Those of you who already know what Pure Pwnage is have already skipped this heap of words and clicked the link below already, but here’s a quick synopsis for everyone who hasn’t heard of the series.
Long before popular gaming related shows such as The Guild, Video Game Highschool or The Legend of Neil there was a web series called Pure Pwnage created by Jarett Cale and Geoff Lapaire. It managed to garner a vast audience even without the luxury of sites like Youtube (which hadn’t launched yet) or the mainstream attention that gaming has today.
The show was based on two brothers from Toronto, Jeremy and Kyle. Being a film student, Kyle decides to film his brother Jeremy as a documentary into the life of a gamer. The rest is better watched than told but it follows the lives of Jeremy (an unemployed, egotistical and socially inexperienced hardcore gamer who’s only interest is “pwning noobs”) and his gamer friends in both documentary and cinematic fashion, swapping between comedy, drama and sci-fi.
The show was an hit with gamers all over the world who fell in love with the characters, the story and the silly yet awesome sci-fi elements like micro battles and the gamer mob. More importantly there was finally a web series that represented gaming culture. (This was back in 2004 when gaming was still emerging from its roots as a niche pastime.) Despite only producing 18 episodes, it is still regarded by many as one of the best gaming web series of all time, creating many popular catchphrases known throughout gaming today like “Boom! Headshot!” and “Uber micro”.
Unfortunately the series was halted in the middle of the second season after the abrupt death of Troy Dixon who played the role of T-Bag. Two years later the team received a deal with Showcase and launched a rebooted version of Pure Pwnage for Canadian broadcast only which was met with harsh criticism by some fans because of how altered it was from the web series. This also met an untimely death as well when they failed to be signed on for a second season.
Despite two more years of an indefinite suspension of the show, many fans still waited and wondered what the fate of show ultimately was.
Well wait no longer.
No, it isn’t an official resurrection of the series, but a Pure Pwnage movie that follows the traditional web series canon is just as good and certainly spells hope for it. Their page on Indiegogo managed to raise the required $75,000 in a single day and there are still 59 days remaining for you to help support the film.