Tipping Forties were a group of young gentlemen in Arizona that enjoy the drink.They also enjoyed making Let's Plays.Originally a team of three gents named Ryan, Benson and Michael, they started out on the Something Awful forums under the handles Kuvo, topiKal and bandunk, respectively, with a let's play of Final Fantasy X which gained some popularity. 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... until the beginning of the Final Fantasy X-2 Let's Play, where Marvelis bailed out.The guys also made other videos that put a face to the voices. You can watch their videos on Kuvo's Viddler, TippingForties's blip, or TippingForties's YouTube. There's also their non-LP series, Lunch Break, found here and their movie HighOn May 27th, 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 and topiKal continue doing Let's Plays (with bandunk joining in on the weekly streams), and topiKal has expressed interest in doing a new podcast.
Marvelis: On this podcast we normally talk about things we like, things we hate, stupid people... but the only thing we like is hating stupid people.
Accidental Pun: Asking for a rain check while talking about a date with Raine.
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.
The Ace: Alex is the most skilled at games, and won't miss a chance to boast about it.
Americans Hate Tingle: The Forties are all pretty unanimous in their hatred of Yuna, Akiba, Colette, Nozomi...
For Golden Eye 1997, they asked for challenges to perform during gameplay, which they then picked out of a hat.
For LittleBigPlanet 2, they asked people to either create or recommend custom levels for them to play.
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.
Ryan took to being the most noticably drunk in the middle of a session, although this may just be because of his drink choice.
Call Back: For each LBP2 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 L Ps, but sadly a physics glitch prevented them from making it to the end.
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."
The Chew Toy: Despite the Forties disliking most games they play, some characters manage to be at the forefront of their hatred; Tidus and Kimahri from Final Fantasy X, Raiden, Johnny AND Sunny from Metal Gear Solid 4, and Presea from Tales of Symphonia. The latter is probably the queen of this, inspiring mocking or anger every time she even speaks.
No love (hate) for Kimahri?
Sister Hannah in Fable II becomes this for the crew (especially Benson), as they mock her tiny head and uninteresting personality throughout almost all of her screen time.
bandunk: "It's like if you took a normal-looking woman's head and put it onto Triple H."
For Fallout: New Vegas, none of the Forties like Cass, due to her not being interesting to them. Benson also hates Boone, and calls for his death more than once.
Critical Existence Failure: The end of the life of their copy of Final Fantasy X-2 after they all unanimously agreed it was one of the worst games they had ever done a Let's Play of.
Drinking Game: invokedFor some LPs, words are chosen for the crew to drink on, and each week a few are picked by the SA forums.
During their Metal Gear Solid 4 LP, they drank everytime a character said "Nanomachines", "Patriots" or "La Li Lu Le Lo".
For the Tales Of Symphonia LP, the drinking words were "Regeneration" and "Mana". Sometimes someone who was reading the game script would tell them to drink on the word "world" and "Cruxis".
For their LP of Golden Eye 1997, the crew would pick drinking conditions out of a hat and drink if they failed to meet the requirements.
The New Super Mario Bros Wii LP 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.
For Fallout: New Vegas, due to the nature of the PS3 version, they would all take a shot if the game broke. If a quest broke, only Bandunk had to take a shot because he was the one who wanted to play on PS3.
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 Schedule Slip), it would be quite the challenge.
This started kicking in around the last third of Fable II, as the team quickly ran out of funny side things to do and started doing more and more of the (uninteresting) main quests. The pace picked up again for a few episodes, though, as Alex tried to start a family.
Final Fantasy X-2 with each episode as it went on finding more hate and something similar to depression.
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. They ended up drinking 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.
Hello, Insert Name Here: Used to great effect during the Final Fantasy X LP, 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.
He's Back: After their run as Tipping Forties were done, Alex stopped appearing in any streams or videos... until he came back for a stream to join in on riffing Baby's Day Out. As of late, he's been coming to Ryan's weekly stream when his work hours permit it.
Hopeless Boss Fight: What the gang thought that the fight with Kratos was even though that fight is doable, just difficult. Yggdrasil is a straight example though.Shenmue's fight against Chai in the You Arcade played this straight too.
Have I Mentioned I am Gay??: In Fallout: New Vegas, 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.
Alex: "I don't think anyone of us here has Donkey Kong 64. I bought it for the expansion pack, then sold it for 40 dollars right after. The kid cried, 'cause he couldn't play it. And then when he did play it, he cried again."
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..."
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.
Goro: "HEY! Bro, didn't I ask you not to say that so LOOOUUUDDDD!"
Ryo (to Tom): "Do you know of a group called the Mad Angels?"
Tom: "Oh NO! They are very dangerous, man!"
Benson: "Why does everyone scream as soon as you mention them to 'em?
bandunk, especially when he's had a few. The final FFX-2 episode was named "Shut Up Mike" because he yelled so much.
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. As the other T40s tend to point out, he isn't very good at games.
Ryan: "If you didn't notice, we leveled everyone up to level 16, which is the max, and gave them full stats and everything. Except for bandunk, who picked the level 1 Scott Pilgrim because he's stupid."
Broken for the New Vegas LP, in which bandunk takes 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.
Ryan: "What do you think of this game Silent Roommate?
Silent Roommate "..."
Silent Roommate finally broke his vow of silence when he guest starred on the podcast.
Slash Fic: During the FFX LP, the guys would read slash fiction about the characters to pass the time during the boring to watch temples. One written by a fan even managed to name an episode. See Unusual Euphemism.
Title Drop: Done in reverse; the Forties, after saying a particularly funny or ridiculous quote, will often mention that that will be the title of the video. Most of the time, it does.
Too Dumb to Live: Many times the T40s team will get lost (mostly in Tales of Symphonia), and end up in a place where they don't need to be at all and will spend a good twenty minutes there before realizing they need to be somewhere else. This is particularly infuriating when it is blatantly stated where the next important location is in the dialogue. This is a good source of rage to those who are familiar with the game.
In Fallout: New Vegas, 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.
Best shown in the Tales of Symphonia episode where they talked to every single NPC in the city... except the one they had to.
Although to be perfectly fair, the Forties often do this as a result of being very, very drunk, thanks to their sadistic viewers. The above video is also the best example of that, too.
During Final Fantasy X-2 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.
The Sheena Shuffle, where half an episode of commentary was lost due to dead batteries.
Here, too. They recorded a whole week of Golden Eye 1997 without any game audio, so they rerecorded and released the audioless ones as Lost Episodes.
During episode 19 of Shenmue, the Forties noticed and commented on a problem with the controller... 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.