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But hey, that's just a theory, a game theory!

―Outro to Game Theory

Matthew Robert Patrick (born: November 15, 1986 (1986-11-15) [age 33]), better known online as The Game Theorists (also known as Game Theory and MatPat), is an American YouTuber whose Game Theory channel's main focus is decoding the lore and analyzing the science behind popular video games, with Five Nights at Freddy's, Bendy and the Ink Machine, Minecraft, Mario and Super Smash Bros. being a few examples. The channel usually delves into deep and unspoken topics of video games, including the representation of culture behind video games and connecting one video game universe to another.

As the channel's name suggests, one of the main topics is looking into video game theories. The channel became popular extremely fast, as he was credited for his clever humor and analysis of video game-related topics, gathering the attention of other YouTubers. As of 2015, MatPat has collaborated with many YouTubers like Smosh, Markiplier, TheJWittz, The Warp Zone, FBE and TheNationalDex.

He also owns a channel named The Film Theorists where they document theories regarding films, television shows, and YouTube rather than video games.


Matthew is from Mendina, Ohio. He created his YouTube channel on August 29, 2009, originally going by the name of MatthewPatrick13, and featured clips uploaded by Patrick of him auditioning for, and performing in, various theater shows; this is because, originally, Patrick had been a performer and aspiring director prior to becoming a YouTuber.

Matthew stopped uploading these clips sometime in mid-2009 and no new content was added to his channel for an extensive period of time. Uploads didn't restart on the channel until April 14, 2010, when Patrick officially announced the series he was creating, called Game Theory.[1]

Just over a year later, another show was announced for The Game Theorist's channel, known as Game Exchange. On July 2, 2012, a video was uploaded with voice-over by MatPat and Gaijin Goombah, the series' host, explaining that a new series known as Game Exchange was following a similar format to that of Game Theory, with the differences being a change in host, as well as the show focusing more on the History and Culture of things in gaming rather than the Science.

Roughly one month later on August 30, 2012, a third (and now former) show appeared on the Game Theorists channel known as Digressing and Sidequesting (sometimes stylized as Digressing & Sidequesting or abbreviated to DNSQ). Unlike the previous shows, Digressing & Sidequesting focuses on exploring aspects of Game Design and Mechanics, and discusses various topics such as Hitpoints and Health Bars, as well as asymmetrical gaming in consoles such as the Wii U, and was hosted by the new (and now former) video editor for Game Theory, Ronnie "Oni" Edwards.

The following year, on December 28, 2013, the fourth running series on the Game Theorist Channel was unveiled. Known as Crossover, this series was hosted by Drake McWhorter and Kenny Landefield and aimed to unite all of gaming's most iconic characters into one universe by looking at crossovers (where the shows name is derived from) of characters in different gaming universes and how they could act as links in between games. In the announcement video narrated by Drake, they link Mario to Gears of War as an example of how the show does.

In 2017, Austin from Shoddycast along with his series The Science, moved to the "The Game Theorists", making him the fifth host of Game Theory. His first The Science video uploaded on The Game Theorists channel was The Science of Pokemon would KILL YOU.

As of currently has four hosts, MatPat, Gaijin Goomba, Drake, and Austin. Regular segments of the show include Game Theory, Crossover, and The Science. However, Crossover has not been uploaded as regularly as before, and they seem to have been swapped with Culture Shock and Smash History.


Matthew has many different regular segments by their four hosts. MatPat is the host of the titular segment, Game Theory which delves deep into popular theories of video games as well as many different theories that MatPat thinks of.

The second host, Gaijin Goomba, runs two different segments. The regular segment he hosts, Game Exchange, explores the hidden culture behind a single game. Gaijin usually focuses on one game per episode, sometimes even one big section of culture shown through a game. The second, and less frequent, a segment he hosts is Culture Shock which are short 3-5 minute videos that showcase one small bit of culture in a video game that Gaijin Goomba finds interesting but is too small to put into a full episode of Game Exchange.

The third, Drake host the regular segment, Crossover where he shows the connections between two very different video game franchises, such as Mario and Gears of War, and how every video game universe could exist in the same universe. He also hosts a segment called Smash History, which takes a look at a character's move set in SSB and sees which games from the character's franchise they originate from.

The fourth and last host, Austin, hosts The Science, a show he used to host on ShoddyCast. Similarly to MatPat, his theories are based on Science of Videogames and how they would work in the real world.

