Ok, so this is one that I'm not really sure how to explain but it is so good that I'm going to try. Bear with me as some of this may seem very very weird.
1) On an internet TV channel called Twitch, people play videogames and stream so that other people can watch them play. This is a very popular thing and the top streamers make a lot of money and are very talented entertainers.
2) The open world game Grand Theft Auto from ~10 years ago has a mod or game version available that allows several hundred players to all roleplay being normal people, but in a video game. Like The Truman Show or The Matrix but everyone (hopefully) is aware they are in a simulation. This is called Grand Theft Auto Roleplay or GTA RP for short.
3) The most popular version of GTA RP is a server called NoPixel. It is extremely popular and the wait list to be one of the people to get into the server and roleplay as a fast food employee or a taxi driver is tens of hours long every day.
4) A lot of Twitch streamers have been placed on a "White List' that more or less allows them to bypass the queue and enter NoPixel at will. This is at least one contributing factor to why the wait list for normies is so long- everyone wants to roleplay with their favorite streamers.
5) In NoPixel there is normal life, there are normal cops played by normal people, and there are a small subset of players who basically have permission to be criminals. Most of the criminals and a lot of the cops are streamers. You still with me on this?
6) The criminals do things like set up art galleries as legitimate fronts for their businesses. They steal explosives and run narcotics. And they take hostages and rob banks. And the cops try to prevent all this. A common "scene" is for the criminals to take a hostage, rob a bank by hacking the safe, and then turn over their hostage and take off in a car to try to outrun or otherwise outwit the cops. This leads to extended car chases and elaborate getaway plans that end up either with the criminals dead in the streets (to be treated and brought back to life by people roleplaying doctors in a hospital) or getting away and stashing their ill-gotten gains at a secret gang hidey-hole.
7) In this particular scene the cops had recently been given a new airplane and were trying it out. A bank robbery had just taken place and the criminals (this group in particular is known as the Chang Gang (yes I spelled that correctly)) were running from the cops down a highway by the ocean. A third (fourth?) group of people in a helicopter thought the plane had been hijacked and came in to try to help.
8) I've collected a couple of short clips of various players viewpoints of what happened next. I'd just like to mention I watched this in real time from one of the criminals perspectives. It was an emergent, hysterical and dramatic, spontaneous movie as good (or better) than a lot of tedious action movies.
9) Yes... I probably could spend a portion of my adult life in ways that aren't me watching other adults play video games that involve them pretending to be normal people while thousands of people watch and cheer them on... but I'm not going to. -B