1 month ago
The rumors were true!
I was rushed to the hospital by my partner Val and my buddy Caleb early yesterday morning.
I had a violently fluctuating fever (too low, too high, then too low, etc), my joints felt like needles were being shoved in them, my head was throbbing so much I could hardly think, and most importantly breathing hurt and was very labored.
After tons of tests, blood work, X-rays, and plenty of stuff I can hardly remember because I was on a cocktail of â€œcanâ€™t even fathom how to pronounce these drugsâ€, I was diagnosed with a severe Sinus Infection and Walking Pneumonia.
My white blood cell count was extremely high and my breathing was still very labored, so they said Iâ€™d have to stay until my test results showed improvement.
Luckily at 7:30pm (Austin Time), they said I would be able to be discharged so long as I STAY HOME, DONâ€™T DRIVE, and GET PLENTY OF REST AND FLUIDS, at least for the next few days to make sure I donâ€™t fuck my body up further.
So, with my prescriptions in hand, and Nurse Val taking care of me, I should make a decent enough recovery to head back to work on Monday.
My full recovery will take at least 10 days, so I should be back to normal by the time RTX rolls around!
I realize it was partially my fault that I got this bad because I tend to push myself too hard and stress out too much. The doctors, the nurses, my coworkers, and of course my partner Val all told me I need to RELAX. Which I really donâ€™t tend to do, at all.
Thank you so much for the HUGE amount of well wishes I received! I got so many messages on Tumblr, Twitter, Reddit, and of course the RT website wishing for my quick recovery! So thank you to all of you who took the time to send the lovely messages!
Iâ€™m going to go rest now.
2 months ago
We will be in Los Angeles on July 1st and departing on the 5th!
That means we'll be attending the convention from July 2nd until July 4th, and possibly early morning on the 5th!
Most of our time will be spent roaming the Dealers Hall and Artist Alley in attempt to stock up on as much awesome SWAG as we can!
While also attempting to meet with some seriously awesome artists and exhibitors to tell them we're not worthy and respect them and their talents and crafts beyond comprehension!
We're also aware of a Rooster Teeth Fan Meet up that will be happening on July 4th @ 6:00pm in the West Hall just outside of the Galaxy Cafe (look for the staircase). Val and I will be stopping by there to say hi to people, but feel free to say hi if you see us wandering around the convention as well!
6 months ago
Our interactions weren't plentiful, but the ones we had were memorable for me.
I admired your work ethic as much as I admired your work. Never stopping for a moment, always showing your resolve and dedication, it was an inspiration to everyone, both co-workers and fans alike.
In the first few weeks I started working at Rooster Teeth, it was like walking among giants. However, every morning I walked into work in the early morning back at 636, I always heard Monty's music blasting loudly throughout the building and saw him working. The music made it feel less like "just another office" and more like home, it somehow brought comfort.
It was often that he would be the first person I'd greet upon getting into work. Oddly enough, when we moved to the new office, not hearing his music throughout the building and the usual morning greeting was something I found myself missing the most.
It leaves me a bit hollow feeling that I didn't interact with him more, though I'll always remember the day he randomly dropped by my desk back at 636 with Sheena and we talked about Batman. To be honest, I was a bit star struck talking to him at that time, even though I had been working there for months already, so I couldn't find my words. But the fact that there was a moment that I spoke with Monty that he listened to my words and found them to be interesting and important, it was one of the interactions that made Rooster Teeth feel more like family to me.
I don't have the long stories of friendship that others do, and sadly I didn't have the pleasure of working with him personally, a regret I will still carry.
But I saw his resolve, his work ethic, and the effect he had on those around him turn into wonderful works of art on the screen and the happiness and joy it brought to so many people.
I did and always will admire Monty Oum.
7 months ago
So as of right now I have every Amiibo released, but Wave 3 is on the way. So the quest will continue soon!
That said, I was asked "What ones are you or other folks in the office looking for?"
So I asked some folks around the office "Who do you need/want?" and here's what I got!
Matt Bragg is looking for - Pit
WiiFit Trainer, Villager, and Marth,
Kerry is looking for -
WiiFit Trainer, Villager, and Pit.
Patrick R. is looking for -
Josh O. is looking for -
Little Mac and Marth.
Kyle is looking for -
Lindsay and Michael will be looking for -
Toon Link and Sheik
Cesar is looking for -
Marth, Pit, and Shulk
and I'll be looking for -
Lucario, Little Mac, Rosalina, and Ike
So! If you have one of these and are willing to part with it/sell it, OR see any of these online for sale at a reasonable price please leave a comment or send me a message here!
7 months ago
What started out as a "bigger Dig Down" turned into exactly what Ryan predicted...
Countless Minecraft crashes.
Too many Xbox freezes.
Audio programs stopping all function.
"It will only be another hour" turned into a 6 hour test of the true patience and mental capabilities of everyone in Achievement Hunter.
