Throwback Thursday - Base Wars NES
I loathe baseball. It is supposed to be America’s pastime (Football stole that long ago) but I think the league is broken and the sport is lame and all the best athletes grow up and play other sports now. We are now entering into a time when we could make Base Wars a reality. Robots already fight on TV we just need them to be a little more humanoid and have them roughly follow the course of a baseball game. In Base Wars, you take your robot team and play against another but with many new wrinkles. The ball is shot out of a cannon in their arm and can be manipulated in mid air for some gravity defying mayhem. Other than being caught out, if someone wants to tag you out they have to fight you for it and the winner gets the base. In this battle for the base, some weapons are allowed. And unlike roids, spending money to power up your robots is allowed and encouraged. So the current broken system (see: no Salary Cap) can still have the money teams (Boston, New York, L.A) spend more money and have the best bots. You can also win a game by beating a team so badly in battle that they forfeit a game by not being able to field a full roster. The players come in various shapes and sizes, including a robot with a tank for legs, and another that can hover in the air. We have already seen that people have a little bloodlust in their sporting choices and instead of the brain damaging UFC or Football we could enjoy a robot drop kicking another robot to the delight of everyone except the mechanic who has to piece him back together. Base Wars was such a fun game it begs us to make it a reality. Until such a time that the MLB gets their stuff together let’s play Base Wars and dream about what could and should be.