The kids from Boston and the kids from Texas and the kids from Pasadena didn’t know what they were doing. They were just kids after all. They thought it was a game. To be strictly honest, it was just a game, like hundreds of games before – see who could build the best.
But army officials don’t understand games, and the aging general public doesn’t understand computer games, and English-major journalists don’t understand robot games, and it started and it all went downhill from there.
If there’s one upside to the robot wars, it’s that now they won’t expect the Zombies.