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Pictured: An extract from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to Edward Jenner, in thanks for his work in medicine.

Extra Credits

  • The PAX episode. Go watch it, and come back here, and tell me you didn't have a warm fluffy feeling with a straight face.
  • At the end of the Ludus Florentis video, Daniel says "If you're at GDC, say hi to James! Also, make sure he stops to eat something. He never eats at these things..." Okay, now is that adorable or what?
  • At the end of the Games You Might Not Have Tried #3 video, Daniel says that if people see James at Pax East, to "run up and HUG him without warning. He loves that."
  • The end of the "Gamifying Education" video contained a marriage proposal. Dawww! And she said yes!
  • If you haven't teared up a little at the end of ''A Season of Hope'', the Child's Play episode, you are The Stoic indeed.
  • Don't pretend that you didn't get a little bit misty eyed watching this.
  • There's something strangely adorable about James hugging a cyberpunk heart in Games You Might Not Have Tried: Cyberpunk.
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  • This episode talks about how to share your love of gaming with someone so that it's fun for both parties.
  • The local multiplayer episode reminds so many people that, for all the toxicity in games, playing together was one of the ways it brought people together.
  • For the show's 300th Episode, they instead put up an open letter to James' nephews on the importance of never giving up and how games taught him that mentality. It's sweet to hear some motivating words, and it'll likely resonate with many other viewers despite not being the intended recipient.
  • Because Games Matter: a trilogy of videos where Dan reads others' personal stories of how video games changed their lives
  • In the So You Want to Be A Producer episode, Dan encourage twice people who are watching from a developement studio to go and hug their producer. The second time, the artist for the episode, Lee Lee Scaldaferri, is seen hugging the producer. As it transitions into the end credits, she's hugging James.
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  • The video "Unpleasant Design" discusses how hostile architecture can be used to drive the homeless out of public spaces. It also shows that, once they are made aware of it, the public will often protest or even destroy hostile architecture.

