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    • Community Feature Ideas

      3 weeks ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7; Panel Lead

      EDIT 9/28: Additional suggestions can be found in the comments, added as I (or others) think of them.


      I saw that RT recently brought on a new person to work on the community side of things (welcome to the family @kickme444!).  Seeing people talk more about the community site got me thinking about what improvements or innovations might be cool to see.  So, I thought I’d share some ideas.  Most of these y’all have probably seen around, here and there.  So here's a smattering of ideas (and some stinkers I'm sure).


      New Features

      Notification/Feed Customization

      Right now, notifications and the feeds kind of do the same thing.  It’d be neat if you could choose what shows up in either.  For example, let’s say after you click the “Follow” button, you get a little switch with two options: notification or feed.  Because some things I would rather see passively in my feed, but others more directly.  And if that's overkill, then just some delineation would be nice.


      Save Draft Option For Journals

      Similar to Tumblr, a feature that lets you save a draft journal or post.  I like to write up journals over a couple days, so I end up having to save word docs on my computer.


      Group Admin Alerts

      I don’t really manage any groups nowadays, but when I did, I would have to keep an eye on the forum to see if anyone created a new forum thread.  I could follow threads to get alerts on new posts, but I could not get alerts when someone created a new forum thread in a group I managed.  Perhaps that feature could be put on the admin privilege side of the group’s page. When I was in the thick of organizing for RvBTX, such a feature would have been great to have. 


      Collaboration on Albums

      For users and groups, the option to share upload privileges within individual albums would be cool.  Owners of an album could invite users to collaborate.  Useful for events and projects.


      3rd Party Auto-Post

      It could take the form of checkboxes when submitting journals or images, with icons for various social media sites.  Selecting the box enables the site to post on other social media, with a link to the post on RT.


      Share on RT Option

      Similar to the previous concept, but with the added option of reposting on RT.  Many times I see a friend’s journal, and wish I could share it on RT.  Essentially the same thing as retweet or reblog.


      Return of Old Features

      Mod History

      The ability to see who likes or +1s our posts.  Either on the post itself, or on a separate page for all of our posts.  Seeing as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and other popular sites let you see who likes your content, it'd be nice to see this feature return.  In addition, a breakdown of the individual mods on posts would be cool to see.  A similar example is Facebook, which shows how many thumbs, hearts, or emojis a post got.  In RT’s case, for a +45 post, it could be a mouse-over list that shows “+20 cool, +30 ditto, -5 lame”.


      User Log

      This was a feature that let you see a two-week log of all the public activity of a user, including their recent journals, photos, and forum posts.  It was a great way to gauge the activity and engagement of your friends.  The feature is similar to other forum and board-based sites, that allow you to see the history of a user.  One example is Reddit, which allows you to see the full history of a user’s public posts.


      Friends’ Likes Feed

      A feed which shows you posts and content that your friends have liked.  In the past there were many projects, artists, and events that I would not have even heard about if it wasn’t for this feature.  It’s a great way to see what’s popular among your friends and the community as a whole.


      Personal Stats & Milestones

      It was cool to be able to go to a page that showed my lifetime number of journals, mods, photos, and forum posts.  There used to be a page where you could see this.  You really got a sense of your history on the site, and how much you contributed.  Milestones were also little awards that you got for participating on the site.  Similar to Reddit's Trophy Case, it showed your achievements and history.  I had a milestone for being one of the first 10,000 people to sign up on the site.  There were also neat little awards that staff members could give you.  The staff member would see your content, and choose to bestow upon you their award.  Back in the day, everyone was on a mini-quest to get the founding fathers’ awards.  You would try to post something cool on your profile or show a cool project you completed, in the hope they would see it and give you their award.  The only award I ever got Gus’s, which was an icon of a whiskey bottle.  I think I got it for my interaction with him at RTX 2011.


      Various Post & Profile Details

      The ability to see the date and time something was posted.  This exists in some form currently, but not for all types of content and posts.  Another detail is views.  Each person’s profile had a section that listed their total views for journals and photos.  This was a great metric for seeing how much reach and engagement your content garnered.  There was also the currently online indicator.  When enabled, a profile would say “currently online”.  It would also give a user's status.  For example, in the corner it would say “currently browsing the forum” or “currently reading a journal” (or something similar to that).


      Event Galleries

      These were photo galleries that users were allowed to contribute to.  Moderation was probably a lot easier back then, but people were able to access public galleries for the various events RT was at and upload their own photos.  There were galleries for RTX and other popular conventions in which RT had a presence.


      Other Miscellaneous Suggestions

      Sort Function on Comments

      I wish we had the option to sort the comments on posts.  Newest, oldest, highest rated, etc.


      Final Confirmation on "Dismiss All Notifications"

      When "see all notifications" and "dismiss all notifications" are so close, an extra “are you sure” would be nice.


      Differentiation on Parent/Child Comment Threads

      When scrolling through comments on journals, it’d hard to spot and differentiate conversations.  A little line next to threads, similar to Reddit, would be cool.


      More Awareness of When Notifications are Disabled

      Sometimes, like during high traffic periods, notifications are disabled.  When that happens, it’s usually signaled by a small graphic near the notifications tab.  But that goes away so quick, and is very easy to miss (especially on mobile).  When this happens, I suggest something like a yellow square with “!” where the notification number is.  Clicking or mousing on that could then bring up the message.  This system could also be used when there are important site-wide alerts.


      Search Button Changed to Not Red

      The search button is a red square, as is the notification icon (when you have new stuff).  Since they’re so close, I often mistake the search button for a notification alert.  This is even more common on mobile, with such a smaller screen.


      Service Status Page

      The sheer amount “is the site down” posts on Reddit suggest this could help a lot.  Just like the XBL Service Status page, it’d be cool if there was a go-to place to see if RT is currently experiencing any disruptions in service or function.

    • 8 Anime Series for Gamers

      2 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7; Panel Lead

      Continuing my streak of journals about anime, I thought I'd recommend some series that are all about video games (or have gaming themes).  I'll break these down into two categories: reality-based series about literal video games, and fantasy series with gaming themes.  Beyond those two categories, these are in no particular order.



      Reality-Based Series (2)


      1. New Game! (workplace comedy/drama)

      -Season 1 (2016) - 12 episodes

      -OVA (2017) - 22 mins

      -Season 2 (Currently Airing) - 12 episodes


      This series is one of my favorites.  It's lighthearted, but with serious and heartwarming stories.  It's also very moe, so it might be too cutesy for some people.  It's about a young girl, recently out of high school, who gets hired by a video game developer (where she gets to work with her industry idol).  We get to watch her as she learns the ropes, makes new friends, and tries to improve her skills in the workplace.  A lot of personal growth and feel-good character relationships.  If you've seen Shirobako, it's the same thing but about video games (and way less complicated).



      2. Gamers! (high school romcom)

      -Season 1 (Currently Airing) - 12 episodes


      This series is only 2 episodes old, but I'm including it because it fits the criteria.  The story centers on a high school guy who enjoys video games, and how gaming influences his relationships.  The details of the plot are still forthcoming, but essentially a popular girl makes a high school gaming club and invites the main character to join.  This sparks a series of hi-jinks, conflicts, and interactions (all of which are influenced by video games).



      Fantasy-Based Series (6)


      3. Sword Art Online (fantasy/adventure)

      -Season 1 (2012) - 25 episodes

      -SAO: Sword Art Offline (2012/2013) - [CHIBI FLUFF, DON'T WATCH], nine 11min eps

      -SAO Extra Edition (2013) - fan service story within a recap compilation, 1hr 41mins

      -SAO: Sword Art Offline Extra Edition (2014) - [CHIBI FLUFF, DON'T WATCH], 13 mins

      -Season 2, aka "SAOII" (2014) - 24 episodes

      -SAOII: Sword Art Offline II (2014/2015) - [CHIBI FLUFF, DON'T WATCH], nine 12min eps

      -SAO Ordinal Scale (2017) - Sequel, 2hrs


      You've probably heard about this one, so it doesn't need a lot of setup.  Long story short, VR gaming has given rise to deep-dive realistic experiences.  People get trapped in games, and people die in real life from events in games.  That pretty much sums up most of the franchise.  The first half of the first season is some of the best anime ever.  Everything after that is up to personal taste and tolerance.  That being said, it's still a very good franchise.


