27 year old Danny Parker and his girlfriend Theo go to a bar and
pretend to be strangers. After they have sex, he plays the
fictional fighting video game Striking Vipers with his friend Karl
Houghton as their preferred characters Lance and Roxette.
11 years later, Danny hosts a barbecue at his house with Theo with
whom he is married and has a 5-year-old child. He is fallen out of
contact with Karl who arrives at the birthday party and gives him a
present Striking Vipers X, the series' newest installment along
with the virtual reality kit needed to play it, That night, the
pair played the game in their respective homes, falling back
motionless once they enter the virtual arena. After one fighting
bout in which they fully experience Lance and Roxette's pain from
fighting blows, they fall onto each other and kiss. Visibly
distraught, Karl and Danny exit the game.
Over the next few weeks, Danny and Karl began regularly logging
online and entering the game in order to have sex with each other,
and Danny becomes withdrawn from his relationship with Theo. She
confronts him on their wedding anniversary and accuses him of
having an affair while pointing out that she regularly rebuffs
other men's advances even though she likes the attention. Danny
promises that he is faithful, then locks Striking Vipers X in a
cabinet and tells Karl that they need to stop.
At Danny's next birthday, Theo invites Karl for dinner as a
surprise. Karl reveals to Danny that he has been unable to recreate
the experience he had with Danny with other players. That night,
the pair enter the game and have sex again. Danny then asks to meet
in real life. At his insistence, they kiss in their normal bodies
to see if their is any real connection between them, but both of
them claim to feel nothing. Danny becomes agitated and a fight
between them ensues just as a passing police car notices and
arrests them. Frustrated at having to pick Danny up, Theo insists
that Danny tell her what caused the fight.
In the final scene, both Danny and his wife have agreed that for
one night a year, he can play Striking Vipers X with Karl while
Theo can go out to a bar and meet a stranger.
originally posted by guest(8 5 6 0) on 2020-07-06, 1 edit, entryid=9593