Every Video Game in 'Ready Player One' Explained By Author Ernest Cline | WIRED

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  • Published on:  Friday, March 30, 2018
  • Ernest Cline, author of the best-selling novel 'Ready Player One,' and one of the screenwriters behind the upcoming film, deep dives into his book and explains the stories behind every video game referenced in 'Ready Player One.' From Yars' Revenge to Asteroids to Quake, Ernest goes into the history of each game and reveals why he included it in the book.

    'Ready Player One' is in theaters now

    Video games featured:

    Dungeons of Daggorath
    Zork
    Pac-Man
    Ms. Pac-Man
    Black Tiger
    Tempest
    Adventure
    Swordquest series
    Joust
    Akalabeth: World of Doom
    Ultima series
    Dig Dug
    Galaga
    EverQuest
    Tennis For Two
    Spacewar!
    The Colossal Cave
    Combat
    Space Invaders
    Star Raiders
    Asteroids
    Centipede
    Battlezone
    Astrosmash
    Defender
    Madness and the Minotaur
    Raaka-tu
    Bedlam
    Pyramid
    Gorf
    Donkey Kong
    Burger Time
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Pitfall
    Starmaster
    Q*bert
    Robotron: 2084
    Yars’ Revenge
    Zaxxon
    Time Pilot
    E.T.
    Contra
    Heavy Barrel
    Kaboom!
    Vigilante
    Crime Fighters
    Golden Axe
    Smash TV
    Street Fighter II
    Quake


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    Every Video Game in 'Ready Player One' Explained By Author Ernest Cline | WIRED
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  • New Ideas Are Scary

     (Mar 30, 2018)

    I feel that in the writing of the book Nintendo was avoided due to copy right. I find it hard to believe he didn't love any Nintendo games enough to put them in his book.

  • J Riibz Model Prime

     (Apr 4, 2019)

    Maybe he's like plenty of other people that have never played a Nintendo game

  • _afk93owC

     (Feb 20, 2019)

    I never played Nintendo when I was young, but Atari 2600, Vic-20, C-64, Amiga 500 and PC.

  • Krazy Kai

     (Mar 30, 2018)

    You could have called "the Empire Strikes Back" "Bird Vs Camel" and no one would have argued with you.

  • Blitzblazer90009

     (Apr 29, 2018)

    Jontron?

  • Ethan Bailey

     (Apr 3, 2018)

    BenAffleckFan21 no jontron

  • Traci Bednar

     (Mar 30, 2018)

    My husband and I met in Everquest in 2001, and we got married on September 17, 2005 and have been married over 12.5 years. :) Thanks for mentioning Everquest, everyone seems to forget that Everquest was around long before World of Warcraft. (Pirates Revenge guild on Bertoxxulous!)

  • weeb

     (Apr 7, 2018)

    I was kind of sad that Everquest references were lost in the movie. I never read the book, but I felt that there was a gaping hole in the movie where EQ and WoW should have been. Lots of 80's arcade game and movie references, lots of recent online game references, but 1999-2009 got lost.

  • Deathbrewer

     (Mar 31, 2018)

    Lovely story. When WoW first came out I remember some people just calling it an "EQ Clone" lol, so some of us still remember the roots ;)

  • David Hill

     (Mar 30, 2018)

    Cline is the geekiest geek that ever geeked

  • Curleyfries

     (Aug 29, 2018)

    David Hill can u say geek once more please

  • Yuugen R

     (Jun 16, 2018)

    hahaha

  • Ben McCracken

     (Mar 30, 2018)

    "Remember Joust?""Ooh yeah, I 'member!"

  • Phillip Calvin McGraw

     (Apr 8, 2018)

    Member asteroid

  • Cerealal

     (Mar 30, 2018)

    Empire Strikes Back? You mean bird vs camel?

  • Intoxicatious

     (Mar 30, 2018)

    I was going to argue with you about the name, but then I realized that "no one would have argued with you."

  • Tony Maradetto

     (Mar 30, 2018)

    Automatic thumbs up for Rush Subdivisions.

  • Kristyanna Virgona

     (Mar 30, 2018)

    I played space war on the PDP-1 at Digital's (DEC) headquarters in Maynard, MA back in 1979 while I was up there for training as a Field Service Engineer at DEC.

  • Spyder

     (Apr 2, 2018)

    Interesting

  • danceswithdirt

     (Mar 30, 2018)

    That's awesome!

  • Navarrete

     (Mar 30, 2018)

    SPOILER ALERT........Thank god Ernest Cline decided to forgive Daito's life in the movie. In the novel he is killed by the IOI

  • Moore Info

     (May 30, 2018)

    M83 Collective Honestly lol

  • TheFightingBros

     (Apr 9, 2018)

    wait what? I would've hated him dying

  • EmoryM

     (Mar 30, 2018)

    Pepperidge Farm: The Movie