Game Grumps

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Game Grumps
Game Grumps Logo.jpg
Current titlecard as of 2015, featuring caricatures of hosts Danny (left) and Egoraptor (right).
Genre Improv comedy
Let's Play
Created by Arin Hanson
Jon Jafari
Presented by Arin Hanson
Jon Jafari (season 1)
Dan Avidan (season 2 - present)
Theme music composer Arin Hanson
Grant Kirkhope (Guest Grumps)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 2,787 (as of May 2015)
Production
Editor(s) Jon Jafari (season 1)
Barry Kramer (season 1 - present)
Kevin Abernathy (season 2 - present)
Running time 9-20 minutes
30-75 minutes (specials)
Release
Original channel YouTube
Original release July 18, 2012 (2012-07-18) - present
Chronology
Related shows Guest Grumps
Steam Train
Table Flip
Steam Rolled
Grumpcade

Game Grumps is a Let's Play webseries created on July 10, 2012 by comedic game critic Jon Jafari and animator Arin Hanson. Jafari left the show in June of 2013 to focus on his primary YouTube channel, JonTronShow. He was replaced by comedy musician Leigh Daniel Avidan, also known as Danny Sexbang, from the musical comedy duo Ninja Sex Party. The channel also expanded to include new hosts in spin-offs: animator Ross O'Donovan, series editor Barry Nathan Kramer, and Suzy Berhow (Hanson's wife).

Jafari and Hanson have said they were inspired to make the show after seeing episodes of James Rolfe's video game webseries The Angry Video Game Nerd.[citation needed] Game Grumps is a part of Polaris, a network owned by Maker Studios.

Content[edit]

Each day, one to two videos that consist of usually two, but sometimes up to four, hosts playing a console video game are uploaded to the channel, featuring their own experiences with the chosen game (from their own choosing or from a fan). Longer video games would form series of ongoing gameplay and commentary by the two until completion. Occasionally, they would participate in two-player games against each other, as part of their Game Grumps Vs. series. Before Jafari's departure to work on his own JonTron series, the two appeared in a promotional video for the Warner Bros. movie Pacific Rim produced by Polaris. The video also featured other internet personalities Jesse Cox, Dodger, Mike Lamond and John Bain.[1] In the video they played new recruits under training by "The Lieutenant Commander" played by Robert Kazinsky.

With Jafari's departure in June 19 2013, Ninja Sex Party vocalist Danny "Sexbang" Avidan came on to replace him as co-host. Danny would also join Ross "RubberNinja" O'Donovan as co-hosts of the spin-off Steam Train, where both play PC games (the title references the retailer Steam). This expanded the channel's output to three videos a day: two standard Game Grumps episodes and a single Steam Train episode. Steam Train later expanded to include Arin as a co-host at times (sometimes replacing Danny) as well as featuring the group's previous editor Barry Kramer and the group's secretary and Arin's wife Suzy Berhow. The expansion also introduced a new Steam Rolled series where four-player games (not necessarily PC games) are played by the group. In October 2013, the group began a gameplay series featuring Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the Polaris YouTube channel titled Game Grumps Present: Hunting Monsters. A second installment, featuring Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, began in February of 2015.

In December 2013, Barry and Suzy began hosting Table Flip, where they dress in Victorian/19th century American period clothing[2] and play tabletop games, such as card games, board games, and tile-based games with other YouTube personalities. The series is professionally produced by Polaris, with seven cameras and extensive editing in post-production to fit the content to the show's 45 to 60 minute format on Polaris's website rather than the Game Grumps YouTube channel.[3]

In November 2014, Kramer was replaced as video editor by Kevin Abernathy, allowing him to participate in the videos as a full-time host. Kramer still remained the editor for Steam Train.

In January of 2015, to celebrate reaching 2 million subscribers, they released a new show, "Grumpcade," featuring any combination of co-hosts playing any console games. The show also features guest YouTube personalities, such as ProJared and Markiplier. Shortly after, in February of 2015, GrumpOut, a channel dedicated to recreational and live-action video projects, was created, which has no schedule to follow.

