A bunch of enterprising nerds decided to teach themselves the Unreal engine by remaking the first bit of Final Fantasy VII in it. The end result isn’t spectacular, exactly, but it is pretty neat — sure, you only get to see the train station area of Midgar and the train itself doesn’t move, but there are a bunch of nice touches, like the Lifestream leaking from the pipes and the “Potion received” notification and the wanted posters and the… you know, I won’t spoil that last one. Anyways, furious FFVII fanboy that I am, I enjoyed the video immensely, although it didn’t make me dry-hump my computer monitor in lust or anything. I mean, sure, it made me erect, but I managed to restrain myself otherwise. (Via Kotaku)
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.