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BattleBots! (US Robot Wars)

  • 22-06-2015 9:08pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    Battle bots is back on ABC

    lots of talking, a little bit of back story, too much slow motion shots of people and the stage, decent amount of fighting and destruction

    they barely show one of each of the opponents before they fight :/

    re: first ep fights

    that walker bot, did it fight anybody at all before the TV show?

    the last one really needs to get a self righting ability



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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,258 ✭✭✭✭ Thargor


    Anyone watching this? Disney/ABC have brought it back, search for Battlebots 2015 in the usual places and you'll find the first 3 episodes. Absolutely brilliant, nearly as good as the old Robot Wars.

    I was expecting it to be ruined by the usual sh1te American tv does with these programmes, endless previews so you've seen the whole thing, fake drama, endless build up and "smack talk" wasting time etc but there isn't any of that really, quick team interview and straight into the fight, 4-5 fights per ep, really well presented tbh and turning into my favourite show in the current Summer drought.

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  • Administrators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 54,396 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Mr E


    Surprisingly great.

    Compared to the tinfoil-covered badly painted robots from the UK Robot Wars, this is light years ahead. Some serious engineering has gone into these bots and the battles are excellent.


  • Administrators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 54,396 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Mr E


    Threads merged.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    way too much time of the announcers talking, theres an active subreddit with some contestants chatting https://www.reddit.com/r/battlebots/


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,503 ✭✭✭✭ Also Starring LeVar Burton


    Just caught up with it - much better than I thought it would be.

    And that Molly McGrath... hot damn!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,553 ✭✭✭✭ Skerries


    you can just watch the fights without the boring bits

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=battlebots+just+the+fights


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    i don't know why the witchdoctor and plan 9 were included just because they are women involved


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,258 ✭✭✭✭ Thargor


    Yeah even given wildcards to get them back in after they lost, a bit pathetic alright.

    If you're building a robot for this its clear you need some kind of heavy spinner weapon if you want to go far, its the only way to get enough kinetic energy on a little robot to actually fcuk an opponent up not just butt them around, Tombstone is probably going to win it if I had to put money down for this reason. Hypnodisk on the old Robot Wars used to destroy everything he went up against aswell. There used to be a Robot Wars champion called Chaos II aswell with a vicious flipper weapon that used to send opponents into the air but I haven't seen anything like that on Battle Bots, all these flipper builds are more like toy forklifts from Smyths...

    Im confused about the people building crappy little wedge bots and also multibot builds with weak little flamethrowers, do they actually think they're going to win anything with these? Has a flame weapon ever done any damage ever? The arena needs a bit of a redesign aswell, the screws and the tinfoil hammers around the edges are all a bit lame, remember the House Robots on Robot Wars, you used to have to stay out of the corners or they would actually damage you.

    Hopefully now a lot of the dross is gone and it will be all proper fights, been a few too many boring little wedge bots pushin each other around until one stalls or the timer ends in the last couple of eps...


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    why ever get in the arena without a self righting mechanism?


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    Thargor wrote: »

    Im confused about the people building crappy little wedge bots and also multibot builds with weak little flamethrowers, do they actually think they're going to win anything with these?

    the weight restriction was upped at some point so people just found a way to use it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 28,793 ScumLord


    Thargor wrote: »
    Im confused about the people building crappy little wedge bots and also multibot builds with weak little flamethrowers, do they actually think they're going to win anything with these? Has a flame weapon ever done any damage ever?
    Overheating seems to be on ongoing problem with bots. The wiring is also susceptible to melting and shorting. I wouldn't say they're completely useless.


    Tombstone showed a weakness in the last round against witchdoctor, it was some battle watching them go spinner to spinner. The spinner bots are showing some weaknesses now as well. They don't like getting flipped and are totally dependant on the quality of the build. Spinner bots tend to take themselves out more often that not.

    The fight with icestorm?? Showed that they can be circumvented.

