Game Grumps

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Name(s): Game Grumps, GG
Scope/Focus: RPF fandom for the youtube channel Game Grumps
Date(s): 2013 to Present
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Game Grumps is the name of a gaming youtube channel centred around letsplays of games, typically featuring co-hosts Dan Avidan and Arin Hanson. It was originally created by Arin 'Egoraptor' Hanson and Jon 'Jontron' Jafari on July 10, 2012. on June 25, 2013, it was announced that Jon was leaving Game Grumps, and Dan Avidan entered as the new co-host.

Members

Current

  • Arin Hanson - Co-host of Game Grumps
  • Barry Kramer - Editor, co-host of Steam Train and Table Flip, sketch writer
  • Ross O'Donovan - Co-host of Steam Train, Animator and Artist
  • Suzy Berhow - Former secretary, co-host of Table Flip
  • Dan Avidan - Co-host of Game Grumps
  • Jack Walsh - intern, Camerawork
  • Brian Wecht - occasionally hosts Steam Train and Grumpcade, social media manager
  • Brent Lilley - Manager
  • Vernon Shaw - Creative Management
  • Matt Watson - Editor
  • Ryan Magee - Editor

Former

  • Jon Jafari - Co-host of Game Grumps
  • Graham Nicastro - Lawyer
  • Kevin Abernathy - Editor

Shows

Current

  • Game Grumps
    • Guest Grumps
    • Game Grumps VS
    • Game Grump
    • Ghoul Grumps
  • Game Grumps Animated
  • Steam Train
    • Steam Rolled
    • Grumpcade
  • Best of Game Grumps

Former

  • Table Flip (2013-2016)

Related Channels

Fandom

Game Grumps has a strong and creative fandom, which the Grumps have acknowledged many times. The canon is mainly Game Grumps videos, although some fanworks also draw from their related channels or from events they hold, and their other social media accounts on Twitter and Vine.

The fandom centres around shipping, fanart, fanfiction and fan animations. The fandom has a large following on Archive Of Our Own with 2700 fanworks as of Sat. 11 March 2017.[1] Another popular form of fanwork are fanmixes, wherein creators take audio clips from Game Grumps episodes and turns them into a song. Popular fanmixes include 'Soar Onward' by Atpunk and 'Goin to space' by MovieMasterAl.

Grump's Dream Course

A group of Game Grumps enthusiasts based on reddit[2] created a Game Grumps-themed ROM hack of the game Kirby's Dream Course, which the Game Grumps played and enjoyed. They sent the game to the Grumps, who started a series playing it.[3]

Game Grumps Animated

The Game Grumps have a weekly 'Game Grumps Animated' video, an animated video by a fan of an audio clip from Game Grumps. Arin Stated in his Mega Man X play-through that he wanted to encourage people to create Game Grumps fanworks, which was why the channel started Game Grumps Animated.

Ships

  • Dan/Brian - This ship is popular due to them working together in NSP, and their strong friendship. They are also the two oldest members of Game Grumps.
  • Dan/Arin - As co-hosts, many people ship them. They also make frequent suggestive comments to and about each other in jest.
  • Arin/Suzy - Arin and Suzy are married so they are a relatively popular ship.
  • Ross/Holly - Ross and Holly are also married, although since they do not appear as frequently on the Game Grumps channel they do not have a large following.

There are also many polyamorous ships - too many to list. Kevin, however, is rarely part of these ships since he requested that people do not ship him in fanworks.

Fandom Controversies

Most fandom arguments stem from Jon's departure, and whether Dan or Jon is the better 'not so grump'. Few large arguments come from fan-created content. Some fans also do not agree on who on the Grumps team is the best editor, as some see Kevin as having been largely inferior to Barry, Matt and Ryan.

A less serious controversy comes from the episode Nickelodeon Guts: The Trial of the Century. In the video, Jon and Arin argue over whether or not Jon is withholding information on how to play from Arin. It sparked strong discussion amongst viewers and has become a polarising issue within the fandom.

Archives and Fan Communities

References

  1. Game Grumps - Archive Of Our Own
  2. KDC Game Grumps - Reddit
  3. Grump's Dream Course Playlist - Game Grumps