Nerd Cubed is a British Let's PlayYouTube created by Daniel Hardcastle and run by Daniel Hardcastle and Wot Fanar, devoted to gaming and reviewing games. It can be found here. Largely inspired by Hannah Hart's My Drunk Kitchen series, it combines quick editing with strange, unexpected humor and real-time gameplay.
Nerd Cubed provides examples of:
Aborted Arc: Dan's Psychonauts complete series, before the entire "NerdCubed Completes..." series was axed altogether. However on December 14th, 2013 the Completes series was announced to be back although 3 Free Game Friday would be canceled due to issues with Youtube.
As of June 24th, 2014, the Completes series seems to be returning, starting with The Simpsons: Hit & Run.
He absolutely despisesMicrotransactions. He went so far to put "Every single game with microtransactions" at the top of his worst games of 2013 list and made an entire video ranting on the mobile version of Dungeon Keeper for taking it too far.
Cozy Catastrophe: The people in the Tsunami mod sat around and drank coffee while the water was reaching their necks.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Dan goes into Gang Beasts on his own after a few updates, and feels he's so good at the game that he'll make this happen. And indeed it does...with him on the receiving end of many beatings.
Deadpan Snarker: Daniel again. He frequently does this when making a joke about the matter at hand.
Death from Above: When playing Grand Theft Auto V Online with Martyn Littlewood of the Yogscast, he flies around in a cargo plane with Martyn riding in the back in a car. Then Dan pulls up and drops Martyn down to Earth. He survives. Three guesses as to what happens next...
Dan: There is a downside to playing this game - it's that I've got too good at it now, so this is going to be sort of a bit of a merciless domination. Don't expect this to be one of those videos where a black screen with the word 'Attempt' comes up every few minutes, because I won't be having a lot of goes with this. I'm probably going to do this the first time. Seriously, it's going to be easy-ATTEMPT 1
Groin Attack: He ends up having his character land on his crotch at least three times in his Skate 3 video. He shares the male pain when he isn't killing himself laughing.
Dan:"Karate kick! (Lands with a ledge between his legs) Oooohohoooohhhhhh...my sausage-sandwich!"
Like Father, Like Son: Inverted; Dan's dad, Steve, began to show up on the channel in "Father and Son-Days" videos. Apparently, he really enjoyed the experience, because he eventually got his own YouTube channel, DadCubed.
Mad Doctor: Dan in Surgeon Simulator 2013. He will tear every organ out of the body even when it isn't in the way, use a hammer to destroy ribs and skulls, and at the end of his Surgeon Simulator in Space video even tried to achieve the quickest kill using what he called a tomahawk.
And DadCubed. Especially after he finds the laser.
When Dan accepts a challenge to do a blind brain surgery and has DadCubed as his assistant. Eventually after getting frustrated, DadCubed decides to just kill the patient.
DadCubed: Okay. Back towards us. Down. Grab! *Dan grabs the drill* Lift up, lift up, perfect!
Dan: What've I got?
DadCubed:Umm...you've got the hammer. Now right. Forward. Forward. There! Yes, yes! Now left! *The drill stabs the patient in the side of the head, killing him* Perfect! Right in the ear hole!
Recycled Title: This confuses him when he tries to play SimCity (a video that mostly amounted to a rant about always-online DRM):
Daniel: Hello procrastinators, and welcome to SimCity! This is the ultimate city building...sand...box...balls! I put the wrong footage up! Why do modern games all have the same name as old games!? I don't understand, I do apologize, hang on... (switches to Micropolis)
"All music is in-game music. It makes me want to [do something related to the game in question]."
In the 2012 Olympics challenge Let's Play, there are numerous occasions where Dan yells at the audience to stand up for the national anthem.
"Defence Baby", a pack of toilet rolls with a picture of a baby on it in the Gone Home video.
In his video for Robot Wars Extreme Destruction, the cow head on Dan's robot gets knocked off every single fight, much to his annoyance.
"Have you preordered this game yet?!" after he demonstrates cool things you can do in the tech demo of Next Car Game.
Airport Simulator 2014 has him refer to the driver of the vehicles as Voldemort, due to the guy's appearance.
Dan often tell Blatant Lies throughout all his videos followed up by him claiming they're true and factual.
Sanity Slippage: As he fails more and more in the moredifficult missions of The Simpsons: Hit & Run, his composure visibly begins to break apart more and more. This came to a head in part 19, where at the end of him failing the infamous "Set to Kill" mission for the umpteenth time, he lets out an ear-piercing scream that only lasts for a couple of seconds, but is enough to make someone jump.
In his Microsoft Flight Simulator X video, upon attempting a loop in a 747 and crashing into the houses of parliament:
Daniel: Whoops, I killed the Tories! Video text accompanied by applause: And nothing of value was lost.
Also in part 21 of his Nerd Completes: Bully Let's Play to homophobes. Jimmy needs health, but there's no girls around to kiss. So he ends up kissing a guy, resulting in "THIS GAY KISS!"
Dan: Before we begin, I do have some serious news to discuss. I received a record number of complaints about a video. Nearly a hundred people complained about the last episode of Bully, as it featured THIS GAY KISS! *shows footage of the kiss* Now, a lot of people wanted me to edit out THIS GAY KISS! *shows footage of the kiss* from that episode, but unfortunately, I don't keep raw video files, so THIS GAY KISS! *shows footage of kiss* is going to be there forever. They've also asked me if I would kindly (I say they asked me kindly. They didn't.They shouted.), they asked me kindly if I would not show things like THIS GAY KISS! *shows footage of the kiss* in any future or current videos. Welll, I've decided...Jimmy is now bi. Deal with it! *shows footage of kiss* Right, that's people dragged into the 21st century and the comments section annihilated...
Also the entirety of "Nerdł Plays...Day One: Garry's Incident"
In his video of the London 2012 Olympics game, he doesn't have many positive things to say about the Olympics themselves, referring to them as "a massive sports day that rolls into town every four years and bankrupts a country."
Talkative Loon: Usually whenever he isn't explaining the game he is playing, he goes on and on with barely any breaks, even during the longer, slower pace, Completes videos.
Dan starts off his first solo Gang Beasts video claiming that he's gotten better at the game. So did the enemies, apparently. Not even a Training Montage helps him.
This Is Your Premise on Drugs: Specifically painkillers, in the case of his Peggle Nights video, resulting in him rambling nonsensically for most of the video trying to get through his unfortunate illness. He even admits this in-universe.
Training Montage: He indulges in a lengthy one in an attempt to get better at Gang Beasts. It doesn't work.