Hot Pepper Gaming
HPG title


Hot Pepper Gaming (HPG) is a YouTube channel run by Jared Rosen, Erin Schmalfeld and Vernon Shaw that features themselves and various guests reviewing video games while eating chilli peppers and/or hot sauces.

To date, Arin, Brian, Barry and Suzy have been guests on the show.

The HPG crew are also the organisers of the Scare to Care charity stream, which featured the Game Grumps as guests in May 2014.

Episodes featuring the Game GrumpsEdit

DateGuestPepperGame reviewed
12 August 2013ArinHabañero Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
16 September 2013BrianUnspecified Dark
6 January 2014BarryCongo Trinidad The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
18 March 2014ArinGhost Pepper Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
24 March 2014SuzyMustard Habañero Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
13 July 2015BarryHabañero dipped in Strawberry Jam laced with Ghost Peppers Splatoon
31 August 2015ArinA spoonful of Szechuan Peppers Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Scare to CareEdit

Scare to Care


Scare to Care is an annual 48-hour live streaming event organised by Vernon, Jared and Erin from Hot Pepper Gaming and hosted by Polaris that features gamers playing horror games in order to raise money for the charity Camp Kesem.

The Game Grumps (Arin, Danny, Ross, Barry, Suzy and Holly) were featured guests on the stream from 6:30-9PM on 25 May 2014 together with Aaron Umetani, director of Table Flip.

Games Played by the GrumpsEdit


  • Jared from HPG has appeared alongside Danny and Brian on an episode of FriendZone.
  • Scare to Care 2014 totalled $33,000 in donations over the weekend, $6,472 of which was raised during the Game Grumps' playtime, crashing the donation site several times. The Grumps offered various incentives, including the chance to win a signed Starbomb CD for all donations of $5 or more, a personalised drawing by Arin for those who donated $500, and Jared's mother's boyfriend's Atari 1200 to the highest donor. At the end of their stream segment, Arin, Danny and Ross mooned the camera following two last-minute donations of $200 and $400, respectively. Suzy also offered to eat a hot pepper if a viewer were to donate $1000, but it didn't happen before they ran out of time.
  • In the Super Mario 3D World episode "What a Ruckus!", Danny and Arin talk about their contribution to the Scare to Care stream, though they can't recall which charity it was supporting. Arin jokes about Vernon being their new editor, and thus being able to add the information to the video later. Many people on the Subreddit took this literally.
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