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Vincent "Vinny" (born: May 12, 1985YouTuber and gaming streamer who is the founder of the Twitch gaming group Vinesauce, formed in 2010. He is the first streamers in the group where other members would later join Vinesauce. He's known for his gaming streams and his made up characters such as Sponge, Meat, and Ralph Bluetawn.) is an American
The Vinesauce YouTube channel, launched on February 20, 2010, was first used by Vinny to publish small gameplay recordings and amateur videos. During this, he became a fan of live streams involving video games, which was only just developing at the time. When these streams began to collapse, Vinny decided to start streaming himself. This happened before the streaming website which all Vinesauce streamers use now, Twitch, was created, so streaming was a new concept.
In a Q&A, Vinny explained the origin of the name and of Vinesauce:
"It all started in a basement a number of years ago. A group of friends were gathered around a television playing one of the GameCube Mario Party games. The mini game in which vines grow out of the ground and into the sky appeared on screen. A random member of the committee was said to have uttered "Doesn't it look like those vines are growing out of an asshole?" Many jokes and laughs later, "Vinny" became "Vine." At least, that's how the rumor goes. Oh, and for the record, sauce is just a fun word.”
On May 11, 2011, Vinny launched the Vinesauce website and started his own stream. In this year, he began to recruit more streamers, and sometimes invited guests to stream with him. This was when Vinesauce began to become more of a group, as more streamers began to join Vinny.
Vinesauce is Hope
Vinesauce is Hope is an annual charity stream that originally started in 2014. Viewers are able to donate money which is sent to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF). All the members of Vinesauce would live stream for 24 hours in order to raise enough money. Vinesauce is Hope has become hugely successful raising enough money for PCRF.
Vinny was the first of all the Vinesauce streamers to begin streaming in 2010. Most of the streamers who joined later on were originally viewers.
List of Streamers
- MentalJen (umjammerjenny)
- Darren (Potato)
These streamers/channels are either unofficial/ex Vinesauce streamers, have streamed alongside another streamer before but is not a full-time streamer, was a guest streamer, or have some major association with one of the official streamers.
- FearGingers (no YouTube channel)
- LiveByFoma (KY)
- Sponge: A brother of Mario and Luigi. He is always depressed and miserable since he uses his mustache to soak up the sadness, which is why the Mario games are so colorful. Vinny originally came up with him during a Super Mario 3D World livestream where he proposed another Mario brother. Sponge would later be featured in Tomodachi Life with a large moustache and orange attire.
- Meat: A worm and running gag in live streams. He was originally created by Kevin Yagher in a 1991 commercial for MSN. Vinny later found an image of him during a Bloodborne livestream calling him Meat. Meat will occasionally make gross noises.
- Ralph Bluetawn: A blue troll and Vinny's avatar for Second Life. Ralph attempts to socialize with other players and likes to eat Pizza. He also tries to reach a heavenly place called the Buvvins, which Vinny confirmed he did during a live stream of the fan game, Vinerooms. He also makes an appearance on Tomodachi Life.
- Two Faced: A resident of Tomodachi Life who has two faces on her head. Vinny wanted them to be together, but another resident named Walrus dated her and they became close, which left Vinny heart broken. However, Two Faced backstabbed Walrus and became a girlfriend of Donkey Kong. Due to popular demand, she was deleted from Tomodachi Life. She also appears in Miitopia.
- Hitomi Fujiko: A supposed NPC and character who is seen the game Active Worlds. Vinny originally thought they were an NPC due to it's scripted dialogue, but Hitomi soon became sentient and thought they were real. After the stream, Vinny said he didn't plan for the events that occurred, which left many fans theorizing. But a person named Pocketomi revealed on the Vinesauce reddit page that she was Hitomi and she decided to prank Vinny when he was streaming.
- Vinny is of Italian descent.
- Vinny's favorite food is pizza.
- The first game that Vinny streamed was Chrono Trigger.
- Vinny is part of a band called Red Vox, who he released his first album with in 2016.
- One of his fellow band members in Red Vox, Mike, occasionally stream some games with Vinny.
- Once, Vinny received two red dildos in the mail from one of his stream moderators, Gearomatic. He joked about raffling them in a Minecraft stream.
- Later, Vinny used the same two dildos in a plug-and-play stream, where he used them to perform actions in the game.
- Also, in a Super Mario Maker stream, he told a story that one of the members of his band used two red dildos to drum, stating that they made a very interesting sound against the drums and showing two videos of it on stream.
- Vinny used to have a job at a television station as editing, which he quit in early 2014.
- After quitting, Vinny set up a Patreon to help his financial situation, but then he felt bad since he did not need it, so he cancelled it after his first payment. He then donated the money to charity in the first charity stream.