I've been doing a lot of thinking about RT recently, and I've realised how fucking important RT has been in my life.
Let me go back a bit. Whilst this account was only made three years ago, I started watching Achievement Hunter at Minecraft Episode 14 after watching Michael's Impossible Game Rage Quit. I watched for a while until No Petting Zoo, when I began to watch everything else Achievement Hunter and Rooster Teeth had ever made. Back then, I was 13/14, a huge fucking dweeb of a teenager that shipped Mavin like nothing else.
Now I'm 18 (19 in October), off to University soon, and I've realised how much I've grown whilst watching RT/AH. For four/five years I've tuned in to watch Minecraft every Friday, the Podcast every Wednesday (I never seem to catch it live); I've watched all the 24 hour charity streams, bought all the charity posters; fallen in love with RWBY when it first aired; witnessed the launch of FunHaus, and the collaboration of the LetsPlay channel. I eagerly watched all the OffTopic pilots, and have seen people come and go within the company (RIP Ray).
I overheard several people talking about Bumblebee one day, and joined in the conversation. Two of those people are two of my favourite people in the world, and one of them introduced me to some of the best group of people I've ever known in my life (and many who I will be meeting for the first time at ComicCon on May 28th).
Whilst the people at RT may not know it, they have shaped me as the person I am today - and I suppose I view them as parental figures in a way (all 50 million of them). I wonder sometimes who I'd be if I'd never become a member of the community. Would I have the friends I have now? Would I be wanting to study film and media at Uni? Would I still have a love of games, and film, and books? Who would I have been? It's a scary thought to me, the unknown person I could have become, and when I think about it I'm so happy I'm not her. Because I love myself, and I love the person I've become - thanks to what a positive force RT has been in my life.
It saddens me to think that it's highly unlikely I'll ever be able to thank the people that have influenced my life in such a way, so I suppose this will be the next best thing.
Thank you. Thank you so much.