"Can you recreate elements of popular video games in real life? Let's find out."- Official website
Immersion is an ongoing Live action production TV Web series by Rooster Teeth Productions about how well video gaming material works in real life. During each episode, several Rooster Teeth staff members try to recreate the elements of popular video games to see weather or not and how well the video game material indeed works in real life. Like the sho Mythbusters, Rooster Teeth takes all sorts of video game conventions, ideas, abilities and tests them in real life on real people.
The series is created in which Burnie Burns and Gus Sorola (Griffon Ramsey in the first season) test the concepts of video games in real life, such as whether the heckling that sometimes occurs in multiplayer video games would negatively affect the performance of real soldiers. Burns joked in the Rooster Teeth podcast that the series started as an "elaborate way for [them] to do fun stuff and get paid for it.", stated by Burns on RT Podcast Episode 89. Geoff Ramsey and Gus Sorola were the test subjects throughout the first season. Gavin Free and Michael Jones (of Achievement Hunter) served as the test subjects for the second season. Various other Rooster Teeth employees have served as test subjects in certain episodes such as Miles Luna, Kerry Shawcross, Blaine Gibson and Chris Demaris.
In this show, Burnie Burns determines that many things that are taken for granted in Video Games - gaming's own tropes, if you will - simply don't work in real life.
Or do they? With the help of his set- and costume-designer friend Griffon Ramsey, he decides to go and test scientifically if some of the things in video games are in fact possible, like a gamer's MythBusters.
The first season involved Burnie and Griffon working together to explain and set up the experiments, with Griffon's husband Geoff Ramsey and his friend Gus Sorola, also both longtime members of Rooster Teeth Productions and cast of Red vs. Blue, acting as the Lab Rats - usually getting themselves hurt somehow.
Season One of Immersion was co-hosted and co-written by Griffon Ramsey and Burnie Burns with Gus taking Griffon's place in Season Two following Griffon's departure from the company. Season One starred Gustavo Sorola and Geoff Ramsey as the shows two main participants.
During PAX East in late March 2010, Rooster Teeth released a teaser trailer for a series with a pilot episode that tested how easy it would be to drive a car from a third-person perspective. Nothing was mentioned of Immersion until October 2010, when Burnie Burns stated during the company's podcast, The Rooster Teeth Podcast, that production had begun on further episodes.
Soon after, on November 23, 2010, the company released pictures on Reddit of a door in their office turned into a safe-room door from the video game Left 4 Dead to build hype for the series' debut the following day. The post became the most popular post of the day on Reddit. Rooster Teeth re-released a tweaked pilot episode the following day to begin the weekly series, which concluded with its seventh episode on January 5, 2011.
A new episode of Immersion premiered on June 17, 2011, after five months on hiatus. The episode's filming took place on May 29, 2011, during Rooster Teeth's convention, RTX, as well as 400 participants dressed as zombies. The episode shows Geoff Ramsey and Gus Sorola defending themselves from a horde of zombies.
On June 17th, Burns stated during a panel at Supanova Sydney, that they would be producing a second season, and they were developing concepts. They also confirmed that Gavin Free and Michael Jones of Achievement Hunter would be joining the cast in the second season, replacing Sorola and Ramsey as the test subjects. In the Rooster Teeth Podcast, it was confirmed that the second season began production in 2013. Burns stated in an episode of the Rooster Teeth Podcast that several television stations were interested in picking up the series for its second season. On the RT Recap: Immersion Set, it was seen that Rooster Teeth was recording an episode of the series.
During RTX 2015, Burns announced that there would be a third season of Immersion. The third season premiered in November 2015.
|The Video Game Car||Burnie and Griffon change up a car for the test subjects to drive in third person. Gus wins because he finished faster and while hitting less obstacles||April 5, 2010||1|
|Online Gaming Distractions||
Spec Ops veteran Shane becomes the test subject for what real life combat would be like if online distractions existed. Interestingly enough, with distractions Shane performed slightly better than without.
