SADDO: THE MOVIE (aka READY PLAYER ONE)

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The book was shit. The movie version looks to be even worse. Here's the first trailer, fresh from Comic-Con:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE71JOvLPvE

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 22 July 2017 20:17 (five months ago) Permalink

Rubbish and then some. Fuck Cline.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 22 July 2017 20:19 (five months ago) Permalink

Someone pointed out on another thread that Spielberg has spun bad source material into gold before, but this trailer looks really awful.

some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Saturday, 22 July 2017 20:24 (five months ago) Permalink

Iron giants and f-zero racing look better than 99% of the ultra mainstream movie stuff out there for my money, shame about the Rush song tho

sleepingbag, Saturday, 22 July 2017 20:28 (five months ago) Permalink

I read the synopsis of the book on Wikipedia and thought that it was probably a terrible book that would likely be a terrible movie.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Saturday, 22 July 2017 20:29 (five months ago) Permalink

iron giants and f-zero racing look exactly the same as 99% of the ultra mainstream movie stuff out there

In Search of the Turricle's Navel (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 22 July 2017 20:30 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah, in what universe is this not "ultra mainstream," and can I move there instead?

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 22 July 2017 20:31 (five months ago) Permalink

somebody signed off on using "cinematic game changer" and "holy grail of pop culture" in the trailer titles. huh.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 22 July 2017 21:01 (five months ago) Permalink

the racing shit just looks like a reznor grimdark take on the Wachowski's Speed Racer but with even more adolescent angst than that already implies

El Tomboto, Saturday, 22 July 2017 21:03 (five months ago) Permalink

wow, the entire constellation around this novel is just pathetic con pander bullshit. Hey guys, did you know Wil Wheaton narrated the audiobook?

Cline used the personalities of Howard Hughes and Richard Garriott, and placed Halliday's birth year around the same as his own so that his pop culture interests would coincide with Cline's "and the other middle-aged uber geeks I know"

oh my god this fucking clown

El Tomboto, Saturday, 22 July 2017 21:09 (five months ago) Permalink

There's a reason I said what I did!

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 22 July 2017 21:11 (five months ago) Permalink

Fanboy the Movie. This is going to be another one of those movies saturated with pop culture references, but only the pop culture references they can license. Like the second Lego movie, where the much-touted evilest villains of all time just all happen to be Warner Brothers properties.

Rush, though, I want to say makes a few appearances in the book. I haven't read the book, and none of you make me want to read the book.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 22 July 2017 21:15 (five months ago) Permalink

tbf Lego Batman is a pretty fun film that knows what it is

El Tomboto, Saturday, 22 July 2017 21:16 (five months ago) Permalink

ugh i read this book based on rave reviews elsewhere and hated it so much. it's world of warcraft: the novelization.

new noise, Saturday, 22 July 2017 21:46 (five months ago) Permalink

m'lady: th'movie

he tasted like mouth (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 22 July 2017 21:49 (five months ago) Permalink

quite apart from all the 80s-kid jerkin every time i read about this book it seems to be like, what if the matrix was good, and instead of destroying its creators and freeing yrself you just competed for money in an obstacle course installed by its designer? okay

difficult listening hour, Saturday, 22 July 2017 23:09 (five months ago) Permalink

i can do that anyway, is the thing

difficult listening hour, Saturday, 22 July 2017 23:11 (five months ago) Permalink

Willy Wonka and the Content Farm

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 22 July 2017 23:15 (five months ago) Permalink

Oh cool, the ultimate apex of our pathetic arrested development manchild nostalgia barf culture.

Like if you're a grown adult who is thrilled by the idea of Freddy Krueger getting blown away by a Halo gun...

circa1916, Sunday, 23 July 2017 00:14 (five months ago) Permalink

I don't get why this gets shit on but guardians etc get fellated but whatevs yr call homies

sleepingbag, Sunday, 23 July 2017 00:24 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah idk I didn't like that either. Also do you have a minute to talk about Stranger Things?

circa1916, Sunday, 23 July 2017 00:28 (five months ago) Permalink

I don't get why this gets shit on but guardians etc get fellated but whatevs yr call homies

― sleepingbag, Sunday, July 23, 2017 12:24 AM (twenty-four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Whatever one thinks of Guardians of the Galaxy it isn't really comparable to this.

