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The Rise of the Metal Devil - Pt 5
Posted on Sun Nov 21st 2004 at 7:00am

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Posted by RyanMC on Mon Aug 14th 2006 at 8:52pm
The technology mentioned in today's episode is of course the same technology that Eggman uses when he puts small animals in his Badniks. I assume that part of the reason Robotnik puts animals in his robots is a cheap replacement for a CPU. I don't know how it works when he uses flowers or power rings, but Gamma's story from Sonic Adventure shows that it at least has some link to programming.

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Posted by Dark Chaos (Guest) on Thu Aug 17th 2006 at 1:33pm
I think the thing with Gamma was a glitch because the animal was a Flicky, the tech used in Sonic 3D was experimental (and Ivo got help from some outside sources in the UK version).

As for the animals in general, they are nothing more than batteries. The power from the rings was although great, not easy to control since he needed Chaos energy to stablise them for full synchro (thats why their not used after the MS/GG games)... as for the flowers... um. He was messing with time.

.....sooooooo...destroying the badnik meant the animal was freed. But due to some kinda paradox that meant it was never built for the animal to be put in...yeah, it's senseless and meaningless. But its better then SEGA's explanation...which is... none.

Posted by RyanMC on Tue Aug 29th 2006 at 8:25pm
I try to only use information taken directly from the games or failing that official Sega sources. When I need to use facts that haven't been explained by either of these sources, I tend to make it up myself. I do take inspiration from other sources such as the cartoons or comics (Archie only, I've never had a chance to read the Fleetway), and even fannon. Anyways, like I say, I've seen no official explanation as to the point of the animals in the robots. I like the idea of them being cheap replacements for a CPU, so I went with it. If I'm wrong though, and there is official evidence that they are power sources, I can make adaptations to the comic if necessary. It's just my point of view; everyone is welcome to his or her own.

Posted by Angel85 on Tue Nov 14th 2006 at 10:00pm
the amount of energy a small animal produces is pitiful, besides, the animal would starve to death in mere days and the robot would be useless, giving the robot the ability to "eat" would be impractical.

However, the most advanced supercomputers today only have the processing power of a tiny guppy brain, using the brain of a small mammal would make a very fast computer processor to run the robot, in that case it would be worth giving the robot some way to nourish the animal inside.

That said, I noticed that in the most recent games the robots leave behind rings instead of animals, perhaps Robotnik has learned to make a standard CPU as powerful as a brain.

OH! one more thing, in the relatively new SonicX comic Eggman's robots use animals as CPU's, and the animal even has some rudimentary control over the robot's behavior, in one case Eggman used deadly komodo dragons because their predatory instincts would make the robot more dangerous. Ok, once again I have talked too much. I hope I have educated you all.

Posted by Grey_Wolf_Leader (Guest) on Sun Nov 23rd 2008 at 12:45pm
Yes you have, Angel85...

Posted by Evil guy 64 (Guest) on Fri May 13th 2011 at 2:02pm
I finished Gamma's story just recently.

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