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Reminder: Things Used to Be Totally Awesome and Now They’re Not

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Proof: This Star Wars Return of the Jedi-inspired backyard fort, which is pretty much the coolest motherfucking thing I have ever seen. It used to exist, and no it doesn’t. Advantage: past. A goddamn speederbike swing? Computer consoles in the fort? Sound effects? It’s so awesome I’m almost ready to vomit at the fact there is absolutely no chance of me ever owning it or playing on it. That no-good Great White Snark dug this thing up; don’t praise him, because I know he only sent it around to make sad.

About Author

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.