For those who don’t know, the folks over at Rooster Teeth and The Barenaked Ladies have worked together numerous times over the years. It all started when the BNL contacted Rooster Teeth to make special Red vs Blue PSAs during their live concerts. Then Ed Robertson, the lead singer, came on to play the strangely supportive CO of the Blue Army, Captain Butch Flowers in Red vs Blue, and then put on the spandex to become the most awesome super hero in City of Heroes, Captain Dynamic.
Now, the two forces have come together again. This time, to make a music video for the Barenaked Ladies’ newest single, “Odds Are.” And here it is!
So here’s what went down on day one of RTX 2013. We pretty much took this first day to look around the exhibit hall and get a feel for everything. Met some people, looked at some cool games and got to check out a couple of panels. The highlights of the day were definitely the RWBY panel, which you can find Micheal’s impression of pretty soon, and our visit to The Behemoth booth where we got a great interview with Aaron about the game and then got some great footage of Bea and myself playing Battleblock Theatre. We hope to be able to get that up ASAP! Then, of course, Jake, Bea and myself had to drop by the Rooster Teeth Store and pick up some merch.
Friday was a lot of fun, but Saturday is the day to work. Lots of panels and interviews to get done, so stay tuned!
What’s up guys? Well, today is the day! At 1:00 pm Central Standard Time you can purchase your tickets for RTX 2013!!! If you don’t remember, we had the pleasure of covering the event last year, and we had a blast doing so! And from what the guys at Rooster Teeth have been saying, things are only going to get bigger for 2013! Check out our coverage from last year, and check out the 2013 announcement video below!
So at 1:00 CST, head over to rtxevent.com to purchase your ticket!
RTX 2013 will be held July 5-7 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX!
What’s up guys? As you may remember, we had the pleasure of featuring the always awesome Rooster Teeth Productions from Austin, TX. As you also may know, Rooster Teeth are the guys behind the popular Halo based web series, Red vs Blue. Well, I’ve got for you today, a review of Red vs Blue Season 10, and the 14 disc box set, RvBX, which is the first 10 seasons of Red vs Blue. So here you go!
Red vs Blue Season 10
Red vs Blue Season 10 is the exciting conclusion to the “Freelancer” story that was started in Season 9, and picks up right where Season 9 left off. We find ourselves with the once thought to be dead Agent Carolina(voiced by actress Jenn Brown) along with Agent Washington(voiced by actor and RvB veteran Shannon McCormick) and the other classic Red vs Blue characters breaking the Freelancer AI “Epsilon,” who has taken on the mantle of Church(voiced by Actor and Rooster Teeth Owner Burnie Burns) and are now on a mission to find and kill the Director of Project Freelancer(voiced by actor John Marshall Reed), while at the same time, looking back on the events leading up to the original Blood Gulch Chronicles.
The previews leading up to the beginning of Red vs Blue Season 10 promised that it would be the biggest season ever, and they did not disappoint. The guys certainly pulled out all of the stops with this season. Not only did it feature some of the biggest action scenes choreographed by lead animator Monty Oum, great voice acting by Jenn Brown, Sean Duggan who plays Agent York, along with actors John Erler, Shana Merlin, and Samantha Ireland, but it also features perhaps the most emotional story line I’ve ever seen in a Red vs Blue season. Oh, and one more thing, a special guest voice actor by the name of Elijah Wood who provided the voice of the evil AI Sigma.
Yes, Season 10 is in fact Red vs Blue’s biggest season to date. Like I said, the action scenes motion captured by Monty Oum and animated and rendered by Rooster Teeth’s amazing animation team, led up by Monty, Matt Hullum, and Kathleen Zuelch(who plays Tex), were a visual treat to look at. As I said in our interview with Matt Hullum, I didn’t think the animation scenes could have gotten any better than they did in season 9, but I happily proven wrong in season 10. Looking at the detail in the environments and the characters themselves was like looking at cinematics in an actual Halo game. The scenes and characters looked like something that was rendered by 343 Industries and were an absolute treat to look at.
The action scenes themselves were out of this world this time around. Every season that Monty has been working for Rooster Teeth, which has been since season 8, there has been at least one fight scene in each season that has stood out to be ultimately badass. To me, season 8 was the, “Ice Fight,” between Tex, Wash and the Meta. Season 9 was the Freeway sequence, and to me, the fight on the outside of the enemy fortress was the one that stood out to me in season 10. It also served as Elijah Wood’s introduction into the series. It was a really fun sequence to watch.
