Zero Punctuation launched on The Escapist on August 15, 2007 with "Heavenly Sword and Other Stuff." Not only was this the first ever Zero Punctuation episode. It was actually the first ever video published on site. Notice the numerical slug in the URL, and how it says "1"? That's pretty neat.
ZP's meme generation capabilities hadn't really been explored as yet, but there is no denying that 2008 was *the* year for memeification of ZP quotes. In fact, despite hundreds of episodes since, the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race quip continues to be relevant and hilarious to this day. It's so pervasive, in fact, that many people use the phrase and have absolutely no idea that it started with Yahtzee.
In 2009, Yahtzee opted to take a lighter look at the end-of-year awards process. Naturally, there's a bit less pomp and circumstance here, and I'm not sure whether any of the developers ended up taking him up on the offer for them to construct their own trophies, but the accolades are genuine ZP through and through.