Game Theory: The Real Face Behind The Cult (Kanye Quest 3030)

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Theorists, in our last episode we talked about the cult hiding inside a video game. Today we are taking that one step further. I got the chance to talk to the person behind Ascension. This goes deeper than Kanye Quest 3030. Will you follow me down this rabbit hole?

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Writer: Matthew Patrick and Ryan Sheehan
Editors: Pedro Freitas and Tyler Mascola
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  1. Fire Fox
    Fire Fox
    Tund tagasi

    Hey uh matpat? Don’t you think for the purpose of the creators privacy, you censor their name? Idk- oh. Wait nvm that’s not their real name lmao 😅

  2. Saint Roasis
    Saint Roasis
    2 päeva tagasi

    Y'all...the captions are different than what he's's....almost like there's some THEORY work to be done......but I'm not really gonna do it tho.

    1. Saint Roasis
      Saint Roasis
      2 päeva tagasi

      LIke...why it's in Vietnamese tho....

    5 päeva tagasi

    "to protect their anonymity" *gives their full name 15 seconds later*

  4. Daniel Gilbert
    Daniel Gilbert
    7 päeva tagasi

    I'm glad I have ascended to the game theory community.

  5. ꧁Annoyerr꧂ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
    7 päeva tagasi

    Matpat, u should work as a detective ngl, ure good at it 😃

  6. U Jjjh
    U Jjjh
    7 päeva tagasi

    Kanye west aint passin this kanye test

  7. RobertTetrus
    7 päeva tagasi


  8. OnyxTh3Ripqer
    7 päeva tagasi

    Technically the Game Theory community is a cult. Matpat invites us to a non-threatening event (the video), he love bombs us with his appreciation, then he dangles the prize (more videos) if we stick around, though he's not withholding the prize or anything with shutting down dissent, he makes people feel guilty for not subscribing, and he controls your recommended page, or your "environment." Boom. Learned all that from you, Matpat. Peace out ✌🏽 (From the CATS! video)

  9. Matthew Keen
    Matthew Keen
    7 päeva tagasi


  10. Rifleライフル
    7 päeva tagasi

    kanye east

  11. Katã
    9 päeva tagasi

    Huh, that's crazy interesting. I always found the idea of having ton's of different identity's very interesting.

  12. fdz
    12 päeva tagasi ,

  13. Señor Grigori
    Señor Grigori
    17 päeva tagasi

    Ascenionism however is a real cult. The wiki page was created in 2006. Either that girl has some serious dedication or this is an actual cult people follow.

  14. Skreamie
    20 päeva tagasi

    I am absolutely going to follow this person. They've put so much thought into their music that doesn't always happen nowadays. I hope they get involved with another ARG in the future.

  15. ollugamer
    21 päev tagasi

    DEAR Matpat could you please investigate and solve the loose panel mystery in people playground? on the map sea where you can see a blacker panel on the top middle portion of the map. under the light so could you please solve it?

  16. Sal Kang
    Sal Kang
    23 päeva tagasi

    Just as a note as well... Ben Nine might also be worthy to note that it could be a linking to Benign (Ben Nine). Being that it's "Harmless" a Harmless Hint.

  17. hero medley
    hero medley
    24 päeva tagasi

    in that sense she actually succeded in what she sought out to do originally to scatter pieces of information all around the internet.

  18. nature views
    nature views
    26 päeva tagasi ......

  19. Jackie Sharp
    Jackie Sharp
    27 päeva tagasi

    I love how we actually got the answers.

  20. -{PUDG3Y-P0TT3R}-
    29 päeva tagasi

    Who’s gonna be the person to make a theory about MatPat?

  21. Artamis Bot
    Artamis Bot
    Місяць tagasi

    I like how this ARG is like one big accident... It's kinda cute

  22. Tallon Qsack
    Tallon Qsack
    Місяць tagasi

    Wait, you said that Phenix was Nick Lyons but then we find out Nick Lyons was an alias of Valyri. Then at the end you wrap it up saying “a budding game dev named Phenix” made Kanye Quest 3030. Were you just saying that you thought at first that Nick and Phenix were the same person, but then changed your mind? So the game dev does go by Phenix (but is not “Nick Lyons”)- or was that a mistake and Phenix/Nick Lyons are both aliases of Valyri and we don’t know who the game dev is…?