Extra History

  • Alison is back... it's just for a lesson on the Punic Wars but let's savor this.
  • Dan's fanboying over Justinian.
    • Though since James does the writing, this is really more James's fanboying over Justinian. It's especially noticeable during the Lies segment for this period set, he makes no effort to hide that he'd love to come back to this period and finish Justinian and Theodora's story.
    • Belisarius' loyalty. To explain, he is a (Eastern) Roman General and an unparalleled one. For centuries, men such as him had staked their claim on the Imperial Throne. Some had even won it. But throughout his life, Belisarius never wavers. Even when he is recalled from duty, even when Theodora takes his wealth away when others are clamouring for him to take the throne, he never abandons his old friend and Emperor, Justinian.
  • Hiawatha, Jigonsaseh, and the Peacemaker working their hardest to bring peace to the five Iroquois nations...and succeeding. Too often history is written with the point of a sword, but in this case common humanity and the desire for peace actually won.
  • Admiral Yi finally getting the respect he deserved from Korea after more or less single-handedly saving the country multiple times and a lifetime of the government practically going out of its way to screw him over.
    • Even better, his former enemies the Japanese consider Yi a Worthy Opponent. IJN Admiral Heihachiro Togo, who himself was considered the "Nelson of the East" for his own skill in the years following the Meiji Restoration, put Yi above both of them:
    "It may be proper to compare me with Nelson, but not with Korea’s Yi Sun-sin, for he has no equal."
  • The "Seminal Tragedy" series is obvious depressing, but there are a few moments of kindness.
    • After the Archduke was nearly blown up in a parade, he insisted on visiting people who were injured in the attack meant to kill him.
    • Tsar Nikolaj and Kaiser Wilhelm, in one last bid to prevent the war, address each other not as rival emperors, but as cousins and old friends.
  • In episode 4 of the 1918 Flu Pandemic, the efforts people went through during the Philadelphia outbreak.
    • Doctors and nurses stayed at their post, even as their coworkers died around them, to help those who could still be helped. Private practicioners made as many as 60 calls a day.
    • The church stepped in several times, both to help the sick and the dead. When the number of dead got so high that the morgues and graveyards couldn't accomodate them, the church hired construction crews to dig out mass graves, and they catalogued the precise location of each buried body. Priests would stay out to late at night to recite prayers and give the dead their last rites.
  • The short, two-part episode on Mary Secole, a Jamaican woman who nursed and comforted soldiers during the Crimean War. The final part of the story remarks that while her name wasn't as well known as Florence Nightingale or other nurses, she was the type of role model the world needed in order to make it a better place.
    • Mary Seacole had to declare bankruptcy after the Crimean War and she didn't have the heart to go collecting debts from all the boys she had looked after over there. When they learned of her financial crisis, Britain decided to start a fund just to ensure Mother Seacole wouldn't live her days out broke.
  • The relationship between Grigory Potemkin and Catherine the Great; after the parade of tragedies that was her love life, the simple fact that their breakup was so tame that the two remained True Companions is rather heartening.
  • The entire WW1 Christmas series, which is about the famous Christmas Truce of 1914. It verges into tearjerker territory where Dan notes that no such event will ever be seen again as the horrors of war took hold.
  • At the end of the Broad Street Pump videos, after mentioning how John Snow (yes, the joke was used) thought that his name might be forgotten by the time his research actually caught on and cholera outbreaks were a thing of the past, Dan says this:
    "It is because of the tireless sleuthing of John Snow that that day is here. History has not forgotten you. You do know something, John Snow"
  • The stories of Christian bishops fighting against the Crusaders to protect Jewish communities.
  • At the end of the videos on the Irish Potato Famine, the video states that Ireland is now one of the top producers of food aid in the world. To quote the video, Ireland turned its own mental scars into a call to action.
    • The fact that Native Americans and enslaved people, despite themselves being poor, still sent aid to help the Irish is this and Tear Jerker.
  • The ending of the Warsaw Uprising video. Though the Nazi regime tried to level the city, kill its people, and destroy its countless historic monuments, they failed. It required years of rebuilding, but decades after the Third Reich itself fell to dust and ruin, Warsaw still stands.
  • The first episode of the Extra History of the Hundred Years War opens with James and Matt sending Rob off on paternity leave so he can bond with his newborn daughter, congratulating him on the new addition to his family.
  • One episode is a love letter to Edward Jenner, the man who cured smallpox and promoted vaccination. Even in his own time, Jenner was celebrated by so many people. He received one particularly congratulatory letter in 1806.

    Future nations will know by history only that the loathsome small-pox has existed and by you has been extirpated. Accept my fervent wishes for your health and happiness and assurances of the greatest respect and consideration.
    Thomas Jefferson

  • During the Haitian Revolution, rebels would often show mercy to overseers who treated them fairly and help women and children escape the violence.
  • In the second D-Day video, Alan Turing is drawn with a rainbow ribbon, a small detail that acknowledges both his homosexuality and his autism, details that many historical sources are keen to avoid.
    • Churchill insisted on giving the landing beaches proper codenames (Idaho, Omaha, Gold, Sword and Juno), instead of something silly like "Bunnyhop Beach", because he didn't want some poor mother to hear about how hear precious son gave his life on "bunnyhop beach".
  • From the 3rd Century Crisis, Diocletian's famous cabbage quote. (If the emperor could see the peace and order....)
  • In the Harlem Hellfighters video, South Carolina businesses refuse to serve the titular black soldiers. White soldiers at the training camp boycott those businesses in solidarity.
  • Bartolomé de las Casas, a former slave owner, did one of the toughest things a human being can do: He reformed. Las Casas is even drawn crying after reading the bible quote that made him change his ways.
He that sacrifices a thing wrongfully gotten, his offering is ridiculous, and the gift of unjust men are not accepted. The Most High is not pleased with the offerings of the wicked. Whoever brings an offering of the goods of the poor, does as one that killed the son before the father's eyes. The bread of the needy is their life. He that defrauds them of it, is a man of blood.
-Ecclesiasticus 34:18


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