Uh…wow. Seriously, WoW. Watch this clip of not unattractive actress Mila Kunis on last week’s Jimmy Kimmel (fast-forward to the 3:50 mark) and listen to her talk lovingly and informedly about World of Warcraft?a game she loves so much that 1) she only calls it “the game” and 2) she had to quit a year ago, as she was too obsessed (she seems incredibly up-to-date on recent game developments for having quit, incidentally). The idea of Mila Kunis playing WoW is kind of mind-shatteringly amazing, like the discover of cold fusion, or a monkey performing open heart surgery. Like a devastatingly sexy woman playing the world’s nerdiest computer game, these things aren’t supposed to be able to happen.
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.