I am not kidding. I am not being ironic. This kid is totally fucking awesome, and here’s why:
You almost certainly saw his very nerdy, specific WoW question to some Blizzard staffers during Blizzcon, where he knew shit the game’s creators didn’t. Certainly he sounded very nerdy, leading many TR commenters to wonder (not cruelly, I’m pleased to note) if he had Asperger’s syndrome. The video went everywhere on the nerdernet, he was called out as a major nerd, and became an unwilling YouTube star. If this had happened to me, even though the video wasn’t nearly as embarrassing as the legendary Star Wars kid, I would have likely changed my name and moved to Greenland at the least. But what does this kid do?
He writes and records a measured, even response, explaining why his voice sounded weird and admitted he does have mild Asberger’s, which contributed to his nervousness while asking the question. He owns it, and explains it, and isn’t angry or upset — and most of all, he’s not ashamed, nor should he be. I never would have had the balls to actually address the situation if it happened to me, and if I did, I doubt I would have done it as well as he does. I honestly cannot put into words how much I admire this kid — and I just wanted to take a moment to recognize that. Happily, Blizzard did as well:
?Wildhammer Fact Checker is an actual character in the upcoming WoW: Cataclysm expansion, and a direct tribute to “Red Shirt Guy” as confirmed by Blizzard. Congratulations, sir. You more than earned it. (Via Kotaku)
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.