Who would have thought we’d be watching giant fighting robots - now this is our idea of fun

Remember MechWarrior? The cool game about robots blowing each other and everything else up in the best and coolest kind of warfare? (yes, I know it’s still going strong as a free-to-play online game) The point is that the game has been around since 1989, and now it takes a step closer to becoming a reality. No; I’m not kidding – robots are really about to duke it out in what is bound to be the most epic throwdown in the history of American-Japanese relations (the ass whooping known as Pearl Harbor notwithstanding, of course.) And, the best part is, it’s being streamed LIVE on Twitch for all the world to see. So, how did this situation escalate to this point? Well, it’s quite interesting.

Over in Japan, Suidobashi had been flaunting his massive robot for all the world to see and the guys over America’s Megabots decided to thrown down a virtual glove and challenge Suidobashi to a throwdown. Suidobashi did agree, obviously, but under the stipulation that the fight also allows for hand-to-hand combat. See, to him, building something big with guns was just “too American,” which is pretty accurate really, but back to the story at hand… The robots will still be able to fire projectiles and do what they do, but they can also throw down melee style if things take such a turn. Needless to say, this is going to be one crazy battle, but wait – there’s more.

On the American side, we have MegaBot. It’s 15 feet tall (4.5 meters) and tips the scales at a staggering 12,000 pounds or 5,500 kg. All this size and weight does have some serious balls behind it, and by this I mean that it’s got enough power to launch three-pound paintballs at its competitor. Those oversized paintballs, by the way, can be thrown at speeds as high or higher than 130 mph, so we’re not talking about your big brother’s Co2-power paintball gun here. Meanwhile, on the Japanese side of the ring, we’ll see Kuratas. It comes in at 13 feet tall (4.0 meters) and tips the scale at 9,000 pounds or 4,000 kg. It doesn’t have massive paintballs, but it does have twin Gatling bb cannons that shoot up to 6,000 bb pellets per minute. It also has a water cannon of sorts, which should make for a very interesting battle, don’t you think?

Either way, the fight is definitely about to be on, and it will go love at 7 P.M. Pacific time on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. You should be able to see it stream live on Megabot’s Twitch channel. Until then, check out the short promotional video and some cool pictures below.

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