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You should read Ready Player One.
« on: September 23, 2011, 12:43:31 pm »
Thats all I have to say. It would be in your best interest to read this book, and if you dont like it after reading it, may Crom forgive your poor unfortunate soul.

Do whatever it takes to get it, but read it. Do it. Do it now.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2011, 01:16:10 pm »
So much peer pressure its crushing my will! I am interested and I'll have to look into this one.  :cheers:


Here is the movie book trailer for the thing. Doesn't say much about the book, but it does invoke some nostalgia.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline--Book Trailer


and amazon link

http://www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-Ernest-Cline/dp/030788743X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316797752&sr=8-1

I figure Mike's crippled internet is keeping him from providing any links.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2011, 01:20:59 pm »
I'd be curious to see what others think, so read it, everyone.
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2011, 01:51:31 pm »
Read it, a couple of weeks ago...it was really great...couldn't put it down.

Should be on the "must read" list for everyone on this forum. Never played Joust until that book :)

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2011, 01:55:47 pm »
Never played Joust until that book :)

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2011, 01:51:21 pm »
There are enough references in the first few pages....Monty Python, Princess Leia, The Last Starfighter just to name a few....to make this a must read for anyone who was a teen or older in the 70's and 80's. I can't put it down.
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2011, 01:55:26 pm »
Got it from the library based on this thread's recommendation. Like it so far, I am only on 4th-5th chapter.
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2011, 11:34:35 am »
What is Neuromancer? No google at work so dont give me any ---steaming pile of meadow muffin---.  >:D

I love the Conan references.  :cheers:
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2011, 11:38:14 am »
What is Neuromancer? No google at work so dont give me any ---steaming pile of meadow muffin---.  >:D

I love the Conan references.  :cheers:
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2011, 12:17:10 pm »
I've never heard of a corporation locking out GOOGLE. Facebook, YouTube, yes, but a search engine?
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2011, 12:20:49 pm »
Mikezilla works for Yahoo...

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2011, 12:25:14 pm »
Mikezilla works for Yahoo...
Thought it was Lycos?
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2011, 12:26:24 pm »
Mikezilla works for Yahoo...

That makes sense now, sorta. Why can't he just Yahoo! it then?
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2011, 01:02:50 pm »
While I can fully accept that the people of Oklahoma are stupid enough to stack up trailers in the middle of tornado alley, the author has clearly never been to Oklahoma City if he thinks land will be at such a premium that such a genius maneuver is necessary.

On behalf of anyone else that lives in Oklahoma, I take offense at that remark. Let's not pretend that there aren't twice as many uneducated rednecks in Texas.

I believe that the premise was higher density housing at low or no construction cost close to work centers since transportation was unreliable and expensive.

Regardless, for anyone who was (or is still) a geek in the 80's the story and it's main characters will strike a particularly strong cord. Probably not going to make New York Times best seller but I enjoyed the heck out of it.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2011, 01:28:15 pm »
Holy ---steaming pile of meadow muffin--- Hoopz that bing thing worked! They must have not stumbled on to it yet!  :cheers:

And to the rest of you, har har...  ;) Its weird how Im able to go to this site, but I google is blocked...  :dunno
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2011, 03:43:31 pm »
I was actually joking about Bing.  I guess no one pays attention to blocking the underdog.
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2011, 08:43:55 pm »
I was actually joking about Bing.  I guess no one pays attention to blocking the underdog.

Clever.

Hoopz -

You need to read this book.  The section I'm at just had a couple of references to Intellivision and the main character played a game of Astrosmash.

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« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2011, 08:49:13 am »

Hoopz -

You need to read this book.  The section I'm at just had a couple of references to Intellivision and the main character played a game of Astrosmash.

I grabbed it last night and am a few chapters in.  Very uplifting perspective on the future of humanity!

I did like the Billy Idol reference on page 3 though.   :applaud:
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« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2011, 09:09:19 am »
Finished it last night.

a few thoughts: (in spoiler font, so beware).

