Tired of supporting her layabout son, Jeremy's mom cancels the Internet and forces him out of her house, throwing Jeremy's world into turmoil. Now his spot atop his favorite gaming ladder is in jeopardy! With his best friend Doug doing everything he can to help, Jeremy scrambles first to remain world champ, he'll work on being less homeless later. October catches Kyle's eye as the hot new girl starting work at the Mouse and Pad and proves less than cooperative in Jeremy's quest.
Living in a tent in his Mom's front yard is pushing Jeremy's denial about his current situation to the breaking point. He's been getting by just fine without plumbing or food but when his gaming equipment is put in jeopardy, it's time to take action. After briefly considering a career as a panhandler, Jeremy sees a career counselor who does her best to inspire him. Completely unimpressed with her efforts, Jeremy relies on his sick skills to guide him to employment. October tries to help Jeremy while she deals with online betrayal at the hands of her MMO guild mates. Kyle, as usual, is a pain in the ass.
Now gainfully employed and back paying rent in his Mom's basement, Jeremy feels conquering real world challenges is easy. That is, until Kyle points out that he has never even had a girlfriend. With Doug as his wing man, Jeremy overlooks October's advances and goes clubbing. His romantic crash course starts to look up when his online buddy, Tyrel, takes Jeremy under his tutelage. Doug embraces club life and inadvertently starts a new dance craze.
The local LAN cafe hosts a series of rock concerts to showcase regulars playing rock n' roll video games to a packed house. Kyle documents the turmoil and wild success of teh_pwnerers, featuring Jeremy, Doug, October and Tyrel. Solos wail, guitars smash and egos clash as the band achieves legendary status. Heavy metal icon, Steve Lips Kudlow from Anvil makes an appearance, remembering his brief time with the band.
Jeremy's dedication to a new game causes concern among his friends and coworkers as it begins to affect his health and gaming social life. As a result, Kyle gets tired of filming his brother's zombie like state and follows Doug for an afternoon which sees Doug get in trouble with the law. Somewhere between Jeremy being institutionalized and Doug's day in court, a balance amid gaming and real life is found.
Doug is having a hard time in the early going of his sentence of six months without gaming. Spurred on by Jeremy's complete lack of sympathy, October convinces everyone at the Mouse and Pad to give up gaming for 24 hours. With no distraction or escape from reality, Jeremy and Doug find themselves gravitating towards increasingly destructive pastimes. It culminates in a serious clash with authority involving feces.
J. Adam Brown
Ian Ross MacDonald
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