Game Society Pimps (GSP) |
Game Society Films
|Years active||2011 - present|
|Notable work||7 Days to Die|
Game Society is based in Madison, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois and is most famous for their comedic walkthrough Skyrim For Pimps. Their gameplays typically involve original stories and original characters deviating from the video game's narrative, often resulting in a humorous yet compelling viewing experience.
Partnering with voice actor Jason Stephens, they have also created multiple series with celebrities playing video games including Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman, then-President Obama. These videos are sometimes collectively known as "Walkenthroughs" and are produced for Machinima.
Previously known as Game Society Pimps and Game Society Films, the company re-branded their channel as Game Society in order to meet YouTube's new standard of business ethics.
- Main article: Aaron Yonda
Aaron Yonda is a costar commentator of Game Society and editor for the 7 Days to Die series. Aside from working on his gaming channel, he produced Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager and is currently producing Beer and Board Games with the Blame Society Films.
- Main article: Emre Cihangir
Emre Cihangir is a costar commentator of Game Society and is the main editor for Game Society.
- Main article: Adam Koralik
Adam Koralik is a producer for Game Society and works on the business side of the organization. He is often the member commenting on the YouTube page and also the member who travels to conferences as a representative for Game Society. Adam has his own YouTube channel, where he discusses current gaming trends and retro gaming focusing on home consoles.
- Main article: Jason Stephens
Jason Stephen is a voice impersonator and owner of Jason's Voices. He provides voices of Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman, Barack Obama, and many more for Game Society. Aside from his work with Game Society, he has voiced for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and various television advertisements.
Lucas is an editor for Game Society and has edited many of the clips including episodes from Disneyland Adventures, Gang Beasts, and the Obama Plays. Adam calls him the silent GSP member.
In 2011, Aaron, Adam, and Emre co-founded a gaming channel called Game Society Films (later moved to Game Society Pimps). The channel first began as a collaboration between Aaron from Blame Society Productions and Adam and Emre from FigureItOut Productions. Most of their earlier videos began as game reviews, taking full use of Adam's vast video game collection. Their first gameplay (on Game Society Films) was a Gears of War 3 playthrough.
In late 2011, members of Game Society piloted Skyrim For Pimps, an epic tale of zany protagonists marketed as "a very special kind of walkthrough." The show has become one of the most popular series on the channel, continuing for six seasons and going onto its seventh season.
One of their earlier projects to note was Top Ten FPS, a series introducing their favorite first person shooter games, which became an instant classic among Game Society fans.
In early 2012, members of Game Society partnered with Wisconsin-based voice actor Jason Stephens and created the Christopher Walkenthrough, a series in which Christopher Walken plays various video games and makes video game commentary.
Around this time, the trio started playing low cost hunting games. The concept of "father" (played by Aaron) and "son" (played by Emre) is later adopted when they start playing Cabela's titles. The series is collectively known as the Angry Hunter.
In the spring of 2012, Aaron, Adam, and Emre launched After Dark, a compilation of video games not suitable for children, and Video Game Lunch (which later evolved into Guys Vs Games), a catch-all series in which members of Game Society would causally play video games.
In the fall of 2012, the trio shut down the Game Society Films channel and moved most of their content to their new channel Game Society Pimps (now shortened to Game Society). YouTube had demonetized their previous channel, which they had later explained to be erroneous but YouTube was unable or unwilling to correct this mistake. (This occured when they tried to switch their previous channel between multi channel networks.) Game Society created a new channel and signed their new channel with a multi channel network called Machinima (Wikipedia), which would be able to provide better representation going forward.
Following the success of the Skyrim For Pimps series, in late 2012, they launched Fallout For Pimps. Similar to Skyrim, the game Fallout 3 provided Game Society a chance to tell an comedic story with its sandbox open-world interactive gameplay.
In mid 2013, Adam forced Aaron to play Disneyland Adventures for the Kinect. Since its launch, the game has become one of the top requested games among fans as Aaron shows extreme displeasure being part of the magical adventure. The gameplay is usually accompanied by Adam's crude vocal impressions of Disney characters, most frequently Mickey and Stitch, adding further to Aaron's pain and suffering. The series has been discontinued multiple times citing Aaron's high levels of dissatisfaction. Fortunately, fans of the show can crowdfund the completion of the game on their Patreon page. Link to their Patreon page can be found here.
