And speaking of retro gaming, one of the all-time greats hits Xbox Live today: Discs of Tron, the second game based on the incredibly goofy but still highly awesome Disney movie of the early ’80s. The game is getting improved graphics and sound from the original (apparently, we’ve made a few strides in gaming technology since 1982) but to see the original game, watch the YouTube clip above. I was going to tell you not to watch the whole 8-minute monstrosity until I realized I’d watched the whole thing, as Tron?played by Bruce Boxleitner?killed about a hundred motherfuckers with brutal efficiency. So do whatever you want.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.