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WHY don't these guys have their own homepage? Why is there no info out there about them? Why why why why?

Where are they from, they Irish? The blonde guy's Newscaster american accent was pretty fake, but not a bad fake.

Good to see you're branching out into multiple 'styles' fellas. Keeps it fresh. My only pointers for this one are firstly that you need to invest some more time into the tech. I know you might not be able to afford hardcore gear, but some decent re-recording to get rid of the background noise would make it a bit more professional.

Also, your jokes need to SNAP! Lead in, PUNCHLINE! They tend to try too hard to make sure you understand it - kinda like the uncle that tells the bad jokes like "So a rabbi and a prist go into a bar - now, remember, it's a priest. Remember that bit!"

Ha this was great. The ironic thing is that I was led to this from www.fullyrambotic.com (yahtzee's website)

If you want to see his response (I don't know why you would but It seems like a lot of people do for some reason) then visit it.

definitely getting better duder. keep it up

Hehe... not as good as the last couple, but still pretty amusing. Economics with Kane was nice, and I liked the bit with Yahtzee (of course they're only joking, come on guys!) even though some of his more rabid fans might get a little miffed. I also liked the turtle/Mario bit, I grinned once I figured it out (right when he said the turtles were squashed).
Keep it up, but keep in mind the tips everyone's been giving you guys. (Except the "talk faster" ones. That's Yahtzee's trademark.)

FROM FULLYRAMBOMATIC.COM (Yahtzee's blog):

"Zero Punctuation this week is Burnout Paradise, as you probably already know. Yes, driving games aren't the most widely played of genres but I'm making a conscious effort to do things other than first person shooters all the time.

Oh yes, and those guys at the 'other' Escapist video series, De-Rez, have made a quaint little video in which I fall victim of parody. Ha, ha, ha, those crazy guys. I take their jabs with good humour and sincerely hope they don't inhale any Drano anytime soon.

In all seriousness you should check out De-Rez's videos, they're pretty funny when they're not desperately beating jokes into the ground like they're trying to drill for oil OH SNAP YOU JUST GOT SCHOOLED MOTHERFUCKERS

No, really, those guys are cool.

- Yahtzee"

My own opinion is you had it right with Resident Evil and you're going downhill again now

made me laugh. cant wait for the next one.

Yatzee on Buckfast. Nice

Melty Blood:
Awww, isn't it cute. They're trying to be funny.

A little more constructive critisism wouldn't kill you...

The Super Mario reference was great. The second half of the Max Payne joke was also great, but the first half was "meh". And the Yahtzee bit was just not funny in my opinion :/

Logie--bear:

My own opinion is you had it right with Resident Evil and you're going downhill again now

Agreed. Try harder guys, you just need to invest more work into your jokes. Show the script to other gamers you know, and see if they laugh. The RE thing was quite good, it made some very good points concerning the game itself, even though you should have emphasized the gameplay issues (like the camera thing), instead of the character (we got the idea that he was a complete idiot, no need for more than 3 jokes concerning that).

You got a lot of potential, don't throw it away. While I don't expect a "Zero Punctuation", I do expect at least 90% of the 7 minutes I spend watching the video to be worthwhile, not 50%.

Well your definitely getting much better and it really feels like you are getting your stride now, I really liked the idea of a news format as it meant you could do a number of different games rather than just one, you might want to consider making that a permanent staple or at least something you throw in there from time to time, I thought the Max Payne bit was particularly good.

Now in the spirit of constructive criticism I'm going to bring up a few points that in my opinion could improve things.

Now most seriously and as some people have mentioned before the sound levels need some work (really needs better sampling but thats going to be more expensive equipment so just get the levels sorted for now)

You do also tend to flog the jokes to death and then get a necromancer round to resurrect them just so you can start flogging them again, most of your audience on here are not thick and we get it the first time.
Try and be a little less obvious and throw some little extra subtle jokes in along with the main ones as this would add allot to it, we like that, when we get them it makes us feel smart and if we miss them then it adds to the replay value (probably not the best representation but watch the film airplane for examples of this, jokes within jokes within jokes)
It's better to tell lots and have some fall flat than to rely on a few good ones, even if a joke a real groaner then it can still raise a smirk.

More actors...you guys need to rope some more people into this with you, go and ask people of set up local auditions for interested people in your area through the escapist or have them e-mail you or something.
Try and find people who are natural behind the camera and can seem like they are just being themselves even when they are being someone else as in some scenes some of you seem ill at ease, and in that same vein relax when you are on screen and have fun with it (I don't think you need telling on the fun part but just remember it)

Set yourselves up a small external site to help promote de-rez as a brand and to expand upon the skits, you could set up some feedback or forums on there to get ideas and feedback from fans on things they would like put in the show and it's also somewhere you could get help with the technical bits if you wanted it, the internet is a fantastic knowledge base and if you can get your own little portal on it then you can filter the shit and look for the gems.

