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** And then there's the mere fact that it's simply a human-adapted version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entomopathogenic_fungus real life]] [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_unilateralis fungi]]. Now try to [[Literature/HouseOfLeaves picture that. In your dreams]].

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** And then there's the mere fact that it's simply a human-adapted version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entomopathogenic_fungus real life]] [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_unilateralis fungi]]. Now try to [[Literature/HouseOfLeaves picture that. In your dreams]].


[[caption-width-right:350:[[PedoHunt Run, little rabbit, run]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[PedoHunt [[caption-width-right:350:[[PaedoHunt Run, little rabbit, run]].]]


*** And later on in the dark and flooded basement you have to get a generator going to proceed further. Just as Joel's made it start, a loud, jarring sound of something being busted open suddenly echoes through the dark basement, followed by the horrid shrieks of infected, likely giving most players an epic OhCrap moment right along with Joel. You then will be initially left at confused horror at ''the darkness hindering you from see much and not knowing where the infected will come from or even where you should run'', and to make matters even worse, when the infected ''does'' pop up right behind your back, one of them is a freakin' BLOATER! Cue running blindly around in the dark and narrow basement hallways while trying to avoid it long enough to get enough hits towards it as it slowly follows you around ''while'' warding off common infected on the way. It's enough to make the player be genuinely reluctant/scared to start the generator again every time you die. Although, the place is a lot easier to get by if you've learned to use a Molotov Cocktail (or simply outrun the infected to the door).

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*** And later on in the dark and flooded basement you have to get a generator going to proceed further. Just as Joel's made it start, a loud, jarring sound of something being busted open suddenly echoes through the dark basement, followed by the horrid shrieks of infected, likely giving most players an epic OhCrap moment right along with Joel. You then will be initially left at in confused horror at ''the darkness hindering you from see seeing much and not knowing where the infected will come from or even where you should run'', and to make matters even worse, when the infected ''does'' pop up right behind your back, one of them is a freakin' BLOATER! Cue running blindly around in the dark and narrow basement hallways while trying to avoid it long enough to get enough hits towards it as it slowly follows you around ''while'' warding off common infected on the way. It's enough to make the player be genuinely reluctant/scared to start the generator again every time you die. Although, the place is a lot easier to get by if you've learned to use a Molotov Cocktail (or simply outrun the infected to the door).


*** Even worse, this is ''Exactly'' how the real Cordyceps fungus works. According to [[https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/study-zombie-ant-death-grip-comes-from-muscle-contractions-not-the-brain/amp/ A study]] made [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting a few years after the gameís release]], scientists dissecting a Cordyceps-infected ant found that while fungal cels are present in most of the antís body, like the muscles and the limbs, the brain is mostly intact, merely cut off from the rest of the body and unable to control it.

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*** Even worse, this is ''Exactly'' how the real Cordyceps fungus works. According to [[https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/study-zombie-ant-death-grip-comes-from-muscle-contractions-not-the-brain/amp/ A study]] made [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting a few years after the gameís release]], scientists dissecting a Cordyceps-infected ant found that while fungal cels cells are present in most of the antís body, like the muscles and the limbs, the brain is mostly intact, merely cut off from the rest of the body and unable to control it.

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*** Even worse, this is ''Exactly'' how the real Cordyceps fungus works. According to [[https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/study-zombie-ant-death-grip-comes-from-muscle-contractions-not-the-brain/amp/ A study]] made [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting a few years after the gameís release]], scientists dissecting a Cordyceps-infected ant found that while fungal cels are present in most of the antís body, like the muscles and the limbs, the brain is mostly intact, merely cut off from the rest of the body and unable to control it.
---> The ant ends its life as a prisoner in its own body. Its brain is still in the driver's seat, but the fungus has the wheel.


** And then there's the mere fact that it's simply a human-adapted version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entomopathogenic_fungus real life]] [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_unilateralis fungi]]. Now try to [[Literature/HouseOfLeaves picture that, in your dreams]].

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** And then there's the mere fact that it's simply a human-adapted version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entomopathogenic_fungus real life]] [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_unilateralis fungi]]. Now try to [[Literature/HouseOfLeaves picture that, in that. In your dreams]].


** And then there's the mere fact that it's simply a human-adapted version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entomopathogenic_fungus real life]] [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_unilateralis fungi]].

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** And then there's the mere fact that it's simply a human-adapted version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entomopathogenic_fungus real life]] [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_unilateralis fungi]]. Now try to [[Literature/HouseOfLeaves picture that, in your dreams]].


** The fact that it's simply a human-adapted version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entomopathogenic_fungus real life]] [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_unilateralis fungi]].

