Hey everybody! My week has been long! I’m looking forward to a weekend of big breakfasts, reading, and gaming. Heavy on the relaxation and light on work. I know I usually reserve the end of the week for gaming deals, but I’m too excited about giant robot fights to not share it!
However, if you are looking for a deal, a good one going on right now is over at Humble Bundle. They are running an “Endless RPG Lands” deal that includes all the Borderlands games. This is their “pay what you want” deal, where they give you a minimum to stay above. The first Borderlands game can be bought for $1, the second can be purchased for a little over $5, and the third you need to pay at least $10. This deal is running into next week.
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Another deal this weekend is Steam’s weekend deals. It is Deep Silver Publisher Weekend. There are a lot of sweet games 50% off or more. They have the Saints Row Ultimate Franchise Pack for 66% off, Agents of Mayhem is 66% off, Metro Redux is 81% off, and more. This deal is running only through the weekend so don’t waste too much time before checking it out.
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Now that you know about the deals this weekend let me get onto the huge robot battle. You guys, this is the world’s first giant robot fight! The first thing that popped into my mind was Real Steel. That’s a movie that came out a few years back starring Hugh Jackman. It’s set in the future where robot boxing is a prevalent sport. Seems that future is coming to visit us next week. October 17th at 7PM Pacific Standard Time. That is when the huge robot battle is streaming on Twitch. What’s super exciting about this match is it’s the USA versus Japan!!
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Notice how I keep saying giant robots? That is because these guys are indeed GIANT. The USA is their Mark III bot and is 16 feet tall and weighs 12 tons. Check out the USA robot:
The Japanese robot, Kuratas, is 4 tons and is a little over 13 feet tall. This robot was deemed “the world’s first giant boarding robot.” Here is a short video about Kuratas:
This battle of the metal heavyweights has been in the works for years. Back in July 2015, USA Megabots Inc challenged Japanese SudioBashi to take their robots head to head. The Japanese were more than happy to accept the challenge. Then what took so long? First, the issue was finding a venue. I guess it’s not too easy to find a place for a giant robot battle. Eventually, they did find a place in an abandoned Japanese steel mill. The next hold up was each group upgrading their bots for battle. Finally, the wait is over!
As a heads up, this battle has already taken place. This will not be a live stream. The battle was back in September and took place over several days. There were multiple rounds and so they needed the time to edit the footage together.
The real question is, how much can these robots actually do? It’s nice to fantasize about some futuristic robot battle that’s fast-paced with massive explosions. However, that is indeed a fantasy for now. Which makes most of us feel like the show is a bit anti-climatic, probably. These days you’re unsure if the robot battle is going to involve a bunch of nothing and moments of robots not working at all because of malfunctions.
I think it’s important to go into robot battles with some knowledge on what you should expect. Anyone hear of the show Robot Wars? It’s a television show that shows robots battling one another in an arena to take each other out. It’s a great place to start for what you can expect from this battle. Although keep in mind there will be a lot of differences only because of the size. There is also a similar American version of this show called BattleBots, that was less successful and eventually canceled.
Below is a video highlighting a few of the top battles from last years season of Robot Wars:
The battle on Tuesday with the giant robots will indeed be a real fight. It’s going to be knockout style, much the same as Robot Wars. This really surprised me! I thought for sure these companies would not want to try to purposely damage their expensive giant robots. I imagine since it will be a knockout fight that these robots will be operated by remote controllers instead of being manned from the inside like the videos I posted above.
What will likely be different from Robot Wars is that these massive monster robots aren’t as fast or mobile. Which is worrisome from someone wanting something more action-packed. What I’m saying is don’t expect Pacific Rim by a long shot.
I definitely plan on tuning in. To be honest, I’m not expecting something fast paced or even action-packed. Though I am really curious to see how far battling robots have come, especially these onboard piloted mechs. It brings to mind so many anime and mech video games. Though, for something more futuristic we’ll have to keep waiting till March 23rd when Pacific Rim: Uprising comes out.