I liked it. The tone wasn't quite what I expected- I was never really afraid for the characters' well being, but when I thought about the films it referenced(Goonies, Star Wars, etc.), it made sense. Definitely a PG-13 vibe, nothing wrong with that, but the drama could have been more intense (especially in a book that references the "Wheadonverse." :)

Of course I liked all the references, particularly the arcade trivia, although it seemed a little on the nose occasionally, like with the call-out to Cory Doctorow and Wil Wheaton. At some points it seemed like it was just trying to be as geek-culture literate as possible, but of course the whole plot of the story revolved around that, so it is forgivable.

Overall, its nice to see any non-game medium reference games in an intelligent way (much like the Scott Pilgrim books/film). Well worth a read, and it reads fast.


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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2011, 09:12:20 am »
Very uplifting perspective on the future of humanity!

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2011, 10:12:19 am »
TFF-

You basically summed up my feelings on the book as well.
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« Reply #21 on: September 27, 2011, 05:19:09 pm »
What the hell is Virtual Light and Idoru? You said yourself you enjoyed it and now youre bashing it? I dont think the references were tiresome at all, I mean, I didnt get ALL of them, but the ones I got were awesome. Now youre saying the second half of the book stunk? Youre kidding right?

By the time he had the gun thing, he was already a high level avatar so he knew how to do it since he was out kicking ass and doing quests etc. The people care BECAUSE of the money, and because everyones life sucks so bad, they only get an escape from reality by going into the OASIS. Why do you play video games? You do it to get away from the day to day crap. Immerse yourself into something that isnt real. Why do you think they dont make games about standing in line in the post office or paying bills? Cause real life sucks thats why lol. Then you die.
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« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2011, 04:00:56 pm »
You didnt answer my question about Virtual light and Idoru.

And no, Im not "differently abled" I just really enjoyed the book and I feel like youre dissecting it way to much considering what it is.
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« Reply #23 on: September 28, 2011, 06:35:28 pm »
Cmon PBJ, telling me who they are written by doenst mean anything when I dont know who the guy is. I was asking what they were about.

And its not unwillingness to research things, but Im at work, and I cant look up anything. Tell you the truth, Im surprised that I can even access this site. Like I mentioned before, even Google is blocked. I hardly think its flaunting, its embarassing really when I have to ask the most basic of questions and look like a tard. Especially when people say "google is your friend."  :lol

Well I was just a little confused about your opinion, because when people say that something stinks, they usually dont like it. No big deal man.  :cheers:
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« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2011, 09:15:25 am »
I finished it last night. 

First part is very promising.

Middle bit was acceptable.

End stunk.  Very poor.

You could tell that the author was getting tired of the venture, and decided to rush it through.

I kept thinking it was a Slippery Jim diGriz‎/Matrix/Lawnmower Man type of book with 80's Nostalgia thrown into the mix.

Lucky I didn't pay $20 for the hard cover.  ;D
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« Reply #25 on: October 05, 2011, 01:19:43 pm »
Just saw this fan art on the RPO facebook group:

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« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2011, 05:10:30 pm »
I didnt think the end was that bad at all, I enjoyed it, and it came together nicely in my opinion. Cmon, what were you guys thinking this was going to be?
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« Reply #27 on: October 17, 2011, 09:14:27 am »
I just finished the book tonight and loved every bit of it.

Not sure the movie (if Warner actually do make it) can do it justice.  That said I understand Ernest Cline will be writing the screen play along with the Warner screen writers.

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« Reply #28 on: October 17, 2011, 11:27:19 am »
It just sounded too much like Caprica.

Sounds more like an outing on SyFy than a full blown movie.
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« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2011, 11:40:01 am »
Finished it last night.

a few thoughts: (in spoiler font, so beware).

I liked it. The tone wasn't quite what I expected- I was never really afraid for the characters' well being, but when I thought about the films it referenced(Goonies, Star Wars, etc.), it made sense. Definitely a PG-13 vibe, nothing wrong with that, but the drama could have been more intense (especially in a book that references the "Wheadonverse." :)

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Overall, its nice to see any non-game medium reference games in an intelligent way (much like the Scott Pilgrim books/film). Well worth a read, and it reads fast.