      4. Grimgar of Fantasy & Ash (fantasy/drama)

      -Season 1 (2016) - 12 episodes

      -special short (2016) - aka "Episode 2.5", 11 mins


      This is my number one recommendation.  This series is very good, and very serious. 

      The premise is that people suddenly find themselves in a fantasy land, with little or no memory of their prior lives.  In this fantasy land there are ogres, guilds, quests, and personal character abilities.  However, the world is literal.  People can die.  We follow a group of people who arrive in the world, and how they adjust to their new reality.  This series is very beautiful.  Visually it has a very pleasant watercolor feel.  Emotionally, it's very heavy.  There are some small funny moments, but the tone is VERY serious.  And it's done very well.

       

      5. Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (fantasy/comedy)

      -Season 1 (2015) - 13 episodes

      -OVA (2016) - 24 mins

      -Sword Oratoria (2017) - side story, 12 episodes


      This is polar opposite of Grimgar.  It's full of comedy and fan service.  It's about a fantasy world with gods and adventurers, and hard data character stats.  People go on adventures and level up their skills.  Similar components to Grimgar, but the gaming aspects of the world are applied more literally.  The show centers on a rookie adventurer, and the goddess he follows.  The goddess is sort of his sponsor in the world, and the show pretty much revolves around their relationship.  This series is pretty fun, and looks really good too.  It does have a lot of fan service though, so be prepared.


      6. No Game No Life (fantasy/adventure)

      -Season 1 (2014) - 12 episodes

      -NGNL Specials (2014) - [CHIBI FLUFF, DON'T WATCH], six 3min eps

      -NGNL Zero (2017) - prequel movie


      The show centers on a brother and sister, who are two of the best gamers in the world.  They’re both shut-ins, who are more concerned with games than real life relationships.  The siblings get sucked into a fantasy world, where all conflicts are solved by games.  And as two of the real world's best gamers, they get in pretty deep with the world's politics and power players.  This show feels like a series of high-stakes, life-or-death chess matches.  However it's very funny and pleasingly absurd at times.  The show is equal parts comedy, drama...and fan service.  A very fun ride.


      7. Konosuba (comedy slapstick/fan service)

      -Season 1 (2016) - 10 episodes

      -OVA 1 (2016) - 23 mins

      -Season 2 (2017) - 10 episodes

      -OVA 2 (2017) - ?mins


      This is probably the funniest series on this list.  It’s about a guy who dies (shamefully), and gets reincarnated within a fantasy world by a goddess.  The goddess grants him one wish, and he wishes to take her with him.  Bound by the wish, she is forced to come along.  In the world they make friends, go on quests, fight demons, and level up their adventuring skills.  This series feels a bit like Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon, except much more absurd.  The characters are hilarious irredeemable pieces of shit, and some have even called this show the Always Sunny of anime.  Definitely worth checking out.


      8. Gantz (scifi thriller/gore)

      -Season 1 (2004) - 13 episodes

      -Season 2, aka "2nd Stage" (2004) - 13 episodes 

      -Gantz:O (2016) - 3DCG movie, alternative adaptation, 1hr 36mins


      The oldest series on this list, Gantz is about a strange black orb that resurrects people immediately after death and then forces them into a survival game.  The orb grants weapons, suits, and objectives to the players.  The objectives typically involve killing monsters and aliens.  Fulfilling the objectives earns points, and with enough points, the players can earn their freedom.  Each game is life and death but as long as they survive until the end of the game, all injuries are healed and they can return to their normal lives until the next game.  There is a lot of death, gore, and nudity in this series.  Some have even called this series the goriest anime of all time.  Quite honestly, it’s very over-the-top.  However, the premise fits the video game theme to a T.

    • BLAME!: A Surprisingly Appealing 3D Anime

      4 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7; Panel Lead

      So there's a new 3D anime feature on Netflix called BLAME!.  If you're not aware, 3D animation in anime has a bad reputation (and deservedly so, in many instances).  That being said, I really liked BLAME!.  Like, a lot.  And I've been racking my brain trying to figure out why.


      I'm gonna be a little long-winded about this.  That's not because this was some crazy good movie, but just because I want to talk about why I personally liked it so much and how it was deceptively entertaining.  Minor spoilers ahead, but major spoilers are shaded.


      Story

      It's based on a cyberpunk manga, started in the late 90's.  In short, it's about a guy wandering through a vast run-down artificial city controlled by AI, which are constantly expanding and changing the city.  He searching for a way to give humans back control of the city, and he meets various people along the way.  The say the Netflix movie takes place somewhere in the middle of the manga.  Upon reading reviews, many people recommend reading the manga first.  Too late for me, but maybe not for you (if you care).


      I'm a sucker for sci-fi, so I really loved the universe.  It's like a hybrid of The Matrix and Ghost in the Shell, but on a timescale far greater.  It reminds me a bit of Horizon Zero Dawn, but if humans didn't revert to such primitive ways.  I love stories that take place within wider contexts of time and technology.  Stories that are cyberpunk, but contain elements of lost technologies and long-term changes in civilization.  They are at once both intriguing, and sorrowful.


      It should also be said that, unless you know anything about the manga, it's hard to know who the movie is about.  This honestly reminded me a lot of Mad Max Fury Road.  You follow a heroine (Zuru) who cross paths with a mysterious but powerful stranger (Killy), see the stranger help the heroine and her people, and then go his own way to continue his adventures.  And all the while you're watching it, you can't quite figure out who the main character is.  Then there is the reveal at the end, where you see the granddaughter of Zuru recount the movie's events as an old tale of her people.  And it you didn't watch closely at the beginning, you'd miss that the granddaughter was the narrator all along.  I mistakenly thought it was Zuru at the beginning of the movie.  So the end was a somber shock, to know that Zuru was just a memory at that point.  But that's the reality of these kinds of stories, where they're just a snapshot of time in a long story.

       
      The Visuals

      Now, if you've been watching 3D anime the past few years, you'd know that they have caused some friction.  Many are seen as jerky, hard to watch, and poor substitutes for traditional anime. Take Knights of Sidonia for example.  I loved it, and I'm currently rewatching it, but many people can't even stand seeing it.  The motion is that jerky.  And I acknowledge that too, it's just that I've accepted it and got past it.  If you'd like to know more about the reality of CG anime compared to regular anime, this is a good article.


      3D criticisms aside, oh my god this movie looked good.  And it was so hard to figure out why.  Compared to other contemporary 3D CG anime I've seen (Ajin, Sidonia, BBK/BRNK), BLAME! was a pleasure to watch.  Was is the framerate?  Was it animated differently (1s, 2s, etc)?  I doubt it because it's jerky like other 3D anime, but it was still good.  And I couldn't figure out why.  It was hard to nail down, but I found a few couple reasons.


      For one, the lighting.  Compared to the other titles I mentioned, I feel like there was more care taken with respect to lighting.  Faces had slightly more distinct shadows.  There was also a little more detail on faces and clothes.  In Sidonia, faces were pretty baby faced.  In BLAME!, faces had more notable features, highlighted by the lighting.  In Ajin, clothes seemed pretty stiff.  But in this movie, the clothes and hair seemed to flow a little better.  In other 3D anime, objects used by characters were clunkily held.  In BLAME!, it seemed like hands were maybe better articulated.  Or perhaps, they just cut down on the visibility of hand articulation.  Explosions and other effects appeared painstakingly created, rather than the simple or obligatory effects that I've seen in other shows.


      In addition, the backgrounds and environment were very well done.  They looked very carefully created.  The scenery just seemed more detailed than other 3D anime I've seen.  It just seemed so cinematic.  I don't know what it was.  Maybe it a trick of the eye.  Maybe they played with focus, putobjects on different planes, or maybe it was just the letterbox look.


      The Sound

      Now, this is probably a deciding factor in why I liked it so much.  The music was pretty spot on.  At times it felt appropriately eerie, at others quite tense and fearful.  There was a scene where something terrible started happening, and man, was the music so good there.  They did a good job with their music pairings.  The sound mix was fantastic too.  The guns, the clothes, the sound effects - they all were very well done.  When characters would run and interact with the environment, it all sounded so real.  A pleasure to the ears.


      In Sum

      In the end, when all these factors came together, I ended up really liking this movie.  I was watching it, thinking to myself, "Why is this so good?  Is it actually good, or is it a trick?".  I couldn't figure it out.  And it may be the case that this movie isn't actually that good.  But I personally enjoyed it a lot, and upon further review, it was because of the factors previously mentioned.


