Ways to Whiten Your Teeth
August 22nd, 2011

Posted by Matt

This week’s video is up, and it’s a brand shiny new X ways to Y! You can find it right here.

This week’s video was filmed while Graham and Kathleen were away on vacation, and it features none other than me! The decision that I should star in this was made while I wasn’t around, because every possibility the guys had planned at that point was going to be unpleasant, messy, potentially fatal, or some combination of the three. Being the only true artiste among Paul, James, Jer, and myself, I sacked up and did it.

Protips: White bread with a sliced onion and plain rice on it is not delicious. Chewing an entire pack of Whitening gum has the potential to abrade flesh off the roof of your mouth. Sucking back a half a cigar as fast as you can possibly manage is an experience I recommend to no one. Cold-dropping to a linoleum floor is a good way to take a patch of skin off your elbow (though I am ludicrously pleased with how it looked!). Coke first, then Mentos.

Unskippable this week was Dragon Age II. You can catch that over at The Escapist.

PATV has this week’s episode of Checkpoint. (Which is fresh off the presses, having been filmed, edited, and uploaded yesterday!)


All you ever wanted to know about PAX Prime 2011 (but were afraid to ask)
August 17th, 2011

Posted by Matt

Well kids, it’s that time of year again. PAX Prime is a mere nine days away. By now, hopefully, your plans are made, and your hotels are booked – all that’s left is to find your way to the Washington State Convention Center next Friday, and take in all the Convention has to offer. For those of you attending PAX for the very first time (and for those of you not attending for the very first time, actually), I strongly suggest you check out the official PAX Website. The convention schedule was posted at the beginning of the month, and if you’re not sure what’s in store for you, there are few better ways to find out. Are you interested in Panels? Screening blocks? Concerts? Wandering the show floor? Meeting with your favorite internet personalities? The schedule is the place to look to plan your weekend.

Additionally, no matter your preferred flavor of convention experience, LoadingReadyRun should have you covered on nearly every count. The whole of the crew will be in attendance at the con, (with the sole exception of Alex, who’s heading off to Ontario to attend Fan Expo to promote his new project ‘Shards’) so you’ll be sure to see us around. On top of that, we’ll also have a table in Bandland, where we’ll be selling merch and signing autographs (and yes, we do intend to have Season 5 and Crapshots DVDs with us, though that depends on whether or not we receive them on time from the printer). It’s also very likely that we’ll arrange a LRR fan meet-up at some point during the weekend, but as usual we have not planned a time and date in advance. You’ll want to follow the @LoadingReadyRun Twitter account, or check back here during the con for more information. Finally, we’ve also got panels and a screening block! The information for those can be found below:

The LoadingReadyRun Panel
Unicorn Theatre
Friday 9:30pm – 10:30pm

LoadingReadyRun, producers of Unskippable, CheckPoint, Feed Dump, ENN & Daily Drop, and organizers of the Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser, will delight and amaze you with new videos and answers to your questions! Come hang out!

LoadingReadyRun Movie Night!
Unicorn Theatre
Friday 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Join the whole LRR crew for some of our favourite vids and other fun stuff. We’ll all be there to hang out and answer your questions. If you missed talking to us during our panel, we’d love to see you here.

Escapist Movie Night
Unicorn Theatre
Saturday 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Meet the stars of The Escapist’s Loading Ready Run, Extra Credits, Unskippable and more at The Escapist’s Movie Night. You’ll see never-before-seen videos from The Escapist’s most popular web series, including Zero Punctuation and The Big Picture. Plus see favorite episodes from Extra Credits, Unskippable, Daily Drop, Feed Dump, Escape to the Movies, Miracle of Sound, Jimquisition, No Right Answer and more, hosted by Extra Credits’ James Portnow, Loading Ready Run and the staff of The Escapist.

What Women Really Want
Kraken Theatre
Sunday 11:30am – 12:30pm

Join Trina Schwimmer, founder of GamingAngels.com; Kathleen de Vere, star of LoadingReadyRun; AJ Glasser of Inside Social Games; and Tracey John, regular contributor to The Daily, as they discuss what they embrace in female fictional characters and why these attributes are important. They will identify their favorite characters and how they would like more heroines with similar attributes integrated into Geek culture. This fresh, positive approach to female characters shouldn’t be missed. Moderated by Susan Arendt, Senior Editor of The Escapist.
Panelists include: Susan Arendt [Senior Editor, The Escapist], Christa Carter, Brittany Aubert, Kathleen De Vere [Actor, LoadingReadyRun], AJ Glasser [Journalist, Inside Social Games], Brittany Aubert [Associate Producer, 5th Cell]