I would say read the book to get a taste of just how bad it is but that would be inhumane. Trust me, it's worse than any other nerd baity thing out there

The Marmadook (latebloomer), Sunday, 23 July 2017 00:54 (five months ago) Permalink

I am not sure where to start explaining the salient differences between Guardians of the Galaxy and this desaturated pablum

El Tomboto, Sunday, 23 July 2017 00:55 (five months ago) Permalink

one has the name of the best American filmmaker of the last 40 years on it?

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 23 July 2017 02:19 (five months ago) Permalink

Haha yes good job

El Tomboto, Sunday, 23 July 2017 02:24 (five months ago) Permalink

tbh i do have to withhold judgment on this movie seeing as this is a guy whose most profoundly felt masterpiece is a michael crichton adaptation

but this particular book rly does feel like the concrete wall at the end of the world

difficult listening hour, Sunday, 23 July 2017 02:34 (five months ago) Permalink

So I guess most of you will go see this anyway?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 23 July 2017 02:42 (five months ago) Permalink

What would make you think that

El Tomboto, Sunday, 23 July 2017 02:51 (five months ago) Permalink

I hope it flops like Ishtar

El Tomboto, Sunday, 23 July 2017 02:55 (five months ago) Permalink

I hope it gets beaten at the box office by the Lego Ninjago movie

El Tomboto, Sunday, 23 July 2017 03:28 (five months ago) Permalink

I hope it crashes and burns like Pan Am Flight 103

Neanderthal, Sunday, 23 July 2017 03:39 (five months ago) Permalink

I hope it dies peacefully in bed, surrounded by loved ones and family. At the funeral they play a Rush song. After hovering in a bardo state for a few seconds the soul enters a young baby.

The Marmadook (latebloomer), Sunday, 23 July 2017 05:04 (five months ago) Permalink

JK I hope it tanks

The Marmadook (latebloomer), Sunday, 23 July 2017 05:05 (five months ago) Permalink

a guy whose most profoundly felt masterpiece is a michael crichton adaptation

yeah right

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 23 July 2017 05:07 (five months ago) Permalink

if you were 12 perrrrhaps

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 23 July 2017 05:07 (five months ago) Permalink

:)

