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25th Aug '16 3:49:54 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The audio logs in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''[='s=] second level detail how all the humans aboard the ''Argent Moon'' died after [[spoiler:a bioweapon test went horribly wrong]].
13th Aug '16 2:38:31 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'''[='s=] terminals primarily tell the story of [[spoiler:the Didact]]'s fall into madness from the perspective of the Domain, an ancient information repository [[spoiler:which, according to the expanded universe, happens to be a sapient UnreliableNarrator]].

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** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'''[='s=] 4}}''[='s=] terminals primarily tell the story of [[spoiler:the Didact]]'s fall into madness from the perspective of the Domain, an ancient information repository [[spoiler:which, according to the expanded universe, happens to be a sapient UnreliableNarrator]].
13th Aug '16 2:37:44 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** ''Halo CE Anniversary'' also had terminals added, telling the backstory of Alpha Halo's Monitor 343 Guilty Spark and how he gradually WentMadFromTheIsolation (and giving a little preview for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'').

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** ''Halo CE Anniversary'' also had terminals added, telling the backstory of Alpha Halo's Monitor 343 Guilty Spark through his own words and detailing how he gradually WentMadFromTheIsolation [[GoneMadFromTheIsolation went mad during his 100,000 years of isolation]] (and giving a little preview for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'').
13th Aug '16 2:35:59 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Bungie has a long history with this sort of exposition. Their early games ''VideoGame/PathwaysIntoDarkness'', ''Myth'' and ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' all relied almost exclusively on this method of story telling.

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* Bungie has a long history with this sort of exposition. Their early games ''VideoGame/PathwaysIntoDarkness'', ''Myth'' ''VideoGame/{{Myth}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' all relied almost exclusively on this method of story telling.



** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', also by Bungie, includes something similar in the form of the Terminals, which contain reports, memos, and recordings made the Forerunner chronicling their war with the Flood.
** ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' first introduces the Flood by way of a video recording from the helmet cam of a (deceased) Marine named Jenkins. If you read the novelisation, though, you find out that the marine whose video the Chief watched wasn't dead at all -- he'd been turned into a combat form, but had somehow retained his consciousness, turining it into an "AndIMustScream" scenario.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' (Creator/{{Bungie}} is quite fond of this trope):
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', also by Bungie, 3}}'' includes something similar in the form a series of the Terminals, hidden Terminals which contain reports, memos, and recordings made the Forerunner Forerunners chronicling their war with the Flood.
** ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' first introduces the Flood by way of a video recording from the helmet cam of a (deceased) Marine named Jenkins. If you read the novelisation, novelization ''Literature/HaloTheFlood'', though, you find out that the marine whose video the Chief watched wasn't dead at all -- he'd been turned into a combat form, but had somehow retained his consciousness, turining it into an "AndIMustScream" scenario.



** ''Halo CE Anniversary'' also had terminals added, telling backstory to the upcoming ''Halo 4''.

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** ''Halo CE Anniversary'' also had terminals added, telling the backstory of Alpha Halo's Monitor 343 Guilty Spark and how he gradually WentMadFromTheIsolation (and giving a little preview for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'').
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'''[='s=] terminals primarily tell the story of [[spoiler:the Didact]]'s fall into madness from the perspective of the Domain, an ancient information repository [[spoiler:which, according
to the upcoming ''Halo 4''.expanded universe, happens to be a sapient UnreliableNarrator]].
8th Aug '16 5:38:20 PM Doug86
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* According to the [[AllInTheManual manual]] for ''VideoGame/XComTerrorFromTheDeep'', one of the signs that the aliens have reappeared is an increase in the disappearances of ships and aircraft in the ocean in 2039. However, since this behavior is inconsistent with the original aliens, no one wants to admit the possibility of another impending war. Scientists keep writing them off as natural occurrences, while the governments refuse to act. While investigating a UFO crash site from the First Alien War, the submarine operated by X-Com inexplicably implodes. Hours later, investigators are unable to find any signs of foul play. It's not until two months later that someone discovers the submarine's distress call at the Pentagon's X-Com War Room. The message ends with "[[OhCrap I think they're back]]."

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* According to the [[AllInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] for ''VideoGame/XComTerrorFromTheDeep'', one of the signs that the aliens have reappeared is an increase in the disappearances of ships and aircraft in the ocean in 2039. However, since this behavior is inconsistent with the original aliens, no one wants to admit the possibility of another impending war. Scientists keep writing them off as natural occurrences, while the governments refuse to act. While investigating a UFO crash site from the First Alien War, the submarine operated by X-Com inexplicably implodes. Hours later, investigators are unable to find any signs of foul play. It's not until two months later that someone discovers the submarine's distress call at the Pentagon's X-Com War Room. The message ends with "[[OhCrap I think they're back]]."
31st Jul '16 8:46:41 PM damus2300
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** Another episode has Lisa read a letter from her pen pal who lives in a country about to be taken over by a dictator. The letter goes from a desperate plea narrated by a child to self-glorifying propaganda narrated by a grown man.



