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17th Jan '17 4:24:01 PM Psychadelico
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* Most games in the [[{{Franchise/RatchetAndClank}} Ratchet and Clank]] franchise feature an arena level. Interestingly, as the games [[LighterAndSofter have progressed]], the tournaments have gone from being [[BloodSport entertainment]] hosted by the local MegaCorp to solely the purview of backwater criminals or ProudWarriorRace species.
27th Dec '16 5:21:58 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has several arenas like this, although participation is voluntary. (Most of the time; some storylines have villains that leave the player little choice.) Most questlines involving them consist of the player fighting [[BossBonanza one boss after another]], and it's one of the few places you can engage in PVP combat against a member of your own faction.
26th Dec '16 7:55:37 PM PaulA
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* ''Series/FlashGordon''.''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}''.
22nd Nov '16 5:27:32 PM TheBigBopper
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Very popular in AncientRome settings, oddly enough, and in SwordAndSandal settings based on it. HollywoodHistory comes into play for some of the elements. In RealLife, only around a tenth of fights between professional gladiators actually resulted in death, as gladiators were very expensive to train. Hollywood gladiators almost always fight to the death. In RealLife, most gladiators who got killed in the end of the fight were either DirtyCoward types, or [[MercyKill so badly wounded they were not expected to survive]]. Criminals condemned to die by the sword were not considered gladiators, and their death was predetermined.

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Very popular in AncientRome settings, oddly enough, and in SwordAndSandal settings based on it. HollywoodHistory comes into play for some of the elements. In RealLife, only around a tenth of fights between professional gladiators actually resulted in death, as gladiators were very expensive to train.train and difficult to replace. Hollywood gladiators almost always fight to the death. In RealLife, most gladiators who got killed in the end of the fight were either DirtyCoward types, or [[MercyKill so badly wounded they were not expected to survive]]. Criminals condemned to die by the sword were not considered gladiators, and their for them death was predetermined.
22nd Nov '16 5:26:08 PM TheBigBopper
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Very popular in AncientRome settings, oddly enough, and in SwordAndSandal settings based on it. HollywoodHistory comes into play for some of the elements. In RealLife, only around a tenth of fights between professional gladiators actually resulted in death, as gladiators were very expensive to train. Hollywood gladiators almost always fight to the death. In RealLife, most gladiators who got killed in the end of the fight were either DirtyCoward types, or [[MercyKill so badly wounded they were not expected to survive]].

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Very popular in AncientRome settings, oddly enough, and in SwordAndSandal settings based on it. HollywoodHistory comes into play for some of the elements. In RealLife, only around a tenth of fights between professional gladiators actually resulted in death, as gladiators were very expensive to train. Hollywood gladiators almost always fight to the death. In RealLife, most gladiators who got killed in the end of the fight were either DirtyCoward types, or [[MercyKill so badly wounded they were not expected to survive]].
survive]]. Criminals condemned to die by the sword were not considered gladiators, and their death was predetermined.
27th Oct '16 6:09:11 AM morane
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* The Roman ''ludi'' (public games) and ''munera'' (privately offered games), of course. Originally stemming from funeral rites, the games later evolved into a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality peculiar]] combination of PublicExecution combined with BloodSport as most gladiators were either condemned criminals, war captives, insubordinate slaves sold to games by their masters or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality bankrupt freemen sold to games by their creditors]]. ''Ludi'' and ''munera'' were eventually prohibited 410 by Christian Emperor Honorius, and superceded by [[ChariotRaces chariot racing]].

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* The Roman ''ludi'' (public games) and ''munera'' (privately offered games), of course. Originally stemming from funeral rites, the games later evolved into a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality peculiar]] combination of PublicExecution combined with BloodSport as most gladiators were either condemned criminals, war captives, insubordinate slaves sold to games by their masters or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality bankrupt freemen sold to games by their creditors]]. ''Ludi'' and ''munera'' were eventually prohibited 410 by Christian Emperor Honorius, and superceded by [[ChariotRaces [[ChariotRace chariot racing]].
27th Oct '16 6:08:29 AM morane
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* The Roman ''ludi'' (public games) and ''munera'' (privately offered games), of course. Originally stemming from funeral rites, the games later evolved into a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality peculiar]] combination of PublicExecution combined with BloodSport as most gladiators were either condemned criminals, war captives, insubordinate slaves sold to games by their masters or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality bankrupt freemen sold to games by their creditors]]. ''Ludi'' and ''munera'' were eventually prohibited 410 by Christian Emperor Honorius, and superceded by chariot racing.

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* The Roman ''ludi'' (public games) and ''munera'' (privately offered games), of course. Originally stemming from funeral rites, the games later evolved into a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality peculiar]] combination of PublicExecution combined with BloodSport as most gladiators were either condemned criminals, war captives, insubordinate slaves sold to games by their masters or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality bankrupt freemen sold to games by their creditors]]. ''Ludi'' and ''munera'' were eventually prohibited 410 by Christian Emperor Honorius, and superceded by [[ChariotRaces chariot racing.racing]].
* Surprisingly, the games were more about blood and less about carnage than often thought. The diet of the gladiators consisted heavily of carbohydrates, such as wheat and barley, which caused, along the regular excercise, the gladiators a certain degree of [[StoutStrength obesity]]. The fat tissue acted as {{kevlard}}, both protecting the vital organs from slashes and also allowing spectacular degree of hemorrgahe without being lethal. The period authors claim the audience desired to see blood but not death. Combined with the {{acrofatic}} nature of the gladiator games, outright kills in combat were rare. Killing a surrendered opponent was usually averted, as the patron of the games was compelled to pay for the organizer for each gladiator killed. Most gladiators who were killed in the end were either DirtyCoward types or [[MercyKill wounded too badly to survive even the best treatment]].
14th Oct '16 4:57:43 PM nombretomado
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* When ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had Stan entering {{Facebook}}, in a direct parody of ''Tron'', the game is... Yahtzee.

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* When ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had Stan entering {{Facebook}}, Website/{{Facebook}}, in a direct parody of ''Tron'', the game is... Yahtzee.
22nd Sep '16 7:39:50 PM Galacton
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Very popular in AncientRome settings, oddly enough, and in SwordAndSandal settings based on it. HollywoodHistory comes into play for some of the elements. In RealLife, only around a tenth of fights between professional gladiators actually resulted in death, as gladiators were very expensive to train. Hollywood gladiators almost always fight to the death. In RealLife, most gladiators who got killed in the end of the fight were either DirtyCoward type, or [[MercyKill so badly wounded they were not expected to survive]].

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Very popular in AncientRome settings, oddly enough, and in SwordAndSandal settings based on it. HollywoodHistory comes into play for some of the elements. In RealLife, only around a tenth of fights between professional gladiators actually resulted in death, as gladiators were very expensive to train. Hollywood gladiators almost always fight to the death. In RealLife, most gladiators who got killed in the end of the fight were either DirtyCoward type, types, or [[MercyKill so badly wounded they were not expected to survive]].
9th Sep '16 9:43:45 AM Morgenthaler
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** The episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_and_Circuses_(Star_Trek) "Bread And Circuses"]], the crew discover a planet identical to Earth except that that it's ruled by TheRomanEmpire with TV cameras.

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** The episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_and_Circuses_(Star_Trek) "Bread And Circuses"]], the crew discover a planet identical to Earth except that that it's ruled by TheRomanEmpire UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire with TV cameras.
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