Achievement Hunter is an ongoing series created by Rooster Teeth staff members Geoff Ramsey and Jack Pattillo, in which staff members and contributors from the community demonstrate how to earn achievements in various games and enjoy them in various ways.
Achievement Hunter was born from Pattillo and Ramsey's interest in gaming achievements and the realization that there wasn't a community-based achievement website. In turn Achievement Hunter was created, which shares the design, user profiles and forums of the main Rooster Teeth website. The site regularly releases achievement guides, Easter egg videos, and select volunteers from the Rooster Teeth community to help moderate the website. The official Achievement Hunter Twitter handle is @AchievementHunt.
In 2008, Geoff Ramsey's interest in gaming achievements resulted in the realization that no community-based website related to achievements existed. As a result, Ramsey approached Burnie Burns, then CEO of Rooster Teeth, about creating a website based on achievements; Burns agreed, and Ramsey created Achievement Hunter, which shares a similar design to the main Rooster Teeth website. Alongside fellow Rooster Teeth employee Jack Pattillo, Ramsey regularly released achievement guides and Easter egg videos, often receiving assistance from select volunteers from the Rooster Teeth community. David Dreger also assisted in the founding of the site.
In mid 2011, Achievement Hunter hired Ryan Haywood as an editor, behind the scenes crew tech guy and as a recurring contract host after Ryan left the animation department of Rooster Teeth; Haywood later began being featured in videos as a main host in March 2012, becoming one of the main cast members. Here is how Ryan became a part of AH. Ryan was actually hired by Geoff sometime in the summer of 2011 (before Michael). He was running Rooster Teeth's Game Fails as a part time job at Rooster Teeth then hired full time shortly after Michael on March 2012, but due to him actually being talented, his skills were needed elsewhere in the company (such as Red vs Blue). Now they finally had him 100% in AH. In other words, Ryan initially worked for Achievement Hunter it was to handle Game Fails when he was originally hired part time via a Craigslist ad because Geoff had a bunch of ideas but not enough time to do them all (such as Game Fails. During that time, Rooster Teeth was in Red vs Blue production and need help animating. Ryan knew how to animate so they brought him in to help out. After Red vs Blue wrapped up, he went back to Achievement Hunter and is now more involved full time. His degree was actually in Computer Animation, so when Red vs Blue rolled around, he was "loaned" to the production team for what was supposed to be 20% of his time. It ended up being more like 200% Red vs Blue of Rooster Teeth, so he was gone from Achievement Hunter for about 6 months. Once Red vs Blue finished they started Monday Let's Plays which he would usually setup and edit (and sneak in PC games when he could).
Later, four new shows were introduced to Achievement Hunter in 2011 and one of them, Rage Quit, led to the official hiring of Michael Jones as a full time Achievement Hunter staff member cast on August 15, 2011.
In December 2011, Achievement Hunter also began creating Let's Play videos. The success of the videos resulted in a weekly sub-series in 2012, in which the main hosts play Minecraft. Weekly Let's Play videos focusing on Grand Theft Auto games are also released.
Achievement Hunter hired Gavin Free in early 2012, after he had assisted with the company for many years. Free joined Achievement Hunter in 2008 as a contract host before becoming one of the main six hosts in early 2012. In March 2012, Achievement Hunter debuted Game Night, in which Ramsey and Caleb Denecour play games with community members; the series switched to a live stream format in 2014. Community member Ray Narvaez, Jr. was hired in early to mid April 2012, having worked as a contract host for a year from 2010 till 2011. Narvaez flew down to Austin, Texas to complete his hiring on April 26, 2012 and he became a fully fledged Rooster Teeth employee by April 30, 2012 after making community videos to Community Hunter from November 14, 2008 until March 2012. Later, on September 11, 2012, former contract editor Franco Scarcello created Five Facts a day after he was hired which was generally hosted by Pattillo and Ramsey and it focused on little-known facts about various video games. However, it was not renewed for a sixth season in May 2016.
