And no, that guy in the first picture up there didn't burn to death. It's just an illusion -- the rails that create what appears to be a shooting ball of fire are safely positioned between the players and the audience, so from the perspective of the latter, the whole "stage" seems to light up with fire, sort of like those bootleg Street Fighter II arcades where you could fill the entire screen with Hadoukens. If you're having trouble picturing it, here's a diagram of the play field:
Not pictured: The car you have to beat to shit with your bare hands.
So how do the players control the flames? Pyrokinesis? Nothing so mundane: This is achieved by wearing special gloves with built-in motion-sensing technology and a headset that records brain activity, so you can make the flames go off by performing certain hand gestures or just thinking really hard about it.
Try not to do a wanking motion with your hand, because that's also the gesture for "setting yourself on fire."
Once you've performed a special move and activated the fire-spitting tanks, your opponent has to react quickly and launch another move to stop the fire from reaching their side of the arena, or suffer the consequences. But other than a getting a new tan, the players here don't actually suffer any real harm. Unlike in ...