** Another episode has Lisa read a letter from her pen pal who lives in a country about to be taken over by a dictator. The letter goes from a desperate plea narrated by a child to self-glorifying propaganda narrated by a grown man.
31st Jul '16 8:45:29 PM damus2300
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "King of the Hill", Grandpa tries to talk Homer out of climbing the Murderhorn, telling him how, in 1928, he was nearly killed when he and his partner C.W. [=McAllister=] tried to climb it, only for [=McAllister=] to betray him, steal all the supplies, and shove him off the mountain, then continue on his own. Later, when Homer is making his own attempt and is too tired to go further, he finds [=McAllister=]'s frozen body and Apocalypse Log, detailing a very different story: Abe had been the betrayer, and had even tried to eat [=McAllister=]'s arm after stealing the supplies. (Presumably, [=McAllister=] shoving Abe off the mountain had been self-defense, but he could only crawl into a nearby cave where he likely died of altitude sickness after writing the last entry of the log. The last sentence was, "Tell my beloved wife that my last thoughts were of her... blinding and torturing Abe Simpson. Cheerio.

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In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' the episode "King of the Hill", Grandpa tries to talk Homer out of climbing the Murderhorn, telling him how, in 1928, he was nearly killed when he and his partner C.W. [=McAllister=] tried to climb it, only for [=McAllister=] to betray him, steal all the supplies, and shove him off the mountain, then continue on his own. Later, when Homer is making his own attempt and is too tired to go further, he finds [=McAllister=]'s frozen body and Apocalypse Log, detailing a very different story: Abe had been the betrayer, and had even tried to eat [=McAllister=]'s arm after stealing the supplies. (Presumably, [=McAllister=] shoving Abe off the mountain had been self-defense, but he could only crawl into a nearby cave where he likely died of altitude sickness after writing the last entry of the log. The last sentence was, "Tell my beloved wife that my last thoughts were of her... blinding and torturing Abe Simpson. Cheerio.


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** Another episode has Lisa read a letter from her pen pal who lives in a country about to be taken over by a dictator. The letter goes from a desperate plea narrated by a child to self-glorifying propaganda narrated by a grown man.
31st Jul '16 12:31:30 AM RavenWilder
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* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', the [[NukeEm nuclear apocalypse]] was initially believed to have been a political conflict, but Murphy stumbles across a series of videos by the people who built A.L.I.E., [[AIIsACrapshoot an artificial intelligence that hacked the world's nuclear arsenal and started the war]]. The videos end with one of the people involved killing himself.
25th Jul '16 10:48:42 AM ChronoLegion
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* According to the [[AllInTheManual manual]] for ''VideoGame/XComTerrorFromTheDeep'', one of the signs that the aliens have reappeared is an increase in the disappearances of ships and aircraft in the ocean in 2039. However, since this behavior is inconsistent with the original aliens, no one wants to admit the possibility of another impending war. Scientists keep writing them off as natural occurrences, while the governments refuse to act. While investigating a UFO crash site from the First Alien War, the submarine operated by X-Com inexplicably implodes. Hours later, investigators are unable to find any signs of foul play. It's not until two months later that someone discovers the submarine's distress call at the Pentagon's X-Com War Room. The message ends with "[[OhCrap I think they're back]]."
25th Jul '16 10:31:34 AM ChronoLegion
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* An episode of ''Series/WaywardPines'' is a flashback montage of Mitchum waking up every 20 years from 2014 to 4014 to spend a day monitoring the outside world and making sure the Ark was running smoothly. The first several times, he monitors the global situation deteriorate through TV and radio broadcasts, with more and more stations shutting down, until all he gets is static, proving that Pilcher's predictions were true in this respect - humanity did indeed destroy itself. Also, in season 1, Theresa finds a bunker with video recordings of expeditions sent out by Pilcher to determine the status of various American cities. In particular, she finds the last video log made by Adam Hassler, her husband's Secret Service boss. Hassler shows the remains of San Francisco and mentions that no other humans have been found. He then hurriedly says that he's the last survivor of his party and cuts out to the sound of approaching [[HumanoidAbomination Abbies]]. [[spoiler:He actually manages to make it back to the town, learning much about the Abbies]].
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