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After last month's giant robot battle was criticized for seeming overly "staged", we are now delivered a live uncut giant robot battle
After last month's giant robot battle was criticized for seeming overly "staged", we are now delivered a live uncut giant robot battle
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The smaller Iron Glory robot
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The smaller Iron Glory robot
Watch the robots slowly approach each other and bump bits aggressively for a few minutes
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Watch the robots slowly approach each other and bump bits aggressively for a few minutes
After last month's giant robot battle was criticized for seeming overly "staged", we are now delivered a live uncut giant robot battle
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After last month's giant robot battle was criticized for seeming overly "staged", we are now delivered a live uncut giant robot battle

Last month we finally saw the long-teased American MegaBot versus Japanese Kurata giant robot battle. After the Team MegaBots win, in an arguably unexciting fashion, many viewers complained that the battle felt "staged." People wanted live, unedited giant robot fights, and MegaBots recently gave the people what they asked for.

The live battle matched up the two American MegaBots: Iron Glory, fitted out with a melee combat weapon, and Eagle Prime, insanely given a giant 500-lb (227-kg), 10-ft-long (3-m) knife. Unlike the previous battle, the smaller Iron Glory robot was remotely controlled for the first time. The hope was by keeping the smaller robot unmanned it could attack more aggressively. At least that was the hope ...

The smaller Iron Glory robot
The smaller Iron Glory robot

So how did it turn out?

Well, after three rounds of live robot fighting the larger Eagle Prime unsurprisingly destroyed Iron Glory in a slow motion battle. But the win didn't come courtesy of an expertly conducted knife thrust, but by Iron Glory's powerplant succumbing to the pressure of too many torso twists.While the live aspect of the battle certainly added a bit more energy to the engagement, it was still a long way off the Pacific Rim-style giant robot war many were no doubt hoping for.

This is the first in a series of planned live events, with the long-term goal of creating a giant robot fighting league.

Watch the live battle in the video below (skip to the 10-minute mark for the "action").

Source: MegaBots Inc Youtube

LIVE GIANT ROBOT FIGHT!

6 comments
Paul Anthony
What a dud.
ljaques
Cool, a giant samurai robot who works @ 1/128th speed!
vqsteve
A D-10 Caterpillar with a few upgrades would spank any robot extant.
Dan Lewis
Yes, the video footage I saw of the 3 contests was pretty lame. I hope to see big change. I do want to see serious fighting.
Ianspeed
Jeez, that was mundane :-/
habakak
Totally ridiculous and absurd. And I'm just referring to the announcers over-zealousness. What was he watching?