Gaming as a Lifestyle
Serpent Theatre
Sunday 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Flying in the face of criticism against video games and their ruination of lives, this panel will address the topic of living a life made richer by playing games. From how to keep your job while supporting a game-playing habit, to making your game-playing habit your job. Graham Stark, Jeff Green, Ian Dorsch and James Portnow will share secrets and personal stories, deflate hype and participate in a detailed Q&A. Moderated by Russ Pitts, Editor-in-Chief of The Escapist.
Panelists include: Russ Pitts [Editor-in-Chief, The Escapist], James Portnow [CEO/Developer, Rainmaker Games], Ian Dorsch [Musician – Zero Punctuation, The Escapist], Jeff Green [Journalist/PR, PopCap], Graham Stark [Writer/Actor, LoadingReadyRun]

We’re really looking forward to the con and to seeing you all there. PAX is always a blast, and we have no doubt that this year will continue that trend. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot a message to our twitter account or to post it in the comments below. Internet access is always a little spotty while we’re in the states, but we’ll try to keep you all as up to date as possible about our various goings on throughout the weekend.

See you soon!

Update: I’ve just been informed that there will be a Magic: The Gathering party hosted by Wizards of the Coast on the evening of Saturday, August 27. It’s a safe bet that most, if not all, of us will be in attendance.

Ascend into Darkness – The Magic Innistrad Party

Seriously, you definitely want to be at this party on the evening of Saturday, August 27. You’ll be able to earn an invitation by participating in PAX Prime. Stop by the Wizards of the Coast booth for details!


The Amendment
August 15th, 2011

Posted by Matt

Friends, countrymen… lend me your clicks. I have come to you today to alert you to a pressing issue facing or nation: This week’s video!

Our video this week features our good friend Brad, who happened to have returned briefly from overseas. I believe he has once again returned to the Old World, but while he was here he did grace us with his appearance (and what a fine appearance it is!)

Since Graham is off gallivanting in England at the moment, I turned to Paul this week for a few words on the writing of this episode. Here’s what he had to say:

While not as splashy as the 1st Amendment or as controversial as the 2nd Amendment, you have to admit that a bunch of soldiers sleeping in your house, emptying your fridge, and having loud parties late into the night, would really suck. Graham initially wrote about half this script, but was having trouble figuring out where to go with it, so he brought it in to the office to show it to me. We liked the idea of Brad being confused about the meaning of “quartering” because it has the great wtf moment of the reporters all realizing how far over his head this politician is. Like any good politician, Brad does not waver, though, and quickly doubles down in an effort to dig up. I feel like if politicians are going to be corrupt and incompetent, the least they can do is be entertaining as well.

Unskippable this week features Dead Space 2. You can find that here.

Also, CheckPoint is up over at PATV. While you’re there, check out penny-Arcade’s sleek new site layout. It’s purdy.


Double DVD Preorder! All across the sky!
August 6th, 2011

Posted by Paul

That’s right! Not only is the long awaited Season 5 DVD now available for preorder, but we are also printing the first ever Crapshots DVD! Check out these amazing features:

LoadingReadyRun Season 5

  • 52 LoadingReadyRun videos – Everything from Season 5 of LRR
  • Commentaries on every video from the entire cast!
  • Extensive bloopers and outtakes!
  • A special 20 minute interview with Uwe Boll
  • 7 behind the scenes Loading Time episodes
  • “Green Screen” making-of videos for High Noon and Emergency Situation
  • AND because you asked for it, every T-Shirt Ad from Season 5!

Crapshots Season 1

  • 100 Crapshots. You’ll find at least one you like.
  • Commentaries on every episode by Alex and Graham.
  • Bloopers! Or “Misfires” as we call them.
  • Crapshot Roulette – Play a Random Crapshot! This was surprisingly difficult to do on a DVD, so please use it.
  • A VERY SPECIAL bonus feature made from footage assumed lost, but then later proven to be simply misplaced… Man Cooking Live! Watch Morgan snort chili powder!

And if that wasn’t enough, if you preorder either of these DVDs before September 1st, 2011, we will throw in a free exclusive button and the whole crew will sign it!

PS: Since we were getting all these DVDs printed anyway, we decided to also do a reprint of Season 4, which has been out of stock for far too long. Buy it today and we will ship it out once the DVDs come at the end of August.

Suddenly LRRcasts!
August 3rd, 2011

Posted by Graham

Hey everyone!

We’ve been really busy lately, and we misplaced a LRRcast we recorded on the 9th. But we found it again!

And! Here’s the most recent thing we recorded, a new Those Game We Played, with bonus Brad!