      I would definitely recommend BLAME!.  It's not great, but it definitely felt unique and worth the time.  Especially if you view it in the context of 3D anime in general.

    • The Rules of Sandwichood (No Hotdogs Allowed)

      5 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7; Panel Lead

      I was following a forum discussion regarding the "is a hotdog a sandwich?" debate (cc: @Radius55, @Blutonian).


      I gave it a lot of thought (more than necessary), and came up six rules that should help solve the crisis.  If anyone has any critiques, let me know.  We have to solve this problem.



      Requirement 1: Container

      1)The outer container must be bread, or at a minimum: 

         A) a food derived principally from grains that is prepared either by heat or natural process,

         B) a faux-bread or bread-like analog meant to mimic bread's properties, and

         C) this excludes pasta or containers prepared in water


      2) Container must be:

         A) at least two separate pieces, or

         B) one piece with a section cut or removed, or

         C) one piece capable of being folded in two, with the fold being discernible to the eye, and

         D) in the event of container completely enclosing interior ingredients during the cooking

        process, the plated sandwich's container must follow previous subsection rule 2-A

         (requiring two separate pieces) during final plating


       

      Requirement 2: Interior 

      1) There must be at least one item inside the container.


      2) Under normal plating circumstances, the interior ingredients must be visible



      Requirement 3: Two "Sides"

      1) The sandwich in question should be flat-ish.  Meaning:

         A) under normal plating, it should be able to be placed on a flat surface safely, with 

         B) no more than a 49% chance of tipping or rolling



      Requirement 4: Flippable

      1) The sandwich should not have a defined "top" or "bottom", except only when it can be efficiently eaten upside down.


      2) It must also be able to be served either side up without more than a 49% chance of ingredients spilling out.


      3) The only exception is parody sandwiches, such as those with exaggerated ingredients or sizes.


      Requirement 5: Eaten with Hands

      1) The sandwich must be meant to, or at least be common to, be eaten with bare hands.


      2) Cutlery must not be required to consume the sandwich.


      3) Wrappers and covers are allowed, as long as hands are still used to eat the sandwich.


      Requirement 6: Plating & Serving

      1) The sandwich must be commonly served on a flat plate.


      2) The sandwich may NOT be served with a bowl.


      3) If the sandwich is served with a dipping sauce, it must be larger than finger food.


      4) In the event of the sandwich being fried, the word "fried" must be added to the beginning of the sandwich's name.



      Notes: Yeah, I know it's overboard.  I had too much time today.

    • Attack on Titan Timelines (Watch Order, Release Date, & Chronological)

      5 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7; Panel Lead

      Season 2 of Attack on Titan is in full swing right now.  Before this season started, I decided to re-watch the first season as a refresher.  I also did some research, and found out about a handful of OVAs and releases I didn't know about.  So, I thought I would share my research here.  If you're thinking of getting into Attack on Titan, or if you just want to see if you missed anything, check out this guide.


      I'll start off with a timeline of the anime titles by release date, and give a quick spoiler-free synopsis of each one.  I'll then sort those titles chronologically within the universe.  Lastly, I will give you my recommended watch order.


      Also, I have not read the manga.  So, I'm basing most of my findings on the anime titles alone.



      Attack on Titan Anime Titles by Release Date

      1. Season 1 (2013) - 25 episodes, not including Ep 13.5

      2. Attack on Titan OVA (2013-2014) - 3 different side stories

        -1. Episode 3.5 - Ilse's Notebook

        -2. Episode 3.25 - An Unexpected Visitor

        -3. Episode 3.75 - Distress

      3. Attack on Titan Picture Drama (2013-2014) - flash animated shorts, non-canon 

      4. Attack on Titan Movie 1 (2014) compilation of Season 1, Eps 1-13

      5. No Regrets OVA (2014-2015) - Prequel backstory for Levi

        -1. Episode 0.5A

        -2. Episode 0.5B

      6. Attack on Titan Movie 2 (2015) - compilation of Season 1, Eps 14-25

      7. Attack on Titan Junior High (2015) - school life parody, non-canon

      8. Season 2 (2017) - 12 episodes (by all accounts)


      Season 1 (2013)

      Doesn't need much explanation, beyond the basic premise of humanity living in walled cities and surviving giants called "titans" that eat them.  The first season is 25 episodes spread across six arcs.  The arcs range in length from 2 episodes to 9 episodes.  There is also an Episode 13.5, but it's just a recap episode with no new material.


      Attack on Titan OVA (2013-2014) [AKA: Ilse's Notebook]

      Three part OVA series, bundled with manga releases.  The first part, "Episode 3.5 - Ilse's Notebook", is about Hange and her research into titans.  It may or may not tie into Season 2.  We'll see.  The second part, "Episode 3.25 - An Unexpected Visitor", is a light-hearted episode about a cooking contest between Jean and Sasha.  I'm not sure if this episode is canon or not, but it most certainly feels non-canon.  The third part, "Episode 3.75 - Distress", is about an incident that occurs during a training mission when Eren and the gang were in the military academy.  In my opinion, this one is canon.  Doesn't add much to the overall story though.


      Attack on Titan Picture Drama (2013-2014) [AKA: Chibi Theater: Fly, Cadets, Fly!]

      Non-canon.  Don't watch this.  They're shorts included with the blu-ray/dvd releases.  Each episode is 9ish minutes and contains three short stories revolving around Eren and the other cadets when they were in the military academy.  They're boring, contribute nothing, and each episode ends in the same running gag.


      Attack on Titan Movies 1 (2014) & 2 (2015)

      Compilations of the Season 1 episodes.  The second movie contains a scene not included in the series, but from what I can tell, this extra scene is included in Episode 1 of Season 2.  So if you've seen Season 1, there's no need to watch either of these.


      No Regrets OVA (2014-2015)

      Two part prequel that reveals how Levi and Erwin met, and how Levi came to join the Scouts.  Not super crucial to the main story, but it's canon and offers some insight into the personalities of these characters.  It also does a lot of world-building for the Attack on Titan universe.


      Attack on Titan Junior High (2015)

      Disclaimer: There are major spoilers for both Season 1 and Season 2 all throughout this series. Possibly beyond Season 2. It contains a shitload of small and major references to the manga and anime. It's also non-canon.  Story-wise, imagine the 104th cadet corps class as a slice of life junior high anime.  And with more chibi.  Absolutely unnecessary to the main series.  It's pretty stupid and boring, but it was refreshing to see some of the dead characters again.  Super minor spoiler, but people die in Attack on Titan.  Junior High brings back all of the characters that died before Season 2.  So, it was a little comforting to see them again in comedic situations. But still, it's a spoiler minefield for the series as a whole.


      Season 2 (2017)

      Continues right where Season 1 left off. Immediately.



      Chronological Order of all Attack on Titan Anime

      The series starts in an alternative calendar, in the mid 800s.  The accuracy of the years in this list is pretty spot on.  One or two might be off by one year at worst, but I stand by these.


      1. No Regrets OVA (Year 844)

        -1. Episode 0.5A

        -2. Episode 0.5B

      2. Season 1, Episodes 1-3 (Years 845-847/848)

      3. Attack on Titan OVA (Years 848-850)

        -3. Episode 3.75 - Distress (Year 848)

        -2. Episode 3.25 - An Unexpected Visitor (Year 849)

        -1. Episode 3.5 - Ilse's Notebook (Year 850)

      4. Season 1, Episodes 4-25 (Year 850)

      5. Season 2 (Year 850)



      My Recommended Watch Order

      1. Season 1 (Episodes 1-3)

      2. Attack on Titan OVA 3 (Episode 3.75 - Distress)

      3. Season 1 (Episodes 4-13)

      4. No Regrets OVA 1 (Episode 0.5A)

      5. No Regrets OVA 2 (Episode 0.5B)

      6. Season 1 (Episodes 14-25)

      7. Attack on Titan OVA 1 (Episode 3.5 - Ilse’s Notebook)

      8. Season 2


      Don't Watch

      --Attack on Titan Picture Drama (it sucks)

      --Attack on Titan Movies (unless you didn't watch Season 1)

      --Attack on Titan Junior High (major spoilers for the anime series as a whole)


      My watch order is just the two seasons and the two OVAs (AoT and No Regrets).  I put the third AoT OVA at number 2 because that's where it lies chronologically, and it flows better there.  I put the first AoT OVA at number 7 because its story is best digested as a lead-in to the second season (even though it takes place in the story way earlier).  I left out the second AoT OVA because it doesn't contribute to the story and is seemingly non-canon.


