friends on the site! You're a really cool dude, and I can't wait until we can finally hang out!

      • Matt317 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the guy

        4 years ago

        Thanks, man! You're awesome you know that? Looking forward to meeting ya, too. smiley0.gif

    • Audrey

      4 years ago

      Brutally-Honest-Disney-Valentines-Timon.
      Keep being awesome, dude!
      If you'd like to pass along the love, check this out! smiley12.gif

      • Matt317 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the guy

        4 years ago

        Awww, thank you! That means alot to me. smiley12.gif

    • soren6611

      4 years ago

      Hey bro, awesome catching up with ya. Have a great holiday, and we'll be gaming soon.

      • Matt317 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the guy

        4 years ago

        Thanks. You too!

        Also, nice avy choice. smiley8.gif

    • Dopp ROLL TIDE

      5 years ago

      Random friend requests are largely frowned upon in the community.

      It's not that no one wants to be friends, we just expect some interaction beforehand.

      I would suggest diving into the forums and talking to some people. You can always start with the RTX 2013 Threads, since everyone in there has at least one thing in common. The Meet and Greet thread is the place you can go just to chat people up.

      Welcome to RT, the greatest community on the internet!

      • Matt317 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the guy

        5 years ago

        Oh, my bad, dude. I'll keep that in mind. Thanks for letting me know, though.

        That's why I'm here!

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