  23. Kathryn Wright
    Kathryn Wright
    Місяць tagasi

    MatPat. MatPat. MatPat. MatPat. MatPat. MatPat. MatPat. MatPat. Hi. @HTW requested a game theory and since i’m bored imma ask for it too. It’s a 2D pixelated horror game called “house” IDK if you already made a video on it but if not imma comment this (actually imma comment this anyway because im to lazy to check if you’ve done it.) Sorry, im not trying to harass you im just bored. MatPat. MatPat. MatPat. MatPat. MatPat. MatPat. MatPat. MatPat. MatPat. k i think i’ve written it enough lol. Hope you do a theory on it! bye!

  24. Mikan Tsumiki
    Mikan Tsumiki
    Місяць tagasi

    It's all fun and games until you remember your name is also Pheonix 😰

  25. Commenter
    Місяць tagasi

    I might be a cult if you don’t mind…

  26. Turquoise Snowflake
    Turquoise Snowflake
    Місяць tagasi

    Wow! As an artist I'm really proud of Val for doing that. That's a beautiful idea and I wish I could do sonething like that!

  27. Lesbian Cow
    Lesbian Cow
    Місяць tagasi

    Or it is a cult and there trying to hide it from us by saying its not

  28. Lesbian Cow
    Lesbian Cow
    Місяць tagasi

    Hey if you look at ben nine's vid and look in the description idk if you talked about it but it says "Kanye Quest is not what it seems"

  29. Shindoma Azuriha
    Shindoma Azuriha
    Місяць tagasi

    That’s so cool

  30. xKrown
    Місяць tagasi

    They had us in the first half im not gonna lie

  31. BockworschtSoldier
    Місяць tagasi

    Praise our savior! The great Matpat!^^

  32. Q. Marcus
    Q. Marcus
    Місяць tagasi

    I wanted Austin to be the one voicing the response :D

  33. Smiley _
    Smiley _
    Місяць tagasi

    Smile :)

  34. Pogboi
    Місяць tagasi


  35. Arigamer192
    Місяць tagasi

    The guy that made Kaye quest after seeing ascension cult: “I could make a religion out of this”

    Місяць tagasi


  37. Sprinkster
    Місяць tagasi

    What happened to Petscop?

  38. Kaden Trenkler
    Kaden Trenkler
    Місяць tagasi


  39. Face Face
    Face Face
    Місяць tagasi

    i just commented so what

  40. Venus
    Місяць tagasi

    You HAVE to make a theory if possible on I Expect You To Die and I Expect You To Die 2 because I feel that it has some great lore behind the game in Easter eggs and recordings/people talking to you.

  41. Mr. Glass
    Mr. Glass
    Місяць tagasi

    Why hasn't no one look into puppet combos games?

  42. Thăng Long Nguyễn Vũ
    Thăng Long Nguyễn Vũ
    Місяць tagasi

    Random dude: ya know what, I'll make a meme game with some kind of mystery. Mattpat: so here are videos about the deep, deep lore of the game. Random dude: ....hold on imma write that down.

  43. Rishii Danan
    Rishii Danan
    Місяць tagasi

    Ascension A matter of evolution A matter of connection A matter of existance A true defiance of lifeforms rules

  44. Rakhee Koshy
    Rakhee Koshy
    Місяць tagasi

    Please do madness combat

  45. coolkevin54
    Місяць tagasi

    Genuinely thought there wasn't much more to find about this mystery, bravo honestly

  46. Rosalina Frago
    Rosalina Frago
    Місяць tagasi


  47. Sporkguy3
    Місяць tagasi

    I mean, did you expect them to admit to taking advantage of people and stealing money or possessions. To be honest it sounds like witchcraft stuff where you invite demons into your life. I would advise everybody stay away from it.

