For those of you who haven’t heard of Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw, let me give you a quick run down. Croshaw is an Australian resident, and he’s achieved some fame for his caustic, and colorful reviews of games which have been known to leave some fans in tears from both crying or from the various verbal blows to their gamer pride. Some time ago Yahtzee landed a deal with Escapist Magazine, and he has a regularly updated program called Zero Punctuation (named for his unique, rapid fire verbage) that will post new video game reviews every Wednesday.
All right, so we’re all up to date now? Good, moving on. Zero Punctuation has only one, major flaw and that’s that it’s only updated once a week. The show is one of the funniest things that you’re likely to find on the Internet, and personal experience combined with sociological experimentation shows that the hilarity transcends gamer and non-gamer boundaries. Though, to be completely honest, non-gamers might find the show funnier because they have no inherent attachment to the games being covered in slurries of noxius critic fluids that will wear away the shiny exterior to reveal the often flawed guts within.
A small note for those who want to watch Yahtzee’s reviews on Zero Punctuation; keep little ears away from the speakers. If outrage is Croshaw’s painting style, then profanity is the pigment which is occasionally liberally smeared through reviews. For adults (or those who have reached physical maturity at least) this shouldn’t be a problem, and if foul language offends you chances are that you’ve never had to play through a particularly frustrating level that has killed you often enough that you could be your own Jones’ Town. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s a good thing to have bonding time with when you have a child who’s starting to repeat all of the phrases that you, the television and the computer are starting to sling around to anyone who will listen.
In short, Zero Punctuation is good. The reviews aren’t long, with some of the lengtheir ones weighing in at six or seven minutes (during which I’d be honestly surprised if Croshaw manages to breathe), but that probably helps keep them funny. If Yahtzee attempted to lengthen out Zero Punctuation to longer than ten minutes he’d either have to review multiple games, or make sure he ate a hardy breakfast because there’s only so much bile you can keep in your system at once. Avid fans of video games will no doubt be entertained (and sometimes insulted, but hey the man’s a professional critic), and even those who think they’ve outgrown being entertained by the shiny box may find some great phrases they’d like to use offline as well.