    Pretty surprised by the quality of robots, it's been really good so far.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    they got 8k to build or rebuild their robots


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,258 ✭✭✭✭ Thargor


    Good quarter finals, finale tomorrow night, Id say Tombstone will take it...


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    BattleBotsVerified account
    @BattleBots

    Guess who's batteries these are?
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    https://twitter.com/BattleBots/status/625721333184229376

    spoilers in link/replies

    bit a of Formula1 ending


  • Registered Users Posts: 856 ✭✭✭ geecee


    very
    disappointed with final
    It was definately the worst fight of the 6 episodes


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    geecee wrote: »
    very
    disappointed with final
    It was definately the worst fight of the 6 episodes


    yeah, i wonder if those magnets actual work and if
    Bite Force
    is just the best pusher, it removed on if its jaws from the or the last fight


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,258 ✭✭✭✭ Thargor


    The Tombstone semi was brilliant though...

    Great series, hope it gets renewed, ratings were okay-good apparently but not spectacular.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,503 ✭✭✭✭ Also Starring LeVar Burton


    There was a Season 2 special last night, in which the last few spots were filled for this year's tournament, and those spots were decided on the battlefield.

    Season 2 doesn't officially start until June 23, so this special may have flown past people's radars, but check it out for some robot fighting... Oh and Clark Gregg was one of the judges last night, so even more of a reason worth catching up on it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,258 ✭✭✭✭ Thargor


    Brilliant thanks for that...


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    any battlebots is good battlebots although it was pity some robots stalled, and the ref should be telling people to attack, that blue robot didnt' attack for ages

    the guy with the robot where he was winning and then drove his wheels on to the stationary spinner bot and lost, idiot

    don't think those drones will do much


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  • Registered Users Posts: 28,793 ScumLord


    don't think those drones will do much
    Can't see how drones are going to be effective. I assume robots can't shock each other? Being able to send an electric bolt through an opponent is about the only way I could think of them doing anything.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,258 ✭✭✭✭ Thargor


    Jesus there were some proper stinkers of builds in that episode, basically anything that took a hard hit lost communication with the pilot, what was that drone supposed to be doing? I thought it was going to have some kind of attack but it died trying to ram another competitor, just bizarre.

    Zero interesting weaponry made it through to the new series, the last winner was just a metal box on wheels, nothing else to it. That giant spinning green thing could have been interesting but the pilot had zero control over it and its gone now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,503 ✭✭✭✭ Also Starring LeVar Burton


    Thargor wrote: »
    Zero interesting weaponry made it through to the new series, the last winner was just a metal box on wheels, nothing else to it. That giant spinning green thing could have been interesting but the pilot had zero control over it and its gone now.

    The ones we saw the other night were only to find out who'd fill the last 4 spots for this series, so presumably they're the 4 worst robots anyway. Hopefully the other 44 contenders might manage to bring something interesting to the table.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,258 ✭✭✭✭ Thargor


    I know that, I meant zero interesting weaponry made it through from that episode, well son of Whyachi was okay, spinners are always entertaining. The rest are just cannon fodder. Still dont get what that drone was supposed to achieve though. Also all the swarm bots were useless aswell.


  • Registered Users Posts: 28,793 ScumLord


    Thargor wrote: »
    what was that drone supposed to be doing?
    I think that drone had a drill on it. It needed to land on the top of the opponent and drill into it. I assume it locked on with a magnet or something.

    Most the other ones seem to shot down fire. But I can see those ones taking themselves out.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,258 ✭✭✭✭ Thargor


    Back tomorrow night, looking forward to this as much as Game of Thrones :D


  • Administrators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 54,396 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Mr E


    Just watched the first match, great fun.

    No Molly McGrath though. :(:p


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    I see the first show is 120 minutes, is that loads of filler?


  • Administrators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 54,396 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Mr E


    The opposite. They have too much content and have to show short edits of some matches. They have 64 starters this year instead of 32 from last year.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,503 ✭✭✭✭ Also Starring LeVar Burton


    Good start to the competition - should be an interesting season overall.


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