      I put both No Regrets OVAs after number 3 because it deals with the relationship between Levi and Erwin.  The best time to watch that is right after the formal introduction of those characters, which takes place in episodes 13.  Episode 14 is the start of a whole new arc with a heavy focus on those two, which then immediately leads into the next arc.  So, I thought it best to watch their backstory before you get too deep with them, or get invested in the new arc.



      Thoughts

      Personally, I really love Attack on Titan.  Some people criticize it for being torturous to watch; its only appeal lying in shock factors and gore.  Admittedly, it can come off as that.  You can't deny that many scenes are gratuitous in their provocation, perhaps even arguably masturbatory.


      However, Attack on Titan captures a certain feeling to an extent that no other anime series has done.  That feeling is despair.  Bad shit happens to these characters, and there is nothing they can do about it.  The show is a downer, for sure.  But you get to see the incubation of rage and revenge within the characters.  And you're witness to those emotions as they are both released and bottled up.  Set to the backdrop of a fight for humanity's survival, you get stories that are both intensely personal and world-relevant.


      It's simultaneously a horror story, a science fiction epic, and a war story.  The world is immensely intriguing, and so far, is maintaining the difficult pressure release of new questions versus new answers.  Not to mention, the titans are highly creepy and unusual.  I've never seen villains like them before.  The amount of detail and scrutiny that goes into their depiction, and interaction with humans, is staggering.


      So for me, this series is top notch.  It's truly a story of survival and revenge.  Such stories are always appealing, but Attack on Titan adds so many more wrinkles to the formula.


      Hopefully my breakdowns and timelines will help anyone who is looking to get into the series.

    • Thoughts on the Ghost in the Shell Movie (It's a Long Read)

      6 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7; Panel Lead

      Three things up front.  One, I'm easy to please.  Two, I watch a lot of anime and I've seen all of the GitS anime except half of the Arise timeline (so around 85% of the franchise).  Three, I like to think that I am aware of and understand the racial/cultural complexity of the issues surrounding this movie, but I acknowledge and recognize that I may have experiential and cultural blindspots.  So, with that out of the way...


      tl;dr - I liked it


      And honestly, it took me a little while to figure out if I did.  I had to view this movie from many angles.  I was so in my own head while watching it, that the whole experience was too meta.  In real time I was measuring this movie as a GitS fan, a movie-goer, an arbiter of public opinion, and someone just trying to have a good time.  Seriously, I had a hard time just watching it and taking it in.


      I thought a lot about how to talk about this movie.  In the end, I think it's best to talk about it from multiple angles.  Some of these angles come from eager-to-be-entertained places.  Others come from "prove me wrong" places.  Combined, they form my overall opinion, which I detail at the end.


      The Sci-Fi Movie Angle - 8/10

      It was serviceable, and even fun at times.  It looked real good, and had good action.  It was a little noisy, visually.  The story wasn't that remarkable, but easy fodder for science fiction (cyborgs, futuristic society, very shiny).  It felt kind of Matrix-ish at times (which is funny, since GitS was an inspiration for The Matrix).  It got passing scores on all my sci-fi criteria.  I'd love to watch it on FX or TNT once a year.


      ScarJo was...okay.  Which is par for the course.  I'm not a ScarJo hater either. I first heard of her in The Perfect Score, and only really took notice after The Island.  Since then, I've thought she was okay.  Not great, but not bad.  I'm not one to hate on actors.  Her performance was between "meh" and decent.  She didn't steal the show, but was satisfactory.  Her action scenes were believable enough.  When it comes to action, I've accepted that 65% of performances are "meh" and must be approached with appropriate suspension of disbelief (whereas 25% are pretty good, and 10% are phenomenal).  The end of the thermoptic camo footchase was her action highlight, I thought.  The way she grabbed that guy and punched him out seemed very Major-like.  That was the most she felt like a cyborg for me.  That and the tank scene at the end.


      This is the rosiest of my angles.  And if that seems too complimentary, it helps to know the context of how I how determine what is a good and bad movie.  Let me say something about the concept of a bad movie.  Most people don't know what a bad movie is.  Yeah, I said that.  I wrote a journal about this three years ago, and I encourage you to read my thoughts. It may explain why I have more patience with movies than some other people do.


      The Casual Ghost in the Shell Fan Angle - 7/10

      I must admit, this movie has the look and feel of the GitS franchise.  They did a good job of creating the atmosphere of some of the most iconic shots from the movies and anime (at least, the best you can with live action).  Most of the main cast from the movies and series was in it, or at least, all the memorable ones.  They added a female team member who wasn't in the franchise, but she fit in well and it was no big deal.


      The thermoptic camo footchase was recreated pretty well.  It lacked the eerie feeling from the movie, but it would have been jarring to fully recreate that just after the previous scene.  The tank fight was okay for the most part.  For being perhaps the most iconic of any GitS scene, it was a little disappointing but still really rewarding to finally see it in live action.  But it was neat that they changed it up a little and had Kuze be the one who got grabbed by the tank.  I thought that was a smart way to keep in that little ragdoll tidbit.


      There were so many little things here and there throughout the whole movie.  The cyborg hands on Aramaki's assistant, the thermoptic hand wave at the endTogusa's gun (I think), Batou's dog, etc.  This movie was filled with Easter eggs from the franchise.  There was enough in it to satiate the casual GitS fan.  And even the bodysuit, in my opinion, was a great effort.  There was no better way to faithfully recreate some of the things from the anime.


      And honestly, it we really look at it, this movie is the best Hollywood movie to ever be based on an anime franchise.  Because we all know that Dragonball: Evolution should not have seen the light of day.


      The Hardcore Ghost in the Shell Fan Angle - 4/10

      For fuck's sake, this movie was a Frankenstein's monster of shit from all over the franchise.  Literally every timeline was referenced in this movie (check out my breakdown of the timelines if you're curious).  They took decades of complicated storylines, and tried to make a casserole out of everything they could find.  They then mixed it all up and made a shitload of references like it was a contest.  It was very annoying, to see them chop up the franchise to create a mish mash.  By doing so, they failed in doing the franchise justice.  This thing was less than the sum of its parts.  Here are some titles from the franchise, and some things they took from them:


      Ghost in the Shell movie (1995)

      -opening shelling scene

      -opening building jump

      -thermoptic camo chase scene

      -tank fight

      -thermoptic hand wave at the end


      Innocence (2004 sequel)

      -Batou's dog

      -the geisha's face design


      Stand Alone Complex (2002-2006)

      -the geisha scene

      -Hideo Kuze


      Arise (2013-2015)

      -the Major's hallucinations

      -Major's outfit in the club scene (in my opinion)


      They also got some things very wrong, or at least, different.  The character that ScarJo chases during the thermoptic chase scene is actually a combination of two different characters from the original movie.  The person who was driving the garbage truck and the person who was being chased were two different people in the 1995 movie.


      Also, the tank fight scene originally takes place in a building, not in an open area.  Not to mention that they changed what happens to who, took someone out of it, added someone, and even altered the ending.


      A nitpick would also be the Major's avatar during the deep dive scene.  In Stand Alone Complex, she used a different physical appearance when employing the use of an avatar while diving in the internet and various systems.


      Another nitpick would be the boat scene.  In both the 1995 movie and the live action movie, the Major went diving underwater.  In both, she felt fear while being underwater.  But in the 1995 version they suggest that the main reason she felt afraid was because she had to use "floaters" to avoid sinking, and that a cyborg being underwater would be a thrill-seeking activity (see the first 20 seconds of this video).


      And let's not even get started on the wholly fabricated storyline of the entire movie in which she was an experiment and weapon made by a corporation.  In Stand Alone Complex she was cyberized after a plane crash at the age of 6.  And in Arise, I read, she was cyberized as a fetus.  But perhaps the greatest offense was the combination of two different franchise villains to make the villain in the live action movie.  They took the concept and motivation of the Puppet Master from the 1995 movie, along with the name and part of the character design of Hideo Kuze from SAC, and mushed them together.


      So, from the standpoint of Ghost in the Shell connoisseurs and hardcore fans, this movie takes what it needed from the whole franchise in order to produce a product for the masses.  They selected elements from separate continuities and chronologies, fabricated their own, and sewed them all together.  It was at once novel, and frustrating.  But most of all, disappointing.


