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Online Gamer Falls for the Rat King

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As avid gamers, we often wonder how people who become obsessed with online hijinx can get along outside of the cyber world. Everyone knows at least one person who’s addicted to World of Warcraft to this very day. It was only a matter of time before things turned deadly.

Below you’ll find the trailer and art for Rat King, which is making the rounds at this year’s EFM in Berlin. The flick is directed by Finnish filmmaker Petri Kotwica and stars Max Ovaska, Julius Lavonen, Nina Koponen, Outi Mäenpää, and Janne Virtanen.

Synopsis
Juri, 18, is seriously addicted to online gaming, so much so he becomes isolated from his single mother and his girlfriend is about to leave him. He decides to quit but is soon lured back by one of his net-mates, Niki, also 18, who, when they meet for the first time, turns out to look strikingly like Juri. Niki has a web address tattooed on his arm, and when Juri types it into his computer, he gets lured into a curious game that grants him the username RAT KING. As the game becomes increasingly dangerous, Niki vows to help Juri get through it. But the game triggers a series of life-threatening events, and pretty soon Juri realizes that he is gaming for his life.

Online Gamer Falls for the Rat King

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Steve Barton

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