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Veronica Belmont Says Farewell to Tekzilla and Revision3

November 12th, 2013 at 10:42 by Patrick Norton in Announcements, Shows

It’s an exciting time for the Tekzilla production team –we’ve just launched Tekzilla Bites, HD Nation lives on after TechFeed, and we have two new shows debuting in the next month– but not all our news is full of awesome. After six years and hundreds of shows, our partner in tech mayhem, Veronica Belmont, is moving on. We’ll let her tell you more below.

She’ll be greatly missed.
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Joining Tekzilla back in 2008 was a total no-brainer for me. I wanted to work in the web video world with people who were passionate about technology, doing something different, and knew how to have fun. In the almost six(!) years since then, Tekzilla — and the people who make it — have changed my life and career forever.

I’ve written several (very sappy) versions of this post, but I want to keep it short and sweet: Tekzilla is continuing to evolve in new and exciting ways, and I’ve decided that it’s time for me to see how I can do the same.

It’s silly to say that Roger, Patrick, Robert, and the rest of the crew have become “like” family to me, because they really are. The entire production team has seen me at my best — and worst, I’m sure — and I’m incredibly grateful for everything they’ve taught me over the years.

So, what’s next? Well, I don’t know quite yet. I’m about to start production of Season 2 of the Sword & Laser YouTube show and complete work on our short story anthology, but beyond that I’m still deciding where I want to take the next step in my career. As always, there are irons (and broadswords) in the fire!

I just want to say thank you to Revision3 for so many great years and opportunities, and give a HUGE thanks to the thousands of fans and viewers of the show that have constantly kept us energized (and on our toes!) these past six years. We have the smartest viewers on the planet, and I look forward to meeting more of you both online and off. We’ll always have CES!

In the meantime, you can keep up with me as always on Twitter, or over on my blog, and I’m looking forward to seeing you at the next stop!

/hug
Veronica Belmont


Join Rev3Games and Extra-Life for a 25-hour Charity Livestream!

October 28th, 2013 at 06:00 by Jackie Talbott in Announcements, Live Events

On November 2nd, 2013, Adam Sessler and the rest of our Rev3Games crew will be streaming LIVE for twenty-five hours straight in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Last year we crushed our goal and raised nearly $4400, and this year we’re setting our sights even higher and hoping to raise $10,000.

Adam Sessler will be joined by Anthony Carboni, Scott Bromley, Zac Minor, and other Revision3 faces as we play new and classic games, and try not to completely destroy ourselves in the process. Games will include Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed 4, the unreleased XCOM: Enemy Within, and many more. Additionally, everyone who watches will be automatically entered to win games, shirts, and other swag.

Join us on November 2nd as we quickly descend into madness. Because hey, it’s for charity!

WHEN: Saturday, November 2nd at 8 AM Pacific to Sunday, November 3rd at 8 AM Pacific
WHERE: Watch at YouTube.com/Rev3games and Twitch.tv/Rev3Games, and donate on our page at Extra-Life.org
WHO: Adam Sessler, Anthony Carboni, Scott Bromley, and other Rev3 personalities
WHAT: Dozens of new and classic video games, and tons of giveaways
WHY: Each donation will support the Children’s Hospital Miracle Network. Help us reach our goal of $10,000!

ABOUT EXTRA-LIFE: Extra-Life is an annual charity gaming event that’s been operating since 2008. Anyone can sign up to be a part of it and stream on their own, with all of their donations going to the local children’s hospital of their choice. For more information visit Extra-Life.org


Introducing Blow It Up! with Tory Belleci

September 23rd, 2013 at 06:00 by RyanVance in Announcements, Press Releases, Shows

We’re very excited to launch Blow It Up! with Tory Belleci today. When Tory came to us with this idea, a show where he blows up items that have caused people pain, we said “you had us at ‘blows up.’” The show concept is quite simple, but it’s Tory’s personality and general great attitude that make it really special… also some of the most amazing explosions ever recorded on the Internet!

Working with Tory has been an absolute pleasure. He really is one of the nicest guys in the business and we’ve been fans of his for many years, watching him on Mythbusters. He poured his heart and soul into this new show, working long hours with our development director Matt Labate, creating a really amazing and fun experience for the audience. Through the series, you’re going to see Tory blow up all kinds of things – like a car in today’s inaugural episode – but keep watching and you’ll see some things blown up you could have never imagined!

Tory, Matt and the rest of the team spent a long, hot week in the desert, working extremely hard to bring you this very ambitious and creative show and we hope you’re going to love watching it every week.

With this show, we’re doing exactly what your mom told you never to do: blow s*** up!


