Jack and Geoff bring you the latest achievement updates in the Achievement Hunter Weekly Update!
Achievement Hunter Weekly Update, or simply AHWU, is a weekly series published by Achievement Hunter, user-submitted intros are used to begin a weekly round-up of video game news and releases as described by the Achievement Hunters on Mondays. It is primarily hosted by Geoff Ramsey and Jack Pattillo along with a selection of other Achievement Hunter or Rooster Teeth staff members, who give the fans the latest updates on the Achievement Hunter and Lets Play channels. It features a rundown of important game releases as well as what videos will be released over the next week. It airs Mondays on AchievementHunter.com as well as Achievement Hunter's YouTube channel (formerly on the Rooster Teeth channel). As of late February 2017, AHWU is much less focused on news, it's "news show" format has been phased out it's more inclined towards fan unboxings, with the AH guys opening and toying around with fan gifts and fan-sent toys, as well as reading fan-mail sent to Achievement Hunter by the fans.
AHWU has changed greatly over the past couple years. They started getting assorted weapons for a while (to the extent that it was jokingly referred to as the Achievement Hunter Weapon Unboxing). Most of it has been removed, but there are still a ton of knives, swords, and other dangerous items in the office.
That toned down after a while, but a new craze began of assorted bouncy balls being sent in, with the most popular being the Moon Balls (of which AH eventually got a custom set made). They occasionally scream out "Moon Ball! (or something similar if they throw a different ball) and throw it at the big wall where the white board is, bouncing it back into the room. The poor, poor equipment suffers for it.
Segments and Format[edit | edit source]
The show "Achievement Hunter Weekly Update" opens with a 5-10 second clip introducing the show that is created by a different member of the RT community each week. The content of this clip varies from week to week and may be 3D computer animation, a song, or clips from previous AHWUs.
The show then has someone proclaim what the episode number of the show is. Originally this was announced by a member of the RT staff or famous members of the gaming community, but recently this has shifted to members of the RT community sending in clips of themselves saying the number in notable locations, such as on the Great Wall of China or in front of Old Faithful.
While Jack and Geoff are hosting, producing, filming and starring in the show as main news anchors standing at the very front of the room (closest to the camera), other members of Achievement Hunter (Michael, Gavin, Matt, Jeremy, and formerly Ray) were also appearing in the background during AHWU, horsing around and pulling pranks on Geoff and Jack.
Formerly, Geoff then gave a brief rundown of any new games and any new DLC packs coming out that would add new achievements. During this segment, Geoff chose an "Achievement of the Week", one achievement coming out that week (either in a new game or DLC) that he found particularly notable for some reason. For the second half of the video, Jack discussed notable news in the gaming world as well as his opinions on the news The final section included Geoff announcing the "video of the week," which was usually a Let's Play that was aired that week. The episodes then closed with several fan-submitted videos filmed for AHWU.
In AHWU #358, Jack announced changes for the future of AHWU's format of the show due to weak viewership. It was announced that only the release of the most significant games would be read and that the show would primarily become an fan unboxing session of the fan gifts, toys and reading fan mail that fans send to the new AHWU PO box. Although it was not formally announced, this also began the phasing out of the Achievement of the Week.
Due to uncontrollable amounts of gifts being sent to be opened during AHWU and not enough time to open them all during the show, Achievement Hunter began doing periodical AHWU unboxing streams on May 17, 2017. These streams last up to several hours each.
As of January 2019, AHWU's show format has very little to almost zero news format and most episodes are much more inclined/focused towards fan unboxings, the AH guys unboxing fan gifts, fan toys and reading fan mail as well as toying around with these fan gifts and toys, pulling pranks and just dicking and horsing around, making a mess in the AH office. The first 2 minutes of an episode/video briefly features the most important upcoming news events before shifting over to unboxing and toying with the gifts as the camera pans around the room, instead of only pointing/focusing on one specific area of the room as it did formerly.
AHWU News/Team Lads Action News/Dynamite News[edit | edit source]
Team Lads Action News is what usually happened to AHWU when Jack wasn't present. Michael Jones, Gavin Free, and Ray Narvaez, Jr. took the camera and microphone and ran around the Rooster Teeth office, asking about what's going on and just generally annoying people. Team Lads Action News normally visited Lindsay and Ryan, along with going upstairs to check on the store. They also visited several other places at the RT office.
The first episode to feature the segment was AHWU #158. It returned for AHWU #170, #187, #191, #195, #233, and #251.
In AHWU #195, Gavin apparently chloroformed Jack to get TLAN running for the day. In the same episode, JJ, Blaine, and others created a barricade with their chairs to prevent the lads from escaping, although the lads easily managed to get through it.
In AHWU #260, Ray announced his departure from Achievement Hunter, having transitioning away to Twitch in order to become a full-time Twitch live streamer. He said that he would still continue to show up in Achievement Hunter and Rooster Teeth's YouTube videos from time to time, continue fully portraying his character X-Ray in the show X-Ray and Vav and still attend RTX 2015. This would be his last AHWU ever.
As of AHWU #282, TLAN appears to have been replaced with Dynamite News, starring Gavin Free and Michael Jones following the departure of Ray from Achievement Hunter.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Ryan is the only Achievement Hunter main host to not serve as a main anchor, although historically, he has occasionally cameoed in the background of AHWU from time to time. Since the wave of changes announced in AHWU #358, Ryan has begun to appear on-camera and on-screen much more frequently.
- In 2014, LeVar Burton had a guest appearance in an introduction section for the 200th Episode of AHWU.
- Lads Action News was featured on an RT Life episode from the perspective of the victims from AHWU 195.
- In AHWU #352, Ryan Haywood made his first proper on-camera and on-screen appearance on AHWU, even though it was only for a few seconds.
- In AHWU #416, the gang has started to print out the comments left by fans in the previous week's video so they can read it aloud in the following week's video.
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