The BEST episodes of Game Theory

Every episode of Game Theory ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Game Theory!

They say that knowledge is power. And Nintendo encourages you to “play with power.” So shouldn’t you be playing…with knowledge? Every week (usually Tuesdays), we separate the fact from the fiction in some of your favorite video games. Learn off-the-wall info while we look in-depth at the designer’s decisions for old, new, and forgotten gems. It’s Mythbusters for gamers!

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Why Mario is Mental, Part 1
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#1 - Why Mario is Mental, Part 1

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 10/20/2013

Mario is gaming's biggest mascot, but what is he hiding? Is he really the hero everyone thinks he is? Have we overlooked one too many of Mario's heinous crimes. In this two part series, we put Mario on trial to see just what is going on inside the head of this "paragon" of the video game industry.

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Pokemon Part 3
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#2 - Pokemon Part 3

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 11/24/2011

Is Pokemon racist? We’re covering everything from religion and world history to opera, Norse mythology, and 90s fashion to find out! Eleven years after Jynx was accused of being based on black stereotypes, how well does the argument hold up?

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I Made Markiplier's PERFECT Pokemon! (Markiplier Smash or Pass)
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#3 - I Made Markiplier's PERFECT Pokemon! (Markiplier Smash or Pass)

Season 12 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/6/2022

Theorists, sometimes my job gets weird. Today we are going to analyze Markiplier's Pokémon Smash or Pass video. Why? To see if we can figure out what Mark's PERFECT Pokémon would be in the name of science. No really, I'm only doing this for science. Don't forget to let Markiplier know we've come up with his ultimate Pokémon SMASH! ...when did this become my life?

The Hero That BROKE Genshin Impact!
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#4 - The Hero That BROKE Genshin Impact!

Season 11 - Episode 19 - Aired 5/15/2021

Genshin Impact is the free mobile game taking over my brain. The worldbuilding is complex and I knew that somewhere in there was a theory. I was RIGHT! I think I found the character that BROKE the world of Genshin Impact. You see, the biggest weakness in the world of Teyvat is not what you would expect. What will bring about the END? Watch to find out!

The Mystery of Minecraft's Haunted Discs (Minecraft)
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#5 - The Mystery of Minecraft's Haunted Discs (Minecraft)

Season 9 - Episode 31 - Aired 8/15/2019

Today Theorists, I aim to solve another one of the many mysteries of Minecraft. We've explored a lot already, but with a game this big, there is always more to find. Take the music discs, which are the objects you find randomly throughout the game when you do certain things. Except, there are two discs in particular that peaked my interest - Disc 11 and Disc 13. The two "corrupted" discs that, when you play them, sound like something from a horror game rather than Minecraft. What is going on with Discs 11 and 13? Let's find out!

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The LOST History of Minecraft’s Enderman
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#6 - The LOST History of Minecraft’s Enderman

Season 9 - Episode 28 - Aired 7/23/2019

Minecraft is a GIANT game full of many mysteries. So many that I could do a CRAZY amount of theories on it. Today we're going to focus on one of my favorites - the Minecraft Enderman. What are they? I want to get into the nitty gritty of these Slenderman-like creatures, so get your scalpels ready Theorists! We're cutting into the secrets of the Endermen!

How Jake Paul and Logan Paul CONQUERED YouTube!
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#7 - How Jake Paul and Logan Paul CONQUERED YouTube!

Season 7 - Episode 19 - Aired 6/25/2017

Viners like Jake Paul and Logan Paul are infiltrating YouTube! Welcome to what I like to refer to as Gen IV of YouTube - the first generation where the current YouTubers grew up watching YouTube. They've spent their childhoods watching, learning, and are now redefining the platform. But how is this new generation of YouTube gaining momentum so quickly? By taking advantage of the algorithm, and I'm showing you how.

The TRUTH Behind Nintendo's Amiibo Shortages
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#8 - The TRUTH Behind Nintendo's Amiibo Shortages

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/17/2016

If you keep up with gaming news, then over the last two years, no doubt you've heard about the infamous Amiibo shortages, where Nintendo has failed to supply the US with enough Amiibo to meet the fan demand. But is it really a supply issue or does Nintendo have other plans? How are Europe and Japan able to have enough Amiibo but not the US? And Nintendo has historically had a pattern of creating shortages in the United States. Today, I'm looking at the economics of the Amiibo shortages to see what's really going on here.

Why FNAF Will Never End
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#9 - Why FNAF Will Never End

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired 9/1/2015

FNAF 4 has been pretty much the only thing you've been talking to me about online for the last eight WEEKS! Well the wait is over because the Five Nights at Freddy's lore theory is HERE! '83 vs '87? We got it. What's in the box? That's covered too. So hold your plushie Fredbear toys tight because we're diving deep into the ending of FNAF...and why it matters so much.

Fallout Bottle Caps are Worth HOW MUCH?!?
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#10 - Fallout Bottle Caps are Worth HOW MUCH?!?

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired 8/13/2015

Fallout 4 is coming...and I can't wait. So while I wait for the newest installment in the Fallout series, let me tell you a tale of a young Fallout fan named GatorMacheteJr. and the deal he made with Bethesda. He traded in BOTTLE CAPS for a pre-order of the game. But did he get his money's worth? What did he ACTUALLY pay for his copy of Fallout 4? The answer is shocking! Fallout 4, please come now!

