Now, we’ve seen a guy perform the Super Mario Bros. soundtrack on a violin while someone off-screen was playing before. It was pretty impressive. But we’ve never seen an entire band play an entire videogame soundtrack — especially not while a guy plays the entire game live on stage with them — until now. I believe that’s Noah McCarthy performing a full Mega Man II speed-run, with the band Bit Brigade providing the musical accompaniment, as seen at last week’s Mag Fest. Warning: This video is 44 minutes long, and it’s impressive as fuck the entire time. (Via Obvious Winner)
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.