You have good ideas so keep at it and I eagerly await more stuff from you in the future, good luck.

"Oh yes, and those guys at the 'other' Escapist video series, De-Rez, have made a quaint little video in which I fall victim of parody. Ha, ha, ha, those crazy guys. I take their jabs with good humour and sincerely hope they don't inhale any Drano anytime soon.

In all seriousness you should check out De-Rez's videos, they're pretty funny when they're not desperately beating jokes into the ground like they're trying to drill for oil OH SNAP YOU JUST GOT SCHOOLED MOTHERFUCKERS

No, really, those guys are cool."

thats what yahtzee had to say about it, on his website xD

Like some other viewers have said, i think you hit the peak with resident evil. This one was good, though.

The max payne part was the best, imo. But, like some other viewers said, sometimes you try too hard. The mario joke, for example: "five turtles squashed, like someone had actually jumped on them" --> you don't need to tell us that much. most of us get it. you could've cut that part and passed on to "man with red overalls and italian mustache. i think he's a plumber, because he offered to clean my pipes" ---> but, again, there's too much information. you could've just said "man with red overalls and italian mustache, who offered to clean my pipes". It's a second clue for anyone who didn't get the "turtles being squashed" part, and it delivers the punchline.

All questions and/or comments can be directed to derez@escapistmag.com

One word of advice; Microphone! Your ever fancier effects are meaningless without one.
Good stuff with max pain and the zeropunctuation animation bit though.

I think the thing that made the RE video work was that you used some subtle humour, rather than slapping the viewer in the face saying "LAUGH DAMN YOU!!"

You made the atmosphere reflect the games quite well mostly, with the music etc. which made it good.

What I think you're doing now is thinking "Let's make some jokes that are slightly related to gaming and throw them at the viewer repeatedly"

Pacing, subtlety, good script writing, actual humour and intelligence are your friends, don't be afraid to use them

I mean, you've got to give them props for the effort and all, but compared to the level of class seen around the rest of the website, de-rez slapstick just doesn't measure up. While I hope Yahtzee shreds them sometime soon, I doubt he'll stoop to their level.

Lmao, was Yahtzee drinking a bottle of that fine tonic wine we know as Buckfast? Priceless.

Meh

News was okay. You got the Max Payne bit spot on with all the exagerated facial expressions, and i burst out laughing when "Yahtzee" randomly shouts Yahtzee all the time. Think that's more me thinking that Yahtzee should indeed be like a Pokemon though, and only be able to say his own name :P

Other than that it was a bit meh though. I haven't watched any but this and the RE one, so maybe you got hugely better, but it's still too long and not funny enough for a lot of it.

that was my first de rez i have seen. it was better than i thought, i laughed a bit at the half life 3 thing. I guess de rez in now worthy of my calendar now

ha ha, loved the yahtzee bit.

Why do these videos suck? I thought The Escapist had some eye for quality, but apparently not. Maybe even I could make some half assed videos not even worth putting on YouTube and get hosted here.

Garfgarog:
Why do these videos suck? I thought The Escapist had some eye for quality, but apparently not. Maybe even I could make some half assed videos not even worth putting on YouTube and get hosted here.

Maybe you should read the other comments on this video - its strange the way you're view seems to be in the extreme minority! Anyway, why don't you make a video and forward it to the escapist for review.

the_geordie:

Garfgarog:
Why do these videos suck? I thought The Escapist had some eye for quality, but apparently not. Maybe even I could make some half assed videos not even worth putting on YouTube and get hosted here.

Maybe you should read the other comments on this video - its strange the way you're view seems to be in the extreme minority! Anyway, why don't you make a video and forward it to the escapist for review.

Just because a few people have spoken up, contrary to popular opinion doesn't make them wrong... And coming up with a "if you don't like it maybe you could do better argument" immediately is invalid, because if what you're saying is don't criticise unless you can do better, then that presumes you're never going to criticise anything... Movies, Music, TV, News, Reviews... because your rationale unless you can make it you can't comment on it...

Personally I didn't find this video funny, with the notable exception of the drunk Yahzee (SP?) stumbling about a field.

If you want criticism beyond the internet staples of "it sux" I'd say that, the production values are low to none, that much is obvious, and normally isn't necessarily a bad thing if the script, the gags, the editing or the acting are up to scratch... But for my money they weren't.

Taking the mick out of Max Payne isn't exactly cutting edge ground breaking humour, even back when it was released, ditto for the obvious gag about Mario jumping on turtles; on paper it might have seemed funny but the gag was delivered flatly, the punchline about who was doing it was signposted from a mile off and the protracted "Well he was a plumber..." descriptive run up to that punchline robbed the gag of any humour at all. At this rate I can guarantee jokes about vivisection labs being raided to rescue monkey's from balls, battery farming Chocobos and a manga characters handy GQ / FHM grooming guide to best hair gel products for maintaining that spiky hair do.*

As someone mentioned earlier on this page, the jokes are just flogged to death. They should be snappy, get in get out, kind of jokes; not three minute monologues driving the joke well beyond its natural life.... Even the EA joke about hypnotizing the audience, it wasn't a great joke but it should have lasted till the end of the first line "We hypnotise our audience subliminally in our demos" or something like that, that's all that needs be said not continue it on with the "no one would buy our crappy games" addendum, it doesn't improve matters it just makes the scene linger, when we should have already moved on, not gotten so bored we noticed the pattern on the clapped out sofa behind the "EA exec".

