Today marks the much awaited arrival of Youtube’s all new channels. Taking a step in the direction towards providing original content, well, more original than all those ball-bustin’ videos, Youtube has partnered with a few our favorite geeks to bring you channels with all new programming. Both channels launching today, the Nerdist Channel from The Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick and Geek & Sundry from the mind of Felicia Day, will feature programs aimed at the geek crowd.
So what have they got for us today? Awesome stuff, that’s what. First up from the Nerdist Channel is Chris Hardwick’s All Star Celebrity Bowling. In a bowling match for charity Team Nerdist: Chris Hardwick, Alex Albrecht (4Points), Klye Clark (Nerdterns), and Steve Agee (Indoor Kids) will square off againt Team Machinima: Adam Kovic (Inside Gaming – Machinima), Khail Anonymous (ETC – Machinima), Bruce Greene (Wrecknology – Machinima), and Matt Dannevik (Inside Gaming – Machinima).
Okay, I don’t know about you but I kinda want to go bowling now. And not Wii Bowling, which I’m a champion at, but outside the house go to a lane real bowling, which I SUCK at. So there you go, Chris Hardwick’s All Star Bowling has inspired me to leave the house. What did you guys think?
Next is a real treat from Felicia Day’s Geek & Sunday, a new Guild music video! Yay! (Kermit Flail!) It”s a real nerd anthem and it’s already stuck in my head. In a good way.
Yeah, screw those people from high school. Now we’re the cool and trendy ones! “I’m the One That’s Cool” like, “Do You Wanna Date My Avatar” before it, was created by Jed Whedon and Felicia Day and I’m gonna bet it’ll be a real hit at the convention circuit this summer.
So what do you guys think of these new Youtube channels? Hooray for the future of web content, I say. Expect new awesome stuff everyday so make sure you subscribe: Nerdist Channel – Geek & Sundry. Are there any other channels you’ll be checking out? Share ‘em below.
Web content is the future. And the queen of nerdy web content is Felicia Day. Not surprising at all then, Day is bringing her flair for the geek to YouTube with a brand new channel. Geek and Sundry, launching April 2nd, will focus on the very best of indie geek culture. There will be shows hosted by Day herself as well as Wil Wheaton, Veronica Belmont, Tom Merritt, and Paul and Storm. Also expect guest appearances by Grant Imahara, Jenna Busch, Colin Ferguson and lots more.
In addition to all the new content, Geek and Sundry will be showing season five of The Guild starting April 10th.
Here’s the trailer featuring all of the channel’s upcoming shows,
Here’s the channel lineup,
Monday: The Flog
Tuesday: The Guild (Season 5 starts April 10th)
Wed: Dark Horse Motion Comics/Written by a Kid (July 16th)
Thursday: Guild extras (New Bonus Content!)
Friday: Tabletop/Sword and Laser (With alternating bonus material!)
Geek worlds collide in an upcoming episode when someone from the Whedonverse gets mixed up with the Winchester brothers. Executive producer Sera Gamble told TVGuide.com that Felicia Day will guest-star on the April 27 episode titled “The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo.”
“We were so stoked that she agreed to do the episode because we’re all fan girls and boys here,” Gamble says.
The title is a reference to the bestselling Steig Larsson crime novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the acclaimed big-screen adaptation of the same name. Like Larsson’s protagonist, Day will portray a young woman who’s handy with a computer.
Everyone knows that Day has serious geek cred. She’s a true gamer, creator, writer, and star in the original web series The Guild, as well as appearing in numerous Joss Whedon projects such as Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Dollhouse.
“Felicia plays a girl named Charlie who is sort of a lowly tech working in one of Dick Roman’s companies,” says Gamble. “She’s an amateur computer hacker and unwittingly gets wrapped up in Sam and Dean’s problems. It’s a classic story of an everyday girl who does not want to be in a whistleblower position.”
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.
Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at email@example.com.
It’s another Star Wars Stands Up 2 Cancer video featuring Bill Hader, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, Emma Stone, Aziz Ansari, Jaime King, Zach Galifinakis, Ken Jeong, and Samuel L. Jackson. This one goes in a slightly more serious direction as the stars talk about how cancer has affected them. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of dorky lightsaber gags.
Welcome to the first edition of a new weekly column at Nerd Bastards, Web Series Wednesday. Here we’ll feature a new a web series every week (Well, we’ll try every week. We’re pretty lazy.) for your viewing pleasure. There could be chat shows, dramas, comedies maybe even a video podcast (Vodcast?). Basically, we’re hoping to share with you some of the great content the web has to offer that isn’t funny cat videos. But if someone made a great web series about funny cat videos you better believe you’ll learn about it here.