Charity[edit]

In late 2013, the Game Grumps had put various games, which they'd received multiple copies of, on eBay for auction, with all the proceeds going to the children's charity Child's Play.[4] After the auctions had ended, the total amount they had raised was over $7,000.[5]

Popularity[edit]

Due to the popularity of the series, there has been a large amount of content created by fans based on the series. Common fan creations from the show include fan art and animated re-creations of scenes from the show featuring audio from the show, musical remixes of audio from the show,[6] clip compilations,[7] and also comic strips.[8] The show and its hosts have also since been referenced in a number of video games such as DLC Quest[9] and The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures.[10]

A specially modified version of the demo for The Stanley Parable was played on the show which addressed the show's hosts Danny and Ross.[11] The show's host Danny will be appearing in the upcoming PC game Default Dan as a playable option.[12] Special versions of Haunt the House: Terrortown and Electronic Super Joy were modded for them as well, featuring the hosts themselves. Arin, Danny, and Ross, along with Ross's cat Orph, will be playable characters in the game Hex Heroes for the Wii U. They will also be providing voiceover work.[13]

Singer Hayley Westenra thanked the show for their version of her song "Prayer". She called it a "very fresh spin" and said that "performing that song will never be the same again."[14]

Video game designer Markus "Notch" Persson has cited multiple times of being a fan of the series.[15][16]

Comedy musician "Weird Al" Yankovic, during a Reddit AMA session, claimed that he enjoys Ninja Sex Party's content, as well as the shows, and has expressed interest in joining the show for a possible Guest Grumps episode in the future.[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations for Game Grumps
Year Award Show Category Result Recipient(s) Ref
2013 Shorty Awards #Gaming Nominated PewDiePie and RandonsPlay (tie) [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pacific Rim - Training Day with Jesse Cox, Dodger, Huskystarcraft, Totalbiscuit, and the GameGrumps". YouTube. 2013-07-12. Retrieved 2014-09-05. 
  2. ^ "18th Century-ish Table Flip Theme? - Suzy and Barry Game Grumps AMA". Polaris. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "How is Table Flip filmed? - Suzy and Barry Game Grumps AMA". Polaris. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Aziz, Hamza (2013-08-21). "GameGrumps auctioning off games for Child's Play". Destructoid. Retrieved 2014-11-01. 
  5. ^ Conway, Ryan (2013-08-30). "Game Grumps eBay auctions raise $7K for Child’s Play". ScrewAttack. Retrieved 2014-11-01. 
  6. ^ Amini, Tina (2013-03-29). "In 70 Or So Years, The Game Grumps Will Be The Game Gramps And This Is …". Kotaku. Retrieved 2014-11-01. 
  7. ^ Neltz, András (2014-10-31). "Nothing Says Halloween Like People Screaming at Horror Games". Kotaku. Retrieved 2014-11-15. 
  8. ^ Napierski, Steve (2014-08-03). "When Grumpy Met Sally". Dueling Analogs. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  9. ^ "DLC Quest". VGFacts. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  10. ^ "Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures". VGFacts. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  11. ^ Thew, Geoff (2014-02-14). "Vertical Slice Demos Provide a Clear-Cut Advantage". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  12. ^ Kikiwik Games (2014-01-30). "Play as Default Danny!". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  13. ^ Prismatic Games LLC (2014-09-04). "OUR GRUMPIEST ANNOUNCEMENT YET". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  14. ^ Hayley Westenra (2013-11-12). "Twitter / Hayley Westenra: I'd like to thank @egoraptor & @GameGrumps for their very fresh spin on "Prayer". Performing that song will never be the same again.". Twitter. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  15. ^ Markus Persson (2012-03-11). "Twitter / Markus Persson: So far today, I've watched Game Grumps. I'm ok with this.". Twitter. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  16. ^ Markus Persson (2013-11-16). "Twitter / Markus Persson: Sometimes I wish I was a game grump.". Twitter. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  17. ^ "This is "Weird Al" Yankovic - AMAA (Ask Me Anything, Again)". Reddit. 
  18. ^ Ngak, Chenda (2013-09-04). "Shorty Awards 2013 honors Michelle Obama, Jimmy Kimmel". CBS News. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 

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