As a former host and video editor, Ronnie hosted the segment DNSQ (Digressing and Sidequesting). In DNSQ, Ronnie talked about the different and various aspects of different video games and how they affect different video games, as well as how they affect the mainstream line of things.


  • Game Theory
  • Game Exchange
  • Culture Shock (2014-2017)
  • Crossover (2013-2014)
  • DNSQ (Digressing and Sidequesting) (2011-2016)
  • Smash History (2014-2016)
  • Deadlock
  • Reality Check
  • A Brief History (1986-2017)
  • The Science
  • Game Lab (YouTube Red)
  • Food Theory
  • Film Theory
  • GTLive

While not a segment of the show, at the end of each episode of Game Theory, MatPat holds a Super Amazing Endcard Tournament where watchers vote for a topic which usually has to do with another video in the future or a completely random topic.

Other/Alternate channels

Matthew also owns three other channels, the Film Theorists, The Food Theorists and GTLive. The Film Theorists takes on a very similar style as The Game Theorists, but instead focuses, as the channel's name suggests, on film and television. The food theorist also takes on a very similar style, but instead focuses on myths about food.

The GTLive channel was created as a place for viewers to watch the live streams streamed by Patrick and his wife Stephanie, in case they were previously unable to view them.

As part of an original series on YouTube Red, Matthew and other gamers participate in events where they attempt the things done in video games such as defusing "bombs", doing parkour and using stealth to avoid detection. Every episode of Game Lab also has a separate, short 360 video where the viewer can "experience" the same thing done in the actual episode. These videos, unlike the actual Game Lab videos, are fully free to watch.



MadPat is the evil alter ego of Matthew who rarely appears in videos.


FatPat is a fat version of Matthew. He is often used as a joke.

Outside of The Game Theorists

Outside of The Game Theorists, each of the main hosts (with the exception of MatPat) of the shows all own their own personal channels. Gaijin Goombah owns a channel by the same name where he also uploads his content.

Death of Ronnie Edwards

On July 25, 2018, it was confirmed by Matthew in a video that one of the channel's main hosts and editors, Ronnie "Oni" Edwards, was found dead on July 4, 2018 after committing suicide. The reason behind Ronnie's death is still unknown, but MatPat explained that Ronnie had been struggling with some mental illnesses and long term family issues which may have contributed to his suicide.

The 1.7 Million Scam

On January 24, 2019, Matthew released a video named: They stole 1.7 Million, in which he explained that Defy Media, and MCN, who owed creators 1.7 million dollars, had been shut down, and the people who handled their money, Ally bank, had not given them their money. Many YouTubers, including PewDiePie, had spread awareness about the situation. In the follow-up video, the 1.7 Million Lie, published on Valentine’s Day of 2019, said that Ally still refused to pay back the 1.7 Million.


The Game Theorists sometimes collaborates with other YouTubers, for example, Matthew appeared in Screen Junkies Honest Trailer for Warcraft.


  • Matthew has his own character in the game "The Walking Dead: Road to Survival".
  • Matthew calculated the amount of Mario Maker levels "makable" and "fun" which he named the MarioPlex and equals to 10^12431. (August 6, 2017)
  • On March 12, 2018, Matthew announced on all of his social media pages that he and his wife, Steph, would be having a baby. The baby, which was revealed to be named Oliver or "Ollie" for short, was born on July 5th, 2018.
  • Matthew hit 10 million subscribers on April 18, 2018, exactly seven years after he uploaded his first episode of Game Theory.
  • This was the first in a series of channels, the other 2 being Film Theory (2014) and Food Theory. (2020)
  • As all of the channels color themes are Simon colors in order it is thought that the next channel's icon is going to be mainly blue.
  • The next channel is theorized to be either Book Theory or Music Theory.

Subscriber milestones

  • 1 million subscribers: December 18, 2013.
  • 2 million subscribers: April 24, 2014.
  • 3 million subscribers: October 19, 2014.
  • 4 million subscribers: March 3, 2015.
  • 5 million subscribers: August 20, 2015.
  • 6 million subscribers: March 18, 2016.
  • 7 million subscribers: October 9, 2016.
  • 8 million subscribers: April 12, 2017.
  • 9 million subscribers: November 18, 2017.
  • 10 million subscribers: April 18, 2018. 
  • 11 million subscribers: August 20, 2018.
  • 12 million subscribers: August 20, 2019.

Video view milestones

  • 1 billion views: January 14, 2017.
  • 2 billion views: April 21, 2019.


This page was created on January 3, 2014, by Jimter.

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