Steven Spielberg directs Ready Player One


“Being human totally sucks most of the time. Video Games are the only thing that make life bearable.” 

Here’s the chance to enter the virtual world Ernest Cline created for the sake of nostalgia.

 

If you guys weren’t aware, this film-in-the-making is based on Ernest Cline’s sci-fi dystopian novel. The book is really for those who love the 80’s, a good trivia, video games, RPGs, MMORPGs, and Easter Eggs. It takes place in the year 2044 where the world suffers from a global energy crisis and everyone needs a means of escape from the cruel world they live in. So what better way to leave your troubles behind than some good old gaming?

James Halliday, the infamous MMORPG utopia creator designed a world called the OASIS. He’s a big fan of the 80’s and when he passed, he released a big competition for all gamers in the OASIS to complete. Each player must find the Easter Egg using clues given through the website of the creator himself. The first person to find it would inherit his entire fortune and the corporation, so the game became more than just an escape from reality. It was a means to survive. There were 5 teenagers who competed against one another, and at the end of the game became the best of friends: Wade Watts, Aech, Art3mis, Daito, and Shoto.

The story is filled with reference after reference that will probably get you high off of nostalgia alone. But that’s enough about the story, let’s talk about the new trailer and poster that was released for the book’s film adaptation. The first poster designed for this movie seems to have quite the interesting feedback from fans:

Poster of Ready Player One by Warner Bros

Any guess as to why that may be? It takes a second to notice. Wade, the hero in this film has one elongated leg. An error the designer seemed to have missed, unfortunately, during the first poster reveal. At least the new trailer sort of makes up for the poster.

 

The world takes place in 2044 with the 80s as its inspiration, just as the creator had intended when he designed the game. In the trailer, we see a character that looks a lot like Tracer from Overwatch. The second trailer seems to have released a lot more easter eggs too, and I’m not talking about the one Halliday hid. We see different characters from other games and films including: Iron Giant, Akira, Batman, Back to the Future, Gears of War, Halo, Joust, Lord of the Rings, Mad Max, Street Fighter, the A-Team, The Matrix, Tomb Raider, Willy Wonka, and the biggest one of all was The music by Rush. Halliday, the creator of this Holy Grail listened to songs by Rush as he created this VR game.

There were a few parts I felt unsure about, like the chase scene. I hope that won’t be one of those long, drawn-out segments. As I mentioned before, they had Tracer in there when she shouldn’t be. I’m hoping these aren’t all the references and easter eggs we’ll see in the film, but trailers these days tend to show us most of the movie. The actor chosen to play Wade (Tye Sheridan who played Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse) also seems to look older than the actual character’s age. It just doesn’t fit, but despite all the uncertainty with this adaptation, I’m still excited.

If you need a refresher as to how the first trailer looked, you can check it out below. Make the comparison if you will, spot the difference if you will. One awesome thing that many did notice was how strange letters show up during the trailer. Some fans have suggested there may be a hidden code that could relate to the film or book. Think you can figure it out?

 

I won’t say anymore that might spoil it for those who haven’t read the book, but I will say that this world touched my gamer heart. It wasn’t perfect, it had its downsides, but it was still a great read in the end. The trailers didn’t meet my usual expectation from a Spielberg film, not to mention as a fan of the book as well, but I’m hoping for the best when the final production is released.

I’ll still watch it, because that’s what a fan does. The film will be released 30th March 2018. I just hope that the egg hunters who race against the time given by Halliday — along with the actual competition — turns out better than the compilation we saw in the second trailer.

Let’s hold on to our hopes, player ones!

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Hannah Astorga
Hannah is a graphic designer by day, an avid reader at night, gamer at heart and fashionable by sight.

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