The X-Files (1993– )
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First Person Shooter 

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:
Jade Blue Afterglow / Maitreya
Ivan Martinez
Billy Ray Gallion ...
Melvin Frohike
Richard 'Ringo' Langly
John Fitzgerald Byers
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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1.78 : 1
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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 »


At 39 min. 55 sec. in when Scully is faced with a Tank in the games 2nd Level, the door to exit the game behind her is clearly open when moments before it's closed and Mulder is shown trying to pry it open with his sword. See more »


Mulder: Maybe out past where the imagination ends, our true natures lie, waiting to be confronted on their own terms. Out where the intellect is at war with the primitive brain, in the hostile territory of the digital world, where laws are silent and rules disappear in the midst of arms. Born in anarchy with an unquenchable bloodthirst we shudder to think what might rise up from the darkness.
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Worst Episode By Far
24 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I never watched the X-Files early on but my friend's family loved it, so one night it came on, and I decided to give it a chance. I was naturally hesitant, because they loved low budget shows and movies that ran on the sci-fi channel that I didn't often similarly enjoy. Unfortunately the first episode I got to see was this horrible one, so after that I just cast off the X-Files as the same low budget sci-fi garbage and never really payed any attention to it. It wasn't until a few years later that I discovered that a different friend, with taste in media very similar to my own, liked the show. After once more giving the X-files a few more test-viewings of episodes re-ran on TNT I discovered it was, in fact, a really good show. This horrible episode, however, should be burned for giving me such a bad first impression of such a great show.

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