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22 Poorly Made Robots Trying to Fight Each Other Is the Best Video of the Day

The robot contest where "crappiness trumps strategy."

Hebocon, a robot contest for the “technically ungifted,” was held in July of this year, but this video with English subtitles surfaced only last week. It’s a robot fighting competition for people who have no engineering, programming, or crafting skills.

One contestant left her robot on the train on the way to the contest, and went to get a beer instead, tweeting a picture of her meal at the contest organizers. A handmade award was also given for the least technologically advanced robot. The man who won expressed shame at the fact that he slightly misunderstood the point of the contest and actually tried to build a useful robot. You should watch this video because it looks like it was an incredibly good time. But you will watch this video because ineffectual robots are hilarious.

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