difficult listening hour, Sunday, 23 July 2017 05:18 (five months ago) Permalink

I think all of us were 12 at some point

Neanderthal, Sunday, 23 July 2017 05:29 (five months ago) Permalink

comes after 11 iirc

Neanderthal, Sunday, 23 July 2017 05:29 (five months ago) Permalink

Representative excerpt from the book

When it came to my research, I never took any shortcuts. Over the past five years, I'd worked my way down the entire recommended gunter reading list. Douglas Adams. Kurt Vonnegut. Neal Stephenson. Richard K. Morgan. Stephen King. Orson Scott Card. Terry Pratchett. Terry Brooks. Bester, Bradbury, Haldeman, Heinlein, Tolkien, Vance, Gibson, Gaiman, Sterling, Moorcock, Scalzi, Zelazny. I read every novel by every single one of Halliday's favorite authors.
And I didn't stop there.
I also watched every single film he referenced in the Almanac. If it was one of Halliday's favorites, like WarGames, Ghostbusters, Real Genius, Better Off Dead, or Revenge of the Nerds, I rewatched it until I knew every scene by heart.
I devoured each of what Halliday referred to as "The Holy Trilogies": Star Wars (original and prequel trilogies, in that order), Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Mad Max, Back to the Future, and Indiana Jones. (Halliday once said that he preferred to pretend the other Indiana Jones films, from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull onward, didn't exist. I tended to agree.)
I also absorbed the complete filmographies of each of his favorite directors. Cameron, Gilliam, Jackson, Fincher, Kubrick, Lucas, Spielberg, Del Toro, Tarantino. And, of course, Kevin Smith.
I spent three months studying every John Hughes teen movie and memorizing all the key lines of dialogue.
Only the meek get pinched. The bold survive.
You could say I covered all the bases.
I studied Monty Python. And not just Holy Grail, either. Every single one of their films, albums, and books, and every episode of the original BBC series. (Including those two "lost" episodes they did for German television.)
I wasn't going to cut any corners.
I wasn't going to miss something obvious.
Somewhere along the way, I started to go overboard.
I may, in fact, have started to go a little insane.
I watched every episode of The Greatest American Hero, Airwolf, The A-Team, Knight Rider, Misfits of Science, and The Muppet Show.
What about The Simpsons, you ask?
I knew more about Springfield than I knew about my own city.
Star Trek? Oh, I did my homework. TOS, TNG, DS9. Even Voyager and Enterprise. I watched them all in chronological order. The movies, too. Phasers locked on target.
I gave myself a crash course in '80s Saturday-morning cartoons.
I learned the name of every last goddamn Gobot and Transformer.
Land of the Lost, Thundarr the Barbarian, He-Man, Schoolhouse Rock!, G.I. Joe - I knew them all. Because knowing is half the battle.
Who was my friend, when things got rough? H.R. Pufnstuf.
Japan? Did I cover Japan?
Yes. Yes indeed. Anime and live-action. Godzilla, Gamera, Star Blazers, The Space Giants, and G-Force. Go, Speed Racer, Go.
I wasn't some dilettante.
I wasn't screwing around.
I memorized every last Bill Hicks stand-up routine.
Music? Well, covering all the music wasn't easy.
It took some time.
The '80s was a long decade (ten whole years), and Halliday didn't seem to have had very discerning taste. He listened to everything. So I did too. Pop, rock, new wave, punk, heavy metal. From the Police to Journey to R.E.M. to the Clash. I tackled it all.
I burned through the entire They Might Be Giants discography in under two weeks. Devo took a little longer.
I watched a lot of YouTube videos of cute geeky girls playing '80s cover tunes on ukuleles. Technically, this wasn't part of my research, but I had a serious cute-geeky-girls-playing-ukuleles fetish that I can neither explain nor defend.
I memorized lyrics. Silly lyrics, by bands with names like Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, and Pink Floyd.
I kept at it.
I burned the midnight oil.
Did you know that Midnight Oil was an Australian band, with a 1987 hit titled "Beds Are Burning"?
I was obsessed. I wouldn't quit. My grades suffered. I didn't care.
I read every issue of every comic book title Halliday had ever collected.
I wasn't going to have anyone questioning my commitment.
Especially when it came to the videogames.
Videogames were my area of expertise.
My double-weapon specialization.
My dream Jeopardy! category.
I downloaded every game mentioned or referenced in the Almanac, from Akalabeth to Zaxxon. I played each title until I had mastered it, then moved on to the next one.
You'd be amazed how much research you can get done when you have no life whatsoever. Twelve hours a day, seven days a week, is a lot of study time.

Number None, Monday, 24 July 2017 12:13 (five months ago) Permalink

look, tl;dr, but jfc

obv it's a life choice, peace be with you and all that, but maybe y'all could get your own island or something

put your hands on the car and get ready to die (Noodle Vague), Monday, 24 July 2017 12:16 (five months ago) Permalink

He listened to everything ... Pop, rock, new wave, punk, heavy metal.

put your hands on the car and get ready to die (Noodle Vague), Monday, 24 July 2017 12:18 (five months ago) Permalink

that excerpt makes him seem like an evil neil cicierega haha

imago, Monday, 24 July 2017 12:18 (five months ago) Permalink

And, of course, Kevin Smith.

lazy rascals, spending their substance, and more, in riotous living (Merdeyeux), Monday, 24 July 2017 12:24 (five months ago) Permalink

It's pretty impressive how nothing in that entire list is actually obscure or weird

El Tomboto, Monday, 24 July 2017 12:27 (five months ago) Permalink

"I memorized every last Bill Hicks stand-up routine."

circa1916, Monday, 24 July 2017 12:28 (five months ago) Permalink

That one I didn't see coming, true.

El Tomboto, Monday, 24 July 2017 12:29 (five months ago) Permalink

I couldn't get to the end of that passage but I'm sure the punchline was hilarious

blog haus aka the scene raver (wins), Monday, 24 July 2017 12:30 (five months ago) Permalink

is it possible this book is a satire of the cultural death of the west?

put your hands on the car and get ready to die (Noodle Vague), Monday, 24 July 2017 12:30 (five months ago) Permalink

no one interested in the Spielberg film who hasn't heard of the book (eg, me) gives a damn about it.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Monday, 24 July 2017 12:36 (five months ago) Permalink

Is it too late for them to pull a Disney, fire Spielberg and get Verhoeven on the job?

