Let's kick things off with one of the most infamously punishing video game tutorials of all time - the opening "driving test" from the 1991 PS1 classic Driver.
The tutorial takes place in a garage, with players given merely a minute to pull off nine scarcely-explained vehicular manoeuvers.
If you played this as a kid, what hope in hell did you have of knowing what "slalom" or "reverse 180" meant, let alone actually pulling them off?
It's a tutorial which wasn't only the toughest "mission" in the game until the final one, but was so damn infuriating many never even got past it - or not without the help of an older sibling or parent, at least.
Given that Driver came out shortly before a major uptick in worldwide Internet adoption - which put video game walkthroughs at everyone's fingertips - its absurd lack of specificity regarding the tasks it asked the player to do was unforgivable. Atrocious.