For instance, take this guy, who suddenly discovers someone in his family secretly canceled his WoW account, and proceeds to freak the fuck out. This epic video of his reaction is as insane as it is fabulous. Actually, it’s so insane and fabulous it almost has to be fake, but between the kid hitting himself in the head with a shoe, throwing himself in the closet not once but twice, and most importantly, trying to shove a remote control up his own ass in rage — well, I don’t actually care if it’s not real. And now I know this is how all World of Warcraft players deal with adversity, with no exceptions. Learning is fun!
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.