If you missed The Walking Dead last night, you also missed this rather stirring “Take Earth Back” cinematic trailer for Mass Effect 3. To summarize: The Reapers have invaded Earth, attacking all of Earth most’s important resources, including major cities and disturbing-looking little girls with blonde pigtails. Then Shepard shows up, gets a free toy, and then decides to kick every single Reaper in the nuts. It’ll probably be slow-going, and shooting them would probably be faster, but I must say I approve in principle.
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.