Watch Revision3 Shows on your TV via Google Chromecast

July 24th, 2013 at 11:52 by Michele Husak in Announcements, Technology

Revision3 is dedicated to giving our millions of loyal users the best possible viewing experience. Google’s Chromecast is a simple yet powerful device that shares our vision, and together we’ll adapt your living room totake advantage of big screens, familiar interfaces and a world of online content.

With today’s release of this new device, Revision3 is thrilled to announce that we have been working with Google to bring our all-original content to the Internet Generation. In the very near future, you’ll be able to “cast” Revision3 content to the biggest screen in your house from your laptop, phone or tablet… all with the click of a button.

With the Chromecast plugged into the HDMI port of your television, you can start/stop video, control its playback and volume, and even pick up the playback on another device. What’s more is that multiple people can take over and control the same screen, so everyone can participate in the experience.

Perhaps best of all, Chromecast works brilliantly with applications built on Android, iOS and HTML5. We’re excited to launch across all three platforms in the upcoming months, so please stay tuned!


Lil BUB Joins Revision3 in a Big Way

June 21st, 2013 at 06:00 by RyanVance in Announcements, Press Releases

Anyone who uses the internet knows that cats are kind of a big deal online. It’s been routinely theorized that the internet is made up mostly of cats, rather than being a large collection of tubes. The most popular and fastest rising of these cats is Lil BUB.

Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Lil BUB to the Revision3 family and to announce a new show we’re working on with her and her owner Mike Bridavsky. If you’re not familiar with BUB, CLICK HERE IMMEDIATELY. As you can see, she’s a very unique looking cat, and that special quality has made her an online celebrity. She initially became famous on Tumblr, then Facebook and Instagram, her audience of fans growing more each day. Vice has produced a documentary about BUB and she has a book coming out this fall.

Simply put, it’s the year of Lil BUB.

We’re partnering with this special cat to create a show unlike the Internet has ever seen. It will be as unique as BUB herself, and allow her to showcase her many skills, mostly her people skills.

The thing about celebrity cats is that they all tend to have very smart and creative owners and Mike is no exception. His love for BUB is only matched for his vision for the show he wants to create with her. We’re excited to be on board and developing the show with Mike and his team.

We’re working hard on a ton of really fun ideas so be sure to keep your eyes peeled in early August for more announcements about Lil BUB’s Big SHOW!


Revision3 Xbox 360 LIVE App Out Now!

March 26th, 2013 at 11:30 by Michele Husak in Announcements, Technology

There are a lot of Xbox 360s out there. A lot. Some of you even have more than one. We like ‘em here, too. We have a lot. Really. We play with them, we report on them, we watch movies on them – which started us thinking that we really should be on them…

…so we are. On March 26th, you’ll be able to install the new Revision3 for Xbox LIVE app on your Xbox 360 from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. The Revision3 app has been designed from the ground up to be an amazingly outstanding Xbox 360 experience for viewing Revision3 content. Making use of the Kinect for Xbox 360 motion and voice sensor, you can literally tell the application what show you want to watch, and move through the episode lists with a swipe of your hand. Video is displayed in full HD glory, and looks great on your new gianormous flatscreen that you bought for the Superbowl. (C’mon, be honest… you know that’s why you bought it.)

The application itself is gorgeous, it shares the classic Revision3 look you’ve come to love but in a specific Xbox kind of way, and the video playback is stunning. We think you’ll select this as your Revision3 viewing experience of choice, the same way we all have here.


Vsauce Explains Telekinesis with Veronica Belmont on Tech Feed's Fact or Fictional

March 22nd, 2013 at 11:56 by Jackie Talbott in Shows

This week Veronica has a special guest: Michael Stevens from Vsauce! Michael gives us the down low on reading minds and moving objects with our brain!

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Goodbye TiVo Series 1 and Series 2! It's Been a Fun Ride.

January 29th, 2013 at 11:58 by Michele Husak in Technology

The original TiVos, commonly referred to as TiVo Series 1 and TiVo Series 2, are the venerable workhorses of the DVR community. They were one of the first “record what I like” DVRs, and there are many of them still out there in the field. Over the years, Revision3 has supported these devices as well, providing our videos to TiVo in a format that allows them to be published to anyone with a Series 1 and 2 TiVo.

As the Series 1 TiVos are pushing the 12 year mark, their functionality has been replaced by newer DVR and Over-the-Top settop boxes, including TiVo’s own Series 3 and higher devices. These newer devices allow for HD quality playback of all Revision3 content, allowing for better viewing experience across the board.

