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Two Best Friends Play is the name of a YouTube duo named Matt and Pat best known for their comedic Let’s Play videos, along with a number of other Let’s Play series. The pair are occasionally joined in videos by their friends Woolie and Liam. After establishing a fanbase throughout 2010, the group was contracted by Machinima to make a full series of the videos .
Matt created his first YouTube channel “theswitcher” in 2010, where he published a variety of videos, including popular compilations of scenes from cheesy 80/90’s cartoons. That year, he uploaded a video of himself and his friend Pat playing the Wii game Kirby’s Epic Yarn, with the pair getting comedically angry with each other despite the game’s easy nature. This was followed up by a video of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. Though Matt’s account was later suspended, the videos were reuploaded to YouTube in 2011 on his new channel, TheSw1tcher. It was later featured on Halolz in November 2010, where it was given four and a half stars. As of October, the account continues to upload Let’s Play videos for games including Silent Hill Downpour, The Walking Dead, Indigo Prophecy, Heavy Rain and Deadly Premonition, in which Matt and Pat bicker about what to do next and make fun of things within the games they play. TheSw1tcher has accrued more than 352,000 subscribers, uploaded more than 570 videos and averages approximately 64,000 views per day.
After being contacted by Machinima after their first 2 videos became popular, on 19th December 2010 Two Best Friends Play launched the first of their videos through a partnership with the network, featuring a Donkey Kong Country Returns playthrough. As of August 2013, the show is in its eighth season with Machinima and has more than 107,000 subscribers. Also in January 2011, they launched a Facebook fan page for the show, which has gained more than 74,000 likes as of August 2013.
Throughout 2011, their videos were featured on a number of gaming sites including Kotaku and Dorkly. Parodies of their playthroughs also began to appear that year, including one dubbing Matt and Pat’s voiceovers to animations of John and Dave from Homestuck as they play Sburb (shown below). In January 2012, the Two Best Friends Wiki launched, gaining more than 330 pages in less than two years.
Super Best Friends Brawl
In addition to Two Best Friends Play, the crew is involved with a number of additional series, such as Super Best Friends Brawl, where Matt and Pat would play against Woolie in free-for-all sessions in fighting games including Super Smash Bros., WWF No Mercy and Perfect Dark. A running joke early on in the series was how Pat could never win a Brawl until the Anarchy Reigns Brawl (shown below), where he single-handedly defeated Matt and Woolie in a sweep.
Full Let’s Plays
Separate from the shorter joke Let’s Play video’s uploaded to the Machinima channel, the crew have worked on multiple full length Let’s Plays on their own channel TheSw1tcher. The first game to get this full LP treatment was Resident Evil 2, started on 19th December 2011. Since then they have played through a number of games, including Silent Hill: Downpour and Homecoming, The Walking Dead and Heavy Rain.
In Scrublords, Matt and Woolie face each other in various fighting games notorious for their mediocrity, outlandishness, or its status in video game history, such as Shaq-Fu, Deadliest Warrior Legends and Sonic the Fighters. Each episode starts with the two fighters from Street Fighter II’s opening edited to look like Matt and Woolie and ends with the loser beaten up (as a reference to most fighting games that do that) and the winner is shown giving a quote related to the game just played.
Matt and Woolie also produced a short-lived fighting game series called Fighterpedia, where the two would comically discuss various things in the fighting game genre, whether it was specific games, tropes or another related idea. For example, the first episode (shown below, left) was dedicated to rejected Street Fighter characters. The final episode of Fighterpedia (shown below, right) humorously followed Woolie’s “quest” to Evolution Champion Series (EVO) 2012, with the knowledge that he would be facing world-famous Street Fighter player Daigo “The Beast” Umehara. The video (shown below) included highlights from the match which Woolie lost.
The first episode of the series, Rejected Street Fighter Designs, also marked the first appearance of the Two Best Friends’ unofficial mascot The Baz. The Baz is a design based off one of the rejected Street Fighter characters who had the word “Zubaz” on his shirt. After being hyped up by Woolie throughout the game, The Baz has appeared in a number of other videos, usually in the form of a customized character in a fighting or wrestling game. However, thanks to several Kickstarter donations, Zubaz will be appearing in three upcoming games including One True Game Studios’ parody fighting game Divekick (shown below, left) in which he is referred to as The Baz, Sunstone Games’ Japanese monster-movie inspired Kaiju Combat (shown below, right) in which he will be called Mecha-Baz, and Yacht Club Games’ 8-bit platformer Shovel Knight as a boss of some form.
Old School Playthroughs
Matt and Woolie also have collaborated on Let’s Plays of vintage and retro games in the series Old School Playthroughs. During an episode of this series in which the duo plays Metroid Fusion (shown below), Liam was first introduced to the Two Best Friends team. Liam’s exposure along with helping further the gameplay gave him the nickname “Rising Superstar Liam” and a following of his own within the fandom. After this video, Liam would begin to appear more often, even earning a main spot in the No More Heroes 2 playthrough.
