Spoilers ahoy. When I saw there was a video explaining more of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed’s story, set in-between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, I was so totally ready to make fun of whatever jibberish they spewed out. But then I saw Darth Vader killing wookies, the apprentice (still named Starkiller?swoon!) killing an TIE Fighter assembly plant of good guys and bad guys to make sure he stays Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, and even a scene of a teen Leia, Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa, and a young Mon Montha lamenting the Empire, and you know what? They totally fucking got me. This game looks awesome, and its story does too. I can’t think of anything bad to say, and I can’t start flinging stormtroopers into TIE Fighters quickly enough.
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.