Web Animation: Zero Punctuation
"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."Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, critic and amateur game developer, decided one day to conduct an experiment. He was faced with a demo of The Darkness 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 YouTube video. He then turned to Fable: The Lost Chapters.Less than a month later, he was hired by 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 Zero Punctuation in the driest possible way, but not the popularity of it; the combination of caustic humour, rapid-fire delivery, and visual gags made Zero Punctuation an instant success.Yahtzee has started doing a weekly follow-up column, called "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 "Extra Consideration" with Bob "Movie Bob" Chipman and James Portnow of Extra Credits (though Portnow was replaced by Jim Sterling of The 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 here. However, in April 2013, Yahtzee and Jim started up again with the segment 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, Hatfall, combining quick-fire gameplay with Yahtzee's usual brand of humor. It can be played Here.Previews of the next video were shown on X-Play for a brief period in 2008.Do not confuse with No Periods, Period or No Punctuation Period.
Zero Punctuation is the Trope Namer for:
- Press X to Not Die: Lampshaded in Battlefield 3, when he imagines a monument to himself with this engraved on its pedestal.
- Spectacle Fighter