And as I said, the story that was written for season 10 was probably the most emotional one there has been. One scene in particular stands out most of all. There’s a scene where Agent Carolina visits the site where Agent York died in the miniseries, “Out of Mind.” In season 9, you could tell that there was possibly something between the two characters, and in season 10, those suspicions were confirmed. That scene in particular was a very key moment not only in season 10, but in the entire series all together. This scene did two things that had never been done in Red vs Blue. First, it incorporated Halo 3 characters onto a Halo 2 map, which was really cool to see. The second, and more important thing, was that they really humanized the character of Carolina. Up to this scene, Carolina was just portrayed as a vengeance fueled killing machine. This scene really showed that there was a person underneath that armor.
There was also a lot of nostalgia incorporated with this season as well. In the machinima scenes, there characters went back to multiple maps that the Blood Gulch gang went to in the previous seasons, like Valhalla, Stand Off, Foundry, and Sand Trap. And what was really cool, is that they recreated certain shots and used the music by Trocadero used in the seasons associated with the maps there are in for the scene.
Season 10 of Red vs Blue had it all: action, comedy, great music by Trocadero and Jeff Williams, an incredible story by Burnie Burns, and phenomenal acting by every voice actor involved. This was the biggest season of RvB ever. And things are only looking more and more exciting for next season, and I know the guys are already hard at work on it. Red vs Blue Season 10 very much gets two thumbs up.
RvBX: Ten Years of Red vs Blue
Along with season 10, we also have the 14 disc box set RvBX: Ten Years of Red vs Blue. This includes all ten seasons of the series, plus the Blood Gulch Chronicles bonus disc, the two Grifball miniseries discs, and a special bonus disc that includes a behind the scenes look at season 10 and a special mini-documentary over Rooster Teeth, which was very nice to see how appreciative the entire RT staff is to their fans.
A few years back, the RT guys remastered seasons 1-4 for HD purposes and released them to the public, but they didn’t do anything with the audio files. This time they went back and remastered the audio tracks for 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, and believe me, you can tell the difference. I went back and watched seasons 1-5 again from the box set and I heard things I had never heard before in Red vs Blue. Pretty cool to have that now.
There’s also an added bonus for those who buy the box set on Blu-Ray. If you are lucky enough to get a specially marked Blu-Ray set, you’ll get a special 15th disc. And on this disc is a special live action episode of Red vs Blue. Yes, you read this correctly, a live action episode of Red vs Blue. They said recently on the Rooster Teeth Podcast that they went to the set of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and tapped a live action episode. Unfortunately, I don’t own a Blu-Ray player so I have not seen this episode yet, and it hasn’t made it’s way online yet. But I can only assume it’s awesome.
The box set itself is quite a sight to see as well. The cover is really cool and the inside features a panoramic portrait of both the Freelancer and Blood Gulch groups with Tex in the middle of them. It also includes a booklet that has the entire Rooster Teeth staff and Red vs Blue cast member’s autographs along with little notes from the founding members of Rooster Teeth thanking their fans for 10 great years of RvB.
The RvBX box set is a great way to commemorate the first ten years of Rooster Teeth and Red vs Blue, and I can’t wait to see what’s next. The box set gets two thumbs up!
What up?!?! Here’s what’s going on.
Well, Assassin’s Creed 3 is OUT!!! So go pick up a copy. As I am typing this, I have not been able to pick up a copy. But that’s a whole other thing. So last week I gave you the UK Launch trailer for the game. This week I have the US launch trailer! Which rules!!
Oh man is that gorgeous! Seriously, go get this game!
Alright. Halo news. We are officially less than a week away from the release of Halo 4! I talked about this on this weeks episode, and here it is if you haven’t seen it yet: Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Episode 4!! Now with live action Master Chief!
Now, as you may or may not have heard(lets face it, if you listen to our show, you’ve heard), Disney has bought Lucasfilms, and all the properties associated with it, including Lucasarts. So yeah, Disney will be making Star Wars now. We’ll se what happens there. Now, some of you gamers out there might be wondering now what the future of Star Wars 1313 will be. Well, don’t worry, the development of 1313 will not be affected by Disney’s latest purchase.
Finally, for those who have not heard, we are having a contest! Here’s your chance to win a copy of Red vs Blue Season 10 on Blu Ray!! Here’s all you have to do!