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** The And then there's the mere fact that it's simply a human-adapted version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entomopathogenic_fungus real life]] [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_unilateralis fungi]].

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** The end of the Autumn scenario is incredibly tense. After a cannibal ambushes Joel and tries to strangle him, they both fall down the balcony and Joel lands on a steel spike that impales him in the belly. As he defends himself against two infected and Ellie pulls him off of said spike, he has a punctured abdomen that barely allows him to walk and passes out from losing too much blood when they get outside to Callus, spending weeks on the brink of death. Over the course of the winter, Joel's wound has become infected and he is feverish after contracting septicemia, with Ellie having to go hunting by herself to get him food and medicine so that he can stay alive.


*** The ''Part I'' makes this worse as with the improved graphics; you can see the Bloater nearly pop one of Joel's eyes out of his socket and break all of his teeth while reaching into his mouth.

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*** The ''Part I'' remake makes this worse as with the improved graphics; you can see the Bloater nearly pop one of Joel's eyes out of his its socket as he gouges his eyes out and also break all of his teeth while reaching into his mouth.

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*** The ''Part I'' makes this worse as with the improved graphics; you can see the Bloater nearly pop one of Joel's eyes out of his socket and break all of his teeth while reaching into his mouth.


* The Infected. Picture [[BodyHorror a fungus literally blooming out of the entire top half of your face, after having grown into your brain to control and use you as its own personal vessel]]. They're '''[[http://gamingbolt.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/The-Last-of-Us-14.jpg absolutely]] [[https://assets.vg247.com/current//2013/02/the_last_of_us_z_concept_art_11.jpg freaking]] [[http://images.wikia.com/thelastofus/images/7/74/The-Last-of-Us-Infected.jpg revolting]].'''

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* The Infected. Picture [[BodyHorror a fungus literally blooming out of the entire top half of your face, after having grown into your brain to control and use you as its own personal vessel]]. They're '''[[http://gamingbolt.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/The-Last-of-Us-14.jpg absolutely]] [[https://assets.vg247.com/current//2013/02/the_last_of_us_z_concept_art_11.jpg freaking]] fucking]] [[http://images.wikia.com/thelastofus/images/7/74/The-Last-of-Us-Infected.jpg revolting]].'''


--->'''Joel''': ''Oh my god..''

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--->'''Henry''': It's your fault.
--->'''Joel''': This is nobody's fault, Henry.
--->'''Henry''': It's all your fault!
--->'''Joel''': Henry. Henry, no...
--->'''Henry''': ''(shoots himself in the head)''
--->'''Ellie''':
''Oh my god..god.''


*** It gets worse, just in that split second before black, you can see the Bloater's fingers ''[[EyeScream gouge out Joel's eyes so it has a better grip'']].

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*** It gets worse, just in that split second before black, you can see the Bloater's fingers ''[[EyeScream gouge out Joel's eyes so it has a better grip'']].grip]]''.



* During the aforementioned scene against The Hunters there's the scene at one point where Joel and Ellie are up on the scaffolding and then Joel jumps down to go attack the group of them while Ellie remains to shoot them from afar with the newly-acquired rifle. Now just before the action starts, a Hunter comes running from somewhere else to the rest of the group screaming of how "the seventy-six lookout guys" are all dead. The SEVENTY-SIX lookouts. This, alongside David's later scene with Ellie is just one of the few instances in the game (and in games period) that truly and very effectively terrifyingly underscores the depth of just how proificient Joel's killing ability is: He slaughtered an entire 76 people in a single fucking afternoon with some minor assistance from Ellie. No damn wonder David's so pissed later.
** There's a misunderstanding there: the "76 lookout guys" refers to the crew that was guarding the Hunters' Interstate 76 checkpoint that Joel passed on his way through greater Pittsburgh. It's not the number of people he killed there. The scene remains nightmarish regardless due to how utterly freaked the Hunter scout sounds, and he has every reason to. Joel may not have killed 76 men that day, but it was still a couple dozens, and depending on how well you did in terms of stealth, [[TerrorHero most probably never knew he was there]] before they were choked to death from behind or nailed by a silent arrow from the shadows.


** At the end of the game, when Joel prevents life-threatening surgery from being performed on on Ellie, at the player's choice he could unleash a violent TranquilFury upon the unarmed, cowering doctors.[[note]] Although the doctor threatening him with a scalpel is the only one required to die; the fate of the other two are in your hands.[[/note]]]]

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** At the end of the game, when Joel prevents life-threatening surgery from being performed on on Ellie, at the player's choice he could unleash a violent TranquilFury upon the unarmed, cowering doctors.[[note]] Although the doctor threatening him with a scalpel is the only one required to die; the fate of the other two are in your hands.[[/note]]]][[/note]]

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