In 2030, when we’re all oiling up our robot overlords, we’ll know that the robot wars will begin on a small table in a Japanese basement. Still, you can’t blame them, because that looks like a hell of a lot of fun. I’m pretty sure they must have made those robots themselves, since I’m pretty up on Japanese toys, and I know of nothing that can do the crouching, shooting, dodging and all the other nonsense these little fellows do. If Hasbro or Mattel is watching, I’d say you’re looking at a possible goldmine. (Via TV in Japan)
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.