As these newer machines come into play, we at Revision3 have watched as the original TiVo’s viewing numbers dropped to a fraction of a percent.The reason is easy to understand, the original TiVos use a file encoding format that is, even by today’s smartphone standards, antiquated, coming it at a resolution of 720×480, and low audio and video bitrates. (Newer TiVos and other settop boxes provide full 720p and 1080p resolution with higher bitrate audio and video encoding.)

Ironically, the original TiVo’s encoding format – even though results in a video of less audio and video fidelity – is harder to produce. Our transcode servers have to work 2x-3x as long to downgrade our high fidelity video to the older formats.

Given the reduced viewership on the older TiVo devices, plus the length of time it takes to transcode our daily video output, Revision3 has made the decision to cease support of TiVo Series 1 and TiVo Series 2 devices starting February 8th, 2013. While our back catalog will still be available to these older devices (we’re not going to delete the older encoded files), new content will cease to be provided.

Over the years we have appreciated the amount of support we have received for these devices from TiVo, and the overwhelming enthusiasm from the early TiVo adopters. The device will be missed by Revision3 and early TiVo loyalists, but not forgotten.


Discovery Communications and Revision3 Launch "DNews" Online Series and YouTube Channel

December 5th, 2012 at 05:46 by Michele Husak in Announcements, Press Releases, Shows

Original Video Channel Extends Discovery News Brand, Entertains the Insatiably Curious

Silver Spring, Md. – Since 1998, Discovery News has been a leading news source with smart takes on trending topics – from the incredible science behind today’s headlines, to the mind-blowing technology of tomorrow. Today, Discovery Communications unveils the company’s latest original online video series, DNews, which will inform and entertain audiences curious about the world around them.

Produced by Revision3 and available on YouTube, at DiscoveryNews.com, at Revision3.com and across numerous digital platforms, DNews is hosted by Anthony Carboni, Laci Green and Trace Dominguez, who act as curators of the most topical stories through three original daily video pieces. Together the DNews team makes science digestible, fun and irreverent – yet still analytical and informative.

Anthony Carboni: Hosting and producing content for TV and the web since 2003, Carboni got his start with G4’s Attack of the Show! and MTV’s Iggy Music Show. With Revision3 since 2009, he helped to create original programming for Rev3Games, a network of gaming-focused content, and also currently hosts SGNL by Sony, Random Encounter and Casual Friday.

Trace Dominguez: Working with technology and gadgets since before he could walk, Dominguez explored science, psychology, history and communication in his undergraduate and graduate work. His affinity for science and making videos led him to Discovery News, where he’s best known for his sarcastic and succinct This Week in Discovery News video series.

Laci Green: Green is a health expert, sex educator, crisis counselor and UC Berkeley graduate and has been teaching sex education at the high school and university level since 2008. Laci hosts and produces her own successful YouTube video series called Sex+ and produces video content for Planned Parenthood.

“Discovery News has built an engaged audience online, and we’re excited to offer a new go-to resource for people curious about the intersection of science and their world with DNews,” said Sean Atkins, Senior Vice President of Digital Media, Discovery Communications. “Anthony, Laci and Trace are the perfect guides for a voyage of igniting curiosity three times a day!”

DNews is the most recent addition to Discovery Communications’ online video offerings, with more than 40 Revision3 shows available across digital platforms. For a full list of channels and shows, please visit Revision3.com/Shows.


Adam Sessler Teams Up With Rev3Games

November 12th, 2012 at 07:00 by Rob Saurini in Announcements, Press Releases, Shows

The first time I met Adam Sessler, it was March of 2000. I remember it well because I’d watched a ton of episodes of ZDTV’s Gamespot TV in anticipation of my starting work on the show as a segment producer. I must admit I was a bit intimated to meet this super-energized guy with crazy spiky blonde hair and shirts loud enough to match. That intimidation was immediatly put to rest by the endless intelligence, sensitivity and outrageous sense of humor of the guy who would quickly become one of my closest friends. Once you get to know Adam even a little bit, you can’t help but be on his team.

We spent a couple of years doing a lot of traveling for the show as it evolved into Extended Play and ZDTV evolved into TechTV. As we traveled to places as far flung as Tokyo, London and Mesquite Texas, we always made each other laugh non-stop. We began to wonder how we could infuse that mostly ridiculous sense of humor into a show about games. Right about that time, I was asked by the head of programming at TechTV (a wonderful guy and mentor named Greg Brannan) to think about what a late night show about videogames may look like, and create a pilot. That pilot was fun and challenging to create and I worked very closely with Adam on it (as well as an extremely talented and creative show team), infusing the sense of humor we’d talked about for years. That pilot became “X-Play,” also hosted by another good friend, Morgan Webb. X-Play wraps up at the end of the year after almost 9 years on the air. I can tell you when we first launched it in 2003, we didn’t even know if we would last a month. Lucky for us, and thanks to the loyal viewers, we were the top-rated show on TechTV that month and kept bringing in strong numbers for the life of the show.

