“ … We’re just going to be real with you. Matt and Pat are no longer friends” -Woolie
When I read the title of their newest video, “Super Best Friends (FINAL),” I was already confused beyond belief. This was not Matt and Woolie’s thrilling conclusion to the Kingdom Hearts Ursula boss fight. This was not Pat sighing loudly into his mic as he suffered his way through another level of Star Trek (2013). This was Woolie talking seriously into a camera on a channel that I loved, which never took anything seriously.
On December 16th of 2018 the Super Best Friends Play YouTube channel announced that they were no longer going to be making videos together, and I still don’t know how to feel about it. Matt and Pat were the first gaming YouTubers that I really enjoyed. What drew me to them was their smack talking personalities, endless references to movies, comic books and video games, and of course their obvious friendship.
I can still fondly look back to my first experience watching them in 2013 when they tore apart the atrocious Aliens: Colonial Marines. I was a 16-year old kid tying to navigate my way through high school, feeling like a nerd because I loved playing video games. They were already pretty well known for their short “Let’s Play” style videos on Machinima as the “Two Best Friends.” I always felt that the best way to grow a gaming channel was to have an enjoyable group of people playing that you would actually want to hang out with in real life. Anyone can pick up a video game, but it takes special kinds of people to make garbage games made by David Cage so enjoyable.
There was always a natural chemistry between the duo that fans across the internet seemed to love. Message boards and comments section developed a long compilation of quotes, Metal Gear references, and, of course, never letting Matt forget when he threw the axe away in Silent Hill: Downpour (And no Matt, we’ll never forget).
Soon, Woolie and Liam joined the team and the Super Best Friends became my single favorite play through content creators. The fun they were having was something everyone in the gaming community wanted to get in on. I wanted to nerd out with Matt about hilarious Punisher moments just as badly as I wanted to scream with Pat about God awful story lines in games.
The impact they had on the gaming community is poignant and I couldn’t be more disappointed to see things end this way. To hear that their actual friendship has dissolved makes me feel like a child of divorce. I don’t want to see them go their separate ways (though they are all continuing with their own solo channels, which I’ll probably end up watching). It just won’t be the same without them tearing apart terrible games together.
The only solace that I and other fans can take is the fact that their channel (which has amassed over 750,000 subscribers) shall remain open along with all previously released content. The “Best Friends” that I know and love will still remain on YouTube, but I can’t help but feel that gaming lost something special.