What you just watched is a trailer for one of the levels, Call of the Dead, of the new Escalation expansion to Call of Duty: Black Ops. Yes, it could not be ripping-off Left 4 Dead any harder if it tried, but admittedly L4D doesn’t star Machete, Buffy, Freddy Krueger and Walking Dead‘s Merle Dixon killing a bunch of goddamn zombies together. Jesus, just seeing Machete and Buffy gunning down the undead side-by-side is enough to make me pee myself a little. And when I realized that the trailer was using “Do You Want to Party?” from Return of the Living Dead, I peed myself a lot. Thanks to PopeAwesomeXIII and everyone else who sent in the tip.
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.