Planet Nerd Rage teamed up with the Machinima Network to create an original short entitled, PROTOCOL DEVIATION. The story is told as a reality show from the future- an embedded camera crew follows the exploits of an underfunded security team sent to investigate a possible outbreak of a disease that plagues the synthetic tissue androids wear. Protocol Deviation (originally titled Red Rash/Ghost Source Zero) premiered on the Machinima network and rapidly amassed over 80,000 views.

Red Rash ended up being a concept piece for what would ultimately become the genesis for Ghost Source Zero.