Mega Dig Part 2, may your technical failures never be repeated again.Half Life 3 Confirmed...
9 months ago
A little over a year ago I started work at a company I hold in the highest of regards. The opportunity I was given was and is something I am continually thankful for.
With the ongoing support of my loving girlfriend, I finally stand today happy and proud of my accomplishments. Without her encouragement, I wouldn't have what I do.
And without the shot to prove my worth that I was given by those I now call my bosses, I wouldn't have the amazing career I have today.
While work may sometimes be extremely hectic, and life may be difficult, I am eternally grateful for what gifts I have been given in life.
Have a wonderful holiday to all of you, and be thankful for any happiness you are given!
11 months ago
10. Call of Duty Black Ops - Zork and Dead Ops Arcade
There are very few cheats in games that unlock entire other games within them. So to have two games inside of another game? That's pretty amazing. Considering Zork is one of the best text-adventure games of the past and Dead Ops Arcade is mindless fun and they both take seconds to unlock with the cheats, they both deserved to be on the list.
9. NBA Jam - "Bonus Characters"
This one goes way back. Almost every version of NBA Jam has loads of unlockable characters ranging from political figures to gag characters and mascots. Playing VS modes against friends and using multiple wacky characters was always a blast and still is. Bonus Characters are easily one of the most common cheat unlocks, but NBA Jam has kept it alive longer than anyone else. So they get the credit, but there's loads of other series that use this type of cheat too!
8. Zelda - Early Second Quest
Okay, this one may go over the heads of some of you kids out there. But back in the day being able to unlock an entire SECOND QUEST in Zelda from the start? Totally amazing. It blew our minds back then. Essentially reworking the game to be a "hard mode" and different enough from the main game that it warranted another playthrough with it's own strategies. ZELDA needed to be here.
7. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! - Fight Tyson Early
If you were one of those kids that just could't get past Mr. Sandman, getting Tyson was just a myth. But with the skip to Tyson cheat you could see the legend in action...and get your ass knocked out in 3 seconds flat because you weren't prepared for him. Still, level skip cheats were always an amazing thing to have. Punch-Out!! having one of the most famous ones of all time, so it gets the credit.
6. Sonic 2 - Debug Mode
Debug modes were somewhat common in the older days, but didn't allow for much. Sonic 2's Debug Mode allowed you to do pretty much whatever you want. Not to mention you had to use a CODE to get the level select and then a code IN the level select to get to Debug Mode made it that much cooler once you unlocked it.
5. GTA Series - Flying Tank
This was from the PS2 era of GTA games. But the cheat works best on PCs. In these games you really didn't have the ability to fly like you do in the newer GTA's, so with some creative use of cheat combos in these games you could fly a TANK with no Cargobob needed! Eat it Grand Heist! That said, there's nothing more awesome than flying a tank around...it's like a beautiful butterfly, floating in the breeze...with explosions, glorious glorious explosions. Way to cool and satisfying to not be on the list.
4. Metroid - JUSTIN BAILEY ------ ------
The spaces are important, kids. Without them, the code wont work! This one again is a classic. Not only do you get to see Samus without the suit the whole game, revealing she's a woman the whole time and spoiling the end-game secret...BUT you also get almost every upgrade in the game from the start. Essentially the quintessential "Unlock Everything" code and easily the most famous. So, in the case of "Unlock All", Samus wins out and gets the credit. NOTE: There is no Justin Bailey, the fact that the code works and spells a name is coincidental, other cheats do the same thing in Metroid, but Justin Bailey just happened to be discovered early and spread like wildfire!
3. Mortal Kombat - Blood Mode
So Ray was wrong, there's no blood in Mortal Kombat. At least not the older ones. You had to go to an arcade back in the day to get the glorious gore you wanted! Home consoles didn't get blood at all...except with a cheat, and ONLY on the Genesis. With some clever button presses you could just unlock blood OR go into the cheat menu and mess with a few more things. In the case of "getting away with something we shouldn't have", Mortal Kombat's Blood Mode wins out and earns it's spot on the list.
2. Valve Games - SV_Cheats
Developer console cheats open up the world to players, and Valve delivers it better than anyone else. From No-Clip to God Mode, Valve never disappoints with it's easily accessible dev console codes. If you've played any Valve games on the PC, you've used these codes just to see how much chaos you could cause, admit it. So, in the case of "I WANT IT ALL, AND I WANT IT NOW" Valve delivers better than the rest in this case.
1. The Konami Code
It's everywhere. It unlocks anything. It's the skeleton key of cheats. None more famous and none as universal. Often used in Konami games but so far reaching that it has been included in games from MANY other developers and is still used to this very day. Often referred to as the Contra Code, it actually originated from Gradius. The Konami code has been used in over 200+ different video games and the list constantly grows! With that fact known, that is why The Konami Code is, has, and always will be...The Cheat To End All Cheats!
