They were founded in 2005 out of the GoldenEye: Source mod by regular player boris and PR manager/trailer producer Xanatos, and immediately built up a core group of friends making videos for a living for the next 5 years.
Tropes that are associated with the group:
- Art Evolution: Over time, Xanatos has improved the quality and fidelity of their videos. A notable shift took place when he was invited to the Machinima.com director's program around 2008.
- Comical Overreacting: This is a frequent occurrence both in and out of the videos.
- Large Ham: Crackbone, and arguably boris.
- Promoted Fanboy: There have been some instances in Janus' later years in which extras were called upon from the fanbase, including the Gman Squad Initiation Contest.
- Rapid-Fire Comedy: Even with the early productions being mostly improv, this is prevalent.
- Shout-Out: Under construction.