It seems hard to remember a time before James Vega. The breakout star of Mass Effect has delighted gamers with his rich characterization, incredible journey and masterful voice acting by Freddie Prinze Jr., and it’s not an understatement to say he singlehandedly saved the Msss Effect franchise, even though he only appeared in the third one and that was probably the last. Of course, his skyrocketing popularity was such that Bioware, Funimation and Production I.G were forced to create this Vega-centric Paragon Lost anime, lest the legions of Vega fans — who we all know call themselves Vegans — storm their offices and kill the workers. Now that there’s a lengthy preview for the anime, obviously, the work in your offices will halt completely as you all gather round to see the next chapter of the character who has delighted us all so much. If you have kids, bring them into the room, because it’s never too early to learn about the wonder of Vega. And if you feel any of this is actually true, please seek psychiatric help. (Via Anime News Network)
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.