Now I get to greet a brand new era of working with Adam Sessler and officially welcome him to Revision3. I’m beyond excited to have him join the stellar Rev3Games team. Max Scoville, Tara Long, Anthony Carboni and producer Zac Minor have the brand of humor and journalistic integrity that made X-Play great. Now we have the former host of X-play joining us to help guide Rev3Games into the future. I know Adam can’t wait to throw himself fully into the online video space and become a leader in this world as he did in the world of traditional television.

I’m endlessly excited to see what comes next from this group and I hope you’ll join me in watching every step of the way!

-Ryan Vance, Sr. VP, Programming and Production

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Some thoughts from Mr. Sessler himself:

It would be a dramatic understatement to say that the abrupt end of an experience that was part of my life for 14 years was striking. I came to television by accident, encouraged to audition for a show I had questionable aptitude for in 1998 by friends associated with other friends in one of those circuitous social grapevines that defined life for many young people living in San Francisco in the heady, bustle-y and exuberant 90’s. That job, hosting Gamespot TV on ZDTV, was something that promised to be as fleeting a part of my life as any residence, girlfriend or life ambition I had had up until that point. Somehow it stuck, somehow I grew into the role and matured with it as the show engaged in its own metamorphosis, becoming Extended Play and then X-Play, the early years of which still elicits shock from me for its audacity. I knew one day it had to end, and at the beginning of this year, it became increasingly clear that my time was at a close. After 14 years, it was hard to conceive of what would come next. Re-reading my final review from earlier this year – of Mass Effect 3 – I’m struck by my obsession with finality and the inescapable gravity of closure, that things end and that the process sometimes forsakes any agency on your part.

The months that followed my departure from the show were both jarring and revelatory. I didn’t know what I was going to do, but it was exhilarating to get to make that choice. I played games on my terms, made every effort to avoid wearing pants, and with my newfound distance, was able to crystalize what it was that kept me going through three networks, seven sets and some horrible fashion choices. It came down to two things: curiosity and fun. The game industry, even when it feels the most plastic and predictable, always manages to surprise and find some mutation – Half-Life, Starcraft, Ico, Halo, Katamary Damacy, Bioshock and Call of Duty come to mind – that, despite their stature now, rattled the backbone of the industry and reinvested my interest in the creative and technical process behind their development. At the end of the day though, videogames are about fun, and if not exactly “fun,” then some form of aesthetic pleasure. X-Play, in its alternating reverence and absurdity was about that celebration and it was essential that, wherever I would myself next, those values could take hold again.

Not long after my departure from X-Play, I was contacted by Ryan Vance, Senior Vice President of Programming & Production at Revision3, a man with whom I had worked since the early, deeply wide-eyed days of Extended Play, who became a close friend and professional partner-in-crime with globe-trotting war stories that still generate eye-watering laughter over drinks. He was right there with me as we created X-Play, a do-or-die initiative where he helped make “do,” the only option. It was in this creative process (which included the inestimable talents of many people, not the least of which was Morgan Webb) that we truly threw caution to the wind, violated the rules of our television format and games journalism precepts, creating something that combined unvarnished honesty, love of videogames, the need to break barriers and the untapped humor of a man and his dead fish. We loved it and as much as we were certain it would last 5 weeks. That was 2003. His call to me was in May 2012. After some discussion and pants-less gallivanting on my part (check Twitter: @adamsessler), it was clear that to get back to covering games with my values, I needed to get back to my roots.

With that, I am very happy to be announcing my arrival at Revision3, more specifically Rev3Games. I have already been taken with the talent, personality and conviction of Tara Long, Max Scoville and Anthony Carboni and cannot wait to see how this mix of personalities will manifest itself in the weeks and months to come. While we may not know exactly what may come as of yet, I can assure you that it will be honest, it will continue my interest in raising the discourse of videogames beyond the false contests of reviews and the fetishization of minutiae, and it will involve you, the community, because you are playing the games along with us. Most of all, it will be fun and inclusive. Come all and get some.

My favorite game of all time is Capcom’s Ghosts and Goblins. I played it obsessively at the local bowling alley in El Cerrito at the age of nine. I loved it because it had the most articulated art direction of any game I had seen, Technicolor absurdist malevolence. I played it because there was a reward beyond a high score; it was seeing the next level, each distinct from the last. All the effort of playing a game that was so aneurism-inducing hard was just to see what was around the corner, to see something new. Right now, I feel like that 9-year old and I couldn’t be happier.

“I been away a long time” – Chief Bromden, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest