Ready Player One, a review

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This past weekend I went to see the movie, “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. The movie was a tour-de-force in the way of special effects and Computer Generated Imagery (CGI). For those who lived through the 80’s, you will understand the computer pop culture that it references all throughout the movie.

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The story is set in 2047 a dystopian society where people let the real world suffer and escape their miserable situation through the Oasis which is the online world where people can be who they want to be, go where they want to go, and exist in the way they want.

Wade Watts is the main protagonist played by a relatively unknown actor Tye Sheridan. Wade is a high school aged kid who is obsessed with the Oasis creator James Halliday who died and left an “Easter Egg” in his game for anyone to find. Upon Halliday’s death a broadcast a message was sent to everyone in the Oasis. Halliday explains that whom ever finds the three keys first, will get to own the Oasis and will have vast sums of money and will own Gregarious Games which is the company behind the Oasis.

So essentially the rest of the movie is about how Wade finds the three keys and in the process the audience gets to glimpse various nostalgic and contemporary games and popular culture. Wade has a love interest, Art3mis played by Olivia Cooke (Artemis – was taken so the she used leet speak to replace the “e” with a “3”. You only get to know this by reading the book) and an antagonist “Nolan Sorrento” played by Ben Mendelsohn (Ben is a great actor, I used to watch him on many Australian television shows until he left for the UK).

At the end of the movie the game that Wade had to win was, “Adventure” which existed on the Atari 2600 console. Apparently — and I do say apparently because I have no way of telling, that this game was the first video game to have an “Easter Egg”. Looking at other blogs, I found that most gaming companies in the day did not let the authors of the games to appear on the credits and so this Easter egg was the only way an author can get his name out.

I did a search on the web and found that the Adventure rom is available to download and can be used through an emulator. I hate to judge a book by its cover but I ended up watching the youtube of the game being played. Also found that there was a fan based reboot of this game circa 2009 but unfortunately Atari asked for it to be removed. It is now floating around on warez (Adventure Reboot ).

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