"You're gonna die. A lot."
One name. (Well, two...)
One hundred fifty gigabytes of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Two terabytes of Christmas Music.
Many innocent strawberries...
Jason "LordKaT" Pullara, is a citizen of New York City who has been online forever. It is believed that he is one of the four Internet gods.
He is the creator and owner of LordKaT.com
, hosting content produced since his days of making videos for That Guy with the Glasses
(even before joining the crew). His primary contribution to the site was Until We Win, where he gave tips on how to beat legendarily difficult video games like Battletoads
without cheating. In early 2011 Jason ended UWW and announced that he was leaving TGWTG, both for the same reasons (to work full time with his JustinTV livestream and because scripting and filming were always his least favorite parts of the creative process). He later revived UWW on his YouTube channel.
Jason now live-casts on a stream called "LordKaT Live!
" This livestream has brought together numerous personalities from TGWTG, along with some of his best friends both from inside and outside the IRC chat. As Lord Kat
has gained new viewership via promotions such as the stream, so as he's done for the others who visit the stream; several more stream hosters have popped up as a response to this, including JewWario
, Hope Within Chaos, JesuOtaku
, and Obscurus Lupa
. Especially popular are the Dungeons & Dragons
sessions: Spoony's Campaign
was played on the stream as is one with Lordkat
as DM. In addition, the Eriadne Campaign has joined the stream, with AionoftheBlades as DM.Some of the shows on LordKat's livestream have included:
- This Week In Games and Indie Game of the Week: Recorded every Saturday, Jason and Skitch (and recurring guest MarzGurl) discuss current events in the gaming world and nominate a pick for Indie Game of the Week (which used to be a feature of TWiG before being budded off into its own show).
- Turducken is Tasty: Recorded every Wednesday, Jason, RolloT, Shane Phallam, and Y: Ruler of Time Freeman discuss the NFL, both games and current events, usually discussing last week's games and trying to predict the outcome of next week's. It went on hiatus due to the NFL lockout but has since come back, and Jason has expressed interest in making it a regular show by expanding the focus to other sports.
- Wyrmwick Campaign: Played (almost) every weekend, this is Jason's Dungeons & Dragons game. Between the colorful personalities of the players and Jason's own improvisational DM style, Hilarity Ensues. For several weeks, Jason and the players hosted That Tabletop Show where they recap past events, answer questions from viewers, and more, until it was decided there was insufficient content to maintain a weekly show and it was placed on hiatus. The campaign was dropped after difficulties maintaining the schedule and player conflicts.
- Eriadne Campaign: Played every Wednesday, this a Dungeons & Dragons campaign run by AionoftheBlades and featuring one of Jason's friends, SonikGav. Originally hosted on a different streaming site, it was moved to Lord Kat's stream after running into technical issues. Since then, Jason himself has joined (and subsequently departed) the campaign as a Shade Executioner named Blackwood. While events in Eriadne are not discussed in That Tabletop Show, AionoftheBlades does weekly text-based recaps of sessions to keep viewers informed and up to speed. The campaign was dropped due to scheduling issues.
- Tuesday Tech Talk: Recorded every Tuesday at 7:00 PM EST, Jason and Nash discuss non-video game technology, both software and hardware. Nash departed the show over an unspecified issue, and the show was retitled Bytes of Madness in 2013, with LK, Derresh, Harith, and Maluku (Returning from TTT/HTDI).
- How To Do It: A self-help tech show hosted by Jason and Nash, also recorded on Tuesdays. The show focuses on helping people solve technical issues ranging from hardware problems to finding the best equipment money can buy. When Nash left Tuesday Tech Talk, How To Do It was ended as well.
- Conduct Unbecoming: A military podcast with Critical Marine and ChaosD1. The show has since ended.
- Weekly Manga Recap: A manga podcast starring RolloT and Y: Ruler of Time, and occasionally featuring a guest commentator. Y and Rollo took the show elsewhere in 2012.
- Until We Win: LordKat resurrected the series as a weekly competition. Every Friday afternoon, Jason plays a difficult game without using cheats or save-states, trying to reach the end or get the highest score. Members of the site are then challenged to play the game and record their progress. Lord Kat discontinued the revived 'UWW Live' when it again proved to be something he did not enjoy. Lord Kat revived UWW as a feature in April 2014, following renewed fan-interest.
