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Role-playing will kill you: Facebook's MyGladiator app

Pay to be a slave and get your head lopped off.

Not sure if this is a good idea or not: NCursion is launching a new Facebook app called MyGladiator here at DemoFall. You start by building a character, and then equipping him with the gold you're given at the start, and then set him loose in the Forum against other users.

If one of the combatants is defeated before the end of five fighting rounds, the Facebook audience can vote thumbs-up or thumbs-down to determine if the character lives or dies. If he dies, it's off with his head, graphically. Nice.

These head-to-head combat apps on Facebook are proliferating like crazy. First Zombies, then Jedi, and now Gladiators. It's approaching overload. NCursion plans to charge users for access to its apps. I could be wrong, but I'm not sure people will pay for yet another one of these.