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We at NerdLifeTX are excited to see that the teaser trailer for the movie adaption of Ready Player One was revealed at SDC 2017.  For those who are not in the know, Ready Player One is a story about young Mr. Wade Watts.  Wade is an 18-year-old male living in a poverty-stricken area constructed from old mobile homes and recreational vehicles framed on top of one another.  These precariously placed aluminum boxes are affectionately called “The Stacks“.  Wade is a “Gunter” who goes by the avatar name “Parzival” in the largest virtual reality MMO called “The Oasis“.  In Ready Player One the “Oasis” grows into a place of commerce, achievement, and self-definition for the populace. The Oasis evolves into a sort of “opiate for the masses“.

… reading Ready Player One … may be more logical than seeing a movie that may not be able to financially live up to its source material.

In the Ready Player One book, Mr. Halliday “Anorak”, the creator of the Oasis had planted several Easter eggs around his universe.  These Easter eggs contain puzzles wrapped into 1980s pop culture references. The first to complete all of these puzzles receive 100% ownership on the Oasis. (This would equate to Mark Zuckerburg giving you 100% shares of Facebook for building the best farm in Farmville.) Our protagonist, Wade “Parzival” attempts to become the one to first uncover all of the Easter eggs and during this effort, he acquires assistance and companionship with both Aech and Art3mis. Although Wade’s knowledge on 80s pop culture is extensive, his stiff competition comes from other Gunters and large corporations such as Innovative Online Industries “IOI”.

The first trailer for Ready Player One is high energy and the movie itself is being helmed by Steven Spielberg.  Despite this,  I have concerns about the licensing required to do this movie justice.  Entire scenes of movies and random characters are interspersed throughout the book and may cost more than any single studio would be willing to pay for.  Just off of the top of my head, I can count 12  companies that would need contacted for permission to use their likenesses.

There is a reason that the book has been a New York Times Bestseller and translated into 20 different languages.

If the story or the buzz has you in any way intrigued, you may wish to read the book before the March 30, 2018 movie release.   I personally feel that reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline may be more logical than seeing a movie that may not be able to financially live up to its source material.  There is a reason that the book has been a New York Times Bestseller and translated into 20 different languages.  Or, if you find it difficult to find time for reading, you can grab an Audible account and listen to Wil Wheaton read the story for you.

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