Just so you guys know, the Transformers: Fall of Cybertron playable demo is available on Xbox Live and PSN today. It seems to include the first mission with Bumblebee, as well as a multiplayer mode or two. The video above does not represent the demo, as it’s actually a trailer for the G1 DLC pack, which allows you to play Optimus Prime the way god intended, i.e. as a red truck (the pack also includes G1 Megatron and Shockwave-inspired weapons). I’m not posting this because I think it’s necessarily a good value, or that G1 is the only TF incarnation that matters (joke above aside). I simply approve of videos in which Optimus Prime runs over Starscream while Stan Bush’s “The Touch” is playing. That’s all. Thanks to Randy R. for the 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.