Don’t worry, there’s not actually a “nude gaming party” craze sweeping the nerdy hedonists of New York City. This is just a clever viral ad for the XtendPlay, a kind of attachment to Xbox and PS controllers that supposedly make them more comfortable. At least, I’m reasonably sure it’s just a viral ad. And I certainly hope it is. I once did a bit of nude gaming — I took a quick break from Final Fantasy X to take a shower, thought of something I needed to check, went back to the game and then kind of got sucked in before I put clothes on — but once I realized what I was doing, I was filled with shame. And that was me, by myself, in my apartment. Of course, I was also sitting in a bean bag chair, too, which didn’t help matters regarding my dignity either. It’s hard to not be ashamed of yourself when you stand up with a Dual Shock in your hand and a bean bag chair glued to your ass. Thanks to Sebastian for the tip. (Via Gothamist)
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.