These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Broken Base: The fanbase from the Jojo game got really upset for how Pat and Woolie mishandled the DLC but due to their negative impressions on the game's simplistic combos, unbalanced cast, long loading times and poor framerate. Some people say they did wrong by comparing Jojo with a competitive fighting game as it is supposed to be "fanservice" while others say a patch fixed it. Nevertheless, Pat and Woolie have made it clear they are not searching for any fanservice in their apology video which is they are not recommending the game.
Dude, Not Funny!: Averted thanks to the Power of Friendship in the Disaster: Day of Crisis. During the chaos in the city when a building is seen collapsing Matt points "Does that remind you of anything? Not really uh." When Pat asks Matt what he thinks Matt quickly takes it back and refuses to comment. Pat then comments it reminds him of Bionic Commando.
An early recurring joke had Matt comparing dark skinned characters with Woolie. Apparently, this joke stopped being used due to its Unfortunate Implications.
Matt and Pat stopped using Detroit as a Butt Monkey since the city went bankrupt.
Compounding this problem, they'll joke if the victims are male. Never mind rape is traumatic for anybody as anyone can be a victim or an agressor.
They originally planned a Bioshock Infinite episode but didn't do it because they felt that with the game's controversial content, they would have come off as insensitive.
At the end of the Beyond Two Souls playthrough, Woolie hopes that the next David Cage game ends with his suicide note. Pat calls him out on it, saying that it's too much while Matt says the next game should with a Kickstarter to stop David Cage.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Liam became this in the Metroid: Fusion playthrough. When he left for four episodes, a good portion of the comments were asking "Where's Liam?", and there was much rejoicing when he returned.
Fan Dumb: As with any fandom. Unfortunately, a fair portion of derisive comments concerning Woolie go beyond ridiculous jabs and right into slander. The same can be said concerning James Small, they ceased all their jokes about him because of the same reason. In addition to that, there are a number of fans who are too comfortable with the Best Friends, and contact them through their private Facebook pages instead of the public ones; or asking for their personal details.
The same can be said of all the Best Friends when it comes to fan comments - some go far beyond what a fan might have any right to say to the guys, since they don't actually know them and yet seem too comfortable with them. There also seems to be a number of newly arriving fans who come in from watching the latest Machinama videos and aren't fully caught up with the larger output on the Best Friends Youtube page, and promptly begin insulting the likes of Liam since they don't know who he is; This was especially prevalent on the 'Top 10 of 2012' list Liam put out, which was loaded with entirely unexpected and obscure games and made him, again, a target for comments more severe than anything Matt, Pat or Woolie have ever said to/about him.
Ever since playing The Last of Us, there have been more and more complaints about how the two approach certain games, because they do so blind and tend to miss items - which makes perfect sense because not everyone picks something up on a first playthrough or knows entirely what they're doing the first time through. By contrast, whenever Matt and Pat haven't played something blind - like Metal Gear Rising - fans will complain because they wanted to see the guys play it blind. Yet another instance of them not being able to win.
Pat: So what do the giant alien space ships shitting bugs out represent? Matt: Freemasons.
Franchise Original Sin: Discussed, regarding the Metroid series. When Matt, Pat, and Woolie watched the cutscenes from Metroid: Other M, they took the plot to task for its shortcomings. Then Matt, Woolie, and Liam played Metroid: Fusion, which they were much more positive about. As they played, they were surprised at how many of Other M's plot elements (such as Samus' backstory with Adam) were already present in Fusion, just better executed.
In The Walking Dead Part 2 Pat says "And maybe you killed a Senator!" Matt adds "It was the one-armed man! Now moving to the 14th part from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance...
In the first part of their Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Let's Play, they joke that they'll be going to space in the game. It does actually happen, albeit simply using a shuttle to get halfway around the world in a very short time period.
In their playthrough of F.E.A.R. 2 during the Shitstorm of Scariness, they make a comment about how the characters in the game's intro resemble the cast of the movie Alien and Matt makes a joke saying something along the lines of "wait until Aliens: Colonial Marines turns out to be not so great." Fast forward months later and said game is subject to multiple poor review scores and and considered one of the biggest gaming disappointments of early 2013.