      In Light of the Whitewashing Controversy Angle - D+/C-

      This angle is a bit long-winded.


      To clarify, this rating is not based on whitewashing and casting alone.  If it was, it'd be much lower.  I tried to come up with a quantifiable number (based on a complex and pervasive issue in Hollywood) that I could measure and deduct from my baseline enjoyment on a 10-point scale.  But how do you measure personal outrage and the reality of media?  It seemed both impossible, as well as an undercut of a nuanced issue.  So, I changed it to a letter grade.  I basically take the score and experience of my sci-fi angle, and factor in the movie's ability to assuage the concerns of whitewashing.  The result?


      It didn't do it.


      This angle can be best explained in three ways:


      Source Material on the Main Cast (Public Security Section 9)


      It's arguable that the Major is Caucasian in appearance.  However, it must be acknowledged that - as far as I can tell - her race has never been definitive.  They never explicitly say she's Caucasian.  And in my opinion, when it comes to anime, you can not go by appearances when determining race (those hair colors don't occur in nature).  Not to mention that she is in an artificial body, and race becomes mutable or even irrelevant.  We never see her face before cyberization.  In fact, I am unaware of any mention of even her parents' races.  And it should also be noted that she served in the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force.  In my opinion, there was nothing in the source material that said she should be Caucasian.  In fact, a case could more easily be made that she was supposed to be Japanese, considering her home country is Japan.


      Regarding the rest of the main cast, they got 4/7 right by the source material.  Chief AramakiTogusa, and Saito (by most accounts) are Asian in the anime.  In the live action movie, each character is played by an Asian actor.  Batou, by my research, was recruited from the US Army Rangers.  It would not be incongruent for him to be played by a Caucasian actor (which he was).  Ishikawa and Borma on the other hand, both served in (or with) the Japanese military.  If I had to bet, these two characters were Japanese.  In the movie, they were played by Australian and Zimbabwean born actors.  The last main character from the anime franchise, Paz, was not even in the movie.  Paz was most certainly Japanese, since he was in multiple yakuza groups before joining Section 9.  This character was wholly replaced by a completely new female team member named Ladriya (whose actress is of Kurdish and Polish origin).  This character was not in the anime or manga.


      So, the movie accurately portrays the race of four main characters, changes the race of two, and drops one for a new character of a different ethnicity.  That's all in addition to the lead character.  I'd say they got the main cast's races right by 50-62%, depending on your tolerance for the Major's race.  I'll let you decide how much that matters.


      Portrayal of Asians in the Movie


      Yeah, not good.  The majority of Asians in the movie were bad guys, who were killed or defeated by white characters.  The only non-villainous Asian characters (outside of the main characters) were a couple female characters that had a collective 30 seconds of screen time.  And even the prominent Asian characters were tertiary to the story.


      Also, what's up with Aramaki being the only one who spoke Japanese?  Throw some more Japanese in there man.  It was almost like the writers wanted to emphasize his unwillingness to speak English, more than the other characters' understanding of Japanese.


      A friend recently tweeted a link to a Hollywood Reporter article in which four Japanese actresses discuss the Ghost in the Shell movie and whitewashing in general.  I would HIGHLY recommend reading it.  It's a very good read, and touches on some things you may not realize.


      For one, there was a prominent Asian actress in the movie that no one could remember.  It turns out, her contribution was her face.  They only used her likeness for the geishas' face design.  That's it.  On its face (wink), that was a big cop out.


      One thing they talked about was the twist at the end, in which it was revealed that the Major and Kuze were previously Japanese, and that they were cyberized as Caucasian as part of an experiment.  My reaction was one of "ah, way to go".  I perceived that as a sort of racism Trojan horse, in which the writers made it a meta-statement on whitewashing itself.  I was ready to give the movie credit for that.  However, I was wondering how that would go over for Asian audiences.  It was not a surprise that the four Japanese actresses in the article did not like it.  I can totally see how they would perceive that as comedic, or even pathetic.  It would also be an eyebrow raiser if the writers, as Ai Yoshihara suggested, wrote that plot point as a deliberate counter to whitewashing concerns.  One would hope that that would be an independent decision.


      The article is also very intriguing in its breakdown of the differences between western and Asian cultures, and how that affects the believability of Asians in American media.  I won't get into it too much, but let me just say, the scene where the Major's mother invites her in without knowing her was also very weird to me (as a Hispanic American).  I thought maybe she operated a business out of her apartment, and was treating the Major as a potential customer.  Because otherwise, it was just plain weird, even for western culture.  Also, regarding the touchy feely scene at the end, I doubt American audiences would have liked it as much if it went down the way the four actresses said it should have.  Which sucks, because I wish that scene was more genuine and true to form like the actresses outlined, and that Hollywood didn't always go for such a formulaic resolution.



      On the Topic of Hollywood and Whitewashing (but wait, keep reading!  It's almost over)


      Real talk, it's a pervasive problem in the culture of American media.  The focus is increasingly on Asian actors as of late - which is undeniable - but the problem has been around forever.  Whether it's Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange in 2016, Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia in 2010, or even Ben Kingsley in Gandhi in 1982 - it's a problem that has persisted (though Kingsley does have Indian heritage, his performance was phenomenal, and the film was well-received in India).  So, any analysis that doesn't acknowledge this reality is incomplete.


      It is also very arguable, as is the common refrain, that many of these types of movies would not be successful (or even greenlit) if a less popular Asian actor was cast as the lead.  At least, in America.  In my opinion, these decisions are not as important for international success. But, as in most Hollywood productions, the target demographic is Americans.  Therefore, the motivations behind this culture of casting are not beyond comprehension.


      However, this is only an explanation, and not an excuse.  Understandable, yes.  But not a validation of the practice.  Because regardless of the reasons behind it, this is not right.  And the damage it is doing is real.  At a minimum, it contributes to a racial hierarchy among characters in American media, resulting in bias that negatively affects Asian actors in the industry.  At worst, it leads to Asians being seen as sub-relevant in their contributions - or even caricatured - within greater society.  In both instances, the result is the marginalization of Asian people and Asian culture.


      The past three paragraphs were my attempt to lay out the reality of issue, as objectively as I could.  If you're very concerned about whitewashing, those paragraphs might seem too lenient on Hollywood (or even unnecessarily impartial).  If you disregard whitewashing concerns, those paragraphs probably came off as pandering.  So let me use the next paragraph to voice my personal opinion on the issue.


      Of course whitewashing fucking exists (let's just establish that).  I understand why people may want to deny it, or downplay its prevalence.  I can acknowledge the reality of "outrage culture", and how it has changed our perception and trust on many issues.  But those that dismiss whitewashing concerns are being disingenuous at best, and willfully ignorant at worst.  Because not all of whitewashing is a byproduct.  Indeed, part of it is born of willful and deliberate disregard for Asian perspectives. Hollywood needs to get off its ass and take a long hard look at itself.  Someone just take a fucking chance.  In the age of streaming, surely someone will find a risk-free way to start changing the culture.  I suggest we start with the hair streak trope.


      To Sum Up This One Angle


      The movie did not, in my opinion, assuage the whitewashing concerns.  The adherence to characters' races from the source material was lacking, the relevance of Asian characters to the overall story was minimal, and it's portrayal of Asian culture was very off the mark.  So, that's why I give it a low grade in this angle.



      Conclusion

      So many angles!  What do they mean?!


      Well for one, they mean this movie came with so much baggage.  I can't remember the last movie that had so much.  Maybe The Interview?  I'm not sure.  But in the end, I think it's hard to give an objective review of the movie.  It's a sci-fi movie with a good size budget, a lead actress that some people deride, it's based on source material from another country loved by fans of varying intensity, and it has a controversy surrounding its casting.  As a lover of sci-fi, it was baseline entertaining.  As a huge fan of both GitS and anime, it was unfulfilling but very rewarding.  Unfulfilling in the sense that it didn't do full justice to the original, but rewarding that it was a full-throated attempt by Hollywood to make a movie based on an anime (which I appreciated).  The movie also satisfied much of my GitS fan service itches.  But within a greater consideration of society and Hollywood culture, it was unsurprisingly unfulfilling, as well as a perpetuation of the status quo.


