From The X-Files Time Line
Three men, dressed in armor and carrying
futuristic looking weapons enter a street between buildings
and are attacked by a gang on motorcycles. They fire and
each of the motorcycles explodes as it is hit. In a control
room, Ivan and Phoebe are watching on computer monitors and
monitoring their vital signs. The team, calling themselves
"Geeks" is fired on by men from the building windows. One
makes his way into a basement and meets a woman wearing
black mesh lingerie and spike heals. She says her name is
Betraya and this is her game, her hand morphs into a
flintlock pistol and she fires.
At FPS corporate headquarters, Mulder and
Scully arrive, passing through heavy security, including
retinal scans and signing nondisclosure agreements. FPS
stands for the First Person Shooter -- an innovative video
game that uses projectors to fill a large game space with
the virtual scenery and characters. The Lone Gunmen greet
the agents -- they are consultants for the company and there
has been an accident. The game is scheduled to ship on
Friday but there is a dead body - he has been shot, but
there was no gun, other than the guns of the game that do
not actually work. They work with the computer and
eventually find the image of Betraya, which Mulder has
printed out. Scully calls the police over objections from
Ivan, the game developer who doesn't want to hurt their
business deal. A game player enters who is identified as a
guru who also sometimes contracts with the CIA. He enters
the game space as the others watch from the control room.
The bikers attack and he blows them up. He easily reaches
the basement and Betraya, dressed differently this time,
attacks, cutting off his hands, then killing him with a
Scully performs an autopsy on "Retro," the
first dead man. There is no trace of the projectile. They
suit they were wearing is high tech, including electric
charges to simulate shots. Scully thinks it's great
technology wasted on a stupid game. In spite of her
attitude, Mulder and the Gunmen love the idea of the game.
"Men feel the need to blast the crap out of stuff," Scully
says. The LA Sheriff's Department notifies Mulder that they
have picked up a suspect who perfectly fits the description
of the virtual suspect. She is a sultry brunette calling
herself Jay Blue Afterglow, picked up outside a strip club.
She meets a lot of men but evades any questions about FPS.
When Mulder shows her the computer image, she says she got
paid to let a medical imaging facility do a body scan.
The agents return to FPS. Ivan is with the
money guys, trying to save his deal. Scully thinks he
scanned Jay Blue. The Gunmen are on a monitor screen, doing
a test, but all of a sudden they are in the game - the
program is somehow running itself and they are in trouble.
Mulder suits up and enters the game. Byers was shot, but
says he's OK. Mulder sees Betraya and is not willing to
leave with the Gunmen. He follows her into the basement and
she approaches with the sword, now dressed in a skintight
black quasi-Ninja outfit. The gunmen hear Mulder fire but as
they run to help him, the game ends and they don't know
where he is.
Although they can't find Mulder, in the
control room Phoebe is still getting his telemetry. He's
alive and still in the game, even though they can't figure
out where the game is running. Mulder wakes up and finds the
sword but no Betraya. Returning to the avenue between the
buildings, Betraya approaches in a series of back flips,
then disappears again. Ivan returns from meeting with his
financial backers -- FBI investigating an unsolved death
will be great marketing material. Phoebe, it turns out, knew
about Jay Blue. She had Betraya on her computer, developing
her own video game. Phoebe has been choking in a haze of
testosterone. Betraya was everything mousy Phoebe couldn't
be. Somehow Betraya jumped programs. Phoebe says Scully,
being a woman, is the only one who can understand.
Meanwhile, in the game, Mulder's gun says out of ammo.
Betraya returns and kickboxes Mulder. When he escapes and
returns to the basement to get the sword, the program
transforms and he finds himself on a western town street.
Diagnostics finally locate Mulder - the
western street is level two of the game, which nobody has
ever beaten. They can't power down the game. Betraya,
dressed in white as a halter-topped and fringed western
gunfighter, appears multiplied into many copies. Scully
enters the game to rescue Mulder, wearing the standard black
kevlar and body armor suit of the game players. She fires,
eliminating the multiple copies of Betraya. As they continue
to fight, Phoebe and Ivan argue - she knows about a kill
switch that can end the game, but it will completely erase
the game. Betraya returns on a tank. Phoebe provides the
kill command and Frohike ends the game. Mulder and Scully
are shaken but OK. "That's entertainment," Mulder quips.
Later, Betraya appears to Ivan on his computer screen, but
with Scully's face and hair. He laughs, very