- WAT: Hosted by Jason and co-hosted by chat regular Final_Freek, this late-night series showcases the most bizarre, obscure, and deranged internet videos from around the world. Was recorded every Friday at Midnight, but in early June Jason killed the show after getting frustrated by constant comparisons of Tosh.0, Sean Fausz's "Epic Fail", and Spoony's short-lived "Experience Bij" as well as unspecified 'legal issues' which required taking the show to a pre-recorded format before being cancelled altogether. WAT has since evolved into The Sekrit Project, a movie-riffing show in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 vein. WAT was revived in February 2014, with rotating co-hosts.
- Gettin' Hungry: Jason and Chef Sato discuss food, beer, cooking, and experiments between the two of them. Airs irregularly depending on availability.
A rather extensive Wiki can be found here
LordKaT provides examples of:
- Aborted Arc: Jason set up a Left 4 Dead 2 challenge between the LordKat Mafia and Team Four Star, but TFS kept having to reschedule and eventually just said they couldn't make time for it.
- Angrish: His reaction to the "ending" of Chakan The Forever Man.
- Playing Clive Barker's Jericho.
- Left 4 Dead 2. It doesn't matter what mode, campaign or mutation it is, angrish will flow from Jason's mouth at some point.
- Anticlimax Boss: A particular pet peeve of Lordkat's, seen in Strider for example.
- Be Careful What You Wish For/Exact Words: Apparently, Lordkat has received complaints from both Twitch TV streamers and admins for running non-video game content on his stream. In response, he's started running Progress Quest any time he's away from his computer (such as when he's asleep or getting food).
- Berserk Button:
- His neighbors. More than once Jason has blown several gaskets over their behaviour...
- The neighborhood ice cream truck. It has a habit of interrupting Jason's D&D sessions by blaring its music outside his window (and in fact can be heard in the background of many recordings). This became a running joke during the Wyrmwick Campaign, such that the truck even made it into some of the campaign's fan art.
- NEVER, EVER gift Jason guest passes on Steam. He will never play them because 95% of the time the passes are to games Lord Kat does not like and Jason honestly believes that you are wasting your money on the passes. A Steam user by the name of Major Fracture gifted Jason the same game (Counter Strike: Source, a game Jason does not like at all) multiple times in a week forcing him to erase his Steam friends list in absolute rage.
- Unless it's related to the fan community and/or you have Jason's explicit permission, don't even think of "e-begging" (asking for money) on his stream; even when done after hours, this will automatically result in a permanent ban. Promoting your own work (websites, podcasts, artwork, etc.) is allowed as long as you don't spam the chat with it.
- Don't insult or disrespect his friends and guests. See Papa Wolf below.
- Brooklyn Rage: Mostly averted (Jason's a pretty easy-going guy), though it does rear its head on occasion. See the entries under Berserk Button and Unstoppable Rage.
- Buffy Speak: Chat moderator and video highlighter Bubblefish got his name from Big Fazeek's (see below) name for a puffer fish.
- Butt Monkey: Chat regular Sable gets teased a lot, but it's all in good fun. Mooders as well.
- Catch Phrase:
- "Today we're playing (insert game here)... until we win."
- "You're going to die. A lot."
- "The only advice I can give you is to play the hell out of this level."
- "Keep it up, and eventually..." *shows the game's outro*
- "Pixel-perfect precision"
- Caustic Critic: Averted and part of the reason for his popularity. He won't pretend a game is easy or doesn't have flaws, but he also focuses on how to beat them more than complaining about them.
- Challenge Gamer
- Despair Event Horizon: During Brad Tries Durian Fruit, Lord Ka T lamented on how Brad was stepping into his territory, and how he has his hot wife join him, and was becoming more popular, while all Lord Kat has is a stuffed cow. He proceeds to hang himself with an HDMI cord.
- Determinator: He will not stop until he wins. For instance, he worked on Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead's Revenge for more than half a year, only managing it and doing a video on it (with Spoony, no less) after months of work.
- He actually didn't beat it - they took the footage of a guy who did beat it's youtube page. Lord Kat tried but deemed it too confusing. The guy who did it on youtube had the game for years, and beat it only through brute force of trying absolutely everything.
- The person whose footage they used reasoned that whether or not Spoony and Lord Kat did play it, the video would be exactly the same.
- Fan Disservice: Lord Kat dancing shirtless to Erasure's Always.
