Thursday, January 31, 2008

Yahtzee Rocks The Gaming World

As exciting as shaking dice out of a tumbler is, that's not what I'm talking about. Instead, the subject of this post is Yahtzee, the author of Zero Punctuation, which is by far the funniest gaming video blog I have ever seen. As mentioned by (via Digg), Ben Croshaw, aka "Yahtzee," is a fresh new face to the gaming reviews industry. While he has had a strong fan base on YouTube for at least a year, he effectively "turned pro" in 2007 when he joined up with The Escapist, an online gaming mag, and started pumping his hilarious video critiques out regularly. This has been exacerbated by the server-wrecking force of Digg following every video.

Here is his review of Guitar Hero III (a game I've heard one or two people play here at Mason). They say a picture says a thousand words, but since the following is a whole lot of little pictures at high speed, go ahead and add it to the list of books you've read. I must warn you that this particular video happens to be one of his more profane and any attempt to not be offended by some part of it will ultimately result in an epic fail.

(from The Escapist, direct video link)

Oh I forgot to warn about homophobia too, my bad.

Anyway, one of the things that has really driven Yahtzee's silly little videos to massive fame is the way he resonates with the average gamer. Many people have a "Wow, that's exactly how it plays" kind of attitude after they watch the video about their favorite game. He's also not afraid to throw a few punches at games like Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed (though the Creed actually ends up with a decent rating). Even when he does, he does a remarkable job of explaining why his criticisms are justified.

I should have prefaced this (but I wisely didn't) with the fact that I am not really a gamer, having played only the requisite amount of WoW. That being said I religiously watch every new video because they are so incredibly funny. It helps to know the various terms most gamers employ, but really I would recommend this to my mother if the profanity wasn't so likely to burn off her ears. Really, I would!

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