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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The opening of the first episode: Dr. Wells and his assistant are investigating a corpse. The poor man had turned blue. His lungs are so filled with fluid that he drowned in his own body. As Wells leaves to get some air, he passes by hundreds of bodies. They're turning blue.
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.
In Episode 5, the U.S. Coast Guard sends a team to a village on Alaska's Wood River. The only living things they find are sled dogs, surviving by eating the corpses of flu victims. Upon seeing this, the guardsman slams the door shut, shoots the dogs through a window, and orders the entire village burned to the ground.
The Cytokine Stormnote named after the extreme immune response the flu triggered which can produce so much fluid in an attempt to literally flush out the sickness that it fills up the lungs, which end up being inflamed and unable to produce oxygen, causing the patients to turn slowly blue and drown in their own fluids, 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.
''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 Saipan campaign was nightmarishly bloody. The battle became hopeless for the Japanese after their naval support was decimated. Civilians committed mass suicide because they believed they would be subject to horrific torture at the hands of American forces, even when American translators tried to talk them down.
The Yakusei, in which the remaining Japanese forces were ordered on a suicidal charge against American forces. By the end, one-third of American forces are dead, most of the survivors are wounded, and more than four thousand Japanese soldiers are dead.
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.
A major portion of the Polish rebels were only teenagers.
The rebels were often the only thing protecting Polish civilians from reprisal by the German army. Every time the rebels had to fall back, they also had to leave civilians to their probable deaths.
"History of Dentistry" depicts the brutal mishaps caused by quack doctors trying to treat teeth.
The first video on the Haitian Revolution does not shy away from depicting the horrors of colonial Haiti's slavery. The opening depicts a newly arrived slave learning that his time on Earth being so short, his masters won't even bother feeding him.
The 3rd Century crisis:
The fact that during the crisis, there were Twenty six emperors, (and those were the legitimate ones), because most Emperors were murdered by their own men for cash.
Doubly so due to the fact that said men were none other than the Praetorian Guard intended to protect the Emperor, and thus would be the people closest to him outside of family and high-ranking advisors. High octane Paranoia Fuel right there.
Aurelian being betrayed by his men simply so they could save their own hides.
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.
Even Christmas is not spared. In many lands, Christmas is a time to be jolly, happy and holly, and other words ending in 'olly'. But what you didn't know, is the existence of Krampus, Santa's satyr-esque companion. Santa takes care of all the nice children, but Krampus takes care of the naughty ones.
Then we get to Iceland, where a troll witch comes out at night to snatch naughty children because they're delicious.
Strigoi: Open the window! We can go back to the woods and play and run and skip forever! And you'll never have to be afraid again! Boy: Strigoi?! Strigoi:(Evil Laugh) I am your friend! (enters, its face transforming, voice deepening) The LAST friend you'll EVER need! The ONLY ONE you WANT! And I want to play WITH YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!
The new Queen of disturbing, who needed another trigger warning. La Llorona or the 'Crying Woman'. A lady who out of madness Drowned her sons, then herself and now wanders the river crying " 'DONDE ESTA MIS HIJOS?!!!!" (WHERE ARE MY SONS?!!) And if she encounters any straying ones she drowns them too.