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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Gamer can be found here.

No. Gamers is based on a screenplay by written and directed by American film-makers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who also co-directed the movie.

John Tillman is his real name. The name "Kable" was given to him since he was in the Slayers game.

How do the Nanites work?

The Nanites actually replace existing brain cells, probably those in the motor cortex, which control movement. People who have them are able to think and feel but not move on their own. The nanites are able to receive information from a transmitter and can send out any information they see or hear. They cannot be removed without killing the person.

It is explained that the US prisons were so overcrowded, they were on the verge of bankruptcy. Castle's company provided funding in exchange for using the prisoners for his game, having made his fortune with the game Society. Also, there was a vote, and 68% of Americans voted in favor of using prisoners for sport.

Given the film's timeline, it appears that a) Kable was jailed, b) his wife was unemployed for a time, c) Child services took away their daughter and placed her in foster care, and d) the only job she could get was in Society in a bid to regain custody of their daughter. However, later in the film, it is revealed that Castle may have influenced events.

Can a car run on alcohol?

Yes and no. Yes, a car can run on a mixture of alcohol and gasoline, also known as ethanol. A car today needs about an 85% mixture of gasoline to alcohol to run. In terms of the movie, this means the truck is running because there is already some gas in the tank. However, a car needs a special carburetor to run with only alcohol instead of gasoline, and regular drinking alcohol is not flammable enough to run an engine, even with the special carburetor. Fuel-grade alcohol is usually 100% alcohol, while beer and wine are around 8%, regular "hard" alcohol is 40%, and very few alcohols have 75%. Therefore, the truck in Gamer should not be able to run, especially with the "extras" added to the mix. That being said and given that the film takes place in the future, maybe cars at that time are equipped to run on alcohol instead of gasoline. However, it's very unlikely that store-bought alcohol can run a car, and the chances are even lower on a mixture of alcohol, vomit, and urine. In summary, the truck very likely could run because of existing fuel already in the tank, and what Kable did was probably completely unnecessary.

As shown in the movie, there were security cameras in the locker room, and they spotted it. It would have been confiscated.

First, the audience cannot be sure what actually goes on in Society. There are two implied sex scenes. In the first, Kable's wife propositions the Pig-Nosed Man, and then it cuts away. Later, we see that she is unharmed. In the second implied sex scene, we see the upper torso of a naked woman hopping up and down in the rave. Given today's MMORPG's, it is quite possible that the "sex" in Society is actually quite tame and PG-rated, with the situation being much more interesting than the actual graphics. On the other hand, if actual sex did occur, it would be covered on the same statutes as pornography, which is legal in many countries as long as there is consent. The movie does not explain how far the actors are required to perform a sex act, but either way, it would be legal. Alternatively, many films extrapolate the future of the human race with the assumption of further lapses in censorship and "acceptable morality", therefore it's entirely possible in this future the sex implied on screen is entirely legal under the current laws.

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