- Fate Worse Than Death: His punishment for losing to 8-Bit Mickey at Robot Unicorn Attack? A Spooning With Spoony cameo.
- Follow the Leader: A lot of the games he beats (as he lampshades in the introductions) are requested by his fans because The Angry Video Game Nerd became memorably infuriated by them. On one occasion he beat The Nostalgia Critic's own choice of worst game, Bebe's Kids, and the Nostalgia Critic showed up to complain that Lordkat would make him look pathetic by beating it.
- He also beat The Adventures of Bayou Billy because it was one of Spoony's first videos (even calling it "Spoony's impossible game"), and tried to do Wolverine: Adamantium Rage, but he confessed to Linkara that after spending two days straight trying to get past it, he gave up and did an easier game.
- Foreign Queasine: The entire point of the segment "LordKat Eats". Some of the more unique delicacies sampled have included Bull Penis, Pig's Blood, and Canned Haggis.
- Foreshadowing: At the end of each episode he'll usually play music from the next game to be featured.
- Game Breaker: While he tends to not use game breaking methods himself, his mere presence has a tendency to reveal the Good Bad Bugs and Game Breaking Bugs throughout the game. The chat refers to this as 'breaking' the game.
- Gender-Blender Name: As Jason explains it, "LordKat" originates from the very start of his Internet "career": when he was young, he chose the screen name "Kat" because he thought it was cool, but added the "Lord" when he learned that "Kat" is a feminine name (usually short for Kathleen and such).
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: The official Wiki uses the Trustworthiness of Beards scale (the current page image for this trope) to rate individuals. Jason ranks a Goatee, which is the third most trustworthy.
- Heroic BSOD: In Silver Surfer, after he learns that after Hard Mode there is Second Quest.
- A letter sent in to Dr. 8 Bit Love also had this effect, as the writer described himself and his girlfriend as "a Red Mage type and a White Mage type" respectively, and Jason (as well as everyone in the Skype call and the live chat) struggled to figure out what the hell it meant.
- Internet Backdraft: He told Spoony to kill himself with his brother's gun. He apologized to his fans and friends for his unprofessionalism in his next live call in show, if not to Spoony for the comment (and issued a formal apology some time later).
- It Amused Me: Jason once posted a very nasty blog attacking Let's Players and people who stream video games. Hours later, he posted on twitter that it was done deliberately to troll and see how many angry replies he'd get. He did sincerely mean the main subject of the blog though, that Bill S.978 wouldn't have any real impact if it passed and people are overreacting.
- Kill It with Fire: Jason's regular approach to playing Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead 2.
- Let's Play: Jason has done a couple, including Space Quest (games 2 and 3) and Portal 2.
- And the entire Thief series, Jason being a huge fan and admitting to have used it for inspiration for Wyrmwick.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: LordKat did reveal a major reason for leaving TGWTG on his livestream shortly after it happened, but refuses to bring it up in later discussions (as seen in an interview with Moonhawk Studios Presents) because he doesn't want people to think he's denigrating his former co-workers. Out of respect for his wishes, that reasoning shouldn't be revealed by anyone else, either.
- A more recent example is when Jason was caught having... errr... A Date with Rosie Palms while his livestream microphone was on. Nash's reaction was hilarious.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Two words... Mr. Chappy.
- Nintendo Hard: The whole point of Until We Win.
- Oh, Crap: A hilarious version that ended his Bayou Billy UWW video. When he hears the NES Battletoads theme song ...
Jason: "Oh God." (faces the camera with a slackjawed expression on his face, then the screen cuts to empty credits) "Oh, God, no." ("Next week: Battletoads" appears on the screen) "Aww, hell."
- Papa Wolf: Jason is fiercely defensive of those he considers his friends. It's not unusual for him to ban people from his livestream for harassing or disrespecting his internet "family", especially his former TGWTG co-workers. (This even applies to other employees of TGWTG.)
- Person as Verb: "Moodersing It", which means abandoning your team in Left 4 Dead and failing. Related is "Final Freeking It", which means leaving your team (usually with permission) and succeeding.
- Phrase Catcher: "Fuck you Sable". Sometimes with "Dot Com" tacked on the end.
- Precision F-Strike: Jason likes to swear a lot, but there's one example that really stands out. The ending to The Guardian Legend on the NES, a game he considered to be harder than Battletoads that paid off with a horribly short ending.