Although it isn't as game related, if you liked this book you might also like Daemon by Daniel Suarez, it is very much in the same vein, although a bit darker.

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« Reply #30 on: October 18, 2011, 12:30:35 pm »
Yeah, thinking of this book as a kid's movie does indeed explain some of the pacing.

Anyway, a few thoughts

Entire characters and plotlines are ripped off entirely from William Gibson books, and I've only read a couple of those.  It seems to "borrow" quite heavily from Virtual Light and Idoru.

The constant cultural references got tiresome.  There were entire paragraphs that were like star-wars-john-hughes-zaxxon-anime!


I thought the whole part where he put himself into debt and went into their prison and then hacked their systems was completely ridiculous.  This is a kid that sits around in a trailer playing a video game where all he does is go to school and pet pretty ponies in the enchanted forest.  Now he's a gun slinger that knows how to hack corporate security systems and break out of prisons?  I loved the stuff about "he knows how to handle a pistol because he had held countless ones in the video game."  WHEN?  In the virtual classrooms??


The entire second half of the book stunk.  The whole thing revolves around control of a video game and the book never makes a compelling argument as to why anyone would care except for the money.




Wasn't it months or even a year or more from the time he cleared the first gate to when he put himself in IOI servitude?   He started making tons of money after the first gate, so from that time on, he pretty much could go anywhere and buy anything in the Oasis.  And he stopped going to school after the first gate....

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #31 on: October 18, 2011, 03:57:05 pm »
We're talking about the book, one nit-pick I had was that I would have liked to see the narrator not be so 'perfect at things'. I liked the fact that a team was brought together at the end, but I would have liked to have seen him 'win' by getting help from someone else using their skillset. No one is THAT perfect.
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« Reply #32 on: October 18, 2011, 04:23:54 pm »
One of my thoughts about the end... SERIOUS spoiler...

I don't feel like much was sacrificed for his victory, either... once the "end all Oasis" button was introduced, I was sure he was going to have to push it, and sacrifice this virtual world that he grew up in, loved, and just became king of, possibly to save his newfound friends. I don't know if the author is expecting to write a sequel, but for some reason that button going unpushed bugs me. Still, don't get me wrong, worth reading.
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« Reply #33 on: October 19, 2011, 05:34:23 am »
One of my thoughts about the end... SERIOUS spoiler...

I don't feel like much was sacrificed for his victory, either... once the "end all Oasis" button was introduced, I was sure he was going to have to push it, and sacrifice this virtual world that he grew up in, loved, and just became king of, possibly to save his newfound friends. I don't know if the author is expecting to write a sequel, but for some reason that button going unpushed bugs me. Still, don't get me wrong, worth reading.

To me it felt more like something that would have to be defended against in a future novel-- eventually someone would find a way to get to it. Of course there is the cliche "love changes everything" trope (and we all have to admit this a book built in cliche) that might come into play, but I can't see him having that substantial a change of heart given that essentially nothing good has ever come from his real-world experiences.

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« Reply #34 on: October 19, 2011, 12:42:54 pm »
I finished it last night. 

First part is very promising.

Middle bit was acceptable.

End stunk.  Very poor.

You could tell that the author was getting tired of the venture, and decided to rush it through.

I kept thinking it was a Slippery Jim diGriz‎/Matrix/Lawnmower Man type of book with 80's Nostalgia thrown into the mix.

Lucky I didn't pay $20 for the hard cover.  ;D

I agree that it didn't end as well as it started but I still liked it.  The author had a much better concept than he has writing talent.  But that isn't all that uncommon. 

The 80's references (while tired at times) were just too specific for me not to like the book.  At one point I was coincidentally listening to Rush when they were referenced.  Atari Adventure was my first favorite game.  War Games is the movie that made me want to be a programmer.  Etc...

