You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada! Well, you and everybody else who downloads this nigh-perfect recreation of the Starfighter game from The Last Starfighter, made by Rogue Synapse, right here. It’s PC only, alas, so Apple users must simply wait for Alex Rogan to save their hipster asses and hope for the best, knowing that they’ve failed the galaxy and disgust every PC-loving alien in it. No, no, just go home and play your Atari 2600. Maybe at some point you’ll need your Freeway skills to save Mercury or something. Although I wouldn’t count on it. You traitor. (Via Blastr)
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.