In early 2013, Achievement Hunter introduced a competition series titled VS, in which the employees challenge each other to compete in games. On February 20, 2013, Free announced that The Slow Mo Guys had been adopted and picked up by Rooster Teeth and further future episodes of the series would be released on Rooster Teeth's website, as well as the series' existing YouTube channel. A best of compilation was released by Rooster Teeth Productions for home video on September 10, 2013. In April 2013, Achievement Hunter launched their own channel on YouTube, which hosts a variety of their videos. Later in October 2013, the company retired Achievement HORSE, replacing it with Achievement HUNT, in which a variety of employees challenge each other until the word "HUNT" has been spelled.
Also, October 2013, Pattillo hosted a 24-hour live stream benefiting Extra Life, a charity benefiting hospitalized children. With appearances from other Achievement Hunter members and various Rooster Teeth employees, the live stream managed to raise $340,000. This charity live stream has become an annual event, with 2014's Extra Life live stream raising over $442,000 for Children's Miracle Network. At RTX 2014 on July 6, 2014, community members Matt Bragg and Jeremy Dooley were hired as editors and secondary hosts at Achievement Hunter.
On January 16, 2015, Jose Jones Castillo departed from Rooster Teeth and Achievement Hunter in order to pursue a career as an independent film maker focusing on virtual reality technology. He now serves as the founder and CEO of Viewer Ready, working on producing and releasing Virtual Reality gear and 360 content. He also departed from RWBY and no longer voices the character Mercury Black and was replaced by Yuri Lowerthol>However, Castillo attended RTX 2015 for one day. On February 5, 2015, Funhaus joined Rooster Teeth becoming a part of the Lets Play family and also started competing against Achievement Hunter in various videos. Later, on February 2015, Achievement Hunter hosted the first Let's Play Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. Let’s Play Live in an on-stage event orchestrated by Rooster Teeth, which puts the Achievement Hunter members in front of a live audience to play games and entertain their fans. The first such performance was on February 20, 2015, at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. On April 17, 2015, Narvaez quit and left from the department of Achievement Hunter in order to focus on self employment and working independently, primarily consisting of Twitch live streaming video games, although he still fully continues to participate in Rooster Teeth projects he has worked on such as X-Ray and Vav and the Internet Box Podcast. He still continues to portray his character and reprise his role for the company's X-Ray and Vav animated series and fully continues his role on the Internet Box Podcast, still attend RTX and every future RTX in Austin, Texas (except that he is now a VIP Special Guest instead of a Staff Member for Achievement Hunter) as well as continuing to make recurring guest host appearances in Rooster Teeth videos from time to time. Narvaez stated that he would continue to remain a part of the Rooster Teeth family and community as a part-time employee of RT.
On July 2, 2015, Achievement Hunter launched a new YouTube channel, named after themselves, thereon they upload series of videos that were previously uploaded to the Rooster Teeth channel. Additionally, they moved out of Rooster Teeth's Stage 5, Austin Studios office into their own office nearby.
As of July 6, 2015, the Achievement Hunter channel was created, and is the new home of most non-Let's Play videos. Previous to this, Achievement Hunter videos appeared on the Rooster Teeth and Let's Play channels.
The most frequent videos come from the six, most prolific employees and top golden Achievement Hunter cast members: Geoff Ramsey (Rooster Teeth co-founder/Achievement Hunter co-founder, co-host of Off Topic), Jack Pattillo (Achievement Hunter's first employee and co-founder), Gavin Free (Red vs Blue Season 7 director/Host of The Slow-Mo Guys/former Creative Director of Rooster Teeth), Michael Jones (Host of Rage Quit and the Off Topic Podcast, voice of Max in Camp Camp, Sun Wukong in RWBY, Sting Eucliffe in Fairy Tail and Mogar in X-Ray and Vav), Ryan Haywood (Animator, editor, producer, technical director of the 10th season of Red vs. Blue and Rooster Teeth's Game Fails YouTube channel manager) and Jeremy Dooley (creator of Imaginary Achievements/Community Hunter turned full-time employee, Rooster Teeth rapper), who replaced Ray Narvaez, Jr. (Community Hunter turned full-time employee turned full time streamer) as of October 16, 2015 in Lets Play Minecraft Episode 177: Blocking List (Part 2), almost 6 months after Ray left Achievement Hunter with his last Achievement Hunter video in Lets Play Minecraft Episode 151: Brown Out uploaded to YouTube on April 17, 2015 on Ray's last day.