In September 2013, Grand Theft Auto V was released. Game Society created a series called GTA For Pimps, in which Aaron plays as a former heist man named Michael, who is having a mid-life crisis. He becomes an owner of Hookies, a family restaurant overrun by biker gangs. Later, multiplayer functionality is added to the game and Aaron and Emre play with their fans.
Starting in late 2013 but continuing onto 2014, Aaron and Emre played Ride to Hell: Retribution, a game that got a 19 out of 100 on Metacritic for the PC version, a user score of 1.3 out of 10 and made Wikipedia's list of video games notable for negative reception. They describe this as the worst game that also almost destroyed their company. For more on the series, see Ride to Hell Retribution (series).
Also around late 2013 to 2014, their successes with Christopher Walkenthrough prompted members of Game Society and their partner Jason Stephens to create Morgan Freeman Storytime, a series in which Morgan Freeman narrates a story similar to how he narrated the life of Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption, and Presidential Gamers, in which then-President Obama tries to promote his healthcare website Healthcare.gov in online multiplayer games.
In the spring of 2014, Aaron and Emre start a series playing a game called 7 Days to Die, an open world survival game early in development. They play the roles of mad scientist and zealot respectively. While the role of editor falls to Emre for most of the content on Game Society, the 7 Days to Die series is edited by Aaron. Initially, the edits were not aggressive, leaving much of the content uncut. Edits in later episodes have been more aggressive.
In 2015, the Game Society began doing live shows on YouTube. The live shows largely replaced Guys Vs Games and After Dark as the catch-all series for various gameplays not intended to become a series. Adam manages the communication between the fans and the Game Society. For more on the live shows, see Live Stream.
In late 2015, Emre went on hiatus for personal reasons and Adam and Aaron play Far Cry 4 to fill the air. Adam and Aaron had not co-hosted gameplay since the early days of Game Society Films and they engage in heated banter often calling for Emre to come back. For more on the series, see Far Cry 4 Pimps.
In early 2016, Emre returned from a short hiatus and they began a series known as Far Cry Primal For Pimps. Aaron plays as a prehistoric man named Glug in a prehistoric world. He roams the land of Oros with his not-so-trusty Owl (played by Emre Cihangir).
In mid 2016, Fan funding for the series Ride to Hell Retribution to make its return was reached. Aaron and Emre once again play a video game that almost destroyed their company.
In early 2017, the channel dropped "Pimps" from their name, citing a YouTube crisis for content creators commonly known as "Adpocalypse." Many advertisers pulled ads from YouTube and YouTube implemented new policy to appease the advertisers. Much of Game Society's content were demonetized due to offensive content. They re-branded themselves as "Game Society" and created a new logo although they still go by the name "Game Society Pimps" and "GSP" on a regular basis.
Following the re-brand, Adam introduced a game called Yakuza 0 to Aaron and Emre marking the beginning of the series, Yakuza 0 For Pimps. Both Aaron and Emre play as a protagonist of the series and depending on who the protagonists are at the time. Their counterpart voices over the NPCs in the game. Thanks to the chemistry between the game's quirky nature and Game Society's style of comedy, Yakuza 0 For Pimps has become one of the most popular series among Game Society fans.
In the spring of 2017, Game Society released a new series Enderal For Pimps based off of a SureAI's Enderal: The Shards of Order and in the fall of 2017, they released two new series based off of two brand new games: Emre Daddy from the gameplay of Game Grump's Dream Daddy and the series South Park The Fractured But Whole from the game of the same name.
Game Society makes many other videos and series. For more of their series, see Category:Series.
- Aaron Yonda § Blame Society Films
- Adam Koralik § FigureItOut Productions
- Adam Koralik § Adam Koralik's YouTube Channel
- Emre Cihangir § FigureItOut Productions
- Jason Stephens § Jason's Voices