Send a tweet of your favorite Red vs Blue line to @oldmanbittergal, include the hashtag, #ombgcontest with your tweet….AND THAT’S IT!! It’s easy!
That’s it for now! Later!
Hey guys! We’ve got a really special contest that we are gonna tell you about on this weeks episode! But I’m gonna give you the inside scoop right now on how to enter!
Well, here’s what’s going on. We are gonna be giving away a BLU RAY copy of Red vs Blue Season 10, along with some free stuff from us!
Now, you must be asking yourself, “How can I win Red vs Blue Season 10 on Blu Ray and awesome stuff from OMBG?”
Funny you asked that question, because here’s the rules for the contest!
1. You must be a United States resident. Sorry to our listeners in other countries, but customs scares me.
2. Send us a tweet to our Twitter, @oldmanbittergal. Tweet us your favorite Red vs Blue line.
3. Use the hashtag #OMBGcontest with your tweet to enter.
And that’s it! We will get your name from your Twitter handle and put them into a hat, or empty beer box, or whatever kind of container we can find.
On the November, 5th episode, we will announce the winner. We will then ask you to DM us your mailing address so that we can get you your prize!
So there you have it! An awesome contest for some awesome stuff!
The guys over at Rooster Teeth Productions have been making Red vs Blue for ten years now. It is one of the longest running internet series today, has garnered millions of fans worldwide and has received many awards including “Best Internet Series” from the IAWTV Awards in 2011. In those ten years, Roosterteeth.com has gone from being a forum site to go to watch and discuss the latest episode to being it’s own community site will over one million site members. Well, a few months ago, a survey was released by the creators for their community members to fill out. The survey consisted of questions regarding the communities favorite moments from seasons one through nine of the series. And now those votes have been tabulated and the winners have been brought together to give to you: The Best Red vs Blue DVD Ever. Of All Time.
I really enjoyed this best of collection and the way it was presented. When you see other “best of” clip shows, its usually hosted by one of the stars of the show and they would usually say things like, “Well, if you think that little mishap was funny, than take a look at all the other times this has happened to one of us!” Well, the Rooster Teeth guys did things a little different. Since this collection was put together by the votes of the community, this “best of” collection is brought to us in the way of an awards show.
Yeah, an awards show, complete with a red carpet pre-show hosted by nobodies favorite American Grifball League of America commissioner….The Commissioner.
The first ever Red vs Blue Awards show was hosted by the unofficial leader of the Blue Army, Private Leonard Church, and offered lots of bickering, heckling, and all out shouting matches from the audience. Along with seeing Church at the podium, we also got to see show favorites Tucker, Sarge, Simmons, Grif, Donut, Wash, Tex, Andy the Bomb, Sister, Junior, and of course, Caboose, come up and announce winners and categories. Some of the categories included are: Best Moments from seasons one through nine, favorite character lines, best episodes from seasons one through nine, favorite Grifball miniseries, favorite miniseries, and many others.
I’ve gotta say, it was really nice reliving all of these classic moments from Red vs Blue. I’ve been a fan of the series for a very long time and it’s really cool seeing the creators show their appreciation to their fans by letting them choose their favorite moments from the series.
Also, the awards show aspect was a nice touch, because we all know Donut’s been practicing his Oscar speech for years now, and the guys did it to a tee. As various characters would take the stage to announce categories, there would be the occasional bad joke, not to mention the Red vs Blue brand of humor that was heckling from the Reds when a Blue was on stage, or Sister accusing Wash of being a cop when he was on stage.
My only problem with the show, is that I think Donut should have been the host instead of Church. I can see why Church was hosting seeing as that he gets angry and blows up on people easily, which is not what you want a host to do. But Donut would have been better in my opinion because he would have taken what a normal awards show host does to an all new level. Probably would’ve included a song and dance number which would have been hilarious to see.
Other than that, The Best Red vs Blue DVD Ever. Of All Time was an absolute pleasure to watch, and we here at OMBG give it two thumbs up!
Sup guys? As the day of Halo 4′s release draws near, any news that’s released concerning the beginning of the “Reclaimer Trilogy” will be taken with great excitement. And here’s some awesome news. The achievement list for Halo 4 has been released!! And here it is!
