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Rooster Teeth Productions is a company from Austin, Texas that specializes in the creation of live action shorts, animated pieces and machinima, or films created using real-time, interactive engines from computer and video games. The name Rooster Teeth is a euphemism for Cockbite, an insult used by the company. The company was originally founded by Burnie Burns, Gustavo Sorola, and Geoff Ramsey.
Originally, the group ran a website called drunkgamers.com, a reviewing site in which Burnie Burns, Gustavo Sorola, and Geoff Ramsey reviewed video games while drunk in order to try to get games from video game developers. Burnie Burns also created voice-over-enhanced gameplay videos of Bungie Studios’ popular first-person shooter video game Halo: Combat Evolved. Eventually, these videos led to the creation of Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles. They later re-named the company and website Rooster Teeth.
Red vs Blue
A parody of science fiction films and games and of military life, Red vs. Blue tells the story of two groups of soldiers fighting a civil war in a desolate box canyon. Initially, Rooster Teeth expected the series to consist of only six to eight episodes. However, the series became popular quickly, receiving 20,000 downloads in a single day. Accordingly, Burns conceived an extension of the plot. The series’ fifth and supposedly final season officially ended with episode 100, released on June 28, 2007. However, the group has continued to release new material, including four additional complete seasons (seasons 6-9) and numerous PSA announcements. These PSAs included a five-part mini-series to promote Halo 3. The upcoming season, season 10, is said to come out the Summer of 2012.
During 2008, Geoff Ramsey’s interest in gaming achievements led to the realisation that there wasn’t a community-based achievements website, and in turn Achievement Hunter was created, which shares the design, user profiles and forums of the main Rooster Teeth website. The site is run by two full-time Rooster Teeth staff Geoff Ramsey and Jack Pattillo, who regularly release achievement guides, easter egg videos and other game-related videos, and select volunteers from the Rooster Teeth community help moderate the website. The most frequent videos come from employees and some of the said community members Jack, Geoff, Ray, Brandon, and Michael Jones. Unlike many other achievement-dedicated websites, Achievement Hunter is highly dependent on public contributions and so has guides across many different games and platforms.
Rooster Teeth Podcast
“The RT Podcast”, previously known as “Drunk Tank,” is a podcast done by employees at Rooster Teeth, commonly hosted by Gustavo Sorola, where they tell stories about thing that have happened to them.
Notable Examples and Phrases
If you ever see a snake poop it is just about the grossest thing in the world.
Yeah, I can totally take any animal that’ll attack me.
And so the headlight fluid container ended up on his la-Did you just say Headlight Fluid?!
Thats childhood. Throwing rocks at things you’re not supposed to.
It must be amazing to be stupid, you wake up the next day and its a whole new adventure!
Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures
Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures are cartoons done by “Jayordan” and member of the Rooster Teeth community who takes notable stories told in the Rooster Teeth Podcast and animates them into funny cartoons.
Other Notable Products
Immersion is a series made by Rooster Teeth that tests video game cliches’ and commons. The usual “Lab Rats” being Geoff and Gus.
The RT Comics were made by Luke Mckay (Artist) and Griffon Ramsey (Writer)
Sadly, they have stopped making the comic.
RT Shorts are small skits done by the Cast and Crew of Rooster Teeth.
Rage Quit, a series of videos depicting hard challenges in video games with commentary from Michael “Rage Quit.”
On May 27–29, 2011 Rooster Teeth held their first official community event in Austin, Texas. Initially planned as a small gathering for 200 people, demand was so high that over 500 tickets were accidentally sold within minutes of being made available online. Attendees were treated to a tour of the office, an exclusive t-shirt and the chance to take part in a special episode of Immersion.
The second upcoming event held by Rooster Teeth. Information found here.