The dude who made that recent “Is Doctor Who a Religion?” video I mentioned a couple of days ago is back with a solid argument about the skills Dungeons & Dragons cultivates amongst its players (and DMs). It’s more subjecture than hard evidence, but I like the idea that playing D&D made me a better person, because then I don’t feel so bad about all the money I blew on horrible RPG supplements throughout the ’90s. Of course, one could easily say “playing D&D well makes you a better person;” because “just running around and trying to kill every NPC because you’re a 13-year-old asshole” arguably makes you more of a sociopath. (Via Kotaku)
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.