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Are You a French Noob? – French Web Series Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Culture

Photo by Esby licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons.

Modern TV shows are not always what I am looking for and it can be hard to access French TV outside of France. Heureusement (fortunately) there’s a lot of content on the internet to meet your French needs!

I have a few web-séries and Youtubers I like to watch, like Norman or NesBlog, and today I want to tell you all about une web série I stumbled on to a few years ago is absolutely formidable:

Logo of the web series, Noob

Noob logo by Fungliboss licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Le nom de la série (the name of the series), Noob is un argot anglais (English slang) for someone who is new to something. Le mot (the word) is often used in gaming in both English and French. La série was created by Fabien Fournier in 2008 and takes the idea of playing un jeu vidéo (video game) and creates a truly epic story out of it.

There are a lot of blagues (jokes) that call attention to the fact that the actors are dans le jeu (in the game), adding a lot of humor to nearly every scene. Noob has won international awards for its unique comedy and imaginative story.

La série begins with une jeune femme (a young woman) who wants to start playing un nouveau jeu de rôle en ligne massivement multijoueur (a new massively multiplayer online role-playing game, MMORPG, or more simply, a game like World of Warcraft).

The audience is then transported au monde du jeu (to the world of the game) where the story takes place. It’s an adventure that plays on many stéréotypes (clichés) familiar to anyone who has played un MMORPG.

Noob goes beyond just une web-série and includes des romans, des bande dessinées et des films (novels, comics, and movies). Enough content to keep you entertained for a very long time!

If you’re interested in checking it out, it’s best to commencer par le début (start at the beginning) :

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About the Author: John Bauer

John Bauer is an enthusiast for all things language and travel. He currently lives in France where he's doing his Master's. John came to France four years ago knowing nothing about the language or the country, but through all the mistakes over the years, he's started figuring things out.