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!
It’s been a long time coming for Microsoft fans, but today, Microsoft and XBox finally revealed the release date for the XBox One!!!
*Drum Roll* Ladies and gentlemen! The XBox One will become available for purchase on November 11th, 2013!!
Yes, I realize this is exactly one week after the release of the Playstion 4, but this date is very special to Xbox gamers. The Xbox 360 had it’s launch exactly 8 years prior to the XBox One.
On top of the release date, more info has been released about the system on the tech side of things. Microsoft stated that the CPU has been given an upgrade. The One’s CPU will now run at 1.75 GHZ instead of the originally announced 1.6 GHZ, which is a 10% upgrade from it’s original spec.
Microsoft has also stated that the One will be able to support up to 8 controllers at one time, while the PS4 will only support 4. It also has been said that Microsoft will allow indie game developers the freedom of naming their own price points for their games.
I, for one, am excited for the XBOX One, I have been since it was first announced and revealed. Now that a launch date has been announced, I’m feeling more excited.
Til next time!
Written by :: Potato Mike (Street Team Member)
What was it that made RTX2013 so special?
If you went around the floor asking people that question, you would end up with answers as unique as the people answering them.
Some would say RWBY, the upcoming anime, and “next big thing”, to come out of RoosterTeeth Studios. RWBY debuted the first two episodes to a ravenous and uproarious crowd. Laughter, cheers, ooh’s and ahh’s, filled the packed room of nearly three thousand people, and when the anime ended, the panel of creators and actors were treated to deafening applause and a standing ovation – an indisputable roar of approval from one of the most discerning and savvy demographics out there.
Others would say the floor, the RTX exhibit hall, stood out the most. The hall was full of enough booths and demos to keep one occupied all day long. and for me, the booths that stood out the most were the ones I wasn’t even expecting. There was Makerbot, the 3D desktop printer. You could watch the printer, which was the size of a desktop, create a 3D printing in real time. Watching it print/sculpt reminded me of the Science Channel show, How Stuff Works. Because I was watching this little mini-factory inside a desktop computer create 3D representations before my astounded eyes. The technology is so revolutionary, and so (relatively) cheap, that I found myself wondering, “are you guys time travelers?”, and, “is this RTX, or a modern day Chicago World Fair?”
Aside from Makerbot, I found myself smitten by none other than a keyboard. Das Keyboard, in fact. A German engineered keyboard, in fact. Let me say that again, a German Engineered Keyboard, the BMW of keyboards. I was skeptical when I was told I would never have more fun with a keyboard than with Das Keyboard. So, not one to back away from a challenge, I went up to the keyboard and tapped out a few keys. “No,” they said, “type with both hands.” Ok. I put down my things, and started typing out a random stream of thoughts. Suddenly I found myself typing more nonsensical things, printing to a screen that did not exist, because Holy-German-Engineering Batman! this thing *sings*! It sounds as beautiful, as nostalgic, and as satisfying as a typewriter, and it writes as smoothly, as fluidly, as a two-hundred dollar keyboard. After it was all over, I found myself shaking my head at the realization that at RTX, the booth and demo that I had the most fun at was a keyboard …and one that wasn’t even plugged in.
Still, for others, it was the panels and entertainment that was the highlight. With over fifty events taking place during the three day expo, there was no shortage of knowledge being spread, inspiration being given, and laughter being had. There were panels for game developers, by game developers. There were panels about the gaming industry, panels about gaming culture, panels about Youtube success and how to achieve it. Sir British, the genius behind the Ultima series, and the creator of the MMORPG genre, debuted a beta showing off his next big project, Shrouds of the Avatar, and discussed his ideas on revolutionizing the gaming world once again. However, with all those panels, it was the live broadcast of the RoosterTeeth podcast that created the most buzz. Gavin, Gus, Burnie, Joel, (and Jack, to a hilarious/tragic extent), were on top form, and as good as any comedy troupe. They began with “Gavin or Google”, an absolutely hilarious bit that pits Gavinisms against Googlisms. The highlight was when Joel gave out Jack’s phone number to an audience of at least ten-thousand people, and then, about five minutes later, Jack came exploding out from the back, asking Joel just wtf did he do. The podcast ended with one of the best lightening round Q&A’s I have seen. (…I am tempted to talk about everything that happened, but like any good comedy, it’s best if you see it for yourself. Go check out RoosterTeeth.com for the upload.)
