- @AngusWOOF: The problem is one the of the better sources for information including interviews are on YouTube, which can't use too much or at all. Captain Galaxy (talk) 21:12, 26 May 2020 (UTC)
|Updated 18 May 2020|
TheRunawayGuys is a collaborative YouTube channel created by youtubers Chuggaaconroy, NintendoCapriSun and ProtonJon. Created 2 December 2010, the group have uploaded over 1000 videos starting February 2011 and have generated a large and devoted fan base. TRG mostly focus on Nintendo games, although sometimes they play non-Nintendo IP games.
Chuggaaconroy and ProtonJon had spoken a lot about collaborating on a project where they could meet up and play games together. They had been great friends for quite awhile, in fact Chuggaaconroy was inspired by ProtonJon to pursue a YouTube career. At Magfest 9, they began to record games with who was at the time a guest, NintendoCapriSun. They had the dynamic of playing together in the same room instead of what was done at the time which was post commentary or video calls. The first game they played for the channel was Mario Party 1 for N64. Overtime, NCS became a permanent member to the group. Their next LP was New Super Mario Bros Wii(filmed at PAX East), where they brought on their actual first guest, fellow youtuber JoshJepson. This became a running trend where in some lp's player 4 would be guest youtuber such as MasaeAnela, Lucahjin, SuperJeenius, StephenPlays and Tom Fawkes.
The channel had a variety of ideas for names. The prototype name for the channel was Kaizo, as to hide the idea of the channel in public as it shared the same name as Jon's, at the time, recent playthrough. The team struggled to come up with a name with one infamous name being a joke name, 'PressL2P'. However, in the end, TheRunawayGuys stuck and the channel was created on 2 December 2010. From the beginning, the group filmed in hotels near the Convention venue, as at the time it was the only convenient time for everyone to meet up to record, however after 2016, the group decided to record at Emile's house where they would marathon one or two games over a three-day period to pad out an entire year's worth of content. They meet up together 2 to 3 times a years.
The group haven't come into a large amount of legal issues besides a few minor issues. However, in December 2012, TheRunawayGuys were copyright stroked by Nintendo when making a video on New Super Mario Bros. 2. This is especially noteworthy as the this video was made with permission from Nintendo themselves.
During a 7 November 2019 stream on ProtonJon's Twitch channel, Chugga bet the channel with their two guest stars, MasaeAnela and Tom Fawkes. Following the loss of the bet and at the beginning of the Mario Party 8 LP, they are considered the 'co-producers' of the channel. From the start of the channel to 2019, Chugga edited the videos for the channel, however as of the Pikmin 1 Let's Play (16 March 2019) Dan Settembrini, also known online as MotionDan, began editing for the channel.
'TheRunawayGuys' have garnered somewhat of a cult following with fans considering the group as 'quite underrated'. Despite this, the fan base is seen as quite to devoted, even creating art and fan fictions on social media.  There are also many fans seen at the groups panels.
With multiplayer games, the three core members playing the video game, featuring their commentary, experience with (and opinions of) the chosen game, as well as related and unrelated discussions. Sometimes they'll bring on another youtuber as a 4th member/guest. With single player games, 1 member with barely any experience with the game and play through it to the end with the other two co-commentating and giving pointers. The channel uploads every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until the LP is done. Once the LP is done, they'll play the a 'Side Collab' until the next LP is finished editing.
'TheRunawayGuys Thrown Controllers' is a convention panel hosted by TheRunawayGuys, where members of the audience are chosen to compete for prizes by answering video game trivia questions and playing tailor made video game challenges, sometimes even against the hosts. The first show was held at PAX Prime 2012[Note 1] and have continued to do this panel at multiple other conventions including Momocon , ConBravo!, Comic Con, Magfest, PAX East, PAX West, Otafest, Once Somerville Live Show, House of Independents Live Show  and Too Many Games. The game involves the contestant picking 1 of 10 squares with each square containing either a trivia question[Note 2] or a video game challenge[Note 3] The square could also be 'The Devil's Deal', where the contestant can take a deal where the questions are worth double points but the game will get harder. If the contestant beats the square, they get a point get to choose another square. When they lose,they win a prize. The more points you have the better prize you get.
At conventions, the group would also hold a Q&A where fans can come up and ask questions to TheRunawayGuys. This became a trend at Momocon 2015 and has continued through most of their panels. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all plans for physical events in 2020 were cancelled.
In 2018, Jon was approached by charity organisation Direct Relief if the TheRunawayGuys would like to do a charity marathon similar to Zeldathon, a zelda games marathon. Jon agreed and they teamed up to create a 3-day charity marathon called 'The Runaway Guys Colosseum' from 4 May to 6 May. The event involved multiple YouTube personalities from the Nintendo community, meeting up in a house (supplied by Direct Relief) to play games with donations from the livestream chat to make the playing experience more difficult. Most guests had appeared on the channel before but had some new faces such as FamilyJules. Many running jokes were created from this including 'The Lamp' and 'Lord Don'ator'. In total, $112,610 was raised for charity and due to the success, they continued to do this annually.
In 2019, a sequal charity marathon with Direct Relief was created called 'The Runaway Guys Colosseum 2019' from 3 May to 7 May. Direct Relief supplied a bigger house as more youtubers were joining the event. This time, the group broke there previous record, raising $183,790.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, nobody could meet up for the event. However, they still continued with event by using video chats and called the event 'The Runaway Guys Colosseum Direct' in reference to Nintendo's online games presentation, Nintendo Direct. The event ran from 17 April to 19 April 2020. Just like before, they broke their previous record by raising $230,236, raising more than double the first year's amount.  The event also had special appearances from Grant Kirkhope, DC Douglas, Tomoyo Daidoji, TimmyTurnersGrandad and VoiceOverPete.
- This is oldest recorded Thrown Controllers panel. The first actual panel was held at Otafest Lite in 2011 which can only be found on NCS' vlog channel, BreakingNCS.
- The questions range from audio, visual or multiple choice.
- Sometimes you can challenge a member of TRG or an audience member.
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