I've seen this before.
Anyone remember the movie "Strange Days" by James Cameron in 1995? It reminds me very much of the "boosting" aspect of Rant. Here is a quote from the plot outline. "Lenny Nero deals in dreams. Formerly an LAPD vice cop, he now deals in illegal 'squid' recordings - recordings made directly from the cerebral cortex of the participant, which allow the viewer to feel and experience everything the participant experiences as if they were there". Rather than having a "port" in the back of ones neck, a device is attached to the head which records all of the senses taking place (sight, sound, touch, etc) onto a disc. Said disc is then sold on the streets, as is this is an illegal process. User experiences everything that the recorder experienced. They even use the term "boosting" in the movie. Similiar, perhaps an inspiration? Or is it just me?