The Red Dwarf investigates an ocean ship, The Esperanto, where they find the ship's crew have all committed suicide, and are attacked by a sea monster called The Despair Squid. Later they wake up to find they are not who they thought they were and have been playing an artificial reality computer game for four years.
Did You Know?
The game bears many similarities to Red Dwarf: Better Than Life
(1988), although it is never identified by this title. The idea of participants spending years immersed in the game, cared for by attendants, is also featured in the novels with respect to Better Than Life, and is also revisited in a deleted scene from Red Dwarf: Duct Soup
(1997) when Kochanski mentions spending most of her teen years hooked up to a similar system during her schooling. See more
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There's only three alternatives: it thinks we're either a threat, food or a mate... It's either gonna kill us, eat us or hump us. Either we persuade him we're not that kinda oceanic salvage vessel, or we scarper pronto.