We’ll also be open to suggestions, so please, share with us some of your favorite web series below in the comments.
All right, for week one I chose Dragon Age Redemption. I know, some of you might be groaning, “Ugh, but that, like, just came out! It’s too new!” In fact this is exactly why I’m starting here. See, Dragon Age Redemption is the future of the web series. You can still find shows filmed with a cell phone in someone’s backyard, and believe me we’ll be looking to feature those shows too, but Dragon Age Redemption proves how far web content has come. Not only is it a series set in the world of a very popular video game series, it’s actually produced with help from the game’s own studio, Bioware. In addition to helping produce the series, Bioware also created new downloadable game content featuring Redemption‘s’ main character. This strategy of tying an original web series into a well establish video game series is a great example of the power of web content. Most importantly, it’s FREE! But I’m sure a pretty penny was made come the end of the day. I can guarantee more people downloaded the Mark of the Assassin DLC, or hell, even went out and bought Dragon Age II because they liked what they saw in Redemption.
Redemption follows the journey of an Elven assassin known as “Tallis0″ whose also a Qunari slave. In Qunari society there are no names, only titles. She’s sent on a mission to track and capture an escaped mage, Saarebas. Tallis is eventually joined by a templar knight, a Daelish Elf mage and a mercenary reaver. Those who’ve played any of the Dragon Age games, or any RPG for that matter, will find their little group’s dynamic familiar. The series unfolds as if you were watching a friend’s Dungeons & Dragons campaign.
The finale episode of the six part series premiered yesterday on Youtube, on Machinima‘s account to be exact, and an obvious factor in this series’ success is Felicia Day. She’s arguably the queen of the web series, acting in several and producing the web’s most famous series, The Guild. Whether you love her or hate her, you cannot deny the huge impact she’s had in developing web content into a viable market. I don’t think Bioware would have wasted their time with a web series if Day hadn’t proved the mediums popularity as well as profitability.
Day wrote and stars in the series as Tallis and it’s a fun departure from the awkward, geeky girl she often portrays. In Redemption she gets to kick some major ass, and fans of the Dragon Age series shouldn’t worry, the plentiful violence you’re accustomed to is here. Joining Day as Saarebas is Doug Jones. Your probably very familiar with Jones’ work but you might not be able to pick ‘em out of a police line-up. Jones has played Abe Sapien, the Angel of Death and the Chamberlainin the Hellboy flicks as a well as El Fauno and The Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth. Basically, if you need a tall, skinny dude who doesn’t seem to mind 8+ hours in a make-up chair, Jones is your dude. And in Redemption he’s in some stellar make-up. He’s cool and menacing, and a villain you can’t help but have a little sympathy for. In the role of the reaver, Nyree is Marcia Battise and I think she’s the standout of the whole cast. She plays her reaver as dangerous and sassy, and her smarmy Brit accent perfectly suits the character. After watching her I want to make a reaver character but I don’t believe this is an available character class in any Dragon Age game. Damn. Come on, Bioware, deliver!
Watch the first episode of the six-part series below, complete with links to the following episodes, and let us know what you think. Were you impressed with Redemption’s effects (CGI, costumes, and make-up)? Can you notice ways in which their slightly larger than normal web series budget payed off? Would you like to see more from this series’, further Tallis adventures maybe?
Remember to recommend other series we should feature here in Web Series Wednesday!
Episode two of Dragon Age: Redemption has hit the Internet. This NerdBastard is enjoying the buildup. It’ll be interesting to see if this type of tie-in marketing will be successful long term. Up to this point, it’s pretty much been fan made productions for those of us looking to branch out our enjoyment of video game worlds. Can the professionals maintain that fan spirit while upping the production values?
That’s right folks, webisode one of Dragon Age Redemption is HERE! Everyone’s favorite Red headed, cute as a button, Internet Queen of the Webisode Felicia Day’s long awaited collaborative effort with Bio Ware is up for viewing.
It may seem a little strange at first, after all Felicia Day is one of the sweetest people you could meet in person (DragonCon 2011!) and on screen. Yet here she is an Elf assassin, quick with a blade and knows when to twist that knife as well. One thing, don’t call her “Knife Ears” she hates when people call her that.
Check out the first episode and let the other NerdBastards know what you think in the comments section below.
Felicia also posted this video on her blog to promote the Dragon Age Redemption webisode’s premiere, bask in her quirkiness!
