Oh, but I kid Mirror’s Edge, the upcoming EA PS3 and Xbox 360 game that has folks in a tizzy. What’s the big deal? Well, it’s either the fact that you can run up, down, across and over just about anything in the huge city-scape, like some kind of ninja parkour master, or it’s the fact that for the first time ever, a character in a first-person shooter has legs and feet. It’s definitely one of the two.
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.