And we’re back! I hope you had a pleasant holiday time, full of relaxation and mild alcohol abuse, because I’ve got a shit-ton of nerdy news to get to you today. We’ll start with my favorite, this video of a Left 4 Dead fan-mod which causes all of the zombies in the game to talk like Macho Man Randy Savage as they try to eat your brain. This is about the greatest thing ever, although I admit being biased as I spent a few years in the ’80s wishing that Macho Man Randy Savage were my real father (I wouldn’t have minded the lovely Miss Elizabeth being my mom either, but that’s neither here nor there).
As a quick reminder, Topless Robot is back in full half-assed business mode this week, which means all the posts, all the misspellings, all the inaccuracies, Fan Fiction Friday, the shirt contest, probably 40% Watchmen movie posts, the regular deal. No, no–you don’t have to thank me. Getting paid is thanks enough. (Via Kotaku)
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.