December 28th, 2007 I begin a journey into the world of the Rooster Teeth community, and I haven’t looked back since. Well I mean I guess I have… A lot actually. Wait this isn’t how this was supposed to go. First, let me explain a little bit about what Rooster Teeth is all about. They’re an online video/gaming company started by Burnie Burns, Matt Hullum, Geoff Ramsey, Gus Sorola and Joel Heyman. They started making a machinima series (videos made with games) in Halo called Red vs Blue back in 2003.
Back in those days, I was still living in nowhere Wynne, Arkansas playing RuneScape and Halo every day that I could. At the time, I had no idea they had a community website. Probably didn’t realize it until season 3 actually. I did a bit of an internet taboo at the time making my account JakeHCoker, my actual name. But those were the golden years of the site in my opinion. Lots of close-knit friends who hosted great contests, shared awesome content, and would form groups to play Grifball and the like. They’re memories I cherish deeply. This is also around the time Achievement Hunter took off and brought in a new wave of content centered around gaming.
I stayed pretty active on the site until we moved to Hot Springs and my attention was spread pretty thin trying to adjust. I’d still check in occasionally, but high school life had it’s own challenges and I was pretty attached to my girlfriend at the time. But then a few more years passed and I went off to college in Conway and my interest in the site was renewed. I’d gone to the second RTX event they hosted my senior year of high school. My cousin Stephen and I even got to be extras in their series Day 5 as dead people. I was even fortunate enough to work the next two RTX events as a Guardian for panels and the exhibit hall respectively. During this time I met a lot of cool people I still keep in somewhat regular contact with today (somewhat regular in my semi-hikikomori lifestyle anyway). Again I got to participate in some fun events like a Slow Mo Guys video with FreddieW in it where I got to throw water balloons at Gavin and Dan. It was also around this time that Rooster Teeth was bought by Fullscreen and their production practically exploded with new content and channels. Channels such as Funhaus, Cowchop, ScrewAttack, Game Attack, and Sugar Pine 7.
And that kind of brings us to now. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. I really can’t. It both feels like it’s been a long time and like no time at all in so many ways. It’s been a struggle to explain to family and friends, but has also been a great way to bond with total strangers who also enjoy their content. I’ve seen them grow from a small struggling company to a behemoth that I sometimes have trouble recognizing. That little community site I joined has gone through at least 2-3 alterations since and they’ve grown to well over a million members. We’ve dealt with loss together as well as welcomed so many talented and amazing people into it. It’s been a bumpy road, but one that I plan to ride all the way until the end.
So thank you Rooster Teeth and all the glorious community members who’ve helped make it what it is today. Cheers and I love you all! – Jake