  48. Minecraft creeper
    Minecraft creeper
    Місяць tagasi

    Nobody gonna talk about the captions

  49. Kyloren Kardashian
    Kyloren Kardashian
    Місяць tagasi

    Lol this answers nothing

  50. Justin Lavergne
    Justin Lavergne
    Місяць tagasi

    I might play that game and do everything you just did to get to say yes if I don't answer in 2 weeks cuz I already did it goodbye my friends by Justin 😶💀🖐️🙏

  51. SkyTheAlmighty
    Місяць tagasi

    Somehow that opening scene managed to make it sound like someone was vaguely calling to me from *behind* me. I'm on a laptop. How the frick did he manage this

  52. Ꭱite
    Місяць tagasi

    Rotisserie Chicken

  53. That one guy you saw in the comments
    That one guy you saw in the comments
    Місяць tagasi

    Ok x14

  54. Moira Blair
    Moira Blair
    Місяць tagasi

    Hay Matpat please make an Adventure Time theory

  55. Videostorage
    Місяць tagasi

    Do a theroy on ENA.

  56. Cameron Cisneros
    Cameron Cisneros
    2 місяці tagasi

    Fnaf theory. Ok so I have a theory about why the animateronics (sorry about spelling) attack the night guards. Theres a mental disorders that can be had at birth OR IT CAN BECAUSE BY A HEAD INJURY. That makes you face blind so you can't recognise peoples faces and the only you recognize people is by there clothing, hair, height, weight, so on. So that might mean that purple guy hit kids in the head then waited for them to wake up to kill them in the suits. Which fits the purple guys behavior and when the kids wake up all they remember is the guards outfit. So they attack the gruard. But thats just a theory. A game theory.

  57. SantiXD
    2 місяці tagasi

    OMORI video?

  58. Rabidhog
    2 місяці tagasi

    Matpat, you NEED to check out no players online. It is a lore heavy arg that is 100% worth checking out. It goes beyond the game, through websites and other games, so please dig deep on it.

  59. MuzDog
    2 місяці tagasi


  60. JadZ Side
    JadZ Side
    2 місяці tagasi

    Ok but wtf is up with the captions??did they get hacked or something?!

    1. Bon Bon
      Bon Bon
      2 місяці tagasi

      Cuz its a "Vietnamese (Generated Caption)"

  61. Mahi Queen FF
    Mahi Queen FF
    2 місяці tagasi

    """'"When life gives 100 reasons to cry show life gives 1000 reasons to smile"""" ❤"😃""

  62. Matt Styles
    Matt Styles
    2 місяці tagasi

    U need to figure out that weird guy eating soup video

  63. User Name
    User Name
    2 місяці tagasi

    Tbh dont watch this at night Edit: i nearly watch cocomelon

  64. Flare Fireheart
    Flare Fireheart
    2 місяці tagasi

    imma be real for a second, i found this becuse i searched for FNAF, and this came up.

  65. Tyler Bryant
    Tyler Bryant
    2 місяці tagasi

    Ben nine sounds a lot like benign

  66. X Frisk
    X Frisk
    2 місяці tagasi

    Fake voice conversation

  67. L3 K0
    L3 K0
    2 місяці tagasi

    A: it's not a cult! Me: never heard that one before...

  68. ur mommy
    ur mommy
    2 місяці tagasi

    plot twist, illuminati is just an arg 😭😭

  69. PC Gaming
    PC Gaming
    2 місяці tagasi

    D E E P

  70. Taisie’s World
    Taisie’s World
    2 місяці tagasi

    4:43 what about some arms?

  71. von is best yt best
    von is best yt best
    2 місяці tagasi


  72. Иван Ганев
    Иван Ганев
    2 місяці tagasi

    Valyri. Ascentionism . Wattpad , Dokidoki ... See what it was behind the curtain thing for the puzzle Was it that ... Before Doki Doki? From New news to THE OLD NEWS RECORDS Few .. projects... Uh... Fnf Was Beware of What music with Eye

