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  • How to get away with murder(-ing time). Mobile Games Part 1!

    1 week ago

    Skilltacular Producer @ RT Games

    I try to stay up on the latest gaming news across all platforms. I also like to cruise around the PSN, your Xbox Live, and Steam stores just to see if a little gem is waiting to be found. Fairly often, I hop in the Google Play store and see what’s new in the mobile gaming world. I spent a few minutes with some, but obsessed over others. Mobile gaming scratches that “just one more level” feeling for me. Some games did that more than others. I found a range of meh to legit-awesome experiences for my phone. Today, I’ll touch on the beauts I found this year.  

    Card Crawl

    The description of “a solitaire style dungeon crawler”  and the cool art was enough to get me to download this little experience. You play as a dungeon diver with a deck to represent your gear, potential loot, life giving potions, even the baddies you must defeat. Actually, the game is set up so that you are playing a card game across from a grog chugging minotaur at the local watering hole. If you best him, he slams the table with his beastly fists. If you lose you’ll be rewarded with a shit eating grin and low chuckle. I cursed at that damned minotaur a time or five while playing.


    The deck has a set number of cards in it. There are four slots that are filled directly from the deck. You have four slots in which you drag loot, weapons, and potions. However, one of your slots is taken up by your avatar and your life total. What about the monsters? You drag your weapons to the monsters to deal damage. Drag a monster to your shield to block damage. Drag a potion to heal. Drag loot to your open slots to score points. Outlive the deck and you win.

    That’s it! Simple fun with a decent amount of chin stroking moments as you plan out your moves. Oh. and I’m pretty sure it’s free!

    Pizza Judgement: Trusty Pepperoni

    Device: Android

    Card Thief

    This is from the same developers as Card Crawl. Rather than being a dungeon crawler simulated with cards, Card Thief is a stealth game simulated with cards. Similar neat-o art. Also free, so I gave it a shot.


    Here, you’re stealthing around a 3x3 grid of cards. Get loot and don’t get caught is the name of the game. Your character paths around the grid to interact or collect items. Path over a torch and it goes out leaving an adjacent guard in the dark and open for attack. Continue doing this until you uncover the exit.

    That’s it. Well, there may be a little more, but I played until I felt I got the gist. Pretty cool mechanics and worth a little bit of your time. Maybe it will click more with you. Let me know!

    Pizza Judgement: Basic Cheese

    Device: Android

    Post Knight

    Man.. this game… FacePalm.emoji out of 10. Let me explain! Sometimes I just find some cute art and roll with it. You’ve been there. You get it. Don’t get me wrong, this was a neat little game, but it feels like it’s what you think of when you hear “mobile game.” Despite all of that, I played the absolute brakes off this game for a couple weeks.


    In a world, of something is wrong with the mail delivery system [?], you play a little duder charged with helping said mail system. You talk to lots of NPCs and go on quick missions. Those missions play out as side-scrolling jousting matches of sorts. If you’ve played Half-Minute Hero (which I’d bet you haven’t. You should.), the combat is like that -- your cute little warrior runs right and standard fantasy baddies run left smooshing into each other as damage numbers fly off (mmmm damage numbers). Get loot. Craft better stuff. Repeat. That’s it. Oh, and I’m pretty sure some of your actions had cool downs that you could use currency to reset. Like I said, “mobile game.” 

    For whatever reason, sometimes I get sucked into these games, sometimes I don’t. This one got me. Your mileage may vary.

    Pizza Judgement: Basic Cheese

    Device: Android

    That’s it for part 1 of my mobile game extravaganza. Next time, I’ll dive into the rest of Nintendo’s mobile games. I’ll also go over my time with a couple awesome real time PvP games that I played so much I had to delete them to make myself stop playing. Yay 3AM gaming in bed!

    Hit me with your thoughts! What are some mobile experiences that stole your time this year?  




    Click for details on my pizza-based review system.
    Pizza is life. Games are life. 

