The electronic realm of Arcadia has been sealed away from the passage of time for decades due to a defensive shield coded by the Quarter Masters. This shield has kept them isolated and safe from the chaos of Newerth, but 8-Bit Kane accidentally sliced through the power cord during his headstrong rush through the shield to join the fray. Now all the characters of Arcadia are free to roam Newerth while the Quarter Masters duct-tape the cord, jostle consoles and blow into cartridges in a frantic attempt to reactivate the shield.
Game Master is the #1 pro player in Arcadia, and all the 8-Bit characters queue up to be controlled by his peerless skills. Now that he's running free in Newerth, our heroes suddenly find themselves in the hands of a master gamer - but he rarely has their survival in mind, and he's keeping all the +1 lives for himself.