Mech Wars HardCore is the only humanoid and multi-legged robot event at RoboGames where the builders are allowed to equip their robots with weapons of mass destruction, including deadly arms like rockets, flame throwers, and other life threatening tools.
This year three builders showed up, and had the guts to actually put their robots in the cage. One from the US, one from Japan, and one from Mexico. It didn't take long to see how the battle would evolve.
The Robot Japan team gathered for a group photo on Sunday morning, April 22, 2012, before the action started on the final day of RoboGames 2012.
Che Edoga (left) and Yoshihiro Shibata (right) posing before they prepared their rocket equipped humanoid robots to do battle in the Mech Wars HardCore event at RoboGames 2012.
The RoboGames 2012 results have been posted. As expected, the US won the most medals (92), which is natural given the home court advantage. Mexico placed second (22), followed by Korea in third (14). Japan captured fourth place with 6 Gold including Best of Show, 2 Silver, and 2 Bronze metals.
On the bus from the hotel this morning.
Some people may feel that we're just clowning around, but the ComBots robot action is real and unbelievably intense at RoboGames 2012. Here's a quick video sample from yesterday's preliminary matches.