This full movie Deadcon is set very much in the present day, in a world of bloggers, online influencers, instagram personalities and selfie celebrities, but it begins In 1984, as John Althaus (Aaron Hendry), in a hotel room attending TechCon, is having his pioneering programme Link RabB1T – an 8-bit chatroom that enables different people to connect via modem – ignominiously shut down by his investor. John can see he is right on the cusp of the future, but he has failed to watch or get anyone to sign up online as a member – until he receives a message from one Bobby, who is lonely and looking for someone to play with him and also someone who can free download. So Bobby makes John a Mephistopheles deal: “You help me get friends in real life, and I’ll help you get friends on your computer.”
Cut to now, and the same hotel is hosting ViewCon, an event where thousands of baying young fans can make contact with their online idols. Live-streamer Megan (Claudia Sulewski) is secretly sleeping with online gamer Dave (Keith Machekanyanga), but cannot quite let go of her self-absorbed vlogger boyfriend Ricky (Lukas Gage) because of the very public status of their relationship. Megan is a victim of her own fame, but cannot quite see it.