I’m not 100% why I turn into a teenage girl from the ’60s whenever I see a new trailer for The Beatles: Rock Band, but man, I do. I scream and jump around and throw my panties at Paul, which is really awkward because I’m watching the trailer on my laptop and they just hit the screen and land on my desk, plus, as a husky male nerd I really shouldn’t be wearing panties in the first place. Moreover, I’ve played plenty of Rock Band in my time, and been listening to the Beatles so long I know all the words by heart. I’ve already song the Beatles’ entire catalog several hundred times over. Just not for points.
And yet, every time I think of singing and strumming and playing the game, I’m excited as hell. I’m even excited about the sitar-playing, making it the first time I’ve been interested in George Harrison’s incredibly indulgent sitar songs ever. That’s impressive, right there. About the only way this game could possibly blow my mind more is by including “Rocky Raccoon” and “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road” in the songs. It could happen. It won’t, but it could.
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.