After watching the newest Ready Player One trailer, there will be no doubt in your mind why protagonist Wade Watts wants…even needs…to spend his time immersed in the virtual realm of OASIS. It is in this pixel world that he can escape the grim reality of his existence in “the Stacks”.
The movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, is due out in theaters in 2018 and is undoubtedly going to be one of the year’s most popular films. Not only does it have relevance with the rise of virtual reality and gaming, but it’s packed with easter eggs that hearken back to the 80s all the way through today. For instance, in the trailer, Wario (Super Mario), Tracer (Overwatch) and others have been seen in today’s trailer.
Ready Player One
The story is based on Ernest Cline’s novel that centers around the death of a cultural icon who invented OASIS in the 80s and who has recently died. He has left his literal and pixel legacy inside his creation. The lucky player who manages to unravel the mystery wrapped in a riddled inside and enigma in the virtual world will inherit all of his money.
In the year 2044, the world has been gripped by an energy crisis from the depletion of fossil fuels and the consequences of global warming, causing widespread social problems and economic stagnation. To escape the decline their world is facing, people turn to the OASIS, a virtual reality simulator accessible by players using visors and haptic technology such as gloves. It functions both as an MMORPG and as a virtual society, with its currency being the most stable in the real world. It was created by James Halliday who, when he died, had announced in his will to the public that he had left an Easter egg inside OASIS, and the first person to find it would inherit his entire fortune and the corporation. The story follows the adventures of Wade Watts, starting about five years after the announcement, when he discovers one of the three keys pointing to the treasure.