X. "Get Money" - The Sims/GTA/And Many Others
Used by many game series, The Sims and GTA being the most notable of them. Widely used by players, but not exactly exciting. Still a great cheat!
X. "God Mode" - Most Notable in "DOOM" but from loads of others.
I included SV_Cheats which has God Mode as one of it's many options. But still, a little shoutout to God Mode for helping everyone out there at least once in their life.
X. Mario Warp Zones/Warp Whistle/Continue Cheat
Skipping levels was already included, and "being able to continue where you left off" isn't much of a cheat anymore. Back in the day? Continuing was a gift.
X. Saints Row Series (Specifically 2 & 3)
Just...all the cheats. Look at it's cheat list when you have a chance, it's bananas.
X. RTS Games
Star Craft, Age of Empires, etc. They had loads of cheats, some stupid, some great. But it would take an eternity to list them all.
1 year ago
Hey there RT community!
Countdown has been going strong for 16 weeks now, and as we speak I am currently working on the 17th episode!
I've covered various topics from "Best Beards" to "Scariest Monsters", and I try to hit the less traveled path with Countdown.
I have quite a few ideas for future episodes, but I think now it the perfect time to ask you, the community, what topics you'd like to see covered in future episodes of Countdown!
Leave a comment here, toss in a couple of suggestions, and you may see your idea as an episode!
No idea is a bad idea...except this one.
1 year ago
Before I turn this into a gigantic nerd post, I want to talk to those of you who haven't seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet.
Go see it. It has the feel of both the classic sci-fi action movies of the past, the visual appeal of current generation sci-fi movies, the fun of Marvel's classic characters and wit, and a level of humor that tastefully spans generations of audiences. So go see it in theaters and see it as soon as possible, no excuses. I don't care if you've "never heard of the Guardians before", the movie handles the characters well enough to explain who they are, what they want, and why they become a team within the 2 hours the movie runs. So shut up and go already!
Now that they are all gone, time to talk to those of you who HAVE seen it already!
MAJOR SPOILERS AND TONS OF THEORIES START NOW!
So once again we're dealing with an Infinity Gem. No surprise here. But which one is still up for debate amongst the hardcore fans.
Here's my theory.
First we had the Tesseract and Loki's Scepter in Avengers and Thor. More than likely the Space Gem is the Tesseract and Loki's Scepter would have the Mind Gem. Our next glimpse at a gem was in Thor 2 with the Aether, this one is somewhat up to debate as it could either be the Time Gem or the Power Gem...but with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, and the various hints and nods to the gem's power throughout the movie...it is safe to say that the Aether was the Power Gem making the gem featured in Guardians the Time Gem.
Assuming this is all true, we're missing Reality and Soul, both are usually seen as the "Most Powerful" of the set, and bringing in the theory that Thanos already had two, while loaning one to Loki for use against the Avengers and Asgard, means Thanos more than likely still has one gem left on his person.
It is safe to say that if this is indeed true, Thanos more than likely has the Reality Gem but knows that without the other gems and gauntlet it can't be used without potentially messing up any and every goal he's after. This leaves Soul, which is important for a variety of reasons. Generally the Soul gem is associated with two main comic characters, Adam Warlock and Doctor Strange. Both of which have been heavily teased by Marvel in many scenes of previous movies.
Will the Soul Gem be what causes Ultron or Vision to be? Maybe, and definately not unlikely with how Marvel has been handling the gems so far. Of course Adam Warlock could have had this gem while he was inside his cocoon too...but that's neither here nor there.
As for easter eggs, I don't even know where to begin. The Collector's room is just a plethora
of exposion and foresight into future plots, each pod and cell has something in it that you'll
be excited for. When the history of the gems is told, there's a huge shoutout to the
Celestials. Also, Cosmo the dog...just...yeah, going to need more of him.
I could probably go on for hours, but much work is to be done here, so I'll wrap it up with this.
The acting was fantastic, everyone brought a lot to the table.
The music drove the movie, both with silly songs and the huge tense orchestral songs as well.
The Guardians themselves were portrayed properly and as accurately as anyone could hope for.
As a huge comic fan, I could easily sit here and say "THIS PERSON DIDN'T DO THIS, THIS CHARACTER WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THERE, THIS ISN'T ALL THE CHARACTERS IN GUARDIANS, THIS PERSON DIDN'T HAVE PERFECT MOTIVATION, THE COLOR OF THE GEMS ARE OFF, WE DIDN'T GET NOT ENOUGH OF -Insert Character Here-"...but in all honestly, if you're expecting something "perfectly like the comics", stop that and just enjoy a quality film based on some of the coolest characters in the Marvel universe.
Born and raised in the city of sin, now living in Austin TX working for Achievement Hunter!
Most of my life has been dedicated to video games and audio/video equipment. Veteran game reviewer, Let's Player, and half-cyborg.