The indie SF/horror movie cornerstone Twitch had this coming a long time ago under the working title Game. With a sudden twist of a rename, Gamer features Gerard Butler, Ludacris, the creative guys behind Crank and a script that actually brings lots of previous cyberpunk(ish) gems to mind:
Game (sic!) is a near-future action/thriller starring Gerard Butler (Kable) as the champion of an on-line game called “Slayers”. Mind-control technology has taken society by storm and “Slayers” allows humans control other humans in mass-scale, multiplayer online game. With his every move tracked by millions, Kable’s ultimate challenge becomes regaining his identity and launching an attack on the system that has imprisoned him.
This is basically Running Man (and a little bit of MadWorld, all the broadcast show elements), Avalon (the all-encompassing multiplayer game), Death Race (with the inmates and the hope of freedom). And eXistenZ. And basically all cyberpunk movies about TV shows and virtual reality and MMOs. Cyberpunk for us, squirting ladies for Butler. (via kotaku)
UPDATE 1: You remember Turbo? Teenagers playing fighting avatars is just another proof-of-concept for synchronicity. Here’s what I wrote earlier and the trailer for some quick memory boost.