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A few weeks ago I wrote an “Everything Geeky” about the popular web series “The Guild.” Recently it has gained special notice because of a music video directed by Jed Whedon, which rose to the #1 spot of iTunes after only a few hours. “The Guild” returns in just a few weeks for its third season, but it got me to thinking about some of the other excellent web series out there that not everyone might know about. As geekdom is all about embracing the world wide web, let’s take a look at some of the web series you should all check out. First watch The Guild music video “Do You Wanna Date My Avatar” because it is hilarious.
“Red vs. Blue” is one of the most successful web series of all time, and it brought the machinima age to the internet. Machinima is when video footage is taken from inside a video game and then used with pre-recorded dialogue to create another form of media. “Red vs. Blue” uses the first-person shooter game Halo, Halo 2, and Halo 3. It is about two teams of soldiers abandoned in a canyon who have no real direction or purpose and the troubles that they get into fighting one another and outside sources. It is a comedy with a touch of drama from time to time. The first season started out with only 3-minute segments, but now the episodes range from seven to 10 minutes. It has gained millions of viewers and eventually the interest of Bungie itself, leading them to get special privileges in the Halo universe and in the “Legendary” edition of Halo 3 there was Red vs. Blue content included inside. The series has a loyal group of followers and has won several awards over the years for its innovative thinking and use of new technology. It now boasts several DVDs, a popular store of clothing and random items, and their own game style in Halo 3 matchmaking (Grifball). You can find out more at rvb.roosterteeth.com. Be aware this is a mature show and does involve some bad language.
“SamHas7Friends” started up in 2006, and it was an interesting YouTube series made by production company Big Fantastic. The plot is about a girl named Sam living in Los Angeles and by the end of the show one of her seven friends was going to murder her. Each webisode was only about 90 seconds so it was perfect for the short attention span audience on the internet, and this led to Michael Eisner buying the rights for season one. He hired the producers to start on a new show called “Prom Queen.” Similarly, this was a mystery/drama about a text message to high school student Ben telling him he will kill the prom queen. There was 80 episodes, 90 seconds each, and it premiered on MySpace. There were 15 million views on the series while it ran, and afterward the numbers climbed even higher. There were two spinoff series and a third season promised, so this is definitely something you might want to check out now. The websites are www.promqueen.tv, and www.samhas7friends.com.
“The Legend of Neil” was created and written by Sandeep Parikh, one of the main actors from “The Guild,” and it eventually got picked up by Comedy Central. It is also produced by Atom.com and Effinfunny.com. The web series is about a slacker who gets sucked into The Legend of Zelda and has to fight his way out. It is now in its second season and while pretty inappropriate in terms of humor and language, it has a certain charm. Especially for any gamers who always wondered what it would be like to go into a Zelda game. Spoiler alert: not nearly as fun as it seems. The show is a good example of what you can accomplish with the right idea and drive, and it is rather popular online. Mature audiences only! Check it out at www.effinfunny.com/legend-of-neil.
“Dorm Life” is a mockumentary made by former UCLA students about a college dorm and a group of students living there. It is the most watched web show on Hulu, and it has finished its second season. The show appears to be like a documentary about college freshman, but the tongue-in-cheek humor is very Undeclared-like. The cast is actually rather large, and it approaches topics such as college romance, spring break, school trouble, and living situation drama. The show is a comedy and openly mocks things we all love (and hate) about being in college. Oh the horrid, wonderful memories. The style of shooting is a little like The Office, and it seems to be going strong due to its popularity on Hulu and … well, everywhere else online. Try out the episodes at www.dorm-life.com.
So there’s a look at a few web series you can waste some time on, and they’re all great views. Whether you’re into video games, mystery dramas, or just being an average college student, there’s something for everyone.