Or Harsher in Hindsight? While playing Prison Break Matt was afraid of going to jail and said he needed to learn about prison from the game. Few years later, the Two Best Friends Play Facebook implied Matt, Pat and Woolie were arrested with the Aliens: Colonial Marines showing really suspicious footage of the best friends.
Pat later confirmed on a AMA stream on Reddit that they were arrested because of using the prop guns for the "Colonial Marines" footage.
Growing the Beard: Debatable of course, but it seems that for their main episodes, they really started to pick up their stride starting with season 3 or 4.
Ho Yay: Apparently Woolie and Liam call each other Big Papa and Saucy Liam respectively. Matt and Pat even joke that if Liam and Woolie were ever both asleep on the couch together, Pat could take a picture of the two and call it legally binding. Matt makes some Ho Yay comments, but it's generally played for laughs.
Just Here for Godzilla: Some fans much prefer to watch their other videos (such as their full length LPs) on their secondary channel, rather then the main episodes on the Machinima channel.
Loudness War: Deadly Premonition Part 2 was this as the game's audio started getting really loud in the breakfast scene and nobody could understand what Matt and Pat were saying.
With Deadly Premonition we have "DP" used in multiple sentences like "Time for some DP action" due to its unintentional sexual implications.
"X is a failure of game design," which follows on from David Cage's recent statement during promotional work for Beyond: Two Souls that 'game overs are a failure of the game design'. This has since spread from the gang's Indigo Prophecy playthrough into their other videos.
Additionally, Woolie losing in the first round at EVO to Daigo gets brought up fairly frequently as well.
Pat (and the rest of the fandom) enjoys bringing up the time Matt accidentally threw the best weapon in Silent Hill: Downpour away (i.e., into a bottomless pit).
Aside from the comments section on Youtube immediately turning this into a Running Gag, the first in-work mention of the incident is later in the playthrough, when Pat jokes that the fire axe is now going through its own version of Silent Hill.
Matt is shown wielding a fire axe in the sixth season opener.
In Eternal Darkness, one character uses a fire axe throughout the chapter. Matt constantly urges Pat to throw it away.
Now that they are playing Silent Hill: Homecoming, Pat jokes the Fire Ax finally completed its adventure and arrived right next to Matt for him to use again.
Several of the Shitstorm of Scariness videos has Matt still berating Pat for his timidness during the Slender Man video. Pat fully admits this and seemingly takes it in stride.
In the Brawl episodes, the intros have started to lampshade how he never wins.
Pat worries this will be the case when he mentions in the second part of their Mortal Kombat 9 viewing that Liu Kang and Kitana will eventually have a "really hot, cool baby". Cue Matt and Woolie making pedophile jokes and Pat lamenting that "People will make pictures! You can't do this to me!"
A worry that is made Hilarious in Hindsight when one remembers that the Heavy Rain playthrough already featured Pat doing this, as he had earlier commented that Leonardo Di Caprio and Marion Cotillard would have "hot" kids, in contrast with Matt's thoughts that they would be "divine".
Ever since their blind playthrough of Last of Us, Pat has a hard time living down how this playthrough was less than ideal.
Nightmare Fuel: Aside form the Slender and the Shitstorm of Scariness videos, Pat felt this in the Deadly Premonition LP when he accidently triggered to Other World to take over, and was soon attacked by a giant dog that was taller than York.
The intro to the second Shitstorm series can also count as this, where it ends with a thing that Pat thought was Matt rolling its eyes back, its neck twisting at an unnatural angle with bulges coming out of the flesh, eventually splitting its head apart in a spray of blood as toothy growths sprout from its body.
"Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Woolie's comment that a character from Sailor Moon had sexual intercourse with an unicorn bothered a fan as noted by Matt in "Two Best Friends Play Heavy Rain Part 17." Although Matt stated it was actually just a kiss, Pat defended Woolie's statement as it happened offscreen.
