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Tipping Forties (September 15, 2009 – May 27, 2012) were a group of young gentlemen in Arizona that enjoy the drink. They also enjoyed making Let's Plays.Originally a team of three guys named Ryan, Benson and Mike, they started out on the Something Awful forums under the handles Kuvo, topiKal and bandunk, respectively, with a well-received LP of Final Fantasy X. Following that up with an additional let's play of Metal Gear Solid 4 and adding Alex (a.k.a. Marvelis) to the team, they came into full-swing. Towards the end of their run, Marvelis retired from LP, leaving the original three to book-end the show with Final Fantasy X-2.The guys also had a few non-LP projects - in addition to various skits, they made a weekly podcast, comedy series called Lunch Break, and a full-length movie, High Low.In May 2012 they announced their breakup, which meant the end of the podcast as well as everything else that had the T40 name on it. However, Kuvo still does Let's Plays with a new crew, and streams together with Bandunk and Benson. They also have a new show where they riff Netflix movies. Links below.
topiKal also challenged fans to make a collection of every drunken song they've ever done. Considering how often they sang and how many videos they have (5 videos a week nearly every week for almost three years, with little to no invokedSchedule Slip), it would be quite the challenge.
Easter Egg: How they hinted at new LP's. Kuvo would hide images in the programming of their website that give small hints, leading the thread to hunt and guess.
The Faceless: Ryan was this for most of their run, until they started doing the streams. Before that, he would always be either behind the camera or obscuring his face with something whenever the gang appeared in pictures/videos.
Fan-Art: They've generated quite from the SA forums, ranging from MS Paint humor to actually decent pieces to even music. Check the LP Archive of FFX for a good amount of it.
Flanderization: Drinking has become a more and more important gimmick as the Forties have advanced. In the beginning they were hecklers who occasionally had a few and now they have drinking games and are verging on cirrhosis. Not that anyone's complaining.
This reached its crowning point for the Golden Eye 1997 LP, where drinking conditions were basically what you were watching it for. When they played Shenmue, they didn't use them at all, so they can get back to their roots. Curiously, they ended up drinking way more without the conditions.
This Trope has now been reversed in near enough it's entirety. The T40's haven't used their what are we drinking catchphrase in years and with the exception of the final episode celebrations they rarely get as blind drunk as they used to - in fact they've potentially changed so much you could near enough apply the Early Installment Weirdness Trope to them.
Non-Action Snarker: bandunk tends not to play in any of their single-player Let's Plays, choosing rather just to lampshade and snark at-will. Broken for the New Vegas LP, in which bandunk does take the wheel. He's not particularly good at it.
Alex: "bandunk's pretty sad that he died to a gecko."
Refuge in Vulgarity: Very commonly invoked by bandunk. Wifedunk can usually be heard in the background going "oh my god, Michael" whenever he tells a particularly raunchy joke.
In the Mario Party 8 LP, he brought up something so disgusting that Ryan had to bleep it in the video (see Sound Effect Bleep). It's been years since they recorded that episode and all ex-40s still refuse to reveal what the bleeped audio was.
The Show Must Go On: Lost or defective recordings, broken equipment, corrupted save files, or (in one case) food poisoning never stopped them from their surprisingly good schedule track record. They even continued streaming after the band broke up.
Hello, Insert Name Here: Used to great effect, such as naming Tidus Rüsty right off the bat, and eventually giving increasingly creative names for the Aeons, such as naming Anima "YOUR MOM" and the Magus Sisters "STOP", "CRYING" and "FAGGOT" respectively.
Bagelnoishe: "Aw jeez, I just- *Alex gets off Noishe* -no, don't leave me! Now what am I gonna do, I don't even have any money on me... I'm stuck here in the middle of the field, and all I've got is a hundred bucks..."
Ryan: "That's no money?"
Bagelnoishe: "I'm Jewish, of course that's like no money! That's nothing! I can't even take a cab across town with that..."
