From adorably excitable TR commenter SpiderHyphenMan comes the first known footage of Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog 4 for WiiWare, PSN and Xbox Live. It… uh… it looks like classic Sonic, all right; it’s in that 2.5-D that suited games like Klonoa so well, and looks just like the first stage of Sonics 1-3. Now, I don’t begrudge any Sonic fan this game after decades of crap, but am I the only one the preferred the actual 3-D racing from Sonic Adventure over the classic games? I mean, I always preferred to see more than 20 feet ahead of me when controlling a hedgehog going 80mph. It was always the shit other than the racing in those games that I thought sucked.
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.