USA Today has a preview of Transformers: Prime. Don’t be folled that the video says it’s a minute long; half of it is Optimus, Bumblebee and I think RC fighting some generic Decepticons, and have is Hasbro’s infinitely long logo video. As for Prime, right now it looks like a weird hybrid between Animated and Beast Wars — the character designs are lanky and cartoonishly shaped, which is fine, but the CG looks like it was made in 1998. Okay, maybe not forthe Transformers themselves, but the backgrounds — or lack thereof — are horrible. It’s like an empty blue cavern full of crates. For a second I thought I was playing Tomb Raider on my PlayStation again.
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.