Also Known As
|6 Days a Sacrifice (2007)||(Design)|
|1213: Episode 2 (2006)||(Pretty much everything by)|
|Trilby's Notes (2006)||(Design)|
|1213: Episode 1 (2005)||(Pretty much everything by)|
|5 Days a Stranger (2003)||(Designer)|
|The Sorceror's Appraisal (2002)||(By)|
|Lunchtime of the Damned (2001)||(By)|
|6 Days a Sacrifice (2007)||(Coding)|
|Trilby: The Art of Theft (2007)||(Game by)|
|1213: Episode 3 (2006)||(By)|
|Trilby's Notes (2006)||(Programming)|
|7 Days a Skeptic (2004)||(Programming)|
|5 Days a Stranger (2003)||(Programmer)|
|The Trials of Odysseus Kent (2002)||(By)|
|Friday: Death to Arthur Yahtzee (1998)||(Programming)|
|7 Days a Skeptic (2004)||(Dialog)|
|Arthur Yahtzee: The Curse of Hell's Cheesecake (2000)||(Written by)|
|6 Days a Sacrifice (2007)||(Art)|
|Trilby's Notes (2006)||(Art)|
|7 Days a Skeptic (2004)||(Artwork)|
|Invasion Of The Space Aliens Who Are Not From Eart... (2002)||(Art by)|
|Blast Off (2001)||(Graphics)|
|I Spy (2001)||(Art by)|
|The Soviet Union Strikes Again (2001)||(Character Animations)|
|Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator Case 2 - The L... (2004)||(Readme file portions written by)|
|I'm Only Sleeping (2005)||(Alternating Egomania and Self-Deprecation by)|
|Larry Vales: Traffic Division (2000)||(Doubleplus Thanks To)|
Benjamin Richard Croshaw, better known by his Internet name "Yahtzee", is an English-born indie video game developer, gaming critic and writer. After several years of operating from Brisbane, Australia, he is currently situated in San Francisco, California.
In high school, Croshaw started developing games using Visual Basic 3 and Microsoft Paint. He started developing adventure games in Adventure Game Studio (AGS) in the early 2000s, which powered his Rob Blanc trilogy, among others. After a while, he left the AGS community in bad terms, but re-entered it afterwards to release games such as The Trials of Odysseus Kent and the first episode of the collaborative Reality-on-the-Norm series, called Lunchtime of the Damned. During this time, he released his best-known games: 5 Days A Stranger, 7 Days A Skeptic, Trilby's Notes, and 6 Days A Sacrifice, cumulatively known as the Chzo Mythos. He separated from the community again, but still developed games, primarily the 1213 series. He has since admitted to lurk in the AGS community under different names. He is to this day the most prized person in the AGS Awards, with a total of 53 nominations and 19 awards.
In 2007, Croshaw created two reviews for his blog, Fully Ramblomatic, using his trademark minimalist graphics and mostly static imagery, and talked with his signature fast rhetoric. He was immediately approached to by The Escapist Magazine, and has since been creating the Zero Punctuation video review series on a weekly basis. The show is characterized by a tongue-in-cheek British humour and Yahtzee's tendency to point out and sometimes even deliberately exaggerate the bad sides of the games reviewed, as he believes the negative elements are not stressed enough in gaming journalism as opposed to the positive ones. Hence, few games have received a positive review, such as Psychonauts, The Orange Box, Thief: The Dark Project and Silent Hill 2.
He is also the author of the Extra Punctuation column on The Escapist's official website, which he writes twice a month. In 2015, he started the satirical Judging By The Cover video series, which has, as of that year, been the only remaining gaming-related video production under The Escapist label, alongside Zero Punctuation.
Croshaw has continued with his gaming development in parallel with his critic work, releasing Poacher in 2012, and Hatfall and The Consuming Shadow in 2015. He is also the author of several webcomics and three novels released through Dark Horse Comics: Mogworld, Jam, and Will Save the Galaxy for Food.
Last updated: Mar 20, 2017
- PressSpotting: Ramblin' with Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw -- GameSpot interview (March 21, 2008)
- Adventure-Treff -- Interview with Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw (Jan. 6, 2005)
- Zero Punctuation -- A series of cartoons where Croshaw satirically reviews games or events related to games
- fullyramblomatic.com -- Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaws website with games, novels and art.