If you haven’t heard of Ready Player One you will do soon. Steven Spielberg is less than 12 months away from releasing the on screen rendition of what is sure to serve as the launch pad of mainstream Virtual Reality use.
Ready Player One
A story set in the near future, 2044. The world as we know it has seen the scare of global warming unfold, disease and poverty curses the vast majority of the over populated world and the future isn’t looking much greener. The situation is so bad most have resorted to living a life jacked into the OASIS, a global virtual reality network.
OASIS began as a multiplayer game, but now serves as an escape from reality where virtual schools are the norm and the daily commute for most has shortened to simply putting on a headset. It paints an extreme vision of what VR could become, where virtual assets are more valuable than those in reality. Where all your spare cash is squandered on the latest haptic suit or immersion rig to make your time spent not in reality more realistic.
$240 BILLION DOLLARS!!!
We’re lead through the journey of one Wade Watts, a young lad lost to this virtual utopia. His mission in life, like the rest of the worlds, is to find ‘The Egg’. James Halliday, the founder of the OASIS has recently passed and in passing promises a prize unimaginable - control of the OASIS and the entirety of his fortune which stands at no less than two hundred and forty billion dollars… you read that right… billion!
In order to claim the prize you simply need to decipher Halliday’s riddle which in turn presents you with a series of three keys. These keys present more riddles which once solved lead you to a gate within the OASIS which is opened by the key. Upon solving a further puzzle you can open the gate which hits you with another puzzle that can only be solved with a incredibly detailed knowledge of the 1980’s - James Halliday’s self confessed obsession. It might seem like a lot of work, but what wouldn’t you do for two hundred and forty billion dollars!
We have no doubt Spielberg's movie translation will be an awesome watch, but as it isn’t set to be hit our cinemas until March 2018 get a hold of the book and see what the fuss is all about for yourself.