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Photos: Let the robot games begin

Gearheads and hobbyists gather at RoboGames to unleash their machines against one another.

Funnel Cloud

At RoboGames in San Francisco, it's machine vs. machine. Funnel Cloud shoves and flips rivals onto their backs.

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Funnel Cloud team

Funnel Cloud belongs to father-and-son team Kevin and Nicholas Hotary, who are entering their robot into the ring at RoboGames for the first time. Nicholas hopes to win a trophy cup. Kevin said he is impressed by how much his son learned while building their robot.

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Body Slam

Body Slam scoops up rival robots with its mechanical arm, then slams them down hard.

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Tombstone

Beware bots. To cut down the competition, Tombstone spins a 97-pound metal blade.

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Buster

Once Buster is assembled, the robot will swing its metal arms at competitors.

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Alcoholic Stepfather

Alcoholic Stepfather spits fire and crashes into opponents. And that's on a mellow day.

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Sparks fly

Who's your Daddy? and Botfly meet in the center of the ring.

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Devil's Plunger

Devil's Plunger gets hung up on its own crane and lifts itself into the air while going after Black Magic.

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