A Date with Rosie Palms: In what amounts to being possibly one of the funniest moments of the LP, Shenmue episode 30 concludes with bandunk telling stories of his worst experiences of the porn that he has watched over the years.
Signature Move: One of the reasons Ryan loses so badly to both Ass-Less Chaps Man and Smeagol is that the Windmill kick has become this for him, a move in which he learns far too late is devastating against random mooks but almost useless against bosses.
We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: During episode 19, the guys noticed and commented on a problem with the VMU... and then their save file got corrupted. Kuvo bought another controller and spent 6 hours playing through the entire game up to the point where it happened to avoid Schedule Slip.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Drinking Game: Had them drinking whenever one of them dies, someone kills another or when one of them uses a continue. We're not sure how they survived that.
Griefer: Everyone at every possible moment, which is par for the course.
Chekhov's Gun: While wandering around in New Vegas, bandunk managed to find a Lucky 38 VIP Keycard and states that he knows what has to do. Upon confronting Mr. House, rather than doing any quests for him, he uses the Keycard to instantly gain access to the Control Room, where he deactivates him, thereby cutting off an entire quest line before it even started.
Benson: "Raddunk is not only a sociopath, but he might be the greatest character in any of the games we've played. He is consistantly completely insane, completely unpredictable, and has multiple voices in his head telling him what to do and who constantly contradict each other. He is the perfect character for Tipping Forties and I declare him as our mascot. He's wonderful."
Consummate Liar: Thanks to Raddunk's high Speech stat, everyone trusts him despite being a crazy old man in a spacesuit. He tricks a young girl into running straight into artillery fire, gains entry into an NCR base by claiming to be part of the "NCR Space Division", makes Mortimer spill the beans about the White Gloves' secret cannibal plot within minutes of meeting him, and tells Caesar that his brain tumor is actually a case of "intra-cranial blastoma fibrolosis".
Alex: "I think Raddunk should start a cult, because everyone believes him no matter what."
The Chew Toy: Cass and Boone. Benson calls for killing both more than once.
Have I Mentioned I am Gay??: The crew picks the Confirmed Bachelor perk for Raddunk early on, so that he can flirt with other gay men and bypass certain tasks. However, bandunk still maxes out his Speech stat and always picks the normal speech option so he can get EXP points. They end up going the entire game without a single gay speech check.
Too Dumb to Live: While doing quests for the Brotherhood of Steel, Raddunk finds himself unable to talk to Elder Macnamara to find out his next objective. Not realizing that he's supposed to talk to somebody else, the 40s assume the quest broke, blow the whole base up and leave.
Call Back: For each episode, each player would be wearing a new costume. Character-themed costumes included Wakka, Raddunk, Lloyd, and others. A fan also sent them a custom level that was a medley of things from all their previous games, but sadly a physics glitch prevented them from making it to the end.
invokedEnding Fatigue: Started kicking in around the last third, as the team quickly ran out of funny side things to do and started doing more and more of the (boring) main quests. The pace picked up again for a few episodes, though, as Alex tried to start a family.
Even the Guys Want Him: Every time Alex tries to attract a woman, he ends up attracting several men in the process.
Kick the Dog: Done literally to Juiceman the dog in Fable II by Dean the Househusband. Alex swears revenge, and guns him down in the street the next time he runs into him. A fan later makes a donation to T40s as a bounty on Dean.
Too Dumb to Live: The group is fighting a trio of Blue Orbs. Assuming Blue means ice (when it actually means water), they try fire magic. When that doesn't work, the group doesn't know what to do, despite the fact the Orbs constantly cast water spells. They died two or three times in that one fight. Even after finally winning, one of them complains about fire not working.
Ax-Crazy: Just listen to the perverse pleasure Bianca (Topigal) gets every time Jensen brutally murders and/or assaults innocent people in cold blood during the Deus Ex: Human Revolution LP. Bonus points are awarded if it involves using something other than a conventional weapon such as a flying refrigerator.
Big "NO!": Alex made several as bandunk used his warp block in Mario Party to overtake him and got the star.