I’ve been sent hundreds of fan-made comedy videos about nerds, and most of those seem to involve trying to win a girl and LARPing. This… is one of them. However, “Role Initiative” here stands out from the rest in two ways — 1) it’s partially a musical, 2) it was made in 72 hours for the 2011 Windy City Shootout, where it won the Critics Choice Grand Prize,
and 3) it actually managed to touch my cold, black, scotch-soaked heart somehow with its amiable goofiness, so I genuinely recommend you watch it. Meanwhile, I’m going to look for something to hate. (Via Nerd Bastards)
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.