| The subject of this article is non-canonical.|
While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse.
|A video game has a deadly outcome.|
|Publication date||June 1, 2002|
|Published by||Simon Spotlight Entertainment|
While at theater for a Star Trek marathon with Anya, Xander recognizes a friend of his, from the arcade, enter theater and begin threatening and beating humans in a very demonic way. Upon further inspection, Xander learns that his friend, Robby, was involved in total immersion VR video game beta testing. But the testing was a little too secretive, according to Robby's girlfriend. Meanwhile, Buffy and Dawn are having issues with one another, and Buffy doesn't know how to deal with being Dawn's new "mom" after the recent death of their own mother. After much research concerning the bizarre video game tests, and the appearance of a man named Bobby Lee Tooker, the group discovers that the video game isn't so much a video game, as much as it is another dimensional portal while the human bodies are being taken over by demons. Buffy and Xander need to find a way to get these beta testers back into the real world and destroy the evil demon who's using the testers to conjure a powerful being.
- Buffy Summers
- Willow Rosenberg
- Anya Jenkins
- Xander Harris
- Tara Maclay
- Rupert Giles
- Dawn Summers
- Amy Madison
- Robby Healdton (Xander's friend)
- Stephie McConnell (Robby's girlfriend)
- Bobby Lee Tooker (demon hunter)
- Derek Traynor (medium)
- Dredfahl (villain)
- Malik (demon)
- Torqualmar (demon)
Behind the scenes
- Setting: Season 5.