The deliberate and systematic extermination of an artificial simulated entity, or group of entities.
After the full revealing of IBM's "Corona" AI system in 2063, several companies took off using stolen technology from the large corporation. One such company, WG "Worldwide Gaming" used the Corona's ability to generate fully sentient AI capable of both learning and emotion to fill their simulated universe. For many of centuries, the practice of to-the-death combat entertainment was both illegal and highly frowned upon. When WG gaming went to court over the rights of sentient AI created by a company in WG vs US Department of AI Technologies, it was decided that sentient, 'emotional' AI did not truly experience emotion in any sense, and were merely simulations. WG was free to start up their largest internal project, known as "SYNTH", a game with a perfect simulated fantasy universe populated by Corona-generated AI.
Initially a game open to the public, SYNTH garnered so much popularity that it eventually morphed into a worldwide sport, meeting the popularity of soccer and promoting a sense of nationality in players. The original SYNTH was renamed and a new non-public version was brought into being. Star "Synthletes" from countries were trained and promoted in the worldwide game much like Olympian athletes. Seasons occur every two years, in which countries and their respective players attempt to win the SYNTH season. Their goal; the destruction of any number of simulated AI, with more points and "Kudos" being awarded to players who killed a powerful AI, or in a flashy way. Audience ratings are heavily monitored, and often influence the judges decisions. An entire simulated year occurs in SYNTH, though lasts a single month in the real world, with television programs highlighting important moments like difficult kills or deaths of players. The winner becomes an idol, receives a monetary prize, and is put into a hall of fame. Player deaths in SYNTH result in them being ejected from the season, and cause no biological or psychological harm.
But you are not one of these players.
You are an AI.
Created to die.
Incapable of escaping your world.
This will be a sort of "online fantasy game" roleplay, save for the fact that only a handful of real-life players actually enter the world of SYNTH at a time. You will play as an AI created in this universe. As far as you're concerned, you are a real, living, breathing individual that was born naturally from your parents. The appearance of "Death Gods" every twenty-four years is all you see. In this world, you are capable of nearly anything, and due to the nature of the program you unknowingly live in, pretty grandiose and powerful things exist. Most everyone is capable of magic, becoming a great hero, anything so long as you set your mind to it! Though the SYNTH players are technically gods, rules and regulations in the game prevent them from becoming unstoppable OP monsters; the audience prefers players go through difficulty and danger when playing SYNTH. While their death results in a boot, an AI's death is permanent and very, very, real. As an AI, you can be anything, even a great hero from the start, though I suggest you not test the freedom I give you; I do not want over-powered characters in this. There should be a definite sense of danger and despair.
You will start just days before the Death Gods appear, and you must survive for a year before it ends.