Matt mentions several silly and/or ridiculous Spider-Man comic book stories with Pat. The episode then provides a caption referring to the issues the crazy story appeared in.
Noodle Incident: Whatever happened between the pair to provoke their rather huge argument on their Facebook page during June 9th. It seems to have evolved out of the two mocking each other over Animal Crossing, but with Matt and Pat, who can tell? It hasn't been referred to since, either.
Woolie's Operation. Nothing else is known about other than it heads into Nausea Fuel territory.
It's come to light that he apparently suffered a fire ant attack and was most likely hospitalized to treat the venom in his legs, but the where, how and why are still unknown
They've made multiple references to an incident which got them arrested. The incident in question possibly had something to do with them carrying prop guns aroundin public at night, but they've been intentionally ambiguous with the exact details.
Inverted: In both the Pacific Rim-related videos, Matt says the Real Steel licensed game was a surprisingly good boxing game, and the Best Friends seemed to enjoy the Pacific Rim licensed game as well.
Pat has also expressed his dislike towards Ashley from Mass Effect.
Speaking of Walking Dead, the guys weren't the biggest fans of Kenny, either.
And as of 400 Days they expressed their dislike towards a white-collared prisoner they named "Wall Street", who fortunately for them, they were given the chance to shoot his foot off with a shotgun and the credits for the game shows him about to be eaten by zombies. They also don't like Becca for being a Shadow Archetype of Clementine.
While playing The Last of Us, Matt and Pat constantly flip-flop between calling Ellie garbage (as in, they actually nickname her Garbage) and admitting that they're being too hard on her.
With the final upload, it leans towards her not being the scrappy with Pat agreeing with Joel with saving Ellie over getting a cure, while getting pissed that they have to scoop out her brain and mentions breaking the game if the final boss was a giant Bloater Ellie. Also, he considers her better than Elizabeth.
Woolie wished that Sylvia was the final boss of No More Heroes 2.
Woolie: I was holding a chalice of empathy; and watch me pour it into the toilet! I stand angrily and flushing, for Sylvia is GARBAGE!
Pat's hatred towards Ryan from Beyond: Two Souls is worth noting to say the least considering how he spends most of the game trying to make the protagonist not be attracted to him. Even Matt was suprised in the final part when Pat still could not tolerate Ryan. Pat chose the "Beyond Ending" in order to "troll" Ryan.
Scrappy Mechanic: Pat confessed in the animated shorts he dislikes escort missions.
So Bad, It's Good: Some fans apparently couldn't tell whether Matt and Pat liked Deadly Premonition or not. So Pat addressed the point in a video: the game is full of "stupid bullshit", but it's enormously entertaining bullshit. He compares playing the game to being on the receiving end of a borderline-abusive relationship.
In Deus Ex: Human Revolution, both Pat and Matt are weirded out by how much the homeless lady they run into is a Sassy Black Woman cliche.
However, the character Letitica (who portrayed as uneducated and speaks in a southern accents, despite being in, well...Michigan), herself is a point of contention for many as she raises Unfortunate Implications on the game's part, which has been called outby many critics. It's more or less that the two reacting how badly Leticia was portrayed as a stereotype, than her actual character.
There are a few in Pat's insistence that Poison "isn't a woman", based on the reasoning "There's a penis in there!". While it's probably not intentional, it DOES come across as transphobic.
It could be argued that their treatment of James Small borders on cyber-bullying. Particularly when Pat explicitly says that James has asked Pat to stop and he continues to mock him in the same breath.
On an interesting note, James Small has often appeared in the Two Best Friends' Facebook account and he seemed quite happy with his popularity.
Pat has actually since confirmed via the newly set up Reddit account that they've basically stopped doing jokes about James Small because the fans were tracking down his Facebook page and being genuinely abusive to him, rather than the ridiculous ribbing Matt and Pat give him over games.
Vocal Dissonance: A lot of viewers were surprised by what Matt looks like when they saw his face for the first time. Matt even addresses this in the video "Matt's Bombass Apartment Tour".