England appears to have gotten the first commercial for Nintendo’s new WiiU console, and… well, let’s just say it hasn’t really quelled any of my misgivings about it (not that I really expected it to). It did bring up one new problem that I hadn’t been aware off — that you can continue playing games on the controller while someone else is watching TV. So basically, the WiiU is a console that allows my significant other the moral authority to kick me off my 50-inch plasma TV whenever she wants? Not cool, Nintendo. If I wanted to play videogames on a small, handheld screen I’d buy a goddamn 3DS. Also, here’s a tip: If you want your new console to sound appealing to adults, try not to have the announcer yell “Pyew pyew pyew pyew!” in the advertisement for it.(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.