  • Far Cry 5 Delayed

    1 week ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    Looks like you'll have to wait a tiiiiiny bit longer to play Far Cry 5. Ubisoft announced today that the game will be delayed. Don't worry, though -- that delay won't be too terribly long, as the game is moving from February 27, 2018 to March 27, 2018. 

    According to Ubisoft: "the extra time will allow the team at Ubisoft Montreal to make some additional improvements that will bring the best, most ambitious Far Cry experience in line with the team’s original vision. We’re excited for fans to join the Resistance in Hope County, Montana against the Project at Eden’s Gate cult."

    While it's no doubt disappointing for fans that the game will be out a tad later, it's probably also a tad disappointing for Ubisoft. Not only for the obvious reasons, but because this likely puts them that much closer to the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2. Previously, they'd said they were happy that Red Dead Redemption 2 being pushed out of 2018 was great for them and gave their games more space to breathe. 

  • Top 10 Games of 2017 - Editor Notes

    1 week ago

    JoshuaKazemi ScrewAttack Editor

    I'm going to preface this week's notes with this: I'm very behind on my video I rock a GBA and a Wii - on which I exclusively play GameCube games. Help me! What console should I get? I love turn based RPGs, party games and co-ops. Let the recommendations flow!

    10 - Mario + Rabbids - I did not know this existed. It seems weird. But also fun?
    9 - NieR - C'mon NieR. tHe wHoLe aLt CaPs tHiNg iS sO 8Th gRaDe. 
    8 - Cuphead - This looks amazing. Also, I got another Community reference in a Top 10. This will not be the last. 
    7 - Nioh - I like when Nick calls me 'Editor'. I just want to make him happy. 
    6 - Prey - Why isn't 'Prey' like Gray/Grey. It would be really fun to always be confusing pray and prey. Long live context clues! 
    5 - Horizon Zero Dawn - Who else is waiting for the day that Pixar movies become interactive-animated-feature-film-video-games?
    4 - Persona 5 - See, this looks right up my alley.
    3 - Super Mario Odyssey - But a Nintendo Switch looks sooo coool and fun. 
    2 - PUBG - Horde mode or battle royal? Put your hands together. 
    1 - Zelda - Aside from the occasional try, I've never actually played a Zelda game. THERE I SAID IT!

    Watch the video: RT | YT  

  • Latest Hearthstone expansion is here

    1 week ago


    The latest expansion to the popular card-playing game Hearthstone is here. Kobolds and Catacombs, which features 135 new cards and a new mode called "Dungeon run," introduces some new mechanics like Spellstones to the game. 

    That's a welcome addition for the community, who have been complaining for awhile now that the game has gotten too reliant on luck and a few popular decks.

    You can learn more about the expansion on the official Hearthstone website here

  • Ubisoft won't take Russia out of its Olympics game

    1 week ago


    Russia might be out of the Olympics next year, but not the video game version! 

    Ubisoft says that, despite being banned for cheating, Russia will stay in its winter sports game "Steep Road to the Olympics." It's an expansion to the 2016 game "Steep" and it was released just a few days ago -- on Dec. 5th, which coincidentally was the same day that Russia was banned from the Olympics for widespread doping. Talk about bad timing!

    Ubisoft told Kotaku, though, that "there are no existing plans to patch Russia out of Steep Road to the Olympics." 

    It's worth noting, though, that some Russian athletes still might compete in the Olympics, just under a neutral uniform and without the Russian flag or anthem. 

  • Lots of PlayStation Stuff Discounted for Holidays

    1 week ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday, now looks like the time to save big on PlayStation hardware. Sony just announced that they'll be doing some special discounts from December 10 through December 16 on PS4 Pro and PSVR. 

    The PS4 Pro is getting $50 knocked off, making it $350 instead of $400, with bundles dropping from $450 down to $400. Meanwhile, the PSVR is getting mega cheap -- the Gran Turismo Sport bundle will now be just $200 (down from $300), while the Doom VFR and Skyrim bundles will similarly get $100 discounts, down to $300 and $350 respectively. 

