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Old 08-25-2007, 08:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wil Wheaton Indicted for Role in Robot Fighting Ring

By Brian Briggs

Los Angeles, CA – Actor and Internet personality, Wil Wheaton, has been indicted by federal prosecutors on charges of promoting and hosting a robot fighting ring.

Prosecutors allege Wheaton kicked and electrocuted robots that weren't performing well, as many as fifteen robots. "He just blew their circuits," said US Attorney Bob Schrumpkin.
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The news shocked fans of Wheaton's, many of whom are robot owners themselves. Christie Cho of Simi Valley said, "I have an Aibo and a Poo-Chi and I love them. I can't believe the cruelty. I'll be putting my DVD of Stand By Me up on Ebay."

Wheaton contends that nobody gets hurt in robot fighting, and that people just don't understand. "It's deeply ingrained in the geek culture. We see nothing wrong with it," said Wheaton. "We get together, drink a few Red Bulls and watch the robots fight it out. I don’t see what the big deal is."

Violet Tamagotchi, President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Robots (PETR), picketed outside Wheaton's home. She doesn't buy the "part of our culture" argument. "Asimov said robots can't hurt us, so why does Wheaton hurt robots? I thought Wil embraced technology, not destroyed it," she said.

Protest signs urged the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) asking to suspend Wheaton from the actors' union.

"We're surprised and saddened by this news on Mr. Wheaton. While there is a long history of abusive behavior by actors, it's usually with production assistants and not robots. This goes beyond anything we've ever seen," said a representative from SAG.


Many openly wondered if Wheaton would ever act again. "I don't know, when people see how geeky this is, they might not believe him in a non-nerd role. That could ruin him," said Chip Scoop from the Hollywood Reporter.

In a robot fight, two remote controlled robots with various weapons face each other in a battle to the death. Often, the loser is so badly hurt that they must be destroyed. If convicted Wheaton could face 25 years in prison, or face "The Electricator" fighting robot in a human-robot death match.
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Old 08-25-2007, 08:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am glad I gout out of robot fighting when I did.
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Old 08-25-2007, 10:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 08-25-2007, 10:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I might have to rebuild my robot some time. I'll have to remachine the aluminum and titanium chassis. I recycled the old one.
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Old 08-25-2007, 07:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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wow I guess I should not tak about the robot fight ring that my neighbor started.....oh shit I guess I just did.
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Old 08-28-2007, 03:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I loved watching BattleBots on Comedy Central, though I think their approach was all wrong - like they tried to make it some sort of gladiator event and didn't focus at all on the technology or the creators.

Like who did they think liked watching this? TechTV fans, not WWF.
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