I’ve run the above video for two reasons: 1) to remind you that Mario Kart is coming out for the Wii in 10 days, and 2) to point out something I didn’t quite realize before?I mean, I knew you could drive as your Mii in the game, but I had no idea how much that amped up the already potent dickery in the game. There’s something about having a smug-faced Mii as your opponent that makes a red turtle shell to the tail pipe even more infuriating. I wasn’t racing against the dude in the video, and I don’t even know who he was, but I wanted to punch him in the face. This game is going to ruin friendships forever, and it’s going to be awesome.
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.