    Considering PlayStation already had record-breaking sales for the console's history over the Black Friday shopping weekend, it'll be interesting to see if the system keeps moving units just as quickly throughout the holidays. 

  • Disney Wants Rob Marshall To Direct The Live-Action Little Mermaid Movie

    1 week ago



    Disney is king of the world right now. Just about everything they do is printing cash. Yes, you have Marvel and Star Wars, but they also have a rich vein in the live action adaptations of their back catalogue. Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book... all raked in the cash and they're not stopping there.

    Jon Favreau is underway on his photorealistic adaptation of The Lion King and Disney's been prepping The Little Mermaid as well. Today word came out, via Deadline, that the Mouse House wants Rob Marshall to direct Mermaid and... it's a pretty boring choice.

    The man has made some good movies, hell he has a best picture film on his resume (Chicago), but he hasn't hit a home run since in my opinion. Memoirs of a Geisha was pretty, but forgettable, Nine was pretty and forgettable, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was all around bad and Into the Woods was fun, but slight. 

    Marshall just filmed the long-time-coming sequel Mary Poppins Returns and is posting that movie now, which would explain why he'd be at the top of Disney's list. This would assume that Poppins is turning out great, which is why the studio's so anxious to sign him up. He knows his way around a musical and obviously works well with the higher ups at Disney.

    He's safe, in other words.

    When Jon Favreau took on The Jungle Book he came to it with a love of the original animated film and a storyteller's drive to push technology in a way that he hadn't gotten to before. That spark made that film work. I don't know if I see Marshall bringing any sparks to The Little Mermaid.

    Lin-Manuel Miranda will be contributing some new songs to this film, teaming up with Alan Menken. That is something to get excited about, but if Marshall ends up taking the job (he's still considering it, no contracts have been signed) I think we can expect a well-shot movie whose ambitions aim squarely down the middle.

  • Pocket Worlds and Pocket Monsters

    1 week ago

    Skilltacular Producer @ RT Games

    This year, I dabbled in lots of mobile games. Often these games help kill short bursts of time. If I'm playing Destiny and waiting for folks to show up for a raid, boom, Fire Emblem. Waiting for food to show up at lunch, Magikarp Jump or Battle Bay. Walking the dog, sitting at my desk, meeting running long... Pokemon Go! This last game, above all others, soaked up loads of time....and money 

    Pokemon Go!

    Good ol’ Pokemon Go! I won’t go too deep into what the app is, but rather how I’ve enjoyed my time with it.

    When that first trailer dropped, I was too excited. When the game came out, I jumped the gun and nabbed the APK a day early. Now, nearly 17 months late, I still play… a lot. PKMN Go! Has sucked up so much of my time and money since that initial download. I’ve been fortunate to travel a lot for work, coast to coast and even overseas, so my gym badge collection is up around 170 (at time of writing). Outside of Kangaskhan and Mewtwo, I have all Gen 1 and Gen 2 pokes…. and a hefty Google Play bill for all those incubators.

    While I’ve dropped a lot of time into Pokemon Go!, I’d hesitate to call it a game. It’s more like an interactive checklist. That said, clearly I’ve enjoyed my time with the app. From helping friends/ co-workers/ random folks from Austin with raids to my morning coffee strolls with the fiancee, Pokemon Go! Has been a fun addition to life.

    Pizza Judgement: Supreme Pizza

    Dragonius Go!

    This takes me into my next game, Dragonius Go! Where Pokemon Go! lacks gaming features, Dragonius has quests, treasure hunts, different buildings to visit in its augmented reality world, crafting, and even online PvP. In general, if you know what Pokemon Go! is, you know almost exactly what to expect from Draconius Go! Save for the ok-enough monster designs, this game is a clone, through and through. 

    While I kept my wallet closed for the app, I feel I explored deep enough to know that I really like it. If not having Bulbasaur and friends in the game isn’t a deal breaker, I would totally recommend Draconius Go! to anyone looking for a bit more out of their pocket-based AR worlds.

