The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Saints Row the Third both came out earlier this month — within a week of each other, in fact. Given that Saints Row is very much a violent (if cartoonish) crime simulator, and Skyrim is more of a traditional fantasy RPG, if you had asked me which of the two games would allow you to decapitate women, pose their headless corpses around your house, and then put all the heads on your bookshelves, I’d have guessed Saints Row the Third.
I’d have guessed wrong. Thanks to Chasl for the incredibly unsettling 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.