      In trying to make sense of all these, I came to the conclusion that it was indeed worth it to see this movie.  It was worth the money and effort, and I had a good time.  It fell short of my hopes, but not my expectations.  Admittedly, I really wanted this movie to be good.  I imagine that this might be a determining factor in how I perceive it.  When you want to like something, a lot of the time you end up liking it.  Nonetheless, I found the movie to be satisfactory.


      If you want to see this movie yourself, I suggest determining why you want to see it and what you want from it beforehand.  I think that will be the best way to not only measure it against your expectations/hopes, but also to make the experience as pleasant as possible.


    • FU? Yes, FU.

      6 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7; Panel Lead

      Hey, I'm Gus. Seven-time RTX Austin Guardian, user number 7340, long time site member, former/future community organizer, and massive Halo nerd. And apparently I'm the featured user (I thought those friend requests were unusual)!


      This is my 3rd time being featured user I believe. Maybe 2nd. Not sure. But it never gets old.


      So, how are you? Anything interesting going on with y'all? Anybody watching any anime? 


      Also, if you're thinking of seeing the new Ghost in the Shell movie, and want to know more about the anime, check out my previous journal entry.

    • Ghost in the Shell Anime Timeline & Watch Order

      6 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7; Panel Lead

      The latest episode of Fan Service was dedicated to Ghost in the Shell.  It's one of the best anime franchises out there, and I highly recommend watching it.  Unfortunately, the series is quite convoluted since it has multiple timelines and redundant releases.  They did a good job of laying out the timelines in Fan Service, but I thought I would post a run-down of each release and where it falls in the timeline, followed by my recommended watch order.


      Ghost in the Shell Anime Timeline

      First Timeline – Original Movies

      1. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

      2. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

      3. Ghost in the Shell 2.0 [remaster of original '95 movie, 3D visuals added] (2008)


      Second Timeline – Stand Alone Complex (the tv series)

      1. GitS: SAC Season 1 [26 episodes] (2002-2003)

      2. GitS: SAC Season 2, AKA "2nd Gig", [26 episodes] (2004-2005)

      3. GitS: SAC – The Laughing Man [compilation movie of main Season 1 arc] (2005)

      4. GitS: SAC – Individual Eleven [compilation movie of main Season 2 arc] (2006)

      5. GitS: SAC – Solid State Society [movie finale of SAC timeline] (2006)

      Extra: Tachikoma Days (funny non-canon post-credit shorts from SAC, 1-2 mins each) [52 eps]


      Third Timeline – Arise (the prequels)

      1. Border 1 – Ghost Pain [OVA] (2013)

      2. Border 2 – Ghost Whispers [OVA] (2013)

      3. Border 3 – Ghost Tears [OVA] (2014)

      4. Border 4 – Ghost Stands Alone [OVA] (2014)

      5. Alternative Architecture [10 eps, compilation of OVAs plus new material] (2015)

      6. GitS: The New Movie [movie finale(?) of Arise timeline] (2015)


      My Recommended Watch Order

      My watch order follows the timelines, and is basically release order as well.


      1. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

      2. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

      3. GitS: SAC Season 1 (2002-2003)*

      4. GitS: SAC Season 2, AKA "2nd Gig" (2004-2005)*

      5. GitS: SAC – Solid State Society (2006)

      6. Alternative Architecture (2015) OR Borders 1-4 (2013-2014) & then last two eps of AA**

      7. GitS: The New Movie (2015)


      *If you're pressed for time, and don't mind condensed storylines, you can substitute The Laughing Man (2005) for number 3 and Individual Eleven (2006) for number 4.  Those movies re-edit the main storyline from the first two SAC seasons.  I don't recommend it though, since the original series is how it was initially released.  The pacing is better in SAC, and the compilation movies don't contain 100% of the series.  But if you just want a refresher, the compilation movies are fine.  But keep in mind, the english voice actors are different for the compilation movies.  Also, Tachikoma Days are found after each SAC episode's credits.  So, you won't get those.


      **For number 6, the only difference is the order of the story.  Episodes 1-8 of Alternative Architecture are just re-cuts of Borders 1-4, but in a different order.  Episodes 9-10 of Alternative Architecture are new though, and can't be found in the Borders.  Hence the two options.  Not much difference between these two options (other than a new OP in AA).


      I put the movies first, because that's how it all started.  You should not dive into the GitS franchise without seeing the original movie first (don't bother with 2.0, it's widely considered a step down from the original, with changes generally regarded as unnecessary or even terrible).  The second movie is a good segue from the first as well, so that's why I put it next.  I then suggest the SAC timeline so you can really get to know the characters, and see what kinds of relationships they have with each other.  The series was what really gave the franchise legs, and it is far more geo- and sociopolitical than the movies.  There are wider story arcs, and more development/exposition on the character level.  I saved the Arise timeline for last for a couple reasons.  First, it's much newer than the other titles.  As a result, it looks much shinier and crisp than the other releases in the franchise.  It's much easier to go from older stuff to new, than the other way around.  The other reason I saved the Arise timeline for last, is because it is far more satisfying to see how the band got together if you're already invested in them.  By watching SAC before Arise, you can better appreciate the reveals in Arise.


      Keep in mind, these are different timelines.  The continuity is not 100%.  But they complement each other very well, and each comprise a fantastic take on independent and overlapping storylines.

    • Fan Service Episode 13 Questions

      8 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7; Panel Lead

      The new season of Fan Service is introducing a Q&A segment.  I thought it might be neat to give my own answers to the questions.


      Did you take classical drawing courses?

      I wish.  I can't draw worth a shit.  And not in a bad, but still okay way.  Really, I draw like a five year old...who's bad at drawing.  It's terrible.  I'm truly jealous of a lot of my friends who have artistic talent.  I was a pretty creative person, who ended up having a very non-creative college education.  So, I've never had any formal (or informal) training in drawing, painting, film, photography, or animating.  I'd like to learn to draw, since I'm a huge fan of animation.  I have so many thoughts and images in my head, and it's very frustrating to not be able to give them shape.


      Is there any anime you have tried to watch but couldn't get through it?  If so, why?

      If a series is truly terrible, most of the time I never start it.  I look up ratings and reviews, and decide not to watch it.  And if I do start it, most of the time I get invested and punish myself to see how it ends.  However, I used to have a very bad habit of watching a whole anime series, and stopping at the last episode or two.  I wanted to finish it, but I didn't want it to be over.  I would have to psych myself up for the last episode.  Sometimes too much time would pass and I wouldn't finish it.  Some examples include Corpse Princess, Code Geass, Blassreiter, and Monster.


      First, what anime could you rewatch over and over?

      Spice and Wolf.  It's probably my favorite anime series.  It's calming, charming, and easy to digest.  I own the soundtrack, the whole series, and it's even the wallpaper on my phone.  Other series include Gate, Samurai Champloo, and Elfen Lied.


      What are your favorite weapons/items from your favorite anime?

      Lastly, this question is what made me want to do this journal.  Because I am in love with a certain weapon from a certain anime. It's the coolest weapon I've ever seen in media.  I am talking about, of course, the Caster Gun from Outlaw Star.


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      It's a gun that fires fucking magic spells, in the future.  From the wiki:


      During the Fixed Star Era, Caster shells were created by wizards who used mana as their primary source of power. When mana began grow scarce, the wizards attempt to harness its power within specialized cartriges. However, caster shells only proved to be a temporary solution to a persisting problem. Caster shells and their weapons eventually fell to wayside and became antiques in the Towards Star Era.
      Caster shells are numbered by the wizards who create them. Their numbers appear to define the varied effects of each shell. Shells that are numbered #4, #9, and #13 are the rarest kinds, as they were only created by wizards of Tenrei, Ark Manaf, Hadul and Urt. 
      The magical power of these particular shells drew upon the life force of the user in the absence of extra mana to create a devastating effect more powerful than the typical caster shells. Beyond that, caster shells in general are benign and use only the mana in which they were imbued with.

      The idea of these guns is so fucking cool.  In the series, they're a rare weapon that uses even rarer (and expensive) ammunition.  Each shell number has different effects too.  It's such a novel concept, especially when you consider that it exists in an era of science and space travel.


      Also, my second favorite item from an anime are the mini light shields from Outlaw Star that Gene has in his gloves.  Those are pretty neat too.




    • Eleven Little Roosters & Colorblindness

      8 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7; Panel Lead

      So, if you aren't following ELR, a clue in episode 3 required using a red filter on screenshots.  As a colorblind person (moderate deutan, I believe) I could not see shit.