    Pizza Judgement: Specialty Pizza

    Until next time, I'd love to hear your thoughts on these games. 



    Click for details on my pizza-based review system.
    Pizza is life. Games are life. 

    Basic Cheese
    Trusty Pepperoni
    Specialty Lovers

    Supreme Pizza

    Hawaiian with a side of ranch

  • Something Portal Related Rumored for Game Awards

    1 week ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    Um... say what? 

    There are tons of rumors swirling around the upcoming Game Awards, ranging from a Death Stranding appearance to Nintendo announcements... but one of the most intriguing rumors has to do with a franchise -- and to be honest, a developer -- that's been dormant for quite sometime. According to Superbunnyhop, there could be something from PORTAL revealed during the ceremony. 

    Superbunnyhop tweeted: "Hearing rumors from a gamedev friend about some Portal *thing* being revealed at the game awards Thursday. Crossing my fingers that they're right, though any Portal anything might feel off without Wolpaw's writing." He's of course referring to Portal writer Erik Wolpaw, who left Valve back in February -- one of several writers they've lost in the last year or so. 

    Either way, the prospect of seeing something out of the Portal universe is certainly exciting -- although given recent history, it's more likely that this is some kind of VR project, similar to The Lab. Still... maybe we can hope for some kind of full game experience? The Game Awards air on Thursday, December 7. 

  • Hey There!

    1 week ago


    Hey everyone! I'm Kara and I'm the new Content Operations Manager here at Rooster Teeth, nice to meet you! Decided it was time to dust this old profile off and introduce myself. 

    A little background on me: I just moved down to Austin from New York where I've lived my entire life. I've visited Austin the past three summers for RTX and fell in love with it! I studied theatre and social media marketing. Before Rooster Teeth, I was working as a social video coordinator for Fullscreen, and before that I was even a medical assistant (believe me, I don't know how either).

    Well I guess that's good enough for a short introduction. I'm so excited to be here and working with such an incredible team. Looking forward to speaking with a lot of you! 

  • Dark Souls remaster coming to the Switch?

    1 week ago


    The Nintendo Switch is getting all kinds of ports lately, from Doom to Rocket League. And the latest rumor is that a remastered version of the first Dark Souls is on the way, as well. 

    That's according to games writer Marcus Sellars, who tweeted that Bandai Namco will be hosting an event on Dec. 15th where "5 unannounced games will be shown off." He added that Nintendo will have a "big presence at the event." 

    And then in a followup tweet that is now deleted, he added that one of the games announced will be a "Dark Souls One Remaster" and he added the hashtags #DarkSoulsSwitch #DarkSoulsPS4 #DarkSoulsXbox, which seems to indicate that it would be coming for all current gen platforms. 

    No word yet on whether or not this is true, but if it is, that would certainly be a welcome addition to the Switch.

  • Grab some gifts at the Rooster Teeth Store!

    1 week ago


    Hey y’all - remember me? I’m the guy that helps promote the merchandise in very strange and unique ways. I’m in the Marketing department, but you know - sweet sweet merch beckons to me…

    Which brings up my next cheerful point - You probably haven’t noticed, but the holidays are here! We’re sure that YOU have been really on top of things and that you’re already all done buying gifts. So pass this note on to the procrastinating slackers in your life and tell them you want some sweet Rooster Teeth merch this year. Look, we even made a handy gift guide to help your friends and family find the perfect present. Get on it so you (or they) don’t miss out. We have sweet deals and plenty of surprises going on throughout the season, so you should probably check on the store every single day or follow the Rooster Teeth Store on Twitter to keep up with what’s going on.

    Shopping for Christmas? Here are some deadlines you’ll want to be aware of:

    red_circle Dec. 15, 6 a.m. CST - Last Day to Ship Standard UPS Ground
    red_circle Dec. 20, 6 a.m. CST - Last Day to Ship UPS Second Day
    red_circle Dec. 21, 6 a.m. CST - Last Day to Ship UPS Next Day

    And until December 15 if you spend $75 or more, your shipping is free.

