Documenting Drowning in Video Games Is This Person's Quest

The channel has nearly 80 instances of video game drowning.

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Have you ever wanted to watch a bunch of video game characters drown? Well, now you can do a whole bunch of that on YouTube, thanks to Mikhail Emmerich (aka Dextorin), who has documented nearly 80 instances of video game characters drowning.

Emmerich has been dedicated to archiving the underwater deaths for more than two years now, and he's collected them from games like Banjo-Kazooie and Super Mario 64 to The Witcher 3 and World of Warcraft. The committed YouTuber shows the entire process: from diving into water, right up to the character suffocating.

GameSpot got the opportunity to talk to Emmerich about why he decided to archive video games' drowning animations and how it wasn't his original intent to dedicate an entire channel to aquatic asphyxiation.

"To be honest, I had no intention of having it turn into what it did," Emmerich said. "What started with a buddy and I screwing around with a capture card, suddenly turned into a channel where I was getting requests. One video turned into five, and then ten... next thing I know it is nearing 80. Much to the collective 'WTF' of the internet, as I am now finding out.

"And let's be honest, these are the kinds of scenes we all dread when playing games, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise!"

Emmerich says he gets about two to three drowning animation requests a week--that adds up over the years. He notes that channels like GameOverContinue, which focuses on game over screens, exist, so the interest in specific video game animations doesn't surprise him.

As for Emmerich's future plans, he imagines that he'll continue his work of archiving these animations. He's received requests to cover other death animations, though he's adamant in sticking to drowning.

"I guess you can say the 'end goal' would indeed be to archive every single drowning animation in every single game," he said. "A lofty goal, and perhaps somewhat silly, but that would be the aim."

Emmerich isn't the first person to document drowning in video games. YouTube series Let's Drown not only shows drowning animations, it features all water-related deaths, including Aladdin falling into water and Terraria's pixelated gore explosion.

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This is somehow so much worse than a video of having your head blown off.

I feel like I just watched a snuff film.

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@naryanrobinson: Talking about snuff, no idea why i put it here, but I heard over and over that the goriest movie of all time was A Serbian Film. Finally watched it. Meh... nothing really special. The one that shocked me most was really Martyrs. Really horrible but also inspiring and spiritual. Synopsis: How to utterly break the spirit and will of somebody and make the person actually accept her fate. Worth watching.

Or was that a spoiler? I don't know. Watched it a long time ago.

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i always found prototypes water jumping funny, instead of drowning it throws you back to the nearest landmass. broke the game several times doing this as you can lock it in place to look like you are flying.

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@neowarrior793: Prototype. Such an underrated gem. (although i bought the PS4 bundle 3 weeks ago and am pretty bored after a few hours lol). Maybe it didn't age too well.

Yes there is a PS4 bundle. It was stealthily released because there are basically no improvements.

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@Keaze_: i know theres a ps4 version i was tempted to buy it but i can't justify spending the money. I myself love open world games, its even better when it includes mass-murder (im not crazy!!!, i promise).

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@neowarrior793: I know 49.99$ is asking too much. I caught it on sale at 19.49$ last week of may ;)

I feel you, one of my top guilty gaming pleasures is throwing civilians face first into a concrete wall with throw maxed out in Prototype. That or throw em away to sea and watch how far they go lol.

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@Keaze_: its just fun to run down crowded streets with a car, love the carnage.

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um ok who cares? Taking over for Eddies usual pointless youtube "Finds" as "news" eh?

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I once knew a guy who drowned in a pond by his house...

He got caught up in water weeds...

We had the same birthday...

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@dinosaur_teeth: That's a pretty sad end to a too short life.

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Hey, I've been making drowning videos since 2008. I've published 144 to date. Dextorin subbed to me some time in 2012. Weird, right?

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF8B00D6F0A1989F2
https://twitter.com/HURGHT/status/748344817579597824

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@hurght: OH SNAP!

EDIT: I mean, I'm speechless as to how Dextorin got an article featuring him with 328 subscribers and 123k views, while you have 442 subscribers and over 2 million views. It's not a subject I'd ever guess would be noteworthy enough for a news article, but given that it was, I'm surprised it didn't feature you instead.

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@hurght: That is weird....

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Assassin's Creed 1 takes the cake for inexplicable inability for your character to swim.

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They don't have the original Tomb Raider. I remember that animation was particularly grisly.

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@Byshop: The experience of drowning in the original Tomb Raider games is why underwater segments in games still make me anxious.

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@Mogan: I know, right?

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the Sonic Boom one is so bad it became a classic

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worse way to die in games and in life.

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@Oogazi: I dunno, being fed feet first into a woodchipper like in The Punisher game seems pretty bad.

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@Oogazi: naww worst way to die IRL is being uncool......

"it's better to be dead and cool and alive and uncool"

-Harley, Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man - 1991

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@darthrevenx: :) Odd movie to see quoted

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@hystavito: maybe but the quote is great.....and it's a good action flick.....

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@darthrevenx: I wanna be dead and cool and alive and uncool.

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@milk: you have to pick one......

that movie is pretty good, i;d check it out., a little cheesy and cliche but look at the era....post 80's early 90's yeah....the point of the phrase is it's better to just do something and not regret what you do than to die with and never do anything and regret not doing anything.....also it's about just being genuine, better to be hated by everyone yet you are okay with you than to be loved and feel fake......see?? it's a deep thought for sure....

Mr. Miyagi said walk left side of road safe, walk right side of road safe, walk middle of road sooner or later squish just like grape......you can't have both, you gotta pick just one.....

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I'll get the tissues and hand lotion... to wipe away my tears when I see iconic characters die and to keep my hands hydrated. What did you think I was gonna use it for?

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@catsimboy: we all know what you're using the tissues for O_o

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@catsimboy: You made me laugh pretty hard there. Well played sir.

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Keep up the good work.

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