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 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 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. And so began Zero Punctuation. The combination of caustic humour, rapid-fire delivery, and visual gags made Zero Punctuation an instant success.
Yahtzee. Also. Has. A. 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. The column was originally updated weekly, but is more sporadically updated as of late.
In February 2011, he also started a column called "Extra Consideration" with Bob "Moviebob" 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 sadly petered out by early September, 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.
Previews of the next video were shown on X-Play 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 No Punctuation Period, although the show is named for the fact that he speaks quickly enough to embody that trope.