|December 1, 2010||2|
|Fighting Girl Clothes||Using two actresses, Burnie and Griffon test how female fighting clothing from Soul Calibur would fare in a real life fight. Everyone wins||December 8, 2010||3|
|Side Scrolling in Real Life||
Burnie and Griffon subject Gus and Geoff to a real life sidescroller
Geoff won with 2425 points, Gus had -999
|December 15, 2010||4|
|Video Game Inventory Systems||The hosts suit up the test subjects with a lot of stuff and have them race to the finish. Geoff wins||December 22, 2010||5|
|Video Game Foods||The hosts get the test subjects drunk, then have them feast to see who will feel better afterwards. Gus wins after Geoff couldn't hold his food in his stomach||December 30, 2010||6|
|Zombie Headshots||The test subjects take turns firing weapons at mannequin heads. Geoff won because he was the most accurate||January 6, 2011||7|
|Horde Mode||The test subjects defend base against zombie hordes (RTX attendees).||June 17, 2011||8|
|Behind the Scenes||Behind the scenes of Horde Mode||March 5, 2012||9|
|Simulation Racer||Michael and Gavin test their simulation racing skills by racing agaisnt professional championship racer Terry Earwood, who is driving the car on the actual track, while the lab rats play a simulation of the track within the car Terry is driving, stopping after each lap and switching drivers. Terry managed to complete three laps while the combined efforts of Michael and Gavin only managed one.||May 22, 2013||1|
|Split Screen||Michael and Gavin compete in a split-screen first person shooter environment, where each player is allowed to "screen peek" at the other player's display. They were outfitted with goggles that allowed them to see what was directly ahead of them as well as the other person's feed. The game was held in a forest with multiple obstacles using paintball gear. No winner was declared, instead, Lindsay and Barbara (the "NPC" bots) won science for the day.||April 2, 2014||2|
|Fruit Ninja||Michael and Gavin come face to face with..... FRUIT.||April 17, 2014||3|
|Pacman||Just how effective is a top-down point of view in a real life Pacman level?||May 1, 2014||4|
|Mario Kart||Can running over a banana really spin out a speeding go-kart and how do you pull off the perfect start in Mario Kart?||May 15, 2014||5|
|Trials Fusion||Can two regular guys navigate a real-life Trials Fusion course? Get ready for one hell of a ride!||May 29, 2014||6|
|Fallout 4 In Real Life||Gavin and Michael are stranded in an open world wasteland and their only hope is to find the code to Vault 636.||November 2, 2015||1|
|Fallout 4 In Real Life Part 2||Can Gavin and Michael complete Coe's mission? Will they ever make it safely to Vault 636? Find out in the second installment of Immersion - Open World!||November 5, 2015||2|
|Five Nights At Freddy's||Gavin and Michael attempt to protect themselves from various cast and characters from Rooster Teeth's past while trapped in the security room of Stage 5.||November 19, 2015||3|
|Metal Gear Solid in Real Life||Could you really sneak around a military base using only a cardboard box? Our newest Lab Rats, Miles and Kerry, put it to the test.||January 11, 2016||4|
|Star Wars Jetpacks in Real Life||In a combat scenario, would flying around in a jetpack actually give you an advantage? Watch Blaine and Chris take to the skies to find out.||January 25, 2016||5|
|Space Invaders in Real Life||Rooster Teeth creates SPACE INVADERS in real life as our lab rats Michael and Ryan defend earth from an army of aliens. Will they save the planet or die embarrassingly?||February 8, 2016||6|
|Series||1-800-Magic • A Simple Walk Into Mordor • Camp Camp • Captain Dynamic • Happy Hour • Immersion • Let's Play Minimations • Million Dollars, But... • Nature Town • On The Spot • PANICS • Red vs. Blue • RT Animated Adventures • RT Life • RT Shorts • RWBY • Social Disorder • Supreme Surrender • Ten Little Roosters • The Gauntlet • The Strangerhood • X-Ray and Vav|
|Company Staff||Burnie Burns • Brandon Farmahini • Joel Heyman • Matt Hullum • Ben King • Monty Oum • Jack Pattillo • Geoff Ramsey • Jason Saldaña • Gustavo Sorola • Nathan Zellner|
|Additional Voice Actors||Yomary Cruz • Dan Godwin • Paul Marino • Kathleen Zuelch|
|Miscellaneous||Achievement Hunter • Funhaus • Game Kids • Grifball • RT Comics • The Know • The Slow Mo Guys|