->''"Releasing videos on [=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 I've sort of forgotten where I was going with this."''
-->-- '''Yahtzee''' [[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 and 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. And so began ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation Zero Punctuation.]]'' The combination of [[AccentuateTheNegative caustic]] [[BlackComedy humour]], [[MotorMouth rapid-fire delivery]], and [[VisualPun visual gags]] made ''Zero Punctuation'' an instant success.

Yahtzee. Also. Has. A. 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. [[OverlyLongGag And. Bring. Up. Points. He. Could. Not. Turn. Into. Jokes.]] The column was originally updated weekly, but is more sporadically updated as of late.

In February 2011, he also started a column called [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/extraconsideration "Extra Consideration"]] with Bob "[[Creator/BobChipman Moviebob]]" Chipman and James Portnow of ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' (though Portnow was replaced by Jim Sterling of ''The WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}}'' and Destructoid fame after he left the Escapist). The column sadly petered out by early September, 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.

In 2015, The Escapist released an official casual game based on the series, ''{{Videogame/Hatfall}}'', which combines 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.

Since the beginning of 2017 Yahtzee has started streaming games after each ZP episode (usually the game he reviewed that day) and the Escapist [=YouTube=] channel also has several streams of he and his girlfriend playing games.

Don't confuse with the trope NoPunctuationPeriod, although the show ''is'' named for the fact that he speaks quickly enough to embody that trope.
!!Tropes which ''Zero Punctuation'' provides an example of:
* ZeroPunctuation/TropesAToD
* ZeroPunctuation/TropesEToH
* ZeroPunctuation/TropesIToL
* ZeroPunctuation/TropesMToP
* ZeroPunctuation/TropesQToT
* ZeroPunctuation/TropesUToZ

!!For a list of games reviewed by the series (that have pages on this wiki) see here:

* ZeroPunctuation/ReviewedGames