I remember a mini-series or failed pilot from the late-80s or early 90s.

A Jimmy Smits-type cop investigated a new addictive Virtual Reality tech that kills its users. It used a small coin-sized disk that plugged into your brain.

The bad guy’s HQ was the Los Angeles Pacific Design Center (the Big Blue Whale building). The main character's BFF was a black guy who overdosed and dragged the cop into the case.


Sounds kind of like TekWar, the 1994 TV series based on the William Shatner novels. "Tek" is an addictive single-use chip that's a sort of cyber-drug.

Set in the year 2045, the series follows Jake Cardigan, a former police officer who lost his badge after being framed for dealing in tek (an illicit narcotic-like substance) and murdering his fellow officers on a bust.

Jake is played by Greg Evigan, though, who's not exactly a Jimmy Smits type, but Eugene Clark plays the fellow former cop who drags Jake into becoming a private investigator. Eugene Clark and Greg Evigan

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It could be Strange Days. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114558/

Early 90's film, set in New Year 2000. People use "squids" (neural interface) to record and playback memories. The recording itself would be about like what you describe in size.

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