Non-RAM Robot Wars 101

These sport-oriented Robot Wars — hosted by Craig Charles (aka Lister) from Red Dwarf and celebrated in a particularly memorable episode “Mettle”) of the Simon Pegg-Nick Frost sitcom Spaced (1999) — are not like RAM’s performance-art Robot Wars. In a small way, though, they lie behind the iconography of Robot War Espresso, even though memory of them didn’t enter my forebrain until after the story had acquired its title.

RAM’s robots are, of course, generally bigger than these — and where the machines of the televised Robot Wars are part of a sort of Fight Club mentality, RAM’s impractical creations are inspired by the sheer perversity of their creator’s aesthetic sensibilities and deviant worldview.

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