      I pulled a screenshot into an image program, drew a red (FF0000) rectangle, and fiddled around with the opacity a bunch.  Nothing.  I messed with color sliders and color wheels a bunch, but still couldn't see anything.


      In the episode, Barb's character uses an improvised filter with a red sharpie and plastic wrap.  I saw the effect in the episode but they must've edited the color in that scene, because I could not recreate it in the same screenshot.  Not even when using Barb's filter in a second transparent layer.


      All in all, I've been kind of handicapped this season.  Color plays a big role in the clues, and some things are very hard to discern.  I've been able to manage, but mostly by looking up clues on forums and tumblr.


      In general, colors that are hard for me to differentiate include red/orange, yellow/orange, red/green, blue/purple, pink/gray, and brown/green.  Now, those are just examples of what can happen with my vision.  A lot of it depends on saturation, lighting, and whether or not both colors are present (if they're next to each other, I can easily tell them apart).  For example, the red/green isn't much of a problem with ELR because most of the time the red they use is really deep.  But in the first episode, with the colors at the end of the episode, it was really hard to differentiate orange/yellow.  Regardless, I am enjoying the season, and Josh and everyone has done a great job.  I just wanted to opine a bit.


      Colorblindess sucks though man.  They make glasses to correct it, but they're not cheap.  But I get by in life fine.  Traffic lights suck though.  And not the red/green part.  The green on traffic lights is more of a lime color, so I never get mixed up on that.  What is hard to see is the difference between the red/yellow lights from a distance.  Which might not seem too bad, but guess what?  When you're in a car, that distance closes pretty fast.  So I mostly rely on the position of the yellow light (top/middle/bottom, left/center/right).  But at night, it's much harder to see the position.  I don't want it to seem like I shouldn't be driving, since it's not that bad, but there's just a bit of nuance to it.


      While I'm on about colorblindness, you know what also sucks?  When people try to test you on colors.  It's like "Hey, let me test you until I find the color you have trouble with so I can laugh about it".  It's like raising something above a short person and asking them to jump until they can't reach it.  Except they also suck at jumping.  That is literally what it feels like.  Also, it's discouraging when it comes to editing videos.  I'm only an amateur editor, but I love to edit.  But any need for color correction will go unfulfilled.  And when in photoshop or any other image program, you have to rely heavily on the eyedropper and color codes.  I'm very meticulous about that, because in 6th grade I was working on a group art project and I was in charge of drawing the ocean.  The blue crayon ran out, so I reached for something that I thought looked really similar.  Then my partner got mad at me because the ocean was half purple.  Boy was my face red (or green, I wouldn't know).


      Oh, and for the record, I don't see in black and white.  Some people think that about colorblindness.  I mean, maybe there are people with vision like that, but it's annoying when people assume that colorblindness in general.  The best I can describe it, is that parts of the color spectrum are muddied together.  The transitions are blurrier, if that makes sense.


      I didn't expect that to turn into a rant, but oh well.  The more you know.


      TL;DR: ELR clues are somewhat difficult for colorblind people, but it's still a great series.  Also, colorblindness in general sucks but it's not too bad.

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    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      6 months ago

      Happy FU day!

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      Happy FU

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      1 year ago

      Happy FU, dude!

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      Awww yeah! Happy FU Day!! Congrats, man :D

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      1 year ago

      FU!!

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        Whhaa? Me FU?! Cool! Thank you

        Also, I actually got an alert for this comment? Double cool!

      • niriall FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold THE META

        1 year ago

        And I got an alert for your response! :O

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        1 year ago

        Lol, and I did NOT get an alert for your reply to my reply.

        Progress!

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      2 years ago

      I played halo 2 with you, didn't I?

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        2 years ago

        So apparently the site still doesn't give alerts for wall comments.

        Maybe? My gamertag is TheBlackPenguin. It very well could've been me

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      2 years ago

      Yo dude, what up

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      2 years ago

      I see you made your way into a few shots of the latest How To

      • Hotpocket36 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        2 years ago

        Looks like everyone there did. I mean the sound of it alone was fantastic.

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        2 years ago

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        I fucking lost it at that jelly man.

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      Happy Featured User day!

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      2 years ago

      Happy FU you glorious bastard you!

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      Happy FU day!

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        Thank you!

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      2 years ago

      Congratulations on earning the Achievement: "Featured User!"

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        2 years ago

        Thanks!

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      2 years ago

      smiley12.gif rock on! Happy fu!

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        Thank you!

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      2 years ago

      Hey dude! Glad to see you are the Featured User! Looking forwards seeing you again com RTX!

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        2 years ago

        Thanks!

    • IdkBlue Praise Newbs

      2 years ago

      merry featured user day!

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        2 years ago

        Thanks!

    • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

      2 years ago

      So I just threw a topic up in the RvB:TX forum, might be worth a news post. Looking to get people together for something in June in Austin.

      • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

        2 years ago

        Thanks man!

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        2 years ago

        I'll probably make news post tomorrow sometime. I'll make sure to plug it.

    • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

      3 years ago

      If anybody asks, the Cultivating a Community panel is here at 43:36.

      • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

        3 years ago

        Just glad I'm finally getting to watch it. Any time I find one, I try to let the panelist(s) know where.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        3 years ago

        Thanks man!

    • Pyromasso

      3 years ago

      This year's Finals are so good.

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    • Pyromasso

      3 years ago

      So, the Halo Master Chief Collection. You doin' it? All 4,000 Gamerscore?

      • Pyromasso

        3 years ago

        If you're interested, I'll definitely be picking that up on release day (especially if the Microsoft Store does a special event). I'll gladly help out with any cheevos.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        3 years ago

        Jesus. I didn't even realize they were redoing the achievements. I guess I have no choice. Curse you Halo, why you do dis?

        I'm still working on finishing Spartan Assault for all four platforms (360, One, Windows 8, Windows Phone).

    • Red420 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian *5

      3 years ago

      I see you had fun holding lights for the "Macrowave" short.

    • Erkan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Take It Easy.... bitches

      4 years ago

      For next RTX... didn't see you this time round.

    • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

      4 years ago

      thanks for guardianing x3! and the tokens at blazertag. they were well spent.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        4 years ago

        Thanks!

    • Pyromasso

      4 years ago

      So, it's taken awhile, but I've come around to the Spurs. When the Heat/Spurs final started, I was hoping neither team would win, but I REALLY don't like Miami. I rooted for the Spurs.

      After watching the games so far, it's damn impressive how just plain good the Spurs are! Ginobili started instead of playing sixth man after having so many surgeries and injuries this season and nobody could stop him!

      I wanted to let you know because the last few times we've met up I've given you crap for being a Spurs fan. Never again. I was stupid, and so young and naive.

      I hope they win Game 6 in Miami. Those fans will be distraught.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        4 years ago

        Ha, it's all good man. Glad to hear it. Yeah, the Spurs are so quiet and just plain talented that nobody ever takes notice. I'm glad it's the Heat we're playing. If it was the Pacers, nobody would be watching the Finals. And even now, people are talking more about the Heat losing than the Spurs winning. They go so far as to say the Spurs winning would be bad for the NBA.

        And Ginobili is my man! Favorite player of all time. He's only got like one, maybe two years left. He even contemplated retirement after this season. Hopefully he stays on. He's damn scary. One of two people in history with a Euroleague title, an NBA title, AND and Olympic good medal.

        I would also get some enjoyment over seeing the Heat lose. I hate how LeBron makes a dunk or a crappy block and then stays under the basket looking at the crowd for like 5 seconds while everyone runs to the other side of the court.

        It's gonna be a good game tonight! I'm gonna record and then watch it if they win. It's too stressful for me to watch it live, lol. And even if they lose, it would be a tall task for Miami to win two in a row.

    • LaserKraken The Lord of Meat

      4 years ago

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    • Gorczy The Real Slim Shady

      4 years ago

      Get the last Halo 4 achievement you need. I've been waiting for that journal for weeks!

      • Gorczy The Real Slim Shady

        4 years ago

        One achievement. You can do it....

      • Gorczy The Real Slim Shady

        4 years ago

        One more. Only one more ........

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        4 years ago

        lol. Been real busy lately. That last one is a bitch!

    • Pyromasso

      4 years ago

      Tim Duncan is ridiculous.

