I like to think of myself as a reasonably well-informed nerd. I mean, I am paid (very, very little) to be. I gets tips from you guys all the time, which helps. But the first time I knew there was a Wanted videogame–based on the movie–was seeing a trailer for it in front of the Hellboy II DVD. I was ready to immediately dismiss it, as we all know 95% of movie games are terrible, and if you’re making a 3rd-person shooter out of your movie, the percentage is even greater. But I couldn’t skip past the damn commercial, so I watched it–and damn if it doesn’t look kind of great. Yeah, it’s got the standard bullet-time (although seeing blood fly out in bullet-time is still kind of nice), but you can curve your bullets, like in the move. Just check out this clip of a gunfight on an airplane–which turns into a gunfight on a falling airplane–and tell me if it doesn’t look pretty goddamned sweet. Is it me? Do I have a fever? Am I still drunk from the wretchedness that was last night’s Heroes?
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.