El Tomboto, Monday, 24 July 2017 12:40 (five months ago) Permalink

omg flappy bird is a sanpaku sock

yellow is the color of some raisins (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 21:54 (five months ago) Permalink

Emoji sounds far more interesting to me compared to this. they are kind of ambiguous and less over-analyzed cultural symbols, abstract/more and tied to the collective unconscious.

RPO is like, fuck, a Transformer and a Minecraft guy, together, and look, it's Iron Man. its a Target commercial.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 21:57 (five months ago) Permalink

I barely remember RPO from long walks with the dog 2 years ago, but there are those sorts of themes. They're common to all YA fiction. What distinguishes them is largely the environment they posit. Harry Potter being a largely benign environment where evil is real and has a personality, His Dark Materials one of oppressive religious institutions, Ready Player One a post-apocalytic world were escapism predominates, Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker/Drowned Cities denying even escapism. They all address loyalty, friendship getting you through tough times, doing what's right, not fitting in....

#IMPOTUS (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 21:58 (five months ago) Permalink

Perhaps someone else will confirm that the usual YA themes are also present in Hunger Games and Divergent. Lifes too short for me to have bothered with those franchises.

#IMPOTUS (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 22:02 (five months ago) Permalink

I don't believe RPO was explicitly marketed as a YA book. I believe it was aimed at people who consider themselves adults.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 22:04 (five months ago) Permalink

The protagonist is a teen/twenty something. That's enough.

#IMPOTUS (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 22:05 (five months ago) Permalink

just want to completely ILX this thread up by saying nobody deserves to be a billionaire no matter what. Billionaires are bad for the world.

Old Lynch's Sex Paragraph (Phil D.), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 22:27 (five months ago) Permalink

From what I can tell based on the trailer and reading nothing beyond passages posted itt, RPO feels kinda like the sequel to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hz1UaEVyoo

I'm Calling My Loyer! (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 22:39 (five months ago) Permalink

and as with cartoon all-stars to the rescue, there's a million wild and wonderful ways to say "no"

yellow is the color of some raisins (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 22:48 (five months ago) Permalink

teen/twenty something. That's enough

(Having returned from the dogs' walk), well, that and avoiding moral grey areas, politics, explicit sexuality, excess profanity, aging and concerns of older readers. YA literature could be defined by what it doesn't include. Often I suspect the antagonist's motivations would be grist for more adult fiction (for example, there could be sympathetic diary/apologia for Voldemort where more his complex motivations were clarified, but it wouldn't be YA).

Look at RPO as a cartoon for adolescents, that happens to include some cultural signifiers from our own adolescence, and a lot of the disdain evaporates.

#IMPOTUS (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 23:00 (five months ago) Permalink

Nah it's shit

Adolescents who want this flavor of escapism are better off with Ender's Game or, you know, anything with girls in it, even if they are named Hermione

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 05:30 (five months ago) Permalink

RPO was never YA if anyone's being honest - this drivel was published on the gamble that a certain 19+ demo wanted to read this kind of drivel, and somebody at the print shop got a big promotion, because humans love shit whenever someone shovels it with both hands and a performative facial expression that they feel connected to

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 05:38 (five months ago) Permalink

p much everybody I know who's cumming over it is 30-40 years old and seem to be daily depressed that it's not still 1987

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 05:39 (five months ago) Permalink

the only reason i had heard of rpo before the spielberg attachment was a supernerd acquaintance of mine loaned it to me on spec and claimed it would change my life. he is ~33. the only words of it i read were on the back cover.

Clay, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 05:42 (five months ago) Permalink

RPO was never YA if anyone's being honest...

― El Tomboto, Tuesday, August 8, 2017

does manbaby count?

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 06:01 (five months ago) Permalink

the only reason i had heard of rpo before the spielberg attachment was a supernerd acquaintance of mine loaned it to me on spec and claimed it would change my life...

― Clay, Tuesday, August 8, 2017

he's right about that. since reading it i now harshly judge anyone who has a kind word for the book or its author, and seek revenge on those who recommended it to me.