  73. Иван Ганев
    Иван Ганев
    2 місяці tagasi

    Too small screen to see . Limited . View . Dang it

  74. Quantum Mickey
    Quantum Mickey
    2 місяці tagasi

    It's always an art project

  75. Anbu Musubi
    Anbu Musubi
    2 місяці tagasi


  76. Olive Yost
    Olive Yost
    2 місяці tagasi

    you should look into the cult of the pink eye. they say they have a machine that predicts your death and they've predicted the deaths of several famous people before they happened

  77. Famhumbou
    2 місяці tagasi

    my great grandpa had a girlfriend that was in a group that wanted her to pay money on books and things and do lots of activities to make her spirit stronger so she could become a god this made me and my family realize she was in a cult probably not ascensionism but its still unsettling

  78. TypicalIrodinaryBlackGuy
    2 місяці tagasi

    Matt ascend into a theory for dead space

    2 місяці tagasi

    F the cult stuff what the heck are the subtitles talking about

  80. Mey_84
    2 місяці tagasi

    :') I love this

  81. Mamun Kureshi
    Mamun Kureshi
    2 місяці tagasi

    The logo of the cult is reverse illuminati

  82. Yas 123
    Yas 123
    2 місяці tagasi

    Me thinking this was was some illuminati plot after seeing this video : *visible disapointment*

  83. Emanuel Torres
    Emanuel Torres
    2 місяці tagasi

    I know its really late but can you pls do a theory on the elder scrolls?

  84. Rubayet Abdullah
    Rubayet Abdullah
    2 місяці tagasi

    Did this game just defeated Doki Doki Literature Club to be horrifying?

  85. Utube is karen
    Utube is karen
    2 місяці tagasi

    Wow. MatPat contacted a cult leader just for this video

  86. Tom HGN
    Tom HGN
    2 місяці tagasi

    To my understanding the creator of kanye quest has made another game featuring real life phone calls he or she recieved from people that wanted to ascend

    1. Tom HGN
      Tom HGN
      2 місяці tagasi

      @sneed listen you cant believe everything you see on the web ok?

    2. Tom HGN
      Tom HGN
      2 місяці tagasi

      @sneed how do you know? The whole story the girl is telling is trash and the dev never was known

    3. Tom HGN
      Tom HGN
      2 місяці tagasi

      @sneed why didnt he cover it? Probably because it would debunk his entire solution on how it isnt real

  87. Tom HGN
    Tom HGN
    2 місяці tagasi

    What about the second game?

  88. Leila Tian
    Leila Tian
    2 місяці tagasi

    She said that she haven't even played the game. Then why did she make the post? She is clearly lying about something.

  89. Boabuín
    2 місяці tagasi

    Ok but I just want to point out that I find Valyri's approach to music brilliant to say the least. That sense of anonimity and scattering your work across aliases makes me think about Captain Murphy or The Caretaker, who have all released music under different names. Her music is great too, definitely check it out if you want an interesting experience!

  90. Not Harry
    Not Harry
    2 місяці tagasi


  91. Declan Markey
    Declan Markey
    2 місяці tagasi

    It’s a. 3 Eye Bad furby game link dokey dokey

  92. Declan Markey
    Declan Markey
    2 місяці tagasi

    Hey game

  93. MooseGoose
    2 місяці tagasi

    This is what happens when you let Kanye into his zone

  94. Space_Cadet
    2 місяці tagasi

    every time I hear "congratulations..." my brain immediately follows up with "you've won!" darn me and my early internet days.

  95. The Game Thinkers
    The Game Thinkers
    2 місяці tagasi

    I think I watched this video already. FROM A VHS PLAYER.

  96. Spideybro213
    2 місяці tagasi

    I thought this was a game theory on little nightmares 2

  97. Couch Potato
    Couch Potato
    2 місяці tagasi

    Hmm i guess we'll have to wait for 3030

  98. Paola Andrea Orozco Dorado
    Paola Andrea Orozco Dorado
    2 місяці tagasi

    Do a mr hopps Playhouse theory

  99. D B
    D B
    2 місяці tagasi

    Soo, was that Mirror Matt with audio shenanigans rereading comments so as to give anonymity to Valyrie ?

  100. baslucky 8
    baslucky 8
    2 місяці tagasi

    I ❤️ you