->''"Releasing videos on Website/YouTube is kind of like throwing messages in bottles out into a churning sea made up entirely of messages in bottles: the chance of your message getting noticed and someone being sent out to rescue you is punishingly slim. But every once in a blue moon, someone who owns a big boat made of money finds your message and agrees to let you ride on his big boat made of money if you keep making messages for him. Then the two of you go on adventures with a smart mouthed talking dog and travel to the land of the gumdrop king and [[{{Metaphorgotten}} I've sort of forgotten where I was going with this.]]"''
-->-- '''Creator/BenCroshaw''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOBTN67K0Zw announces]] ''Zero Punctuation''

[[Creator/BenCroshaw Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw]], critic and amateur game developer, decided one day to conduct an experiment. He was faced with a demo of ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'' he wished to review for his website, but wanted to try something new. So he took Photoshop, Windows Movie Maker, a headset mic and his sense of humour, and turned them into a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWS9_nrKOPA YouTube video]]. He then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYQLR7dE5k4 turned]] to ''[[VideoGame/FableI Fable: The Lost Chapters]]''.

Less than a month later, he was hired by ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com The Escapist]]'', an online magazine with a big boat made of money (see the page quote), to release one of these video reviews a week. That explains the origin of ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation Zero Punctuation]]'' in the driest possible way, but not the popularity of it; the combination of [[AccentuateTheNegative caustic]] [[BlackComedy humour]], [[MotorMouth rapid-fire delivery]], and [[VisualPun visual gags]] made Zero Punctuation an instant success.

Yahtzee has started doing a weekly follow-up column, called "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/extra-punctuation Extra Punctuation]]", in order to explain his views and opinions on the game of the week in greater detail, and bring up points he could not turn into jokes.

Starting in February 2011, he also did a column called "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/extraconsideration Extra Consideration]]" with Bob "MovieBob" Chipman and James Portnow of ''WebVideo/ExtraCredits'' (though Portnow was replaced by Jim Sterling of ''The WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}}'' and Destructoid fame after he left the Escapist). The column petered out by early September, sadly, but its entire run can still be found [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/profiles/articles/Extra%20Consideration here]]. However, in April 2013, Yahtzee and Jim started up again with the segment ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jim-yahtzees-rhymedown-spectacular Jim & Yahtzee's Rhymedown Spectacular]]'', where they recite slam poetry about the game topic at hand.

As well, in 2015, the Escapist released an official casual game based on the series, {{Videogame/Hatfall}}, combining quick-fire gameplay with Yahtzee's usual brand of humor. It can be played [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/141474-Play-Zero-Punctuations-Hatfall-Now-Live Here.]]

Previews of the next video were shown on ''Series/XPlay'' for a brief period in 2008.

Do not confuse with NoPeriodsPeriod or NoPunctuationPeriod.
!!''Zero Punctuation'' is the TropeNamer for:
* PressXToNotDie: Lampshaded in his ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'' review, when he {{imagine|spot}}s a [[OurFounder monument to himself]] with this engraved on its pedestal.
** In ''Thief: The Dark Project'', he snaps and [[CouldntFindAPen writes this in blood]] on the wall above a dead body.
** In a fit of pique, he complained that botching ''Ryse: Son of Rome's'' quicktime events ''doesn't'' result in failure. ("Wait, ''[[DoubleTake what?]]''")
* SpectacleFighter

!!Tropes which ''Zero Punctuation'' provides an example of:
* ZeroPunctuation/TropesAToD
* ZeroPunctuation/TropesEToH
* ZeroPunctuation/TropesIToL
* ZeroPunctuation/TropesMToP
* ZeroPunctuation/TropesQToT
* ZeroPunctuation/TropesUToZ