      • Pyromasso

        4 years ago

        Based on this past week, I bet Kobe was, too.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        4 years ago

        Dude! I saw that live on tv! I was laughing my ass off.

    • Kellyrenea

      4 years ago

      Hey there, I went to that market I was telling you about (in search of pocky for my anime club) I remembered to look for that ramen you like but even thought they had the bowl soup brand, they did not have the beef and ginger flavor. :-(

      I'll keep an eye out if I go anywhere else that might have it.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        4 years ago

        Thanks! Yeah, I think they discontinued it. I see that brand in places too, but never my flavor. Oh well. Thanks a lot for looking though.

        Mmmm, pocky.

    • Hotpocket36 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

      5 years ago

      Gus and Gavin's ice adventure reminded me of ours at RTX... Ah the memories haha

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        HA! Dude, I thought the EXACT same thing when they told that story. I wonder if hotel ice stories are common. I gotta make an RTX 2012 memory journal about that in the future.

    • LaserKraken The Lord of Meat

      5 years ago

      How are we not friends already?

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        I know right?

        Also, posted on your profile before seeing this comment.

        Also, also: Misspelled "right" and my iPhone thought I was trying to spell "rvbtx". Fuck yeah.

    • NGU

      5 years ago

      It was good meeting you today at Salt Lick. Did you recover from all that delicious food? I hope I can make it out to future RvB:TX events in the future smiley11.gif

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        Damn. Still finding stuff I missed in the RTX aftermath. I did eventually recover from Salt Lick. I took a nap right when I got home. And I was sick for 10 days afterward. Worth it.

        Glad to have ya in the group!

    • LaserKraken The Lord of Meat

      5 years ago

      Glad to be on the old PR6 with you Captain.

      • LaserKraken The Lord of Meat

        5 years ago

        I hear they're recording all of the panels so I'm holding on hope to watching them all later.

        We're Guardians and there's nothing else I'd rather do than do my part to make RTX a great event.

        But seriously, I am getting itchy.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        Man, there's so many good panels. I think the rooms are close together. Hopefully there's like backstage areas we can scope out some of the panels from while waiting to work ours. Maybe we'll be able to check out the rooms during breaks on Friday.

        I'm breaking out in RTX hives.

      • LaserKraken The Lord of Meat

        5 years ago

        Blue base it is Cap'n. Maybe we should have a poster of Shelia in there.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        Cool. Lookin forward to seeing what panels we'll be working.

    • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

      5 years ago

      Hey man, just wanted to give you a heads up that I just created a new forum thread in the RvB:TX forum. I'm trying to see if people want to go see Rush in November. I know the new threads don't show up on watch lists, so I was going to ask if there was any way you'd be willing to make a news post about it. Tickets have already been on sale for a while, so I just don't want it to sell out or get to the point where there are no more seats together before I buy. Thanks man.

      • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

        5 years ago

        Awesome, thanks!

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        Sure thing man. As luck would have it, I was planning on making a news post today anyway. I'll throw yours up there with it.

    • AgentRyu

      5 years ago

      Hi! The name is Jake! How u doing?

    • quyman

      5 years ago

      hay how do i get a pic in to comment

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        Also, don't forget to put the slash, "/", before img in the second bracket. Make sure you enter the full URL too.

      • quyman

        5 years ago

        what I Made it

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        You have to put the url from an online image in the img brackets. Like this, except replace the parentheses with brackets:

        (img)image url here(/img)

        For example, your avatar's url is s3.roosterteeth.com/images/quyman4e1772ee45c1a.jp...

        When I type that url, highlight it, and click the "img" button above, I get this:

        quyman4e1772ee45c1a.jpg

        Hope that helps!



    • TheKing7

      5 years ago

      Hey man! How's it going with ya? Thanks for accepting my friend request by the way.

    • SHADOW650268

      5 years ago

      Thank you for the FU! smiley0.gif and I encourage you to case mod your xbox. Case mods are fun as hell to make, and I enjoy having a one of a kind style xbox

    • Speed5ter69

      5 years ago

      I blew it. When i saw that kid dressed as harry potter (fag) then seeing BobSaget228 (BobFaget) again... i just couldnt handle it anymore, I gave whats his face a little credit seen as though he hasnt been to bad now but im still not going on his side anytime soon.

      Their all coming at once! Attack of the Noobs! jeez.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      5 years ago

      This totally looks like you:

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      Well, minus the whole no lower body thing...

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        Ha, nice. Dr. Loveless from Wild Wild West. I don't care what people say, that was an enjoyable movie.

        She's a breath of fresh ass.
        Pardon me?
        What?
        You said "ass."
        No, I didn't. I said, "It's nice having her on board, she's a breast of fresh air."
        Let's just get some shut-ass.


        Also, fun fact, our RvBTX.org domain expires next month. It'll still be there if we ever need it again though. Can't imagine someone buying that domain. Seems like just yesterday...

    • Red420 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian *5

      5 years ago

      Merry Christmas.

      Quick idea next RT visit let's get some Chris Eggnog.

    • SailorTweek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Head Guardian

      5 years ago

      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! smiley12.gif

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        Thanks. And to you as well.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      5 years ago

      I saw your new interest, and just wanted to say...

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      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        Pony please, I got a wallet full of them.

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    • Kellyrenea

      5 years ago

      Of course!

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      5 years ago

      Did you get a chance to talk to the staff about the meet up?

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        No man, sorry. They were practially inaccessible before hand. I stuck around for a little afterwards when everyone went to the Highball, but they were swamped by everyone talking to them. I wanted to wait around longer, but I didn't want to start heading back too late.

        Fun fact: In the "Thanks" section of the credits, the first line is the RTX attendees and the second is The Guardians. Thought that was cool.

    • David FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      Definitely spotted you in the front row of the Burnie mass comm discussion via the livestream. Nostalker lol

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        6 years ago

        *wave

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        6 years ago

        Ha! Grady got me to save too once. lol

    • Jakey

      6 years ago

      Are you in the front row of Burnies interview during Mass Comm Week at Texas State?

      • Jakey

        6 years ago

        I saw you turn around once towards the end and kind of had the "MIND BLOWN" moment. It was great to see you were there, hope you had a good time!

        Post edited 10/17/11 5:19PM

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        6 years ago

        lol. Yeah man. I just got out. It was pretty cool.

    • Fthreat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B8RRg-1dZ0

      AHWU intro.
      By the way, can you message me the password to the Youtube site again, please? Must put more videos on there.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      6 years ago

      So I sent messages to a bunch of the staff, but you know how bad they are at replying. If I don't get any response I'm just going to go over Friday the 23rd if you want to come.

      Also, if you decide to go to the offices you still need a ride to Waco you can crash at my apartment that night.

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        6 years ago

        Yeah, that's no problem. When we leave, I'll put my permit on your car so you shouldn't have any trouble.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7; Panel Lead

        6 years ago

        Well, if they reply and say it's cool, I might meet you there. If not, I'll probably not go. So, I'm still a maybe. I'll still need a ride to Waco in either instance. But I probably wouldn't need to crash that day. Thanks for the offer though.

        Speaking of which, do you think I might be able to park my car at your place while we're gone? That way I could just hop in and go home when we get back.

    • AgentHunter

      6 years ago

      Its random I know, but Please Join and never forget that fateful day. 9-11-2001

      roosterteeth.com/groups/profile.php?id=12877

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      6 years ago

      I was walking down the road in Austin today, and saw a guy who looked just like you. Do you have an evil twin or clone who goes to school here?

    • Dame

      6 years ago

      Hey i see that you are a member of the RT-XBLC group, and it looks like you are a fan of anime as well. I thought you might be interested to know that one of the group Admins, RoninTex (Kira), has started a thread topic in the group's forum regarding starting a regular netflix anime-night within the community.

      The thread can be found here:
      roosterteeth.com/groups/forum/viewTopic.php?id=23996

      If you are interested in joining her and the others, be sure to put that thread topic on "watch" so you dont miss out on notifications of upcoming anime nights. smiley1.gif - if you didnt already know, XBox finally updated and made it to where you can now have 8 people in a netflix party at the same time instead of just 4.

  • Questions answered by BlackPenguin

    Each team picks out their players however they want. For RvBTX, we have a group forum thread where people can stay updated and request to be a player for that round. We essentially call for players each round, and try to give everyone a chance to play. You can find the thread here.