It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned online gamer or if you’ve never been on a quest. When you watch The Guild, a web series about a group of gamers whose online partnerships cross over into the real world, all you can do is sit back and watch the hilarity ensue.
The Guild was created by and stars Felicia Day as Codex, an online gamer who’s life gets turned upside down when Zaboo, a fellow guild member (played by Sandeep Parikh), shows up at her apartment after mistaking Codex’s in-game friendliness as flirting. Zaboo’s creepy stalker-like advances prove too much for Codex, and she calls upon the rest of the members of the Knights of Good to help her, which leads to the guild’s first real life meeting.
As we meet the other members of the guild, we are treated to a mixture of characters ranging in age, gender and general kookiness. What they all seem to have in common is the importance of their gaming life over their real lives. This is an interesting look into the world of online gaming, and more importantly the people who choose to spend their time in a virtual world. While I feel the character traits are exaggerated for comedic purposes, I don’t think it’s too far from the truth.
The Knights of Good are led by Vork, brilliantly played by Jeff Lewis. Vork operates strictly by the rules and is not afraid to discipline the other guild members if they do anything that violates policy. Offline, Vork is a man who lives frugally, cutting expenses such as electricity and leeching his neighbor’s wifi in order to play the game full-time. He believes that a mutual hatred from the other members of the guild is what makes him an effective leader.
Other guild members are Clara, played by Robin Thorsen, who is a flaky full-time mom of three young kids, and often puts gaming ahead of her family. Bladezz, played by Vincent Caso, is a bratty older teenager who’s immature antics often conflict with the other guild members. Rounding off the main cast is Tinkerbella, played by Amy Okuda. Not much is known about Tink, only that she’s a college student who often comes off as cold and distant, but opens up in later episodes.
The first season of The Guild was an independent production and is well put together. The web series format perfectly suits the show, as the episode lengths are roughly five to six minutes long. The episodes first appeared on YouTube in the summer of 2007, and the first season was funded by loyal fans. I think this is a testament to how enjoyable the show is. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, considering the show’s creator Felicia Day, and the rest of the cast are also active gamers.
Even though I’ve never played a massively multi-player online role-playing game, I can somewhat relate to the characters. My online role-play experiences took place in the days before social media, however, the members of my group got entangled in each other’s lives both online and off, and The Guild made me feel nostalgic for those early days of online gaming.
The Guild official web site: http://www.watchtheguild.com
Amazon: The Guild: Seasons 1 & 2