Extra Credits discusses subjects from video games to world history in a weekly video lesson series with over a million YouTube subscribers. By applying the same research that the entertainment industries have so successfully used to get and keep people’s attention, Extra Credits makes education as engaging as watching a movie or playing a game.
"Over the course of 14 seasons and more than 300 episodes, creators Daniel Floyd and James Portnow explore a dizzying array of topics, unraveling gaming's technical mysteries and exploring cultural flashpoints in a savvy collage of common sense, contrarianism and debunkery." - TIME Magazine, 2017
2008: Daniel Floyd creates the first Extra Credits video, inadvertently, as part of a school assignment while he completes his graduate studies. (This first series of videos was initially known as "Video Games And..." and would receive the Extra Credits title after it became an official show.)
2010: Extra Credits starts airing on The Escapist magazine's website.
2011: The show moves to Penny Arcade TV.
2013: Extra Credits gets a permanent home on YouTube. Extra History is born and eventually becomes a regular weekly series by popular demand.
2015: The Extra Play channel is created as an experimental playground for casual, goofy let's-plays, and the first Extra Frames videos appear here.
2017: Extra Credits hits the 1 million-subscriber mark! Extra Sci Fi becomes a semi-regular series on the content schedule, strengthening Extra Credits's new branding as an educational channel--no longer "just" a game design show. The Extra Credits Twitch channel is relaunched.
2018: Daniel and Carrie Floyd retire from working at Extra Credits to start new projects, taking Extra Play and Extra Frames and turning them into Daniel's own YouTube channel. Matt Krol joins Extra Credits as the new narrator for all shows. Thanks to a sponsor, we air our very first Extra Mythology videos.
Our Current Team
We have many "friends of the show" in the Extra Credits universe who you may have seen as special guests and contributors in some episodes. Whether they are game industry buddies or former, alumni teammates, their presence in our lives has made Extra Credits a better show, and there is not enough room on this particular page to thank all of them for their contributions.
James Portnow - Co-Creator, Writer, Game Designer
Different games mean different things to James at different times. He likes strategy and RPGs: games he can think about even when he can't be relaxing with games. Because he spends so much time on the road, he prefers wearing all black for ease of instant color coordination (contrary to his bean appearance, you won't find him in blue often!).
Matt Krol - Narrator, Showrunner
From Last of Us to Portal to all things Bioshock, Matt loves any game where the experience or narrative leaves him with something to think about long after he plays it (he might have caught that particular bug in film school). He also loves any game with a lot of personality, such as Hearthstone or Overwatch, and he is still on a quest to complete a full run Enter the Gungeon. Additionally, his cat Zoey loves cooking in Monster Hunter.
Scott Dewitt ("Krud") - Artist
His favorite game genre is "just gimme those quirky, colorful, creative fun games, and I'm a happy boy," which explains why he loves Overwatch, Splatoon, and Zelda games! He is always going out of his way to learn new things.
David "D" Hueso - Artist
David loves Overwatch, Dark Souls, Binding of Isaac, and Zelda games. His favorite genres are action RPGs, survival, explorative, and light competitive. He claims to love penguins more than Belinda does, but...
Lilienne "Lil" Chan - Artist
Lil loves playing Guild Wars 2 and Puzzle Fighter, and her favorite genre of game is "whatever 'Journey' falls under."
Nick DeWitt - Artist
Nick loves games with mechanics that challenge us to be better people in the world, even when it's difficult, like Undertale and Papers Please. He also loves baking, exercise, and the color purple.
Belinda Zoller - Community Manager
Belinda loves L.A. Noire, Fallout: New Vegas, and any story-heavy games in quirky, unconventional mediums. They also love penguins WAY MORE than David does.
Rob Rath - Staff Writer (Extra History)
Rob enjoys games that take him to another time or place, whether that's Renaissance Italy in Assassin's Creed, or the Himalayas in Uncharted 2. He especially geeks out about any game that lets him talk about the real stories behind the pixels.
Geoff Zatkin - Business Principal
Geoffrey loves MOBAs, Strategy games and cats. He's logged over 2,000 hours on Civ V & VI, and possibly double that on LoL. Pls don't judge.
Dean Kiner - Composer
Dean likes Undertale. And why shouldn't he?
sean Kiner - Composer
Sean loves high fantasy and sci-fi games, and one of his favorite games is The Secret World. He also claims to be "an unapologetic Altoholic" and purports to regularly "sacrifice cellos at my shrine to John Williams."