A new Achievement Hunter weekly podcast titled Off Topic was announced in October 2015 by Michael Jones, and Michael wrote a Rooster Teeth journal entry on October 28, 2015 to explain the new show The podcast was created by both Michael Jones and Geoff Ramsey. Four test episodes aired live and were only available to "FIRSTs" on their website. The first official episode aired to the public after the initial tests. Jones serves as the main host of the show and makes the most frequent appearances and Ramsey makes the second most frequent appearances alongside other Achievement Hunter and Rooster Teeth employees and special guests. The first episode, starring Michael, Geoff and various other AH and RT staff debuted on October 30, 2015. On October 26, 2015, Gavin Free was promoted to the Creative Director of Rooster Teeth replacing Burnie Burns who was promoted to the chief creative officer, however, Gavin recently resigned to focus more on the Slow Mo Guys and Achivement Hunter. Also, October 2015, Larry Matovina was hired as an employee of Rooster Teeth. Larry was officially hired as a member of Achievement Hunter in January 2016, working as an editor for Achievement Hunter, mostly editing Let's Plays. Also, in late 2015, Max Bernard joined the team working as an editor and contractor host based in Philadelphia in charge of the community videos titled Great Levels in Gaming, which debuted on December 29, 2015.
On February 2016, Lindsay Jones was promoted to the general manager of Achievement Hunter, having worked as a editor and recurring guest host for 3 years from 2013 until early 2016. On March 19, 2016, Kdin Jenzen departed from Achievement Hunter as a content creator, editor and recurring guest host but Kdin still continues to work at Rooster Teeth. Kdin changed departments and now works at The Know. On April 12, 2016, a new show titled VR the Champions debuted, starring Ryan, Michael, Gavin and Jeremy. On April 28, 2016, Kent Cook and Neal Werle were hired as editors. On April 29, 2016, a new show titled Theater Mode aired starring various Ah staff. On May 16, 2016, Mica Burton was officially hired at Achievement Hunter working as an editor and recurring host. On May 17, 2016, contract editor Franco Scarcello departed from Rooster Teeth and Achievement Hunter following the end of the series Five Facts, hosted by himself along with Ramsey and Pattillo after the series had not been renewed for a sixth season and after 188 episodes. One month later, on June 15, 2016, wrote a goodbye journal entry on his Rooster Teeth profile to explain his departure. On May 27, 2016, Andrew Blanchard was hired and joined Achievement Hunter working as a part time worker, and an editor after formerly working as an intern for them.
On June 17, 2016 they had their second rendition of their Let's Play Live event by the group, this time at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. In addition to the Achievement Hunters, there were be other YouTube creators that are part of the Let's Play and Rooster Teeth family. These included: Funhaus, ScrewAttack, Kinda Funny, CowChop, and The Creatures. The entire Let's Play family would also be at RTX 2016, which was held from July 1 till July 3.
It was also announced via Twitter post and here by Rooster Teeth hat a third rendition of the Lets Play Live concert will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 starting at 7:30 PM at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois powered by Chase. It will once again feature Achievement Hunter, Funhaus, The Creatures and Kinda Funny.
From late 2015 onwards, Achievement Hunter would feature celebrities as guest collaborators in some of their Let's Play videos such as Rahul Kohli, Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Dante Basco and pop punk band Neck Deep.
Unlike any other dedicated-achievement website, Achievement Hunter is highly dependent on public contributions and has guides across different games and platforms, allowing the site to expand its focus from Xbox 360, and Xbox One games to those on PC, PS3, PS4, Steam, iPhone, and Windows Phone 7. Along with the main Rooster Teeth website, Achievement Hunter has achieved great popularity since its inception.
The Achievement Hunter offices have mostly been in the same building as the rest of the Rooster Teeth departments, The first being the Congress office, the second was at 636, the third was inside of Stage 5. The only office that has not been directly connected to the rest is the current one, based in Stage 4.
Fails of the WeekEdit
Later that same year two new series were introduced, Fails of the Weak in Halo Reach being one of them. This series highlights mistakes and glitches found in Halo: Reach; most of these videos are submitted to Achievement Hunter by the community, depicting themselves failing. Each Friday, Jack and Geoff upload a video with at about ten fail clips showing the fails with both of them commenting on the fail's humor. "Fails" met with great success and even spun off its own YouTube channel, GameFails. They have recently shown their 100th Fails of the Weak video and made a montage of fails to celebrate. Upon its release, this series moved into Halo 4. Since episode 200 the series has included fails from any game.
