Oh, for fuck’s sake. I was wondering how the trailer for the upcoming Highlander video game got past me last week when I watched and discovered that it stars yet another, totally different, but still totally immortal member of the goddamn MacLeod clan, and clearly someone (or something!) was trying to protect me from its stupidity. You’d think that having the whole of human history to choose from, someone might think to try another era, another nation, even a different Scottish clan to create a character. Apparently not.
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.