The more I think about Rooster Teeth, the more I come to realize just how astounding it really is.

How many people are in the RT community? At the time I'm posting this, there are 11092 active users currently on the site. And that's just on site right now! I know that there are a hell of a lot more out there. But what about outside the website?

How many people follow RT on Facebook and Twitter? Hundreds of thousands. How many people subscribe to RT's YouTube channel? 8 million. How many times have episodes of Red vs. Blue, RWBY, and Achievement Hunter been watched? Millions and millions. What is the accumulative total of all those views? A LOT!!

And all of these people come from different backgrounds. They are different ages, from different cultures, different religions (or no religion), different economic status, different languages, and different countries. And what unites all these hugely different, unique personalities is their love of Rooster Teeth.

I think you'd really be pressed to find another community on the net with the level of loyalty, solidarity, and co-operation that we have. Together, we are strong. We give each other a voice. It's that sense of camaraderie that I love. Especially when you consider that so many of us haven't even met face to face. This community has allowed talented artists to shine and cash in on their skills. Not only do we make each other laugh, but we support each other in times of crisis.

All of us who use this site saw just how strong that support could be at the beginning of February, following the untimely death of one of the people who made Rooster Teeth what it is now. As miserable as that time was, we got through it because of the love and support we gave one another. We are unbreakable.

Because of Rooster Teeth, lifelong friendships have been formed. People have gotten married. Children have been born, will be born because of what we've got here. And all of this, plus the ever-growing level of content we enjoy, came about because a bunch of dudes in Texas got drunk and played Halo one night. And for whatever reason ( the booze, probably ), they decided it would be a great idea to make videos out of it.

They had an idea they were passionate about, the ambition and determination to carry it out, and a refusal to compromise. And you know what? That was more than enough.

I've been following RT for a long time, but I only became a community member fairly recently. I have watched this company grow from a handful of people working out of an apartment with a small, cult following to an online juggernaut. I've seen what started out as basically an extension of Halo fandom evolve into its own unique animal. I've also watched the next generation of content producers come up, as people from the community, people my age or around it, joined the ranks of the company.

When the torch of writing and directing Red vs. Blue was passed to Miles Luna, I was thrilled. Not just because he is a brilliantly creative person, but because he and I are the same age. Whenever I see someone my own age doing something creative and fun for a living, and doing it very well, it gives me hope.

The story of RT also taught me that I don't need to live in a place like New York or L.A (or, since I'm Canadian, let's say Toronto or Vancouver) to be successful. You don't need to go where the hype is. Have a good idea, stick to your guns, take some risks, and all the good shit will come to you.

All of that is pretty special, but not the reason why I am a fan. I have been a fan since I was 17; the night I was first introduced to RvB was the night, I shit you not, of a lunar eclipse. I was watching TV out of one eye, watching the shadow work its way across the face of the moon with the other. My brother, who was thirteen at the time, was using the computer; I wasn't really paying attention to him, or to what he was watching.

At some point, I heard those now so familiar guitar chords, the ones I now associate with the imminent arrival of something strange and funny. I finally took enough interest to find out what the hell my brother was watching. My life changed just as simply as that. I was reeled in, hook, line, and fucking sinker. That was the summer I graduated from high school. It was also the summer that I got the first three seasons of RvB on DVD. My discovery of Rooster Teeth happened concurrently with my becoming an adult.

In that time, Rooster Teeth has been one of the few constants in my life, and through all of my experiences, it has been the only thing that has consistently made me laugh, and made me feel good.

But most importantly, it gave me something I didn't realize I needed until I found it. It gave me a community. It gave me a group of people I completely, and without reservation, say are my people.

That's why I'm a fan of Rooster Teeth.

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