|Channel||The Game Theorists|
|Slogan||"The Smartest Show in Gaming"|
|Run||April 18, 2011 - Present|
|Playlist||Game Theory: The Complete Series|
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Game Theory focuses on applying science, mathematics, and history to gaming, although it has often explored a game's lore, and the gaming community itself. It was created in 2011, with its first episode about the time travel mechanics of Chrono Trigger. To date, Game Theory has remained The Game Theorists' most popular series.
In 2009, Matthew Patrick set up his YouTube channel matthewpatrick13. He originally used it for uploading audition videos and videos of plays he was in. After ending his career in acting, he uploaded a promotional trailer for a new series titled Game Theory, inspired by The Escapist's show Extra Credits, specifically their episode Tangential Learning - How Games Can Teach Us While We Play. As MatPat put it, the show was to be "gaming's tangential learning experience". The first episode of Game Theory covered the aspects of time travel in Chrono Trigger and was uploaded on April 18, 2011. The new show was originally uploaded to three sites: YouTube, GameTrailers, and ScewAttack!, until MatPat decided to solely upload on his YouTube channel.
Around that time, Game Exchange and Digressing & Sidequesting were introduced to the channel, hosted by Gaijin Goombah and Ronnie Edwards respectively. Around this time, some of the channel's most popular episodes were uploaded, such as Is Link Dead in Majora's Mask?, How Fast is Sonic the Hedgehog?, Why Mario is Mental, and How PewDiePie Conquered YouTube. A similar series was launched on a spin-off channel in June 2015 called Film Theory.
Currently, Game Theory is The Game Theorists' most popular show, with most episodes getting millions of views. The most viewed video is Five Nights at Freddy's SCARIEST Monster is You!, with currently 19 million views.