All in all, this kind of video humour can be found by the bucket load on YouTube and a lot of it is a damn sight more funny, slick and on the pulse of the market they're catering to. De-Rez, for me at least, comes across as the kind of home made "funny" video that prior to the internet, would never have been seen, except by those who made it (and who presumably thought the whole thing was pant wettingly funny) and their families.

The Escapist are clearly looking for another ZP, but in De-Rez I don't think they have it at all.

*De-Rez guys you can have those for free with my blessing!

Yahtzee "totally wasn't offended by the recent de-rez video"

right...

Quite enjoyable this week guys, though i do have some points to say which i hope you do take upon yourselves for your next video in the same vein as this one.
First of all, Tad Maul? - if i heard correctly- I hope this was simply done as a tribute to Brass Eye's Ted Maul. However even if it was a simple tribute, or possibly you heard the name watching Brass Eye back in the day and it stuck in your head, or maybe you ripped it off completly. People will generally focus on the latter of the 3 and use it to bash you.

Next, you're using only a handful of actors for multiple roles, similar to a sketch show. I Implore you to - guessing by your accents and what you may be familiar to - like Harry Enfield, Big Train and Man-Woman that you make more of attempt to disguise an actor if he has just appeared on screen. In this case using the Actor for the Newscaster as some of the people whitin the stories themselves. Just seemed lazy to me.
And it doesn't have to be substantial appearance changes. A pair of sunglasses, a Hat or two, or even taking on person who is quite distinguishable in the first place - ie the ginger long haired bloke, who i assume is the creator giving himself plenty of screen time, no offence - and confining him to one role.

I know of course people have complained about the humor itself, however these things stood out to me as simple issues you could fix. The humor, though not exactly brilliant, yet still showing potential is something you can develop. Though, just watch letting things run on too long, use clever edits to keep it short and sweet.

I really loved the resident evil episode but you guys really need to stop just stealing jokes from other stuff.

Just imitating stuff aint funny 'choke this isn't maxwell house' was the worst punchline ever considering how much you dragged that little bit out.

The little Yatzhee bit was a cheap shot and made you guys look a bit foolish and short of ideas and the mario bit was awful if you'd of rammed that joke down my throat any further you'd have been touching cloth. You need to work on your writing guys keep it short and snappy considering the Ted Maul reference you've obviously watched a bit of Brass eye/the day today so you should know what i mean.
Keep it up guys

By the way that bit at the end was funny - the GTA bit that was a good example of how to write in future

Damn , as I read through I felt all sorts of things but each was covered by someone else especially drong and lightwave.
The artistic merit is of a standard worthy of high school drama and not much else.
The thing about Yahtzee is that every part of each of his reviews is entertaining. His style is fresh and new (new as in "new in the last 12 months"). His delivery is fast but also intelligent and people can connect to his views, a lot of gamers feel like he does about the shite we put up with as gamers.
As for the de-rez mob, getting admiration from the same low-brow retards that pay for games such as mario-anything, playboy mansion and final fantasy (enter number between 1 and infinity) does not substitute for class. This merely accentuates your dull outlook.
Reach for the stars boys and you may hit the moon.

Alright, alright.

I do admit I found myself laughing quite a lot at the Yahtzee bit.

Although I'm not sure how they get away with submitting stuff which basically takes the piss out of the entire Escapist establishment anyway. xP

Garfgarog:
Why do these videos suck? I thought The Escapist had some eye for quality, but apparently not. Maybe even I could make some half assed videos not even worth putting on YouTube and get hosted here.

The Escapist sees potential in these guys, which they do have, although I think they need to start using it. Comparing them to ZP is pretty pointless for three reasons:
1) De-Rez isn't a review;
2) De-Rez is live action, ZP is not (one of the reasons we get ZP once a week and De-Rez once every two weeks);
3) They aren't Yahtzee, nor will they ever be anything like Yahtzee. They can be De-Rez only.

They could have done a bit more with the Yahtzee parody instead of just having him run around a field like a fool. A fair effort though.

That was so epic, absolutely amazing. I laughed more then i do with zero.
Good Job guys keep it up!

Ya know I never knew why he went by "Yahtzee" - I couldn't even find it on his fully ramblomatic or w/e it is blog thing... >_>

Was woundering where. You could tell that they were near Craigavon like, one word, buckfast. They seem out in the country tho, tandrgee? Maghry? Briches?

Portadown lad here like.

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