    As your old pal Loopy Lupe says - I got mouths to feed. So please... buy lots of things so I don’t get fired? Happy Holidays, everyone! christmas_tree

  • Pizzas & Games: Bites & Bytes

    1 week ago

    Skilltacular Producer @ RT Games

    Time to get Cheesy

    It’s been a bit since my last post. Finalizing this rating system has been tough. Generally, I feel like there’s way too much negativity in the various gaming community multiverses. Platform wars. Microtransactions. Player’s wishes vs development realities. Review systems. EA. Any conversation about these topics usually carries some form of sour attitude. I don’t want to add to that. I love games. I love sharing games. To this end, any game I talk about, I’ll aim to compare to one of Earth’s most beloved treasures: pizza.

    Aside from dietary concerns, what’s not to love about pizza? At its base, pizza is a particular arrangement of stuff on bread meant to sustain you. At its best, pizza can be a joyous experience to be shared with loved ones. The same can be said about games. Games mean a myriad of things to their players. To some, they sustain. To some, they are a joy to be shared with loved ones. See, some analogies, like good pizza, are meant to be cheesey.

    The Meat of the Matter

    Anyhoo, as I run through my games of 2017 and beyond, I’ll aim to recommend games by comparing them to their pizza counterparts. This yummy rating system has five main tiers. I have a few other special ratings, but I suspect they will be rare as their spice level is too high. Below, have a taste of my pizza-based review system. Because they're all fairly well known, I used various Mario games as examples.

    Pizza: Basic Cheese

    Meaning: If you have time

    Description: This game is nothing particularly special. You’ll likely have an ok time if you’re looking for something on which to kill some time.

    Example: Mario Run -- Android, iOS

    Pizza: Trusty Pepperoni

    Meaning: Check it out

    Description: There are loads of games out there, but this one is worth some of your time. Probably nothing groundbreaking or maybe it's time in the sun has passed, but there’s fun to be had. Dig in!

    Example: One of the lessor Mario games on the DS

    Pizza: Specialty Lovers

    Meaning: Worth your time if you like a very certain sauce.

    Description: This game may be good, bad, or great for various reasons, but there’s something really special here if you’re a fan of its particular flavor. This has some sort of wildcard ingredient that might not be for everyone, but is well worth a look for those who know what they are looking for.

    Example: Mario Strikers -- Gamecube

    Pizza: Supreme Pizza

    Meaning: Should play.

    Description: If you’re a game fan, you should play this. There’s something special about this game that should appeal to most anyone.

    Example: Mario Sunshine -- Gamecube

    Pizza: Hawaiian with a side of ranch

    Meaning: Must play!

    Description: A master class experience. A trailblazer or trendsetter. Other games will be learning and stealing from this game for years. When people ask “What should I play?” this is your answer.

    Example: Mario Odyssey -- Switch

    Sure, the toppings mentioned above are all subjective, but so are individual tastes for games. Let me know how’d you rate some of your favorites.



  • What's Up with Me?

    1 week ago


    I had a pretty good weekend. I drank a bit too much on Friday night. Ever done that? Me neither. BUT Saturday was where it was at. I woke up late and decided I would not leave my apartment for the day. I ordered Chinese food. I really wanted 2 Mexican Cokes, but didn't want to seem like a loser, so I ordered two full meals, two cokes, and requested 2 sets of chopsticks. Now that delivery guy thinks I have someone special, and seeing as how the most important thing in the world is how your are perceived by strangers, I think it was a good move. I finished the day watching corny holiday movies and falling asleep on the couch. Sunday I did boring laundry and cleaning. Also, I'm about halfway through Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive. It is fucking rad. Ok, I love you.

  • Quentin Tarantino Might Do A Star Trek Movie?!? Let's Break That Rumor Down, Shall We?

    1 week ago


    The big whopper that hit late last night was some word that Quentin Tarantino and JJ Abrams were partnering up for a Star Trek movie. No, April Fools Day didn't sneak up on you. This is a legit story, posted by Deadline's highly accurate scoop-hound Michael Fleming.