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 06:04 (five months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moNHfeBJ81I

sleepingbag, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 09:11 (five months ago) Permalink

it just fails on so many levels. nobody wants to read pages of lists, it's not an enjoyable experience, it's an error as close to being Objectively Bad as you can get to in writing. it has two Japanese characters in it and they both happen to be samurai there to teach the protagonist about honor.

it also fails to juxtapose things in an interesting way. juxtaposition is a technique just like any other and it can be used artfully or it can be clumsily weilded at the reader. hearing that this guy got a Delorean and installed the Knight Rider AI and put the talking mouth from Knight Rider on the front and put Ghostbusters stickers on the doors and got a custom license plate that makes another reference to Ghostbusters is not interesting. visually it sounds like a fucking dumb looking car. it doesn't remind me of Ghostbusters, a snobs-vs-snobs comedy film. it doesn't make me think of the Hasselhoff's suave tech spy. i do not know what this juxtaposition is supposed to do, what kind of reaction he wants from the audience, beyond superficial recognition, the gratification that the audience is a like-minded consumer is all i can get from this. like everything else this book offers, it is interesting on the intellectual level of a 6 yo dumping out a bucket of toys.

some reviewer said something about how ridiculous the number of times watched listed is and i agree, as if watching Raider of the Lost Ark 101 times will reveal anything that the 100th viewing failed to. it's a Consumerist dick measuring contest just like much of the internet. "How best can i demonstrate my superiority as a consumer?"

as for OG material, Captain N and the crew of IP brands also went on fairly interesting adventures but (often to its detriment) it strayed too much from the video games it was supposedly based on. they weren't mindlessly re-creating game sequences they were doing cheesey tropey storylines. Zelda was also about dumb stupid attempts at corny sitcom humor as much as it was about these games. i think there may be something interesting to say about 80s pop culture and the way it turned into sort of weird mutant version of its more traditional sitcom forebears (introducing sitcoms about aliens and robot girls, weird uber-macho-USA videogames emerging from the post-nuke generation of Japan) but yeah not here and not this guy. he is a shitty writer with shitty ideas.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 16:34 (five months ago) Permalink

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lists_of_lists

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 16:36 (five months ago) Permalink

Seth MacFarlane is to blame for all of this

frogbs, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 17:00 (five months ago) Permalink

Arguably, we've seen depictions of virtual reality "games" based on historical pop-culture since ST:TNG. In RPO's case, the IPs are named.

No fan of MacFarlane, but his success is a symptom of a larger malaise.

#IMPOTUS (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 18:48 (five months ago) Permalink

talking more about the whole "here's a thing you might remember. there's no joke here and it doesn't affect the plot, but here's a thing."

frogbs, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 18:52 (five months ago) Permalink

Dennis Miller was doing that for a couple decades before Family Guy debuted.

#IMPOTUS (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 19:27 (five months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

ok so I read this book and it wasn't nearly as terrible as I was expecting. obv that guy's poem is dumb but I think there is something to the book re: the endless recapitulation of references, etc; it doesn't make as big a deal about it as maybe it should, but the implication by the end is definitely that there's something hollow, and sad about this world where new culture has stopped and all we have is an obsessive compulsive relationship with the past. I think the movie could shed an interesting light on this aspect, if it wants.

akm, Saturday, 18 November 2017 18:10 (one month ago) Permalink

"what critique of capitalism does it have in it? how the whole thing of the text i have read has been about fetishizing corporate IPs."

the bad guys of the book are a corporation and the entire point of the quest is to defeat the capitalist enterprise and keep the virtual world in the hands of the people.

akm, Saturday, 18 November 2017 18:12 (one month ago) Permalink

the virtual world which is... full of corporate creations

wow. that was truly the minecraft of sex. (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 18 November 2017 18:15 (one month ago) Permalink

ok so I read this book and it wasn't nearly as terrible as I was expecting. obv that guy's poem is dumb but I think there is something to the book re: the endless recapitulation of references, etc; it doesn't make as big a deal about it as maybe it should, but the implication by the end is definitely that there's something hollow, and sad about this world where new culture has stopped and all we have is an obsessive compulsive relationship with the past. I think the movie could shed an interesting light on this aspect, if it wants.

