A murder inside the high-tech world of a virtual reality game leads Scully to battle a deadly digital character in order to save Mulder's life.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ivan Martinez
Lo-Fat (as Michael Ray Bower)
Ryan Todd ...
James Geralden ...
Detective Lacoeur
Security Guard
Christopher Ng ...
Darryl Musashi


The Lone Gunmen request Mulder and Scully's assistance in a murder case at a video game company. A virtual reality game has gone haywire, and players are dying for real at the hands of Maitreya, the central character in this game. Mulder and Scully enter the game in an attempt to find and stop the killer. Written by Muldernscully

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27 February 2000 (USA)  »

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It won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series. See more »


When Mulder disappears into the game and Scully runs into the room at the top of the stairs, she is heard saying "Where's Mulder?" but her lips do not match what she is saying. See more »


Dana Scully: Dressing up like high-tech warriors to play a futuristic version of cowboys & indians? What kind of moron gets his ya-yas out like that?
Fox Mulder: [points to himself]
Dana Scully: Mulder, what purpose does this game serve except to add to a culture of violence in a country that's already out of control?
Fox Mulder: Who says it adds to it?
Dana Scully: You think that taking up weapons and creating gratuitous virtual mayhem has any redeeming value whatsoever? I mean, that the testosterone frenzy that it creates stops when the game does?
Fox Mulder: Well, ...
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The X-Files Rule
12 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone has the opportunity to comment on their likes and dislikes. Say what you have to say and others will listen. I personally love the X-Files. I would have to agree with some of you out there though, about a few episodes that kinda.... well, suck. I guess thats true with everything. No one is ever 100% satisfied with anything. I'm the kind of person that likes to get into the mood of whatever I'm watching. I immerse myself to get the feel. I like the characters and the scenarios. This episode of the x files is pretty cool in my opinion. It has imagination, technology, murder, and a hot looking Krista Allen. I have all 9 seasons and wish there were more. I have asked buddies of mine if they liked the x files and some of them said no because they don't understand half of what they said, referring to the technical, and forensic, terminology. If you have an open mind and like the unknown, then I recommend The X-Files. I Want To Believe!

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