    It appears that big Original Series fan Quentin Tarantino had a great idea for a new Star Trek movie that he told to JJ Abrams, who loved it so much he's actively working to set it up at Paramount. Fleming said the idea is to assemble a writers room, let them kick around Tarantino's idea for a bit while he's off filming his maybe Manson Family Murders-related LA period film and when he comes back he'll take a look at their script and decide if he wants to actually direct it.

    I know, the concept of Tarantino directing a Star Trek movie is mind-blisteringly bonkers that it kind of has to happen now or else that void will never be filled by anything else and we'll all be walking around incomplete for the rest of our lives. But don't get too excited. 

    I don't mean to be the doomsayer here, but the chance of Tarantino directing a giant franchise picture that he didn't write from beginning to end himself is... improbable. He famously directed a 2-parter CSI episode that he pitched and had the writing team come up with the final teleplay, but doing episodic TV and a feature film is quite different in terms of personal time commitment and, honestly, prestige. 

    If he's sticking with his 10 and out feature promise that would mean Kelvin Timeline Star Trek 4 is Tarantino's last go-round as a director.

    I'm betting there are three outcomes more likely than Quentin Tarantino directing a Star Trek movie.

    Outcome 1: Tarantino takes a Story By credit and lets someone else run with directing the next Trek movie.

    Outcome 2: This is developed for a while and ends up dropped, becoming simply an interesting deep dive bit of movie trivia.

    Outcome 3 (the one I'm actually pulling for): Tarantino is sparked by this idea and it percolates in his brainpan to such a degree that he can't shake it and it ends up inspiring him do his own, original take on a sci-fi story.

    You'd think I'm crazy to suggest that, but it's happened before. There was time in 2005 where New Line approached him after hearing he was a Friday the 13th fan and rumors began spreading he was going to do "the Ultimate Jason Voorhees Movie." He shot the rumors down within a week. The meeting did happen, but, at the time, he was trying to get his WW2 movie, Inglourious Basterds, written out and had no intention of making Friday the 13th. 

    But that wasn't his next film up, was it? He didn't make Basterds until 2009. The film he made before it? The Death Proof segment of Grindhouse, which he said was his take on the Slasher Genre. 

    Stuntman Mike was the Slasher, but instead of wielding a machete or hatchet he killed with his car. Many slasher tropes are winked at... the slow stalk, the brutal gore and a quadruple down on the final girl trope. 

    That Friday the 13th meeting and subsequent rumors for sure got the juices flowing and gave us admittedly his weakest film to date, but still something I'm quite fond of: a uniquely Tarantino take on a slasher movie with liberal dashes of '70s car fetish road pictures.

    Fleming got no comment from either Paramount or Tarantino's camp, so the other unspoken option here is that this rumor is pure horseshit, but Fleming has a great track record and this is a big story. I doubt he'd go to print unless he was sure it was accurate. 

    I wouldn't hold my breath for this ultimately coming to anything, but we do know Tarantino is a fan of Trek and has some ideas. Hell, he talked on the Nerdist Podcast about his likes and dislikes about the world of Trek, being pretty open about what he feels works and doesn't work about JJ's movies and even about some of his ideas on what he'd do if he were making one. Listen:

    There's no telling if his off-the-cuff ideas spit-balled here are what he took to JJ or if, much like my Friday the 13th/Death Proof theory, this chat got the creative juices running and inspired something we don't know yet. 

    Again, it'd be pretty rad to see a Tarantino-directed Star Trek movie. I just think it'd be even more badass to see a fully original Tarantino sci-fi movie INSPIRED by what he loved about William Shatner's Kirk and Wrath of Khan and the bits and pieces of Trek that absorbed growing up.

    We'll see what the reality is eventually, but I got $20 says he ain't directing a Star Trek movie.

