Posted by Joe Johnson at 12/19/2000 9:59 PM EST
Engineer on team #47, Chief Delphi, from Pontiac Central High School and Delphi Automotive Systems.
In Reply to: Battlebots vs FIRST
Posted by Korey R Kline on 12/19/2000 12:17 PM EST:
Here is may take on BattleBots Vs. FIRST:
To me it is much like the difference between boxing and basketball.
In one the idea is to hit your opponent sufficiently hard that he cannot get back up. In the other, there may be rough picks set and there is a lot of pushing and shoving going on under the rim, but (and this is an important but), the objective is to score more points than your opponent not to disable your opponent.
That said, boxing is a real sport that a lot of people enjoy competing in and even more people love watching.
I admit that I have sketched up a number of robots that I believe could compete very well against any I have seen to date on BattleBots. Not to be too much of a robo-snob here, but doesn’t it drive you crazy to see such relatively poorly driven robots with such poor maneuverability. In my opinion, a typical FIRST robot with a bit of armor would win most of the BattleBot matches I have seen for the simple reason that the typical FIRST robots are so much more agile and so much more expertly driven. But I digress…
In the end, I decided that I am not really interested in playing the BattleBots game as it is currently marketed. Yes, I think I could do well, perhaps even do well enough to be on TV. When I imagined myself on TV, I thought how cool it would be to be able to call my mom and say, ‘Tell all your friends your son is famous!’
Being on TV is a big draw, no doubt about it. But… …then I imagined my mom’s friends actually WATCHING the show. My doubts began when I thought that it could have been ME outside the BattleBox being asked about my ‘great shaft work’ by the blond bimbo… er… ah… reporter. The doubts were confirmed when I though of my mom’s and my mom’s friend’s reaction to the suggestion by the colorman that a robot with a dangling appendage ‘strap a jock on that thing!’
Bottom line, there are a lot of folks who like boxing, even I stop my channel surfing to watch a round or two now and again, but… …I just don’t know that I am ready to put on the gloves just yet.
P.S. It is my hope that the success of BattleBots actually helps FIRST by encouraging other TV folks to start looking for robot competitions to fill the airwaves (cable bandwidth?). The herd mentality of prime time TV may work in our favor in this case.