Red vs Blue, The SECRET Color Strategy
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#11 - Red vs Blue, The SECRET Color Strategy

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired 6/25/2015

Red vs Blue. It's the two default colors to differentiate opposing teams in most games, both video games and in real-world sports. But in balanced games, what if the choice between red and blue made a difference? What if choosing either red or blue would give you a strategic advantage, putting you in a position to win right from the moment you press START? Well, the secret is this: COLOR MATTERS. Which color is stronger, red or blue? Watch and choose wisely!

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Why Video Game Movies SUCK!
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#12 - Why Video Game Movies SUCK!

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 6/2/2015

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The Mario Timeline's SHOCKING Reveal
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#13 - The Mario Timeline's SHOCKING Reveal

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired 5/28/2015

Nintendo's star character Mario has been in over 70 games. 70 GAMES!!! Which leads to the question, does the Super Mario series have a discernible timeline? Or are Mario games, like many have been led to believe, a random assortment of games with no attention paid to continuity. While this may ultimately be true, there ARE details in the Super Mario games that allow them to be pieced into a timeline order...and the implications of that are SHOCKING!

FNAF Mysteries SOLVED (Part 2) [Second Half]
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#14 - FNAF Mysteries SOLVED (Part 2) [Second Half]

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/6/2015

FNAF Mysteries SOLVED (Part 2) [First Half]
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#15 - FNAF Mysteries SOLVED (Part 2) [First Half]

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/6/2015

Why Mario is Mental, Part 2
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#16 - Why Mario is Mental, Part 2

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 10/26/2013

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The Lost History of Minecraft’s Wither
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#17 - The Lost History of Minecraft’s Wither

Season 9 - Episode 37 - Aired 9/19/2019

Now that I have started to dive into the deep lore of Minecraft, I think I will be able to map out the ENTIRE in-world history of the game. We've talked about the corrupted music discs and the origin of the Enderme. Today I want to solve the mystery of what started EVERYTHING. What created Minecraft? Well there is this thing called the Wither...

KSI vs Joe Weller vs Logan Paul - Why Logan Paul Would Win!
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#18 - KSI vs Joe Weller vs Logan Paul - Why Logan Paul Would Win!

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/17/2018

The recent boxing match between KSI and Joe Weller was a feat that took literal months of preparation by two dedicated YouTubers, but per usual, the mainstream media quickly discounted it. While they are amateur boxers, this match took serious training and involved skillful boxing technique, especially on the part of KSI. In this episode, I'll reveal the professional boxing strategies KSI used to win this match and which ones he should implement if he really decides to take on Logan Paul!

YouTube Isn't Broken...WE ARE. (The REAL Reason YouTube is Broken)
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#19 - YouTube Isn't Broken...WE ARE. (The REAL Reason YouTube is Broken)

Season 6 - Episode 31 - Aired 12/23/2016

Hello Neighbor - Satan's Plot THICKENS!
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#20 - Hello Neighbor - Satan's Plot THICKENS!

Season 6 - Episode 30 - Aired 12/15/2016

Like I mentioned previously, the day before I put out my Hello Neighbor theory I found another huge chunk of evidence. Well here it is. What ties does your Neighbor have with the devil? How did he get to where he is today? And what part does the Neighbor play in the larger picture?

FNAF Sister Location DECODED! (FNAF 5)
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#21 - FNAF Sister Location DECODED! (FNAF 5)

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired 7/16/2016

Since the day FNAF Sister Location was announced, you've asked for theories about it! At first I didn't think there could be anything to say before the game actually came out, but I did my homework, dug into everything we know about the game...and found a few surprises. The result is today's theory, where I make my predictions for the latest iteration of FNAF...months before it even comes out! Am I right? Only time will tell...

Why ESPN is WRONG about eSports
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#22 - Why ESPN is WRONG about eSports

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired 7/17/2015

Last year, ESPN's John Skipper stated that esports are "not a sport" and that on ESPN he's interested in doing "real sports." Today we're on a crusade to prove that Esports and games like League of Legends, Smite, and DOTA can stand toe-to-toe with the NFL, NBA, and the rest of the traditional ESPN roster. Not only do these games require the same rigor and commitment as traditional sports, but the structure of Esports as a whole has even started to look and feel like traditional sports leagues, with everything from internationally-recognized athletes to team sponsorships to league tournaments. It's time for Esports to get the recognition they deserve!

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Is Link's Quest in Majora's Mask Pointless?
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#23 - Is Link's Quest in Majora's Mask Pointless?

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 11/23/2013

Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is a fascinating game, presenting a death scenario unique in the video game world: Death by moonfall. But just how deadly is this, really? What damage would a falling moon actually cause? Is there ANY chance of survival? Does Link stand a chance of saving the citizens of Termina? The answers may surprise you!

Theorists are KILLERS (Life is Strange)
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#24 - Theorists are KILLERS (Life is Strange)

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/3/2016

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Star Fox
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#25 - Star Fox

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 12/8/2011

Team Star Fox has a dirty little secret, and it’s made the gaming community look like fools. This week we uncover the truth and learn the basics of midair dogfights along the way. Half Cuban 8 FTW!

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