  • Vlog coming to an end

    1 week ago


    if you watch today’s vlog then you know that I announced in this video that I will soon be ending my weekly vlog. It’s been a tremendous amount of fun making the vlog for all of you every week. But it’s time to move on to new project and I really need to focus on that. Like I said in the video, I don’t know what the future of the vlog is – –  it could move to Ellie, or some other people at the company or it could just end all together. 

     I’ll be wrapping up over the next few weeks, so if there’s anything you would like to see an upcoming episode please let me know the comments. Thanks for watching, it’s been a really fun adventurous year. 

  • Adventure Time in the Northwest

    1 week ago

    Qholtz VFX Artist Rooster Teeth

    I just got back from a weekend trip to Portland.  My wife and I love to travel and the Northwest has never let us down. Best place we ate had to be Country Cat, The de-boned fried chicken was amazing.  Sunday we were able to drive out to Haystack rock and we were both in awe. The drive out there through the tree was beautiful and the rock itself is like a little mountain just dropped onto the beach.  Does anyone have any small trips coming up?  Where are you headed?

  • Capcom announces Mega Man 11

    1 week ago


    It looks like the long-rumored Mega Man 11 is finally happening. Capcom announced today that, yes, the game is under development and will release next year.

    It released a trailer that definitely shows some influences from Mighty No. 9, the crowd-funded game launched by Keiji Inafune after he and Capcom split ways. Still, the new Mega Man looks cartoony and great -- with 3D sprites moving along a 2D world. 

    The game is coming late next year for all consoles -- including the Switch -- as well as PC. 

  • EA Fixing Battlefront II?

    1 week ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    If you're a Battlefront II player already tired out by the game's grind, it looks like there might be some celebration in order -- DICE and EA are starting to release updates to tweak the game's progression. 

    DICE outlined the newest update in a blog post today. Most of the changes to the game have to do with progression -- namely, how many credits you earn for accomplishing certain tasks. To start, they've said that the credit payout at the end of rounds is increasing -- and you can thankfully farm three times more credits in Arcade mode than you could previously as well. In addition to that, the developer revealed that the daily loot boxes you're awarding just for signing in will now award you with more crafting parts. 

    According to the team, this is just the first in a series of planned content updates. They wrote: "Thank you again for your passion around this game. Star Wars™ is special to all of us, and we all want to experience that world in fun, exciting ways. If you're already playing the game and are loving it, we want to thank you for taking the time to do so. We have a lot planned, and are excited to show you what’s to come.

  • On The Spot #118

    1 week ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    We need your prompts for this week's On The Spot. Submit as many as you'd like. We promise to only use the good ones and make fun of the rest.


    • Come up with a category for the guests to list off possible answers for (i.e. Things not to say after someone says "I love you" for the first time.)
    • Category with a lot of possibilities for answers are the best.


    • Find an odd story from the recent news with an equally odd headline that we can remove a word or two from for the the guests to fill in the blank.
    • Look for headlines where a blank space would leave the story open to a lot of different interpretations. Ambiguity is key.


    • Come up with a 2 person scenario where the characters interact with each other a lot.
    • Be as descriptive as you want, this is a scene the guests have to play out.
    • Scenes that work best for this game have a high potential for rapid dialogue and confrontation.

    xoxo The Risemonger

  • Mark Hamill Answers Star Wars Questions... In 1976. Must Watch Video!

    1 week ago


    The internet can be an awful place. But sometimes it can be used as a force for good. You see that when it comes to disaster relief help or getting live updates on the ground in a crisis... and you can see it in the Indiana Joneses out there who go seeking for lost geek treasure, like this video.

    It's not too hard to find YouTube videos with Mark Hamill talking about Star Wars. It's not very common to find one from the year before the first film was released and this is exactly what you have here.

    There are three men on the stage here at MidAmeriCon in Kansas City, Missouri on September 4th, 1976. Left to right they are Star Wars Marketing Director Charles Lippencott, Producer Gary Kurtz (who walked away from Star Wars after Empire) and the then mostly unknown Mark Hamill.

    They have just shown some slides for their space movie to a Comic Con crowd... and when I saw Comic-Con I mean the real, original Comic-Con type crowd, not what exists today. This is an audience of outcasts, nerds back when it was unpopular to be a nerd. Today it is cool to be a geek. In fact it's weird if you're not into geek culture. The roles have reversed. Not so much then.

    And in true Comic Book Guy fashion this crowd is a bit... salty. And unconvinced. The first few questions in particular are dickish, getting nerdy about explosions in space and "cliched" plots. 

    There are some real gems here, though. Kurtz is very clear about the budget and the steep hill they have to climb to find success (a whopping $18 million in print rentals or it's a failure). Hamill's enthusiasm is also on full display and in hindsight it's pretty funny seeing him talk about the love story between him and Carrie Fisher. There's also a question to keep an ear out for toward the end when someone asks if he's worried about being typecast as a sci-fi star should this little space opera maybe find an audience, which is pretty incredible considering right this very moment he's on a press tour talking about his return to the role of Luke Skywalker.

    This is geek catnip. Many thanks to FANAC for uncovering it, cleaning it up and uploading it.

    Watch it and share!

  • Update Updates

    1 week ago


    Can't wait for the new RT community site functionality to hit -- the tech team is really working hard on an amazing overhaul of everything. With the site update coming soon, now's a great time to get back into the swing o' things and start posting random little stuff again. So, in the spirit of that...

    There was a FastCo article recently about gen:LOCK that had some images, including the first character turnaround from the show. But they only went with the low-rez pictures. So here ya go, this is a higher-rez version of the show's first character sheet! This is Chase. He's a combat aviator before he joins the gL project, and this is him in his flight suit.


    We'll start making more noise about gL in the new year. But, y'know, mmmaybe we'll keep throwing a few breadcrumbs out here'n'there in the meantime. Like, oh, say, storyboards for ep1 started this week.  stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye


    More later,


  • Batllegrounds on mobile??

    2 weeks ago


    Ever wanted to try Player Unknown's Battlegrounds --- on your phone? Well, it's about to be a thing, if you live in China, at least. 

    Mega Chinese developer Tencent, which owns a piece of PUBG, recently announced not one, but TWO mobile Battlegrounds games and unveiled gameplay trailers for each. 

    You can check out the gameplay here and here

    Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad said that both are being developed on Unreal Engine 4, with the first one adding "naval battles" and an "arcade feel," while the second seems more similar to the PC game. 

    One is developed by Tencent TIMI studio while the other is developed by Lightspeed & Quantum Studio. No word yet on a release date. 

  • Mega Man Stream-a-palooza!!!

    2 weeks ago


    In honor of Mega Man's 30th anniversary this month, Capcom is ... remembering that Mega Man exists!!

    No, we're not getting a new game, but Capcom IS doing a special Mega Man anniversary livestream on Dec. 4th. We don't know exactly what will go down, but Capcom assures us that fans "won't want to miss this celebration of the Blue Bomber's birthday." 

    You can watch it starting at 1 pm CST on Capcom's Twitch channel.

  • Jak and Daxter Series Hit PS2 Classics Next Week

    2 weeks ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know

    Good news, Jak and Daxter fans! PlayStation just announced that in addition to the first game, they're adding the rest of the classic series digitally to PS4 next week. 

    In a new blog post, the company announced that Jak II, Jak 3, and Jak X Combat Racing will all be landing on PS Store December 6, bringing you classic gaming goodness just in time for the holidays. PlayStation wrote: "The narrative tropes Naughty Dog explored in Jak and Daxter laid the foundation for the evolution of their highly innovative story telling. It put them on the path that led to the creation of future blockbuster franchises like Uncharted and The Last of Us— and to think it all started with giving Jak his own voice."

    While I haven't played Jak 3 and Jak X Combat Racing, I do have very fond memories of Jak II on the PS2. At the time, it did some open world concepts that were fairly new at the time, but are pretty commonplace now in terms of game structure. It's definitely worth checking out if you're into that kind of thing and need a new classic to play. 

    Also, seriously Naughty Dog -- when is this series coming back?