Dawn – Complete Mission 1 on any difficulty (10 points)
Requiem – Complete Mission 2 on any difficulty (10 points)
Forerunner – Complete Mission 3 on any difficulty (10 points)
Infinity – Complete Mission 4 on any difficulty (10 points)
Reclaimer – Complete Mission 5 on any difficulty (10 points)
Shutdown – Complete Mission 6 on any difficulty (10 points)
Composer – Complete Mission 7 on any difficulty (10 points)
Midnight – Complete Mission 8 on any difficulty (10 points)
Wake up John – Complete the Campaign on Normal or harder (20 points)
I Need a Hero – Complete the Campaign on Heroic or harder (40 points)
The Legend of 117 – Complete the Campaign on Legendary difficulty (70 points)
Lone Wolf Legend – Complete the Campaign solo on Legendary difficulty (90 points)
Skullduggery – Complete any Campaign mission with 3 or more Skulls on Heroic or harder (15 points)
Bropocalypse – Complete any Campaign mission co-operatively on Heroic or harder (10 points)
Bromageddon – Complete the Campaign co-operatively on Heroic or harder (40 points)
Contact the Domain – Find a Terminal in the Campaign (10 points)
Terminus – Find all of the Terminals in the Campaign (50 points)
Digging up the Past – In Mission 1, find and access Chief’s record (20 points)
Midnight Launch – In Mission 2, get significant air in the Warthog at midnight (20 points)
This is my Rifle, this is my Gun – In Mission 3, carry a UNSC weapon all the way through on Heroic or harder (20 points)
Bros to the Close – Make it through Mission 4 without one preventable Marine death on Heroic or harder (20 points)
Mortardom – In Mission 5, hijack a Wraith and use it to kill at least four enemy Wraiths on Heroic or harder (20 points)
Explore the Floor – In Mission 6, trick or force a Hunter to fall to his demise (20 points)
Give Him the Stick – In Mission 7 in solo Campaign, take out both Hunters using only the Sticky Detonator (20 points)
Chief, Smash! – In Mission 8, kill 3 Crawlers in one hit with the Gravity Hammer (20 points)
Not Some Recruit Anymore – Rank up your Spartan-IV to SR-5 (15 points)
Movin’ on Up – Rank up your Spartan-IV to SR-20 (30 points)
I ♥ Red vs Blue – Win 5 War Games matchmaking matches (10 points)
The Dongblainer – Win 20 War Games matchmaking matches (30 points)
Operation Completion – Complete a Spartan Ops Mission on any difficulty (15 points)
A Legendary Episode – Complete all chapters in Spartan Ops Episode 1 on Legendary difficulty (40 points)
Dedicated to Crimson – Complete all chapters in the first 5 episodes of Spartan Ops on any difficulty (80 points)
Crimson Alone – Complete a Spartan Ops chapter solo on Legendary (20 points)
Roses vs Violets – Find one of the RvB Easter Eggs in Spartan Ops (20 points)
Rescue Ranger – Save at least one Marine in Chapter 3 of Episode 2 of Spartan Ops on Heroic or harder (20 points)
Knight in White Assassination – Assassinate a Knight in any Spartan Ops mission (20 points)
What Power Outage? – Complete Chapter 4, Episode 5 of Spartan Ops without losing a generator on Heroic or harder (20 points)
No Easy Way Out – In Ch 1, Ep 5 of Spartan Ops survive all enemy waves during the defense on Normal or harder (20 points)
The Challenged – Complete a Challenge (10 points)
The Challenger – Complete 25 Challenges (20 points)
Armorer – Change your Spartan’s armor in the Spartan Armor card (5 points)
Badge – Change your Emblem in the Spartan ID card (5 points)
PWND – Change your Service Tag in the Spartan ID card (5 points)
What a Poser! – Change your Spartan’s pose in the Spartan ID card (5 points)
The Cartographer – Create and save a Custom Map in Forge (5 points)
Game Changer – Create and save a Custom Game type in War Games (5 points)
Snapshot! – Save a Screenshot from the Theater (5 points)
The Director – Save a Film Clip from the Theater (5 points)
Sharing is Caring – Upload a File to your File Share (5 points)
Awesome! I gotta say, it’s pretty that there are two Red vs Blue themed achievements in Halo 4, not just a Red vs Blue easter egg, but also the achievement called, “I
Like I said, everything that’s been coming out about the game is just getting me more and more excited.
Remember! Halo 4 comes out November, 6 2012 on the XBox 360!