Like every other geek girl (and boy) on the web, I totally idolize Felicia Day. Chatting with her for literally two seconds was a highlight of my Dragon*Con experience. So, naturally, I’m really, really pumped for the release of her new web series, Dragon Age: Redemption. Finally, today, we got an official trailer from Machinima,
Ooooh! I can’t wait! Also, how great does the tie-in DLC, Mark of the Assassin look? We reported on an exclusive preview from Kotaku last week, which shows more in-game action. But the trailer for the web series, I mean, wow, it looks so professional. And I’m not snubbing her other web series, The Guild, but the benefits of a larger budget show and it looks fantastic. I’m so stoked to see Day kickin’ ass as the elven assassin, Tallis.
In addition to the new trailer, Day shared more awesome news on her blog. Fancy winning some Dragon Age schwag from Felicia herself? Of course you do!
Starting next Tuesday I’ll be linking all the episodes to you here and on all my social media accounts(midnight international release on Machinima FYI), I’ve also been given a BUNCH of schwag to give out each week, like DLC codes, Dragon Age merch, signed headshots (etc), so hopefully you’ll enjoy that. There’s a podcast etc etc, so lots of fun stuff to come!
There’s a fanart contest currently going on over at Bioware around Tallis’ outfit (and a nice blog entry by the designer of the costume, Greg Aronowitz) and a puzzle contest that I’ll be helping link to all week until launch, so maybe give that stuff a peek to tide you over ’til launch!
Ahh! I can barely contain my nerdy excitement! If a chance for neat prizes isn’t enough for you (And really, why are you so demanding!?) Day will also be organizing, “some Google Hangouts to interact with you guys about the episodes, so you can meet the cast and crew and ask questions about the show.” If you were looking for that reason to join Google+, here ya go.
All right, let’s review:
-Dragon Age: Redemption premieres next week, October 11th at Machinima
-The Dragon Age II DLC, Mark of the Assassin releases the same day
-You’ll have chance to win cool stuff, including DLC codes, from Felicia Day when you follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ (Which, I’m sure you’re already doing)
What a fantastic time to be a fan of the Dragon Age series and Ms. Day. Honestly, who else can’t wait for October 11th?
Major geek and web goddess, Felicia Day. Is there anything she does that doesn’t make us fall completely, hopelessly in love with her? An avid gamer, she created and stars in the best web series on the planet, The Guild, she’s been the adorable yet tragic love of Dr. Horrible in Joss Whedon’s musical web series and she’s one of the best reasons to keep tuning in to the final seasons of SyFy’s Eureka.
Day recently combined her nerdy passions again with the new web miniseries, Dragon Age: Redemption, starring her own original character. That character, Tallis, is also appearing in the Dragon Age DLC, Mark of the Assassin and guess whose voicing her? Yup, Ms. Day. She also did motion capture and facial scanning for the video game role, which is a total first for the Dragon Age franchise.
So, if your a fan of the Dragon Age series, and are totally in love with Felicia (like, who isn’t?) then October 11th is your Day (heh, see what I did there, so0 clever). Dropping October 11th is the new DLC, Mark of the Assassin in which Hawke, the player-character meets the elven assassin, Tallis, as well as the premiere of the six-part miniseries, Redemption, which will air weekly from there on out.
Kotaku had a chance to visit with Day as she demoed the new DLC. And apparently, Day is as in love with herself as we are,
… as she played, Day always took the flirty options when speaking to Tallis. As she put it, “Of course I romance myself. I’ve always said, if I had to make out with my clone, I would.”
Those familiar with the Dragon Age games know a lot of the fun comes from developing romantic relationships between your character and the NPCs. Oh, who am kidding, the point is to see how many of the NPCs you can have sex with, so whether or not Tallis is fuckable character is yet to be seen. Fanboys and girls across the gaming nation are praying for a yes.
Check out Kotaku’s video review featuring a great look at the DLC, including of course, our first look at Tallis in game.
Both Mark of the Assassin and Dragon Age: Redemption release October 11th.
Mikey Mason, who brought us the hilarious song about the most obvious deal breaker in the book, “She Don’t Like Firefly”, is back at it with his next single: “My Next Girlfriend”. At least this guy is determined to date up ’cause it’s unfortunate that lots of people still haven’t discovered this rule of life. His album title’s also pretty fuckin’ awesome; there’s no way you can go wrong with Impotent Nerd Rage.
It’s a super catchy song, so definitely check it out and troll Mason’s website for more of his nerdy rock.
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