Since 2007, Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw has graced The Escapist with his weekly fast-talking game critique, Zero Punctuation. With over 400 (FOUR HUNDRED) episodes to date, ZP has long been a fan - and staff, for that matter - favorite here at The Escapist. Given that this week marks a full decade of Escapist goodness, we thought it'd be fun to look back at the many wonderful years of Zero Punctuation.
Before we get to the beginning of Zero Punctuation on The Escapist, I'll bet some of you are wondering where he came from. We surely didn't somehow grow him in a vat in our secret underground laboratory, right? That's at least 80% correct.
Back in 2007, The Escapist's Publisher Alexander Macris got tipped off to some guy with a couple of hilarious gaming videos on YouTube. Alexander showed it to The Escapist's original Editor in Chief, Julianne, who thought it was the best thing since the NES Zapper. They showed it to then-Acquisitions-Editor Russ Pitts, who was also delighted. Given how hard it had been to get everybody to agree on pizza toppings at lunch that day, this seemed like a sure thing. Within 48 hours of viewing the first ZP concept video, The Escapist and Yahtzee had struck a deal, and history had been made.
This is ZP's origin story. This is Yahtzee's giant vat of industrial waste. Or vial of ooze. Or radioactive spider. Or, you know, original concept videos. Keep scrolling for a timey-wimey jaunt through the years of Zero Punctuation on The Escapist!