About Extra Credits
Extra Credits discusses subjects from video games to world history in a weekly video lesson series with 1.6 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. Because learning matters.
"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
Timeline - the evolution of Extra Credits
2008: Daniel Floyd creates the first Extra Credits video, inadvertently, as part of a school assignment while he completes his graduate studies, basing the script of the video off one of James Portnow's published articles. (This first series of videos was initially known as "Video Games And..." )
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 created 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 officially has over 1 million subscribers! Extra Sci Fi becomes a 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. Matthew Krol joins Extra Credits as the new showrunner and narrator for all shows. Extra Politics is introduced during the summer. Extra Mythology makes its series debut, first in the spring and then in the fall.
In the news!
March 20, 2017 - Patreon - Creator Spotlight with Extra Credits
June 22, 2017 - Tubefilter - YouTube Millionaires: Extra Credits Believes “Human Curiosity Is An Amazing Thing"
November 3, 2017 - Tubefilter - Educational Channel Extra Credits Delves Into The World Of Science Fiction
June 28, 2018 - Tutorful - How To Become a Game Developer: Expert Advice and Awesome Tools