November 13th, 2001


Battlebots season 4 finals & semifinals

First, a few comments on the event. One thing not as visible by watching Battlebots on television is that effective aggression is a rare and hard thing to come by. Driving and steering the bots is not easy, and even when you do so effectively, you have to get in some damage too. In short, it is a lot harder than it looks.

Also, this season featured a significant increase in branding on the 'bots, as sponsors seem to realize that getting their name out in front of millions of geeks / future geeks might not be a bad thing... This, combined with a flood of new Battlebots toys and merchandise, will mean a lot more money for Battlebots in the future. Right now, the top prize for winning is $8,000 plus a welding machine and various welding supplies and equipment. That's not a lot, considering the cost of building some of these robots. Branding and merchandising is where the money is, I suspect... which might lead to some teams being able to build 'bots for a living, while others spend money trying to break into the sport, only to have their 'bots converted to scrap metal by the more experienced and better funded.

Ok... here are the details (and a few photos) of the BattleBots tournament.
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Too bad.

If I were creating a fighting robot, I would want to call it Blinkenlights... but the domain is taken. At least the site is amusing!

"Nothing would please me more than being able to hire ten programmers and deluge the .... market with good software."
- Bill Gates, circa 1976.


ACHTUNG! Alles touristen und non-technischen peepers!
Das machine control is nicht fur gerfinger-poken und mittengrabben. Oderwise is easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowen fuse, und poppencorken mit spitzensparken.

Der machine is diggen by experten only. Is nicht fur geverken by das dummkopfen. Das rubbernecken sightseenen keepen das cotton picken hands in das pockets, so relaxen und watchen das blinkenlights.