HORSE and PIG/Achievement HuntEdit
The other series that aired in late 2010 was Achievement HORSE with Jack and Geoff, also featuring exclusively Halo: Reach maps. Similar to the basketball game of H-O-R-S-E, the players win rounds to give the other player letter (e.g. Jack wins round 1, Geoff gets a letter H) until one player has spelled out "horse" and wins the game. In this version of Horse, the players (typically Geoff and Jack, but more recently other Rooster Teeth employees have been playing as well/in their stead) compete in an obstacle course until one of them reaches the objective and wins the round. The obstacle courses are Forged in Halo: Reach and are sent to Jack and Geoff by fans. Occasionally they will play a shortened Achievement PIG due to time constraints. So far there have been two company-wide tournaments with employees from Achievement Hunter and Rooster Teeth. Additionally, there is Achievement Pig for Trials Evolution, which also features fan sent obstacle courses, alongside with the Halo: Reach Horse series. Upon its release, this series moved into Halo 4. In October 2013, the HORSE series was replaced with Achievement HUNT , which is the same basic concept, except a different game is used every round.
In 2011, a new series debuted, called Rage Quit, in which "test subject" Michael Jones, is subjected to difficult or exasperating games until "he eventually has an aneurysm and we have to rush him to the emergency room," as described by Geoff Ramsey. Michael often plays smaller, lesser-known XBLA games of low quality, adding to the level of frustration. Since its creation, it had become a hit weekly series. Beginning on May 1, 2014 however, the show now airs every other Thursday, interchanging with Play Pals. The show went on a hiatus starting October 9, 2014 due to Michaels absence because of the Lazer Team filming project, but has returned as of January 2015, airing every other Thursday as before.
2011 Smaller SeriesEdit
Also in 2011, four new series were created by the Achievement Hunter staff for their audience. The first series is "This is...", which introduces new video games that came out recently. The game presented in "This is..." typically is released a day or two prior to the "This is..." video and is often accompanied by some achievement guides from the Achievement Hunter staff for the new game. The second series is titled "Things To Do In:" and presents its viewers with alternative ways to play and interesting things to do in video games like Saints Row 3, Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim, and Minecraft. The third series made was called "A Look Back At" and was a spin-of from the "This is..." videos. In "A Look Back At," former Achievement Hunter employees Fragger and Ray re-introduced old XBOX 360 games that might have been overlooked in their release but are now considered classic games.
The final series that aired that year is called "Let's Play". The "Let's Play" videos are some of the most viewed and liked videos from the fans of Achievement Hunter. The first "Let's Play" videos are from Michael Jones and Geoff Ramsey when they were playing Saints Row 3 together with live commentary. Eventually more videos were made from the staff of Achievement Hunter, varying from Saints Row 3 to Assassin's Creed to Trials: Evolution, however the most popular videos are the "Let's Play" for Minecraft with Geoff, Ryan, Jack, Michael, Gavin and Jeremy (who replaced Ray). The Minecraft videos receive millions of views each week and, since fans like them so much, the Achievement Hunter team decided to "upload new Minecraft Let's Plays each week until we die," as stated by Geoff Ramsey. Due to their huge popularity, the "Let's Play" videos received their own dedicated Youtube channel, Let's Play, which is updated every weekday with videos. This includes GTA V on Monday, GO! on Tuesday, a series Let's Play on Wednesday, VS on Thursday, and a Minecraft Let's Play on Friday. Bonus Let's Plays have also appeared on the weekends or as extra videos during the weekday. During the time between Ray left and Jeremy took over as the new 6th host at Achievement Hunter, various members of the AH crew such as Matt, Lindsay, Mica, Caleb, and Jeremy were appearing in Achievement Hunter Let's Plays from time to time.
