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RTX recap

So, the Rooster Teeth Expo.

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First off, thanks again for all the birthday wishes, guys. I really appreciated it. :)

About a week and a half ago, I went up to Austin to go see RTX, and as you can imagine it was a blast. It's probably the first real game or "geek" convention I've ever been to. There were panels, autograph signings, tournaments, lots of gaming merchandise, and tons of games on display, from big name to indie. Some of the gaming highlights for me were:

  • Assassin's Creed 4 multiplayer: Not sure how it compares with the mp in other AC games, but from what I played I this was fun. The Achievement Hunter guys did a live Let's Play of it which was hillarious. (Off-topic: I've only played up to AC2. Can I jump right into AC4 or do I have to play the other games first?)
  • Hotline Mimai 2: Wrong Number: It's worth pointing out that my opinion of Hotline Miami turned a complete 180, partly from playing this game. It's more of the same violent, neon-lit gameplay you love but with new masks and more of that killer soundtrack. I'm really looking forward to this one.
  • Battle Block Theater: A few minutes after playing this, I was hooked. I'll be sure to pick it up on XBLA when I can.
  • Dive Kick: It's a fighting game where the only two moves are "dive" and "kick". It's ridiculously simple and yet ridiculously addicting and fun.
  • Other games that I enjoyed but don't have much to say about were Loadout and Shadow Warrior (also from the Devolver Digital booth).

There was a Halo tournament at the 343 booth and other tournaments being held for The Gauntlet and Iron Gaming, but I only had a Saturday-only pass so I mostly stayed away from those. Speaking of 343, they unveiled a bunch of new content for Halo 4, including new maps, new armor (including the return of Mark V and ODST armor), and a new sports gametype that looks fun. Also, Frank O'Connor was there but I didn't get a chance to see him. So sorry, Champ. I couldn't get your message to him. :(

Oh, and there was a TON of cosplay from countless game series, especially Halo.

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One guy from Texas A&M - College Station workde his A&M Corp of Cadets fatigues into his outfit to look like a UNSC marine. I also saw about 3 different Booker DeWitts and 3 Elizabeths there as well. The 405th Infantry Division (shown above) had a booth with all sorts of prop weapons and armor and I got to hold some of them. Never thought I'd hold a UNSC assault rifle.

Fun thing: I noticed every cosplay weapon had a pink tag on them from the state. I guess to show that they weren't actual weapons.

There was also a Rooster Teeth museum where RT got to show off some of the props they've used in there live-action shorts, including the F-150 they used in the "Video Game Car" episode of Immersion, the Hobbit clothes used in A Simple Walk Into Mordor, and my favorite, the entire set they use for the RT podcast.

For more RTX pics, go here. For pics with me in them, PM me.

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The only panel I went to was the Achievement Hunter panel (above). Before the show, I got autographs and pics from Caleb Denecour (in purple) and Jordan Cwierz (not shown), the animator for Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures. Both were very nice guys and Jordan got to sign my Best of RTAA DVD. At 11:27, I was one of the people in the audience who cheered when Geoff mentioned that Ryan lived in Corpus. :D P.S. Dylan Hatcher is trying way too hard to impress the AH crew.

As for the rest of the staff, I got to meet Kyle Taylor and Miles Luna at the autograph table. Both cool guys. They complimented me on my black fedora. While in line for that signing, Barbara Dunkelman and Joel Heyman (the voice of Caboose from Red Vs Blue) walked by the line from their own signing and Joel walked over to my part of the line to take a pic with the guy next to me who was flagging him down. I wanted to speak up and get pic with him as well, but he walked off before I got the chance. Plus, it was already a freak appearance so I didn't want to push my luck any further.

Speaking of luck, I was eating dinner with my family that night when I saw Michael Jones, Lindsay Tuggey, and Dan Gruchy there at the same restaurant as us. I wanted to go up and say hi, but I didn't want to bother them while they were chatting and eating. After they were done, I managed to catch them in the parking lot. For someone that swears up a storm in Rage Quit, Michael was incredibly nice to me. Same with Lindsay and Dan. They asked me how things were going and if I was enjoying RTX which I was. Then they let me take a pic with them.

Just before heading back to Corpus the following Sunday, we stopped and took some photos outside the Rooster Teeth studio.

Overall, RTX 2013 was alot of fun. There were plenty of stuff I wanted to do, like meet Burnie Burns, Gus Sorrola, Barbara Dunkelman, Joel Heyman, and the other Achievement Hunter members. Richard Garriot, Jen Taylor, Earl Alexander, and of course Frank O'Connor were there, but I didn't get a chance to see them (or atleast not up close).

But I'm grateful for the stuff I did get to do. For RTX 2014, I'm gonna set aside the whole weekend for it and coordinate a trip with a bunch of other guys. Hopefully, I'll be able to do alot more this time.

One last thing. I'll be taking a vacation with my folks to San Diego during the same week as Comic Con. Of course, it's already sold out, but weird timing, huh?

Anyway, catch y'all later.

-Matt