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Syfy Reality Show Will Feature Giant Boxing Robots 82

Posted by Soulskill
from the more-like-skynet-training-league dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It looks like the next generation of 'Battle Bots' is here: 'Syfy has greenlit and shot the first season of a new show where eight-foot-tall state-of-the-art humanoid robots will rock 'em and sock 'em in a boxing cage until one is defeated. The future-shock new series is called Robot Combat League and the project has been kept under wraps until today. The action resembles a real-life version of last year's hit movie Real Steel, with large menacing robots pounding away at each other in a satisfying shower of sparks and gushing hydraulic fluid.' Pictures are included with the story."
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Syfy Reality Show Will Feature Giant Boxing Robots

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  • by Polo (30659) * on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @08:24PM (#42049337) Homepage

    But really, Syfy should do Science Fiction (or even fantasy) instead.

    To me, I could find all this kind of stuff on youtube.

    Sorry, imho.

  • Re:Syfy? (Score:5, Informative)

    by CRCulver (715279) <crculver@christopherculver.com> on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @09:04PM (#42049719) Homepage

    In retrospect, the fate of the Science-Fiction Channel/Sci-Fi/Syfy was inevitable. Attractive science fiction television is expensive to produce and there's no way a channel could have all its programming at the level of even a ST: TNG. What the channel ended up showing were science-fiction shows and television movies with shoestring budgets that often drew disgust. It's no suprise that the channel started moving to more sensationalistic fare that might have drawn it away from science-fiction, but drew it towards greater profitability.

    Yes, good science-fiction can be made with low production values. Tarkovsky's Stalker is, among other things, one of the greatest science-fiction achievements in cinema, yet it shows no intricate machinery or massive on-screen violation of the laws of physics. But when scaled to a channel's entire programming, that sort of thing cannot grab and hold on to an audience.

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