This show is a competition show, where a champion is challenged by the challenger to
a game of their choosing. The trophies are two wrestling belts and a golden rooster. Whoever wins in an episode gets to keep these for a week or until at least the next episode, where they get challenged. Starting in episode 52, Lindsay officially joined the VS line up. The challenger rotation was initially the order of their desks clockwise (Gavin, Ryan, Jack, Geoff, Ray, Michael), then determined by the results of a Go Kart race in VS Episode 52. The new rotation was Jack, Ryan, Michael, Gavin, Ray, Lindsay, Geoff. In VS Episode 104 Geoff stepped away from the lineup to be full time host of the show and the rotation was reset again. The new rotation was determined by the results of Mini Golf, resulting in an order of Ryan, Gavin, Matt, Michael, Jack, Lindsay, Ray, Jeremy. With Ray's leaving, he has been since removed from the lineup, with his last VS being VS Episode 111. Following this, he was replaced by Jeremy in the VS series.
This show is a competition to get a visible achievement or perform a certain task (assigned by Geoff) in any game the players choose. The winner is awarded a sticker to be placed on a crude paper board that (originally) Gavin Free and Geoff Ramsey made.
The first player to fill up their section of the board (five wins) with stickers will be awarded a pizza party with Geoff and a friend. In GO!, Geoff is the host, while Gavin, Ryan, Jack, Michael, and (formerly) Ray are the competitors. Lindsay and Kerry are also on the board though their appearances have been very few. So far only Ray and Jack have won pizza parties.
This show is simply full playthroughs of older games, like Resident Evil: Revelations. This series is usually only hosted by Michael, who sometimes has guests with him. There have been 2 full playthroughs so far, Resident Evil: Revelations and State of Decay, as well as an ongoing series in Banjo-Tooie.
Cast & CrewEdit
- Geoff Ramsey: (2008–present)
- Jack Pattillo: (2008–present)
- Gavin Free: 2008–2011 (recurring contract host), 2012–present (cast)
- Michael Jones: 2012–present (cast); crew, recurring contract host (2011-2012)
- Ryan Haywood: 2011-2012 (crew, recurring contract host), 2012–present (cast)
- Jeremy Dooley: 2014–2015 (crew, editor, recurring secondary host) 2015–present (cast)
- Caleb Denecour: (community manager; 2010–present)
- Lindsay Jones: (general manager: 2016–present; editor, recurring host: 2013–2016)
- Matt Bragg: (editor, recurring secondary host; 2014–present)
- Steffie Hardy: (production manager; 2014–present)
- Trevor Collins: (lead editor, manager; 2014–present)
- Larry Matovina: (editor; 2015–present)
- Max Bernard: (contract host; 2015–present)
- Mica Burton: (head of streaming, editor, recurring host; 2016–present)
- Kent Cook (video editor; 2016–present)
- Neal Werle (editor; 2016–present)
- Andrew Blanchard (editor, part time manager; 2016–present)
Recurring Guests Edit
Community Hunter Edit
Rooster Teeth Edit
- Kerry Shawcross: 2010–present
- Burnie Burns: 2011–present
- Joel Heyman: 2011–present
- Adam Ellis: 2013–present
Former Staff Edit
- David Dreger (Rooster Teeth contributor; 2008; died in June 2013)
- Brandon "Fragger" Light: 2011–2013 (recurring contract host)
- J.J. Castillo: November 2012 - January 16, 2015 (crew, editor, producer, shooter)
- Ray Narvaez, Jr.: 2010–2011 (recurring contract host) April 6, 2012 – April 17, 2015 (cast) 2015–present (recurring guest)
- Kdin Jenzen: 2013-2016 (editor, secondary recurring host) 2016–present (The Know host)
- Franco Scarcello: (contract editor; September 2012–May 2016)
Current Shows Edit
- Achievement Hunter: Behind the Scenes
- Achievement Unlocked (Achievement Guides)
- Easter Eggs
- Grab Bag
- Great Levels in Gaming
- Heroes & Halfwits
- How To: with Joel and Adam
- Let's Play
- Off Topic
- Play Pals
- Rage Quit
- Sunday Driving
- Theater Mode
- Things To Do In
Past Shows Edit
- Achievement HORSE
- Achievement HUNT
- Achievement PIG
- AH Predicts
- A Look Back At
- Coming Soon
- Countdown/Top Five
- Forced Enjoyment
- Fails of the Weak
- Five Facts
- Game Fails (Game Fails Channel)
- Game Kids
- Game Night
- Game Night: Live
- Game Time with Burnie
- Imaginary Achievements
- Let's Build
- Quick Bits
- Retro Active
- This Is
- Trials Files
- All the Achievement Hunters have edited videos during their time at Rooster Teeth.
