Junkyard Wars

from the the-latest-in-gameshows dept

Wired is running an article about a show on TLC called Junkyard Wars which I haven’t heard of (shows how much of the Learning Channel I watch). Anyway, like all good American shows, it’s based on a British one. It takes teams of engineering-minded contestants, gives them a product to build (examples: a demolition machine, a mini-submarine), dumps them in a junkyard with lots and lots of tools, and gives them a day to find the parts and build. Of course, they’re also competing with another team. So, it’s not just about building the machine, but building it better. Sounds like the perfect show for Dennis, who built Techdirt under very similar conditions…

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Ryan says:

England's people are undercapitalised

Yep, the show your talking about is Robot Wars. It was one of those programs that everyone made jokes about until they started watching it. It seems to appeal to anyone that likes tech toys (most men) and has been a hit for the channel that produced it.

There are some brilliant people here in England but they just seem so under capitalised. I’m working on a little plan to change that 😉 I’m looking into setting up a student tech fund and I’ve had some interested people don’t worry I’ll keep you updated 🙂

mhh5 says:

Re: Re: Re: UK Program

Yeah, Battlebots is the same as Robot Wars. I went to a “tournament” in SF a few years ago. I think these two guys founded it, but then split up and Robot Wars turned into Battlebots. I don’t know what happened to the other half. It’s not as exciting as you’d think. The robots that win usually stick with KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) philosophies, and the really wacked designs get trashed.

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