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Nightmare Fuel / Extra Credits

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  • Missile Command apparently was this to its creator for years, and Dan's own description managed to make an innocent arcade game seem intense and horrific.
  • James' description of his breakdown over game compulsion quickly descends into this.
  • The Actions creature from the episode on Propaganda Games can be rather disconcerting, particularly in one close up where it says "Good job, kid."
  • In "Symbolism 101" while describing "the uncanny", there's a picture of Allison hunting a deer with its head hidden from the audience. When it lifts its head, its face turns out to be something straight out of The Last of Us. With horrific detail.
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  • Dan's explanation of the true definition of horror in "Where Did Survival Horror Go?" is rather chilling.
    "Horror is about human psychology. It's about understanding those primal fears that have tormented mankind since its early history. Horror is about the irrational, and the breakdown of our modern faith in logic and the fundamental order of the world. Horror is about all those things which drive us toward our darker impulses, and justify our most bestial actions. Horror is about hopelessness and facing things so unimaginably greater than ourselves, that for all of our self-importance, and assurance of our place in the universe, we're nothing before them."

Extra History

  • Shaka Zulu captures his enemy's mother, tosses her in a locked hunt with jackals and wolves — then burns the hut after a day. Brutal.
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  • Cholera becomes this in "The Broad Street Pump" series in Extra History. The description of this disease, the conditions that caused it, and the fact that medical knowledge at the time was ineffectual at treating it. This crosses into Nausea Fuel as well.
  • Sesame Credit, an upcoming social platform by the Chinese government that rewards users with gifts and discounts for being good patriotic citizens while punishing users who aren't. The way it secretly controls the masses is very similar to 1984.
  • If you thought cholera was frightening, the Plague of Justinian in the "Theodora - X: This is My Empire" episode makes it look practically harmless. Particularly chilling are the descriptions of those who fell into comas and starved to death if no one was there to help them, people shoving corpses into mass graves and guard towers, and ships filled with plague-ridden corpses that carried their grim cargo to other shores.
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  • In "Because Games Matter: How Video Games Saved my Life", the description of Zhenghua Yang (also known as Z)'s illness. A nosebleed that lasts fourteen hours? Kind of unsettling, but not too bad. When he went to the ER the next day, he found that his platelet counts were at one tenth of one percent of normal levels and still dropping. He began spontaneously bleeding from his body and forming bruises, even passing out from blood loss. When he came to, a nurse told him he was going to die in a few hours and handed him his will. And the worst part? The doctors had no idea what was causing it. In the comments, Z revealed he had a rare autoimmune disease that caused his white blood cells to attack his platelets.
  • Everything about the Battle of the Denmark Strait in Part 2 of their "Hunt the Bismarck" series. From the search for the Bismark in the foggy weather and the ensuing desperate battle, to the destruction of the Hood, to the hit on the Prince of Wales bridge. Particularly the part where the Wales navigation officer attempts to raise the bridge above to ask if everyone's alright, only to get blood dripping through the voice pipe as a response. And the part where a colossal explosion tears the Hood in half, and the bridge crew don't initially know how badly damaged they've been... and then the shredded corpses of their shipmates begin to rain down from the sky onto the stricken ship, an image so horrific it had to be portrayed in silhouette. And the final blow: a friendly destroyer arriving after the battle, grimly prepared to rescue and treat hundreds of injured sailors from the Hood's crew of 1418. They rescue three.
    • Sinking the Bismarck turns the British forces to this. They pound the great battleship relentlessly and scores of Kriegsmarine sailors run along the deck to get the hell off their ship. Some even try to surrender, but they're shelled down in the coming salvos. The British ships' chaplains beg their captains to stop shooting so they can pick up survivors, but the captains are having none of it. They have orders to sink the Bismarck, no matter what. We knew it was personal, but Jesus.
  • The whole of the Cuban Missile Crisis episode. The number of times you realize that a random bear or a technical issue or a single vote or the wrong people to handle nuclear armament almost caused the end of all life on Earth... By the end of it all, you will be amazed we're still alive.
  • In Episode 3 of the "Spanish Flu", the plague has gotten so bad people are literally dropping off horses or walking along then collapsing on the sidewalk, dead. Without warning. Keep in mind these are civilians, and even the doctors and nurses are falling ill. The virus is so lethal it kills people in just twelve hours, making the bubonic plague look lethargic in comparison.
    • Several episodes mention it, but at the time, nobody was sure what caused it, a bacillus or a virus. One expert described looking for a cure and a vaccine like "fighting a ghost". Even now, when we know the strain that caused it, we are no closer to knowing how it came to be and how many exactly died.
    • In Episode 4, the Catholic Church sends priests and other clergy to help clear the backlog of bodies from the Philadelphia morgue. They arrive to find it at over 12 times its maximum capacity. The city not only runs out of coffins, but it runs out of wood to make more coffins. Because of how full the morgues and graveyards are, people end up having to keep the dead in their homes, often eating and sleeping next to them.
    • Episode 4 also briefly touches on how children adapted to the epidemic by making a jump-rope rhyme about it. Adding a Voice of the Legion effect when reciting it only makes it more creepy.
    • The Cytokine Storm note , the ending theme of the series, would not be out of place in a horror movie or game, and in places sounds like a funeral dirge. Fitting, as the topic has been described as a horror story in the first episode and several episodes emphasised people running out of coffins, the material to make coffins, or people to dig the graves.
  • Episode 2 of Saipan, Suicide Island ends on a somber note, describing one plane taking off, and heading to its target.
    ''A lone B-29 bomber lifted off from Tinian airfield overnight, [[MPs] had kept troops away from the aircraft and it's odd, specially built loading pit. The B-29 hit it's rendezvous point then turned towards Hiroshima.
    • There's no picture of a mushroom cloud. No fireball. Just the lone B-29, casting it's shadow over the Japanese islands.
  • The series on the Irish Potato Famine has several, from the bleak backdrop of the system, the descriptions of hungry, destitute and desperate people, and up to the negligent-at-best and outright-malignant-at-worst British government.
  • The video on the Warsaw Uprising is chilling, depicting the unhinged brutality of the Nazis, backstabbing of the Soviets, and helpless situation of the Polish population.

Extra Mythology

  • Their video on the Aztec Founding Myth was the very first to include a trigger warning and there is a very good reason for that, including among other things graphic dismemberment and skinning.

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