Robot Combat League

Wil Avitt
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Last year I reviewed for you a movie called Real Steel, very loosely based on a story by Richard Matheson. Both stories had one defining theme: boxing robots! Wouldn't it be cool if we had this in real life? Well, we do. It's called the Robot Combat League!

Robot Combat League is a new show on the SyFy Channel which takes real giant robots, operated by a team of two (one who controls the robot's locomotion, and another who works the arms), and has them just beat the crap out of each other. Now, it's advertised as a "reality show", but really, it's set up like a legitimate sporting event. There are some interviews with the handlers, or contestants, but the fights are the main meat and potatoes of the show.

The rules of the fight are simple: three 2 minute rounds with 20 minutes of "pit time" in between rounds to fix any damage done to robots during the round. Any robot unable to make the next bell will be declared loser by a knock out. If both robots are still standing at the end of the third round, the winner is determined by judges' decision.

The show is currently in its quarter finals, the second round of the tournament, and already we've seen robots lose arms, heads and two robots were ripped completely in half. The robots are kind of cheesy looking, awkward and have giant power cords sticking out of their backs, but it's new. The fact that this is even remotely possible right now is cool. And the robot designer is already working on upgrades for season 2. If this can weather the so/so beginning stages, I can see this growing with technology to become an extremely excited, and possibly legitimate, sport. The winning team (the humans, not the robot) will win a $100,000 purse.

Robot Combat League is on Tuesday nights at 10/9C on SyFy