- Gavin (formerly) edited Minecraft Let's Play, Things To Do In, and Let's Plays. He (currently) edits Slow Mo Guys episodes.
- Michael edits Rage Quits and Let's Plays.
- Ray (formerly) edited Achievement Guides.
- Geoff (formerly) edited Trials Files and Red vs Blue. He runs the Game Kids channel.
- Jack (formerly) edited Achievement HUNT and AHWU.
- Ryan edits Let's Play GTA and was previously in charge of the Game Fails channel.
- Lindsay (formerly) edited Minecraft Let's Plays, Let's Plays, Let's Builds, and (currently) edits Things To Do In and Versus.
- Caleb (formerly) edited Game Night. He runs the Community Hunter and Game Kids channels.
- Kdin (formerly) edited Countdown/Top Five, Coming Soon, Let's Builds, Minecraft Let's Plays, Let's Plays, and any other bonus videos.
- Matt (formerly) edited MegaCraft and Let's Builds, and (currently) edits Let's Plays.
- Jeremy (formerly) edited Imaginary Achievements, Minecraft Let's Plays, Let's Builds, and (currently) edits Let's Plays and music videos.
- Trevor edits Game Kids Let's Plays as well as runs the Community Hunter and Game Kids channels.
- Fragger (formerly) edited Retro Active/A Look Back At.
- Franco (formerly) edited Five Facts.
- Kerry (formerly) edited Go!
- JJ (formerly) edited Let's Builds.
- Larry edits Let's Plays.
- Mica edits and runs live streams.
- Kent edits Let's Plays.
- Neal edits Let's Plays.
- Max edits Great Levels in Gaming.
- Let's Play - Surgeon Simulator 2013: Alien Transplant, uploaded on Jan 31, 2014, is currently the most viewed video on the YouTube Let's Play channel.
- Let's Play Minecraft, uploaded on May 11, 2012, is currently the most viewed let's play on the YouTube Rooster Teeth channel.
- Matt Bragg (Axialmatt) and Jeremy Dooley (Jerem6401) from the Community Hunter Channel were officially hired by Achievement Hunter at the second AH Panel at RTX 2014. The two joined the group in the panel.
- Fails of the Weak, Five Facts, Trials Files, Let's Play Minecraft, Versus, Rage Quit, Achievement Hunter Weekly Update, Halo Achievement Horse, and Things To Do In are the only Achievement Hunter series to reach at least 100 episodes.
- Ray is the first Achievement Hunter of the main six to leave in order to pursue streaming full-time on Twitch. However, he still continues to remain as a part of the Rooster Teeth family as a part time employee by fully returning and continuing to participate on Rooster Teeth projects he has contributed in such as X-Ray and Vav and the Internet Box Podcast, still attend RTX and definitely still show up in Rooster Teeth videos, podcasts and other shows every now and then.
- Six months later after Ray left Achievement Hunter, Jeremy was officially promoted towards the new main 6th host/cast member replacing Ray.
Team Names Edit
- Main article: Achievement Hunter Teams
Most of the Achievement Hunters who have recurring pairings end up giving themselves team names.
|Member||Team Lads||Team Gents|
|Gavin||Team Nice Dynamite||Little Britain||Plan G||Team Trial & Error||Team Love 'n' Stuff|
|Michael||Team Nice Dynamite||Team Short Temper||Dynamic Dumb-Asses||Team Angry Fat||Team Crazy Mad|
|Jeremy||Little Britain||Team Short Temper||Jumbo Shrimp||Team Battle Buddies|
|Geoff||Plan G||Dynamic Dumb-Asses||Team O.G.||Team Magnum Dong|
|Jack||Team Trial & Error||Team Angry Fat||Jumbo Shrimp||Team O.G.||Team Same Voice|
|Ryan||Team Love 'n' Stuff||Team Crazy Mad||The Battle Buddies||Team Magnum Dong||Team Same Voice|
Image Gallery Edit
Current Shows (Full List)
|Theater Mode · Things To Do In · Versus|