More than anything, what made RoosterTeeth special was the community. The RoosterTeeth crew put RTX together as a way to bring like-minded people together, to entertain the hell out of them, and to offer advice and to inspire. I met a guy who had trekked all the way from Toronto, Canada, to come to his first RTX event. He had saved for a year to come, and when I asked what his favorite part of the event was, he shook his head, “I don’t know, meeting fellow youtubers and the people from the [RoosterTeeth] board?”. I talked with a father who was sitting down and waiting for his son to get out of a panel. His son was from Oregon and he hadn’t seen him in two years. His son had suggested RTX as a place to go and spend some father-son time. The father had no idea who RoosterTeeth was, but liked playing video games. He told me how much fun he was having, and how surprised and impressed he was by the whole convention, and that he would like to do this again next year with his son and perhaps create a ritual out of it.
So, what made RTX2013 so special? I guess it depends on who you ask. Because for everyone that went, it was something personal, something resonating, that made this event special. With so much going on, with such passion and dedication from the amazing team at RoosterTeeth, and with their enthusiastic fans eager to receive it, magic is bound to happen. …and magic is often difficult to define.
Achievement Unlocked: Unforgettable experience at RTX2013
Something special is happening here at the Austin Convention Center.
Day 1 began with a flurry of heightened anticipation. A giddy energy was reflected in the hundreds of Rooster Teeth fans waiting for registration. From all walks of geekdom, they discussed what they were looking forward to.
RWBY, the upcoming anime from Rooster Teeth was the definitive hot topic. We, the lucky RTX goers, would be treated with an exclusive first look and a panel discussion with the creator, writers, and voice actors. In fact, Day 1 *was* RWBY. Everything that day lead up to the reveal and everything after was a discussion of its merits.
It’s difficult for me to single out what I liked the most about the first two episodes of RWBY that were shown, so I will just ramble off my still singing fanboy impressions. The animation, a combination of 3d modeling and cell-shading, is both sharp and mesmerizing. During the excellently choreographed fight scenes, I felt as engaged as I would be if I was playing a video game. I also felt myself already falling in love with Ruby, voiced by the funny-as-bananas Lindsey, who seems tailor made to voice a classic anime heroine.
After the episodes aired (to deafening applause and a standing ovation) Monty, the creator behind RWBY, and Miles and Kerry, the writers, impressed and inspired me with their grasp of storytelling technique and teasing hints at a grand story worthy of any anime, videogame, or cartoon fans heart.
After it was all over, I find myself perplexed on how to define RWBY. It is obviously an anime, but it is also genre defying. I already want to watch the episodes again, and again. I want to dissect them for insights into the story. I want to show my friends. July 18th is when RWBY debuts on RoosterTeeth’s channel, and as far as I ‘m concerned, that day is too far away.
A few weeks ago, local artist and Poor Favor/ Folly Collage frontman Danny mentioned that Ethel Lee Tracey Park has an amphitheater, that it is for rent, and that someone should throw a show there.
We had no idea a few days later he came up with RADFEST and began promoting it through social media.
The idea was simple enough… invite whoever he could to come play it, but that notion quickly grew into the biggest, most eclectic gathering of music assembled this summer, rivaling even bigger “sponsored” events in the city in terms of bands, solo artists, spoken word performers and now opening up to visual artists.
The best part of all this? It’s free.
As you may remember, I did an interview with Jeremy from GAME.minder back in March. In April, he let the community know that GAME.minder was in danger of shutting down due to financial troubles.
After massive amounts of feedback from the community the guys at GAME.minder has started an Indie GoGo campaign to raise money to make GAME.minder subscription based. Go to their campaign page on Indiegogo and check out what their need are!
GAME.minder is a great service if you are a gamer. Help make sure it keeps going!
Hey guys, so we have ourselves a new trailer for next installment of Ubisofts cash cow franchise, Assassn’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. Take a look.
Now, an Assassin’s Creed game wouldn’t be what it is without it giving it’s fans a little bit of a history lesson, and Black Flag seems to be no different.
I really like what they did with this trailer by giving the history of piracy, and what had happened to these British privateers that made them revert to becoming ruthless pirates and playing by their own rules.
