Rockstar released a trailer for their long, long-awaited game L.A. Noire yesterday, and, in a word, goddamn. I admit I’m a huge Dashiell Hammett/Raymond Chandler fan, so a game set in the ’40s where you try to solve crimes is right in my wheelhouse, but look at this thing! Look at the characters! Look at their facial expressions! Also, they have facial expressions! These guys are climbing out of the uncanny valley on the far side! I can’t wait for this thing.
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.