― akm, Saturday, November 18, 2017

nope nope nope

just bc you're smart doesn't mean this book is

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Saturday, 18 November 2017 22:18 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I think there is something to the book re: the endless recapitulation of references, etc; it doesn't make as big a deal about it as maybe it should, but the implication by the end is definitely that there's something hollow, and sad about this world where new culture has stopped and all we have is an obsessive compulsive relationship with the past. I think the movie could shed an interesting light on this aspect, if it wants.

wouldn't have subjected myself to the book but glad for this report and yeah what was a technical possibility upthread on grounds of the holy jurassic park is now what i'm actually hoping the movie is about. chapo guys were loling about patton oswalt having said "it's like jaws but the shark is nostalgia" like it was the perfect burn, but like wouldn't that be... good

plus the mere presence of spielberg totally changes the thing's scope (b/c personally responsible for the originals of so many of the reprocessed images), automatically on a metatextual level but i hope on a textual one too (as in JP when spielberg's POV hijacks the hammond char)

difficult listening hour, Sunday, 10 December 2017 18:29 (one month ago) Permalink

on the other hand, that the book was presumably all fair-use yet could not legally be adapted without further enriching "ernie cline" is enough to make u wish for direct corporate rule

difficult listening hour, Sunday, 10 December 2017 18:49 (one month ago) Permalink

READY PLAYER ONE (2018)

DP: Janusz Kaminski
Director: Steven Spielberg pic.twitter.com/CXXTTxoGY2

— Christmas Duckman (@bobservo) December 10, 2017

frogbs, Sunday, 10 December 2017 20:48 (one month ago) Permalink

What....what the fuck?!

https://i.imgur.com/gQQlUfD.png

Google Murray Blockchain (kingfish), Thursday, 14 December 2017 02:43 (one month ago) Permalink

this appears to be some blurry CGI, hth

shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Thursday, 14 December 2017 17:53 (one month ago) Permalink

That’s not helping!

Also, it’s the inclusion of a particular character or two I’m questioning

Google Murray Blockchain (kingfish), Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Is Overwatch timeless enough for the prominence of that character's inclusion to not be hilariously dated in 5 years? I honestly don't know.

Embalming is a flirty business (DJP), Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:36 (one month ago) Permalink

Venerable IPs worth protecting were probably beyond the budget. IIRC, there really isn't much in the book extending into the 1990s, much less our present decade.

Alas, 40somethings aren't a great target demographic (cf Blade Runner 2049's box office). Compromises were made.

Sanpaku, Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Venerable IPs worth protecting were probably beyond the budget.

― Sanpaku, Thursday, December 14, 2017

if only

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:58 (one month ago) Permalink

How much post 80s shit shows up in the original book? There are Firefly refs in there, for example

Google Murray Blockchain (kingfish), Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:06 (one month ago) Permalink

https://nerdist.com/ready-player-one-trailer-25-easter-eggs-nerdist-news/

Four (!) "Street Fighter" characters, Joker and Harley Quinn, Overwatch (why didn't they use lol Roadhog), Akira, tons more.

Monster fatberg (Phil D.), Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:29 (one month ago) Permalink

https://i.redd.it/59ktxnd5vkbz.jpg

good luck to Speilberg working w this genius

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:31 (one month ago) Permalink

I for one am excited that Stephen Spielberg is adapting Kingdom Hearts for the silver screen.

Oiled Launch (Old Lunch), Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Sorry, 'Stephen Spielberb'

Oiled Launch (Old Lunch), Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:33 (one month ago) Permalink

this seems to resemble the Keillor/Altman divide of years ago

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:33 (one month ago) Permalink

btw i don't know who any of these 'characters' you guys mentioned are, so i will be able to watch this OBJECTIVELY (if at all)

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:34 (one month ago) Permalink

lol

sonnet by a wite kid, "On Æolian Grief" (wins), Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:35 (one month ago) Permalink

sorry AB I gotta FP you for that

frogbs, Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:37 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

This is a pretty thorough tear-down of the book, from the point of view of "reference-heavy culture can be good": https://www.heypoorplayer.com/2017/07/28/second-opinion-ready-player-one-worst-thing-nerd-culture-ever-produced/

The thread of excerpts is enough to give me hives though:

Thankfully goodreads kept all my choice RPO notes handy so anything that annoyed the fuck out of me is right here. pic.twitter.com/E6G9uEigVJ

— N. Cat (@naricat) July 24, 2017

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 11:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

man that is brutal. kinda thought "this could not possibly be as bad as everyone's saying it is" and holy shit it's actually a lot worse

frogbs, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 15:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

You guys should check out my upcoming novel which is literally just a list of pop cultural ephemera accented with occasional punctuation and indentations to make it look like a story rather than something I c+p-ed from Wikipedia. You should also check out all of the zeroes in the dollar figure on my advance check.

Bobby Buttrock (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 15:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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