Shitstorm of Scariness
In October 2012, Matt and Pat began a month-long series called Matt and Pat’s Shitstorm of Scariness, where each day, Matt and Pat would play a video game associated with horror in some way. They played some notable games, like System Shock 2, Dead Space and Manhunt, while also including some obscure or notably bad ones such as SAW II, The Thing and Amy. The last video for Shitstorm of Scariness was the beginning of the Eternal Darkness playthrough. On October 1st, 2013, Shitstorm of Scariness began again with a new intro by PlagueOfGripes with the first episode of “Shitstorm 2” featuring a facecam but that idea was scrapped in the next episode.
At the beginning of August 2013, the month-long Rustlemania series began, with Matt, Pat and Woolie all playing video games in the professional wrestling genre. Along with WWE and WCW video games, other professional wrestling games like Rumble Roses XX, TNA iMPACT and Ultimate Muscle Kinnikuman Legacy have been showcased. At the end of each video, the trio would state whether their jimmies were rustled or not. Each video begins and ends with the theme song of a notable professional wrestler, with Matt, Pat and Woolie’s heads replaced with a cutout of the Gorilla Munch Gorilla.
Super Best Friendcast!
The first episode of the Super Best Friendcast! was recorded on August 13th, 2013 with a teaser video detailing the topics that would be covered in the first podcast along with a link to superbestfriendcast.com. New podcasts are released every Monday and are available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Zune. Fans are allowed to send the Best Friends questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most frequently appearing collaborator, Woolie is Matt and Pat’s fighting-game loving friend who often appears in Let’s Plays with Matt and other larger projects, such as Super Best Friends Brawl. Woolie introduced the two friends to each other, and was Matt’s original choice for the Best Friend in the original Kirby’s Epic Yarn video. After turning it down, Matt and Woolie later went on to create the fighting game-focused Machinima show Fighterpedia.
Woolie is best known for both his loss against Street Fighter professional gamer Daigo Umehara (shown above, left) at the fighting game tournament Evo 2012 (for which he is frequently mocked by Matt and Pat using the announcers advice “Now you’ve established you know how to play, don’t get too reckless”) and for infamously turning down sex with two women so he could buy Marvel vs Capcom 3 (shown above, right).
Liam was the last to join the team and is known for his love of anime and Japanese games. Mentioned often by the Best Friends in videos before his debut, Liam joins the group for playthroughs of 4-player Beat ‘Em Ups and makes appearances in other Let’s Plays, including No More Heroes 2, Streets of Rage, and Viewtiful Joe.
Animator and My Little Pony fan 2snacks came to the attention of the Two Best Friends after he launched a video series titled Two Best Sisters Play. The animated series uses the original audio from the Two Best Friends Play episodes, but Matt and Pat have been replaced by the characters Luna and Celestia from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The videos became very popular, with a number of episodes gaining more views than the original Two Best Friends ones, namely the Portal 2 episode (shown below, left) which has more than 150% of the views of the original Two Best Friends version (shown below, right). Highly impressed by the quality of his videos and the animation, Matt and Pat contacted 2snacks and partnered up with him to animate the episode intros for season 6 onwards and the Two Best Friends Funtime Adventures series.
PlagueOfGripes, much like 2snacks, is a animator known for his YouTube videos set to audio from Two Best Friends episodes. Unlike 2snacks however, Plague’s videos depict Matt, Pat and sometimes Woolie in the game’s they’re playing with visual gags added. The first Two Best Friends Play animation by PlagueOfGripes was uploaded on November 16th, 2012, based on dialogue from their Silent Hill: Downpour Let’s Play. He has since made numerous other videos based on the series, including ones based on the Game of Thrones and L.A. Noire episodes, and has worked with Matt on a video about the Call of Duty Dog.
Matt, despite his Canadian heritage, has a tendency to shout the word “America” whenever anything patriotic appears in a game. The joke originates from the first Machinima episode, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and was first used according to Matt simply as a random joke for no reason. Although the gag has been used less in later seasons due to a fear of overuse, it remains a famous trope within the series (shown below), being featured prominently in the opening and in fan art.
Throwing the Fire Axe
In part 10 of the full length Silent Hill: Downpour Let’s Play, Matt, unfamiliar with the controls, accidentally throws the most powerful weapon in the game down a bottomless chasm (shown below, left). The stupidity of the action combined with their disbelief and at what happened has lead to it become one of the most popular moments in any episode, with the video having 20,000 more views than the previous video in the series, which is rare for a Let’s Play. The axe frequently appears in video introductions and fan works, including a Brodyquest-style tribute (shown below, right).