"...FUCK THAT ENDING!"
- Ragequit: There's a reason Jason calls it "Left 4 Mad", usually to do with incompetent teammates. He's actually gotten frustrated enough with the game that he's uninstalled it, only to put it back on later after cooling off.
- Real Men Wear Pink: As demonstrated on his Livestream, Jason has an unexpected fondness for Broadway showtunes. (His favorite musicals are Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Les MisÚrables.)
- He also enjoys classical music.
- Refuge in Audacity
- Revival: "Until We Win", twice. First, some time after ending it, LordKat turned it into an open-source project, where people could make their own episodes. The second time, he turned it into a live weekly series.
- Running Gag: Starting with the Dragonball Evolution where LK exhibits not-so-Erotic Eating, his cameos in other peoples' videos tend to involve some degree of Squick. In fact, his very last contribution to TGWTG before leaving the site was a cameo in the team The Last Airbender review, where he appears at the door shirtless, holding a banana, and grinning suggestively before Y Ruler of Time slams the door in his face.
- And then immediately after Y closes the door, a sheep can be heard *bawwing* in the background; followed by a disappointed Lordkat saying *aww*
- More recently, and probably unintentional, Lord Ka T getting startled by Rollo_T or somebody else in the call abruptly playing the Monday Night Football theme.
- Sanity Slippage Song: "Cotton-Eyed Joe", "They're Coming to Take Me Away".
- Sankoma: Comicu, by LKM artist Ginky.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Rollo T, as evidenced in many games of Left 4 Dead 2 where he runs into a Tank and gets beaten.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: Beating the game without using any external cheats—no Game Genie, no save states on an emulator. Built-in cheats like the Konami Code or a Warp Zone are fine.
- Well, not exactly: he realized that he needed to finish the games faster to put them up on TGWTG.
- Sequel Hook: Most of his videos end with a cryptic hint at what the next game will be.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Big Fazeek, formerly of PSN's The Tester. He was brought on the stream when other members of the show's cast (including TGWTG's own 8-Bit Mickey) complained about how much of a jerk he was. Jason tried to play moderator, but eventually got sick of Fazeek's egotistical bullshitting, told him off in epic fashion, and banned him from the stream. Fazeek still harasses Jason on occasion, while Jason (and the stream's inhabitants) mostly just ignore him or laugh at his antics.
- That One Player
- Unknown Rival: Big Fazeek, in a sense; going on a year after Hatedick he still fixates on LordKat, while Jason, for his part, doesn't give a damn and only discusses the guy when someone else brings him up (as Nash did when he pointed out that Fazeek was trying to find him at New York Comic Con 2011).
- Unstoppable Rage: Battletoads induced this in him, and he once went off on a rant about how certain people blame LJN for NES licensed games, when in reality they were just the marketer and many of them were in fact made by fan favourite company Rare.
- Unusual Euphemism: During a game of Left 4 Dead 2, RolloT used "Foof!" as a Battle Cry (playing off of Jason's earlier "Foom!"). Someone looked "foof" up on Urban Dictionary and learned that it's a synonym for the vagina, resulting in its entering the LK Mafia's lexicon.
- A Winner Is You: He always segues from talking about how to beat the last boss to showing the game's ending, which is often —especially with NES games—one of these, annoying him.
- Weapon of Choice: In Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead 2:
- Grenade Launcher / Throw Down the Bomblet: When playing as the Demoman (the character class Jason plays as the most) Jason uses the default grenade launcher and the Ullapool Caber (i.e., the potato masher-shaped grenade that the Demoman uses as a melee weapon). In Left 4 Dead 2, expect Jason to either grab a Molotov Cocktail or a Pipe Bomb and use them.
- Flamethrower: When playing as the Pyro, the second-most played class by Jason.
- Sniper Rifle: Jason tends to use this weapon a lot in Left 4 Dead 2, passing over most other Tier 2 weapons for this weapon. It has made for a number of awesome long-distance saves from Jockeys or hordes or whatever the game throws at him.
- Automatic Rifles: When Jason decides to not use a sniper rifle in Left 4 Dead 2 (or it doesn't spawn), he defers to either the AK-47 or the Desert Rifle. Sometimes, he uses the M16, but not often.
- Word Salad Lyrics: Jason has a habit of breaking into song on his livestream whenever the mood strikes him. Naturally, this has resulted in some rather... unusual compositions.