READY PLAYER ONE PRIMER- THE OBSCURE WATCH, LISTEN, & PLAYLIST

Junkies, the pop culture-laden Ready Player One is about to descend upon us. From the trailer, the film looks to have a ton of references to Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Goonies, and The Iron Giant. However, if you have read the original novel by Ernest Cline, you know that there is so much more to the world he has envisioned. I sat down and read the novel (well, listened to the audiobook read by Wil Wheaton) and found myself wondering only a few times what the hell the author was referencing. When things like the Highlander film were mentioned, that was easy. However, Zork, the game? No clue. I quickly noticed that I grew up in the same era as the character of Halliday (think of him as the Willy Wonka of online gaming) so my mind was quick to digest the novel. Yet, what about the younger audience members who have no idea what certain moments of the film/ book are referencing?

Below you will find a hefty sampling of things you will find in the Oasis (the virtual world in which the adventure of Ready Player One takes place). Consider it an abridged version of Anorak's Almanac (you'll understand what "Anorak's Almanac" is after you see/read Ready Player One). You can then come back to this primer and reference it as an awesome watch, play, listen, and read list.

Ps. There are no spoilers as to why these items are included in the primer. They could be the smallest footnotes or most significant. #AFJ4LIFE

Pss. Check out AFJ's Interview with Steven Spielberg about Ready Player One HERE.

GAMES ************************

Adventure

Sword Quest

Joust

Dungeons and Dragons - Tomb of Horrors

Bonus Item: The original D&D Tomb of Horrors Cover (full book is online)
Dungeons and Dragons
Zork

Black Tiger

MOVIES ************************

Explorers

Big Trouble in Little China

Ladyhawke

Highlander

War Games

THX-1138

The Last Starfighter

Blade Runner

Excalibur

TV ************************

Max Headroom

Captain Crunch Cereal

Bonus Item: The Captain's Whistle
capn-crunch
Japanese Spider-Man (and Leopardon)

Ultraman

LISTEN

Falco

RUSH's 2112 Album

Ready Player One - Trailer

 

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