Like a lot of people, I assumed that Lego’s MMORPG was going to be just a large pay area where you could find blocks and build shit. I wasn’t expecting a massive war involving all the different Lego groups — pirates, astronauts, ninjas, knights, racecar drivers, etc. — versus an onsalught of Lego demon-men intent on destroying the entire fucking Lego world. I swear to god this trailer for Lego Universe sent shivers down my spine, and I honestly can’t even say that any of the Final Fantasy XIII trailers have done that to me — and that’s with my crippling retardation regarding FF games. Seriously, watch, and be amazed, my friends. (Via Joystiq)
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.