I've never been a "gamer" so the premise of this picture really was totally beyond me but it did fill me with a bit of dread and terror. This was because I could envision the "world" in this film coming to pass. This gave me a real sense of discomfort as I watched this. I wanted to see The Shining sequence in the film which was why I put it on and that was sort of amusing. The fatal flaw I found with the film was that as they shifted back and forth between the "real world" and the "video game universe" the "real world" often seems not very different from the video game universe. The other flaw to me was that the premise made no sense. The characters wanted to save the "video game" but seemed not to care about the actual world at all. To me the thrust of the story should have been to shut the video game down forever so people would turn to solving their "real world " issues. This made the entire thing seem nonsensical and yet, still terrifying. It did seem that the story in the film really did not matter, it seemed more a vehicle to present pop culture references at a breakneck pace. I was more than mildly astonished as they rushed by and I'm sure I missed a lot of them because I was not a gamer. This was like Spielberg doing Tarantino except with a focus on the 1980s and 1990s and with a really lousy script.