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  • Accidentally Correct Writing:
    • After noticing the large number of references to unseen prior events in Red Faction: Armageddon, he suggested that there was supposed to be some kind of intervening game to serve as backstory, and the intervening game would have been dreadful, judging by the fact that Armageddon got made instead. He's about two-thirds right, as it turns out; there was a Syfy original movie based on the series that was meant to serve as backstory, and by all accounts, it was indeed dreadful.
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    • His assumption that Ride to Hell: Retribution was originally an open-world game was entirely accurate.
    • Though he never played the original Ratchet & Clank (2002), he surmised that the reboot had rewritten their personalities to some degree, as the story treats their relationship as preordained and central even though they barely even talk to each other and Ratchet's dull personality doesn't create much chemistry. Many fans in the comments noted that this was entirely true; Ratchet was originally a surly Jerkass and borderline Designated Hero who underwent a clear arc, and the reboot cut or altered a lot of scenes where the two bickered or built their relationship.
  • Creator Backlash: He coined the term "PC Master Race" as a joke and a jab towards people who take pride in PC gaming a bit too seriously. As the years went on, people started to use the phrase un-ironically and became exactly the joke that Yahtzee made (with some even crediting him for it). Yahtzee's feelings towards this attitude eventually boiled over in his Kingdom Come: Deliverance review where upon seeing fans in the forum praising the game's flaws and begging developers not to change it for the "plebs", he goes into a near screaming fit and curses out the people using such a mindset to defend the game while also regretting making the "PC Master Race" meme.
    Yahtzee: Fuck you, toffee-nosed PC Master Race shitheads! I wish I'd named you something else now, like the "PC Gaming Dick-Slurp All-Stars"!
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  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Graham Stark describes X-Blades as Why You Don't Outsource Anime To America during his guest appearance, even though it's actually developed in Russia.
  • Funny Character, Boring Actor: In contrast to the witty, fast talking personality he has on the show, Croshaw is actually a socially awkward introvert. He even specifically requests that fans not approach him if they recognize him, as he is uncomfortable with interacting with his fans.
  • He Also Did: In both an E3 2019 blog and his ZP review of Watch Dogs: Legion, Yahtzee mentions that he did uncredited consultant work for the game's writing, specifically to "punch up" the dialogue for Bagley, the game's AI sidekick comic relief.
  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": invoked He never even heard of Marth before playing Brawl, and based on his other reviews, shouting "Fire Emblem" (or "Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon", which is where Marth actually debuted) loud enough near him will cause his brain to explode.
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  • Mutually Fictional: A semi-running gag is that our reality would be fictional in a Standard Fantasy Setting. He has orcs play a D&D campaign revolving around accounting in one episode. In another, an orc insists that everyone call him "Alan" after a night spent browsing an otherkin forum convinced him that he's "actually an accountant from Swindon." I guess that when fantastic adventuring is your day-job, "fantasy" means "doing something painfully mundane."
  • Quote Source: As of 2019, he provides the quote for over forty different trope pages, making him one of the current most popular quote sources.
  • Referenced by...:
    • The episode "Hero Punctuation" of Doraleous & Associates has the group trying to get hired by "King Yatzee of Meh," who gives scathing critques of each mercenary, with simple cartoon flashcards for visual aid. His guard's armor is fashioned to make them look like Imps.
    • Alan Wake: American Nightmare has the achievement "No Punctuation" for acing a battle against literal bad words. Seeing as how he panned the game for its Meta Fiction element, this proves what good sports Remedy are.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: The YouTube upload of Peggle was blocked in several countries due to a copyright claim by Warner Music Group, as the review used "Free Bird" for the outro.
  • Screwed by the Network: The original version of "Void Bastards & Ion Fury" was demonetized by YouTube for profanity (despite the series having been on the site since at least 2011) and, in typical modern YouTube fashion, has refused to elaborate on what they took exception to. The video was uploaded in a censored form with the harder profanities replaced by Yahtzee whispering "YouTube", but even this edited version was demonetized for "adult content".
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Yahtzee and his reviewing style in Zero Punctuation are some of the last remnants of the mid-late 2000s internet critic trend of shorter reviews consisting of rapid-fire insults and vulgar comedy. Many of the other reviewers who popularized the trend have since moved on or expanded their brand, while the new generation of games critics have gone for a more introspective long-form take. Yahtzee's videos themselves still remain quite popular, with new ones quickly racking in hundreds of thousands of views, even if his style of review itself has largely fallen out of favor. It could be a case of Grandfather Clause.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Yahtzee was requested by fans to review Homefront but he declined as he didn't want to review another "right-wing military shooter", though he did address the game in his review of Homefront: The Revolution.
    • During the Drowning Out of Duke Nukem Forever, he revealed he'd been asked to write a script for the game, but his ideas were turned down because Yahtzee wanted to make the game aware of Duke being a dated artifact of the 90's, but the producers stated that Duke had to be played straight and perfect.
  • The Wiki Rule: Yes, seriously. It's mostly just audio transcripts of each episode.


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