Since the announcement trailer we knew that Blackbeard would be a major character in the game, but now we know that other notable pirates like Calico Jack and Charles Vane will play a part as well, which is pretty cool. Everybody knows who Blackbeard is, some may not know about any others like that, but that’s what the AC franchise does well with basing their games during real historical events.
What do you guys think about the AC history lesson? Cool? Not Cool?
Well, this past Sunday during the season finale of ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” we finally got a sneak peek at the upcoming Joss Whedon created series, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The big buzz about this show is the fact that it takes place after the events of The Avengers, but Agent Coulson is alive, and how they were going to explain him still being alive. Well, the sneak peek didn’t explain anything. Then today, we got a full three minute trailer for the series. It still didn’t explain Coulson being alive, but we DID get an idea as to what the series will be about. Take a look for yourself.
On Monday’s episode, Tim said that he wished that they don’t turn it into a Fringe type show. According to this trailer, it seems that might be the way they are going, but I’m going to be optimistic. I think it’ll be good, it’s Joss Whedon, it’s his usual team, so I’m gonna wait until the first episode to judge.
What do you guys think about the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. trailer? Let us know!
I met Ethan Minsker a few weeks ago at the Victoria TX Independent Film Fest. He was in town to promote his film “The Dolls Of Lisbon” and I was scheduled to interview him, so while doing research prepping for the interview, I discovered that besides being a film maker, Ethan was also an artist, curator, amd writer. While talking with other members of the Antagonist Art Movement a few days before Ethan arrived into town, the discussion of being driven, punk rock, and scenes developed and melded into one topic, to which they said, “You’ll love Ethan.” So when I met Ethan, we sat across from each other in a restaraunt that was way too fancy for me, and we both kind of sat quietly weighing the situation and listening to everyone fill him in on the last few days activities before we actually begin a conversation. It’s a life skill I learned from years of being in a scene filled with volatile and chaotic people. I could tell immediately that Ethan was a lot like me and had learned the same skills by habit. I knew I wanted to read his book.
So I picked up “Rich Boy Cries For Mama” and read it in two days.
RBCFM is a memoir based in Washington D.C. during the 70′s and 80′s punk and hardcore scene. The book follows the main character as he is diagnosed with a learning disablility, finds friends and belonging in a music lifestyle that celebrates the misfits of society, and all the mayhem that goes along with it.
Most people reading this get it. They have been there. Drugs, romance, fights, rivalries, loss, and of course music. It is the stuff that makes or breaks a person involved in any type of subculture. You either let it consume and change you, or it becomes a “fad” and you trade that leather jacket in for a blazer and get on with the rest of them.
That’s what makes this so special. Ethan is not a coke addled rock star with a ghost writer, he is not sharing stories of partying with members of the Go-Gos in a limo or giving pretentious stories of things that we can’t relate to. This is a believable, flawed, sometimes scared, sometimes cocky kid, finding his way in the world.
Punk rock is his mistress even if he doesn’t know it. Like a bad girlfriend, he is seduced, sometimes misled, and often getting into fights with his friends because of her. The book follows the intial high of the discovery of music. It’s something that I remember vividly, as we old school fans (pre-internet) would pour over record stores, go to shows, and read zines or liner notes to try and find our next favorite bands. It talks about meeting new people and finally feeling happy for belonging to something. It is a feeling that creeped back up to me reading this book. I miss it, it comes back now and again, but not nearly enough.
Then comes the disenchantment and the violence… First it is a means to stand up for yourself, to not be bullied or weak, then it slowly becomes mixed with the pack mentality and directed at people who are different, slowly becoming the things we hate. It is a slippery slope, in a subculture bathed in machismo and testosterone. It is hard to be the calm one, who only raises his fists to protect what is theirs while staying true to your friends who will kick in heads at the drop of a pin.
But even through the flaws, the subculture and the music do more good than bad. We come to terms with it. It is flawed like us. But it has made us better. Bigger than what we were. It opens the doors to art, to bands, to music. Years later, someone tells you that you changed someones life just by being who you were. That makes all the difference in the world.
If it seems like this review took a turn for the personal side. It did. That’s what this book does. It’s Ethan’s story. But it could be the story of any kid who doesn’t belong searching for something. When you get close to finding it, you look back and realize that the journey is the best part. This isn’t just Ethan’s story, it’s the inspiration to tell your own, it is the reminder to look through your old records and photo albums and call an old friend before it’s too late.
The book is “Rich Boy Cries For Mama” and it’s a good one.