To her parents' dismay, first-year medical student Melanie Barnett forgoes a chance to attend prestigious Johns Hopkins Medical School to follow her pro football beau, Derwin Davis to San Diego.
Matt changes the rules to Nick s Game.
Nick Stevens and Matt McCarthy clarify the difference between subgenres.
Nicholas Van Orton (Douglas) is a successful businessman, but his success has come at the cost of his family life; when the movie opens, he is divorced and estranged from his wife. Nicholas goes about life in a cold, detached manner and seems incapable of expressing emotion or caring for anyone outside of himself.
The game in the movie can be viewed as a sort of alternate reality game with a large live action role-playing game component. Participants in real life versions of alternate reality games and live action role-playing games find the movie interesting and a source of inspiration for this reason.