Bottom Line: A lot of great things have been said about the Guild, but so few people point out just how well written it is. The acting is great, the directing and pacing are well thought out but what really shines about this series is one of the mostly tightly written and entertaining scripts in web TV land. In case you need more encouragement, go watch a few episodes now.
The Guild is a independent sitcom web series about a group of online gamers. The show started in the late summer of 2007, and for the first season was financed solely by Paypal donations from LOYAL FANS. Since season 2, The Guild has been distributed by Xbox Live and Microsoft and sponsored by Sprint.
Episodes vary from 3-8 minutes in length, and follow the Guild members’ lives online and offline.
“The Guild” has won numerous awards, including the SXSW, YouTube and Yahoo Web Series Awards in 2008, and 3 Streamy Awards in 2009: Best Comedy Web Series, Best Ensemble, and Best Actress for Felicia Day.
It’s a solid, straightforward story without a huge number of distracting bells and whistles. Even so, it takes itself just seriously enough to make it hard not to love. (Style 4)
The word entertaining doesn’t do this show justice, it’s a pleasure to watch the story unfold. Fantastic writing, great premise, superb execution. (Storytelling 5)
There are a lot of different ways you could have done a show about MMOs, but focusing on the players lives — or lack thereof — put this in a territory all its own. (Novelty 4.5)