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GameGrumps
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Created By: Game Grumps
Associated Channel(s): GrumpOut (the Game Grumps' Non-gaming channel)
Egoraptor (Arin's Channel)
RubberNinja (Ross' Channel)
Ninja Sex Party (Danny's Channel)
JonTron (Jon's Channel)
Mortem3r (Suzy's Channel)
KittyKatGaming (Suzy's Gaming Channel)
Creation Date: July 10, 2012
Other Names: Game Grumps
Video List: Video List:GameGrumps

GameGrumps, more commonly known as Game Grumps, is a video game playthrough channel that features videos that contain anywhere from two to four people playing a game.

About

The most famous and oldest series is Game Grumps, where Arin Hanson and Daniel Avidan, formerly Jon Jafari, play console games.

The second series is Game Grumps VS

The third series is Steam Train, where Ross O'Donovan an Avidan plays PC games. Sometimes, of the of two or both will play with any one or more than one of the following: Hanson, Barry KramerSuzy Berhow. In 2015, it became just two people playing games.

The fourth series is Steam Rolled, where four of the Game Grumps play video games.

The fifth series is Hunting Monsters, where Berhow, Hanson, Kramer, and O'Donovan play "Hunting Monsters 3" (Season 1) and "Hunting Monsters 4" (Season 2). Avidan provides commentary, like a narrator.

The sixth series is Table Flip, where Kramer and Berhow play games, that are not video games, with guests.

The seventh series is Grumpcade, alternately spelled, "Grump Cade", where any combination of people, excluding Hanson and Avidan, play console games.

History

The Game Grumps began as a result of an argument between Hanson and Jafari. They were playing Super Smash Brothers Brawl with friends and had an intense debate about whether the characters Wolf and Fox were clones or not. When someone complained that the two should stop being so grumpy over the game, Hanson suggested he make a podcast called, "Game Grumps", and the idea evolved into the creation of the channel.

The channel was created on July 10, 2012, and the first video was uploaded on July 18. Since beginning the channel, the channel has accumulated a huge fan following from Egoraptor fans, JonTron fans, and gamers in general. The Game Grumps play games and commentate them in the same vein as a "Let's Play" channel, though they usually insist they aren't a Let's Play channel (there has been at least one occasion where Jafari refers to GameGrumps as a Let's Play channel). Given the fact that the Grumps do not complete most games they begin, this holds true. The Grumps discuss various topics, usually revolving around the game they are playing, game design, their channels, social lives, and pop culture. Currently, the channel has over 1,750,000 subscribers and over 750,000,000 total video views.

Early in Game Grumps, Jafari and Hanson generally played games that one had played before, and wanted to share with the other, such as Jafari's Banjo Kazooie, and Hanson's Mega Man 7, or both had played and enjoyed, such as Kirby Super Star. In September 2012, the Game Grumps began receiving games in their PO Box from fans, and even more as time went on. Their variety of games became more diverse, and the amount of time spent playing each game generally decreased; many games played were only one-offs, or series only lasting about three episodes.

Since the beginning of GameGrumps, the channel has had a strong and creative fanbase. Their fans have made a lot of Game Grumps-related content. Game Grumps fans have made a lot of fanart for the Grumps. The fanart is generally either an illustration of a moment from an episode, or simply drawings of Jafari and Hanson. The fans have also made a notable amount of Rule 34 fanart of the Grumps, which they have acknowledged. Some fanart has been posted on the Game Grumps Facebook page. Another form of fan content is remixes. The remixes are generally created by editing audio from Game Grumps episodes. The first notable example of a fan remix is Waterflame's pause balls remix, which was mentioned and sung in an episode of Game Grumps. Fanmade Game Grumps Animated have become a very common creation among fans. These animations show parts of the Game Grumps' playthrough, generally either placing Hanson and Jafari inside the video game, or showing them on their couch playing the game. These animations were done even before Hanson had made some for the Game Grumps channel, although they became more common afterwards.

When Game Grumps began, Jafari edited the videos, and he and Hanson shared management of the GameGrumps channel. Late in September 2012, Kramer took over the role of editor of GameGrumps, as well as every role besides the actual recording, including uploading videos and managing playlists. This was done to allow Jafari and Hanson to focus more on their main channels. Kramer copied Jafari's style of editing to keep his role a secret, in fear that fans would not feel comfortable with somebody else editing the videos. Fortunately, fans responded positively to Kramer, and he has become as popular as Jafari and Hanson.

In January 2013, the Game Grumps attended their first convention together, MAGFest 11 (Hanson had gone to conventions before, without Jafari). They held their first Game Grumps panel, where they answered many questions about the show and announced many upcoming events.

