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The fan-favorite gamer web show gets a full-series DVD release that is amazingly thorough...
New Video / 506 Minutes / 2007-2013 / Unrated / Street Date: October 8, 2013
This writer isn’t a gamer, so perhaps anyone used to playing MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games – see, I didn’t even know what that acronym stood for!) might have ample familiarity with the geeky personal interplay of The Guild on this Complete Megaset edition, but I must admit that it was all new to me. And I mean that in a positive way: even if this web series goes on longer than it probably should have, there’s no question that the authenticity of its characters is represented strongly within its dramatic framework.
Ostensibly, The Guild is about the dual lives of gamers and how they overlap in awkward and confusing ways. On one side of things is the online guild called The Knights of Good, where the gamers of The Guild spend serious hours interacting with one another as they forge adventures in fictional locales, doing everything they can to utilize all their skills learned by playing Dungeons and Dragons to bring about gaming success. Then, of course, there’s the ‘real’ world – dating, work, hygiene, etc. – where much of the show’s humor really takes form.
If anything, The Guild: Complete Megaset is a testament to the standard-def format that is ever so slowly becoming obsolete. The Guild is a web series, so 1080p presentations wouldn’t exactly bring these things to life, but this DVD set is wonderfully rich both in terms of presenting the show clearly and supplementing it with hours upon hours upon hours of bonus material. Quite simply, it provided this writer a chance a glimpse into the lives of gamers that I may never have had an opportunity to have otherwise.