Harcastle at a book signing in 2019
Daniel John Hardcastle
23 March 1989
Rebecca Maughan (m. 2016)
|Relatives||Steve "Dad³" Harcastle (father)|
|Total views||1.2 billion|
|Updated 26 September 2019|
Daniel John Hardcastle (born 23 March 1989), known online as Nerd³, is a British author and YouTuber. He is the author of Sunday Times bestseller Fuck Yeah, Video Games: The Life and Extra Lives of a Professional Nerd.
Hardcastle first came to prominence through a scripted, story-based webcomic made within the game Minecraft. After creating his YouTube channel on 20 March 2011, Hardcastle initially began uploading a series of comedic vlogs before uploading his first let's play. His first series. called "Nerd³'s Minecraft Buildy Thing", ran from 27 August 2011 until 22 August 2012. After creating videos on a few indie games, Hardcastle uploaded his first "Nerd³ Plays" video, on Battlefield 3, on 7 January 2012. In 2012 Machinma sponsored him to create the series 13 Ways To Die. In 2015 he was nominated for a Golden Joystick Award for "online personality of the year". He has since amassed over 2.5 million subscribers, and 1,250,000,000 views. He has collaborated with Emma Blackery, Tomska, Hannah Hart, Stuart Ashen and InTheLittleWood.
In September 2019, Hardcastle's YouTube account was unverified for being not widely recognised outside the platform.
Hardcastle began writing his first book, Fuck Yeah, Video Games: The Life & Extra Lives of a Professional Nerd, in 2017. Crowd-funded through the website Unbound, the book reached 100% of its target on the first day (4 June 2018), and 1000% by 11 June. Reaching a total of 1897% of its initial goal, Fuck Yeah, Video Games is the most successful crowd-funded book of all-time. The foreword of the book was written by Tim Schafer, and a chapter written by Stuart Ashen. It was released on 19 September 2019 and was a Sunday Times best seller.
On 26 September 2019 crowdfunding began for Hardcastle's second book, The Paradox Paradox, which he described as "A bit Star Trek, a bit Doctor Who, and a bit fucked up." It was funded within 20 minutes. 
Hardcastle is married to Rebecca Maughan, an artist who illustrated Fuck Yeah, Video Games.
Hardcastle's father, Steve "Dad³" Harcastle, with whom he has regularly collaborated, started a YouTube channel in 2013; it has over 300,000 subscribers and amassed 23 million views.
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