This is the way the World Ends

Posted by on May 16, 2012

No matter how hard I try, I seem to still go into a new city with certain expectations already in place. For Vienna, then, I was assuming there would be music/coffee/schnitzel/beer.

If I were to try to guess where in the world I might come across autonomous fighting robots, Japan would be right at the top of the list. Vienna? Quite close to the bottom.


Imagine the surprise of all, then, when a group of Polish engineers mentioned that they were in town for the RobotChallenge 2012. Midst a clamor of popular demand, they even brought two of the battle-bots down to have a go at each other right in the middle of the hostel bar.

See that moment where the robot rights himself and seeks out an enemy? That was the moment we were all doomed. Robot Apocalypse 2015!

(There’s a bit of foul language in the video, FYI. You shouldn’t let your children watching the beginning of the end, anyways.)


This, my people, is why I stay in hostels. Not for the dorm beds or shared showers. For the robot wars under the pool table in the bar.

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2 Responses to This is the way the World Ends

  1. Nan

    It amazes me at the things that you see on just a normal day & I am sure that you do not share it all with me. Wonderful find. Love N.

    • Stephen

      This was definitely one of the more unexpected ones, and all thanks to the willingness of this Polish crew to pull out their robots and have one more fight after a full day of it!

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