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The Guild Season 3 Auto-Tune Recap

I love the Guild and The Gregory Brothers who do Auto-Tune the news, you could guess my response to a video recap of season 3 Auto-tuned!  Watch above.

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When it came time to do a recap of Season 3, we thought we’d do something new and different. Everyone at The Guild had become big fans of The Gregory Brothers, creators of Auto-Tune the News, and we got to meet them in person at this year’s Streamy Awards where they won three Streamys and rocked the audience with their live performance and Magical Streamys Remix Video (watch it, it’s awesome)  So, we asked if they would lend their talents to our recap (embedded below).

The Gregory Brothers crack me up.  I really enjoy their auto-tuned news and their time travel remix songs are very poignant.

If you haven't picked up season 3 yet it is now available on DVD

The official release date for season four is July 13th!

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The Guild's Lil’ Guildies

Hilarious, bizarre fun with The Guild.  The Lil’ Guildies.  The video was originally for an April Fools joke, it just cracks me up.

I love the "Ye Must Be Yay High To Plunder!" Sign.  It gives me ideas like one for my house "Ye Must Be This Drunk To PLunder!"

And for those of you wondering about Season 4, don’t worry, it’s coming.  We’ll have some announcements coming soon.

For those who want more of Vork's Monkey watch below.

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Review: Glee 109 Wheels

When Artie's chances of traveling with the group to Regionals are in question, Will challenges the kids to step out of their comfort zones and experience life from a different point of view. Meanwhile, the Glee Club hosts its first “diva-off” between Kurt and Rachel, and Sue reveals a softer side. Glee 109 Wheels airs on November 11, 2009.  Watch it streaming online on Hulu

Glee 109 Wheels trailer

What did you think about Glee 109 Wheels?

Let me know in the comments below what you like, dislike and are your favorite moments?

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Glee just gets better and better.  In Wheels the students are challenged to explore what it is like to live with a disability.  They start with Artie and what it is like to be in a wheel chair and then they sneak in some bigger questions and points.  Imagine what Sue might have to say about the subject.

I really have to give them credit for how they handled people with down syndrome.  Having a niece with down syndrom I tend to get defensive and protective whenever the subject gets brought.  They did such a good job I was brought almost to tears, kudos!

Likes

  • I love how they approached and explored the subject of people with disabilities
  • Artie's singing dancing with myself is brilliant!
  • The interaction between Artie and Tina
  • the choreography with the wheel chair just gets better and more elaborate
  • the diva off between Rachel and Kurt
  • seeing some examples of the difficulties of being in a wheel chair
  • I was very impressed with how they handled down syndrom in this episode almost brought me to tears.
  • Kurts dad
  • The guest appearance by Vork from the Guild!!!
  • The secret recipe left me laughing.

Dislikes

  • Nothing it is a great episode
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DVD Releases: October 6, 2009

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Out this week we have three DVDs to feature:  The Guild: Seasons 1 & 2, Year One, and Red Dwarf: Back to Earth.

  • The Guild: Seasons 1 & 2: The Guild is hilarious, geeky, fun! Fans of RPG's and MMORPG's will love this show. I first got into it because Felicia Day rules and am not let down. The guilds actual release was on September 29th but I did not want to miss this one. A great example of an independent production The Guild is a must own.  Watch a music video "Date My Avatar" from the Guild to get an idea of how funny this show is.

  • Year One: Banished from their primitive village after the tribe elders deem them too lazy, Zed and Oh embark upon an adventure-filled journey through the ancient world.  Being a Jack Black movie sparked my interest in Year One.  The trailers looked funny and now I can rent it.  If you have watched Year One let me know what you think about it.

  • Red Dwarf: Back to Earth: I love Red Dwarf. I started watching it on PBS as a child and have really enjoyed watching it now on DVD.  For those just getting into Red Dwarf you should really start back at the beginning since the impact and probably several jokes will be lost like Lister getting to finally go back to earth to get his Island home on Fiji.  I haven't watched Back to Earth but eagerly await to rent it.

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The Guild: Expansion Time

The Guild season 3 is here!  The show is as good as always, but the distribution is not so good.

Distribution Issues

The Guild is now distributed via the Xbox Live store and MSN Video site.  They did this for season 2 also.

My problem with both means is that they do not offer the ability to subscribe to the series, so fans have to check back often to see if a new episode is out.  I wish the process was easier.  Hopefully, Microsoft is working on this problem.

Expansion Time

This is a great episode!  It sets up a rivalry between our favorite Guild and a group of evil line cutters.  Since I haven't seen a lot of publicity about it, and the surprise made me jump out of my chair shouting, "Yes!"  So I will not spoil it for you.  Let me just say, I cannot wait to see the rest of the season.

If you need to catch up with the series, you can watch seasons 1 and 2 at Watch the Guild.com.

Would you pay for a Boxee app?

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[Avner] Ronen says that the company still has yet to collect any revenue for use of its media center software, but that it's working on a way to allow content owners to charge for the Boxee Apps that they create (Contentinople).

This begs the question:  Would you pay for a Boxee App?  I might but there are a few ground rules that would have to be established:

Rules for Paid Apps

  1. Paid App channels would have to be commercial free.
  2. Paid App channels must have a free version to test the content.
  3. Apps must be cheap!  The more they cost, the fewer people will pay.
  4. Apps should be available for networks and individual shows.

Reasons I would pay for an app

  • Premium Channels: HBO and Showtime are top of my list.
  • Foreign Content: BBC iPlayer is top on my list, but I have a soft spot for Chinese and Indian TV.
  • Supporting Indie Media:  I would pay to support the Guild, Legend of Neil and other shows, but I would expect extras.

How I hope this works

I have hoped for a long time that Apple would open its platform to allow more options.  So far they haven't.  I think Media should have a tiered support system:

  1. Free: Ad supported, let me check it out
  2. Tiny Fee: Watch commercial Free
  3. Small Fee:  Own outright (The content is downloaded to my device)
  4. Modest Fee: Own outright with special features

I want to be able to watch any show and upgrade my content as I see fit.

Did I miss anything?

What would make you want to pay for a Boxee App?  What rules do you have?  What model would you like to see?

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The Guild is coming to DVD!

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I love this online series and now I can get season one and two on DVD.  Season 2 DVD will have a lot of extras including commentary tracks, gag reels and extra bonus videos.  My favorite feature will be a “Play All” option without credits… a marathon mode, sweet.

The Guild is a must own for any fan of RPG’s either table top or especially MMORPG.  There are ton’s of geeky references as we get to follow both the online lives and IRL lives of the guild members.  Best representation of an IRL boss battle Ever!

Felicia Day schools Jimmy Fallon on WoW

Felicia should get a check from Blizzard for all of the publicity she gives them for World of Warcraft.  Hell, if she ran an official The Guild Guild, I would probably buy the game and at least check it out.

Felicia’s reactions to Fallon are hilarious as she teaches him how to play WoW.

It did make me happy that I play City of Heroes when Fallon does the bit about his n00b travails.  I have heard that story from a lot of people, and had the same experience ages ago on Ultima Online.

If this is a fair example of the new Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, I might like the new show.

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The Guild Season 2 Starts November 25

guild Let’s dance!  Kim announced today that The Guild will return to a small screen near you on November 25th. After the boss battle, I cannot wait to see where the show goes next.  I can only imagine what will happen since Codex has finally stood up for herself.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, check out the videos here and the primer here.  This has to be one of the best, if not the best show out there right now.  I cannot wait for season 2.