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Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw is a British writer and game reviewer 'with a sweet hat and a chip on his shoulder'. He also designs freeware adventure games and writes the back page column for PC Gamer. His personal site is www.fullyramblomatic.com. Ebeeto is a fan of him. Yahtzee also co-hosts GameDamage along with Yug and Matt, and for a short period of time wrote the Backspace column for PC Gamer magazine in the US.. Yahtzee currently resides in Australia, although his native country is England.
Yahtzee first claim to fame is the "Chzo Mythos" series of games, which consists of 5 Days a Stranger, 7 Days a Skeptic, Trilby's Notes, and 6 Days a Sacrifice. The games were made over a period of 3 - 4 years on the Adventure Game Studio engine. The games are horror-based and are heavily influenced by Silent Hill with other game references thrown in. He offers the Special Edition 4-pack of these games (including developer commentary, soundtrack, and other extras) for free.
He gained almost instant fame after uploading two game reviews on Youtube. The reviews consisted only of cartoonish still images and a very fast voice-over, giving his reviews the name Zero Punctuation. Soon after his reviews on Youtube, he joined with TheEscapist.com to release his future reviews on the site. After Ben Croshaw joined, traffic on the site has increased by 400%. Many claim, however, that his quality has been diminishing recently.
He has a very distinct style of reviewing. He also has a very critical style of reviewing, being able to find a flaw in almost any game and elaborate on it, no matter how small it is. He is more often than not negative towards a game; however, there has been a few occasions on which he is totally positive about a game, Portal being a prime example.
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