Shortly after MAGFest, the Game Grumps had their first guest star on the show, Grant Kirkhope, a composer for many Rareware games, in a new series called Guest Grumps. The episode was released on March 25, 2013.

On June 25, 2013, it was announced that Jafari was leaving the show, and that Avidan of Ninja Sex Party was taking his place. On the same day, the Game Grumps channel received a spin-off show, Steam Train, starring Avidan and O'Donovan.

The original trailer for Steam Train was uploaded (but taken down shortly after) on RubberRoss.[Citation Needed] In this trailer, it was revealed that Avidan was originally only supposed to appear on Steam Train with O'Donovan, while Hanson and Jafari continued Game Grumps. However, when Jafari left the channel, Danny was asked to fill in as the new Not-So Grump. Jafari stated on his own channel that he left to concentrate on his main channel as his video schedule was very slow during his time on GameGrumps. Jafari has confirmed several times that he will not be returning to GameGrumps.

On August 23, 2013, Steam Rolled was launched. Originally a competitive version of Steam Train, similar to Game Grumps VS, the first episode featured Quake III Arena, with Hanson, Avidan, O'Donovan and Kramer as players. Suzy Berhow also joined Steam Rolled shortly after this episode, replacing Avidan, on August 26, playing Mario Party 4.

On October 25, 2013, a temporary Halloween themed Game Grumps and Steam Train series called, "Ghoul Grumps" and "Scream Train" began. This saw the beginning of several holiday-themed spin-off shows. On December 22, 2013, another spin-off series was aired; Jingle Grumps and Steam Sleigh. There has been similar spin-off series on Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day, suggesting that there will be other holiday-themed series as well.

In January 2014, the Game Grumps attended MAGFest 12. Hanson, who had previously expressed uncertainty about another convention, hosted a Game Grumps panel with Avidan. There was also a Ninja Sex Party/Steam Train panel with Avidan, O'Donovan, Kramer, Berhow and Ninja Brian.

On February 7, 2014, Table Flip (which was previously hosted on the Polaris website) began on the Game Grumps channel. Table Flip is a series featuring Kramer and Berhow playing board and card games. With every game they play, they have several guests with them, such as the other Grumps, Mark Fischbach of Markiplier, Jordan Maron of CaptainSparklez and Michael Barryte of Belated Media.

On November 21, Kevin Abernathy was announced as the new editor for Game Grumps and Steam Train so Barry could focus his work on Sequelitis and other sketches.

On November 5, 2015, Brian Wecht joined the core Game Grumps team.

Series

Game Grumps

Main article: Game Grumps (series)

Game Grumps is a series of videos where Hanson and Avidan, formerly Jafari, play video games on consoles. The consoles are both old and modern consoles from all of the companies, mostly Nintendo.

Ghoul Grumps

Ghoul Grumps is the Halloween version of Game Grumps that occurs the last week of October. It was started in 2013 and has continued every year since.

During this week, Avidan and Hanson play Scary or Halloween-based games.

For these videos, their nicknames are changed to: Frankenraptor for Hanson and BLEHnny for Avidan.

Each of these videos contains a different message that has been reversed. Backwards these messages are:

Jingle Grumps

Jingle Grumps is the Christmas version of Game Grumps that occurs the week of Christmas. It started in 2013 and has continued every year since.

In this week, Hanson and Avidan play winter or Christmas-themed games.

For these videos, their nicknames are changed to: Egowrapper for Hanson and Dan-ta Claus for Avidan.

Date Grumps

Date Grumps is the Valentine's Day version of Game Grumps that occurs on Valentine's Day. It was started in 2014 and has continued every year since.

During this day, Berhow and Hanson play one or two one-off games.

For these videos, Egoraptor says that he is grump, but then is kissed by Mortem3r, Suzy's channel nickname, and Egoraptor says that he is "Not-So Grump".

Game Grumps VS

Main article: Game Grumps VS

Game Grumps VS is a series that features Hanson and Avidan, formerly Jafari, going head to head in two player competition games.

Steam Train

Main article: Steam Train

Steam Train is a series in which two or three of the Game Grumps play computer games. Originally, it was Avidan and O'Donovan playing computer games.

Scream Train

Scream Train is the Halloween version of Steam Train that occurs on the last week of October. It was started in 2013 and has continued every year since.

During this week, a combination of O'Donovan, Avidan, Hanson, and Kramer play scary or Halloween-based computer games.

During this week, O'Donovan's nickname is changed to "Rots", Avidan's nickname is changed to "Dreadly", Hanson's nickname is changed to "Scarin", and Kramer's is changed to "Scarry".

Steam Sleigh

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Stout Train

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Steam Rolled

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Hunting Monsters

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Table Flip

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Grumpcade

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