I got mildly excited — not a lot, but I thought, “Oh, that’s an important thing to run on TR” — when I heard there was a new trailer out for the Transformers Universe MMORPG, due next year. So I hunted it down, and watched it, and realized it’s nothing more than one non-descript Transformer going from car mode to robot mode, slowly, and almost entirely in close-up so it’s kind of hard to tell how he’s transforming, Point is, it sucks, and shows exactly nothing about the game it’s supposed to be advertising. And now I’m bitter for having watched and written this much about it even though it’s useless, and because now I kind of have to run it anyways. Damn you, Transformers Universe! I’ll get you next time.
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.