It did read like a Stainless Steel Rat book but without the comedy.  Nice reference.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #35 on: October 19, 2011, 01:23:06 pm »
One of my thoughts about the end... SERIOUS spoiler...

I don't feel like much was sacrificed for his victory, either... once the "end all Oasis" button was introduced, I was sure he was going to have to push it, and sacrifice this virtual world that he grew up in, loved, and just became king of, possibly to save his newfound friends. I don't know if the author is expecting to write a sequel, but for some reason that button going unpushed bugs me. Still, don't get me wrong, worth reading.

To me it felt more like something that would have to be defended against in a future novel-- eventually someone would find a way to get to it. Of course there is the cliche "love changes everything" trope (and we all have to admit this a book built in cliche) that might come into play, but I can't see him having that substantial a change of heart given that essentially nothing good has ever come from his real-world experiences.

I agree with what Cottmm said. The real world still sucks REALLY bad, and now he is immortal and all powerful in the oasis... I wouldnt give that up. But like Cot said, its build on cliches, and he found love in end so who knows. Maybe some villian will come along and hold the chick hostage and kills her unless he hits the oasis purge button. I just hope there isnt any little kids involved. Stories with kids are annoying...
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« Reply #36 on: October 19, 2011, 03:17:10 pm »
One of my thoughts about the end... SERIOUS spoiler...

I don't feel like much was sacrificed for his victory, either... once the "end all Oasis" button was introduced, I was sure he was going to have to push it, and sacrifice this virtual world that he grew up in, loved, and just became king of, possibly to save his newfound friends. I don't know if the author is expecting to write a sequel, but for some reason that button going unpushed bugs me. Still, don't get me wrong, worth reading.

To me it felt more like something that would have to be defended against in a future novel-- eventually someone would find a way to get to it. Of course there is the cliche "love changes everything" trope (and we all have to admit this a book built in cliche) that might come into play, but I can't see him having that substantial a change of heart given that essentially nothing good has ever come from his real-world experiences.


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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #37 on: October 20, 2011, 04:16:35 pm »
Of course I liked all the references, particularly the arcade trivia, although it seemed a little on the nose occasionally, like with the call-out to Cory Doctorow and Wil Wheaton.

The audiobook is read by Wil Wheaton.  :lol

I managed to listen to the entire thing at work.  :applaud:

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« Reply #38 on: January 24, 2013, 07:05:32 pm »
Old thread but just got a copy and cannot put my e reader down.  Even slid a copy onto my main PC so I can use it for breaks.  Great book so far.  If you like old console games, D N D, geeky movies, comic books, arcade games, virtual reality, trash 80, games on cassette tape, etc you will find it strikes a cord with its many references.   ;D
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« Reply #39 on: January 24, 2013, 08:01:00 pm »
Thanks for bumping. I missed this one back then, and am interested in reading this book! 

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #40 on: January 25, 2013, 04:56:18 pm »
Author getting big bucks for another book aimed toward video game fans:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ready-player-one-author-inks-397998

Also read that the movie rights for Ready Player One were bought by Warner Bros before the book even hit the shelves.
The original author drafted a screenplay, but there are so many references to things that would have to be licensed to appear in a movie,
that it might never get made or would be stripped of most of the nostalgia that makes it great.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #41 on: January 26, 2013, 12:55:37 pm »
Audo interview with author Ernie Cline.

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« Reply #42 on: January 27, 2013, 06:41:28 am »
Thanks for bringing this thread back to life. I never would have heard of the book otherwise. Off to iTunes I go to get it. Wife broke the Kindle :(

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« Reply #43 on: January 27, 2013, 04:55:54 pm »
5 chapters in and I'm loving it so far! I'm really digging the video game and 80s references!
Fun book!

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« Reply #44 on: January 30, 2013, 05:34:38 pm »
Book's official web site.

http://www.readyplayerone.com/


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« Reply #45 on: January 31, 2013, 01:35:56 pm »
I picked this up after it was mentioned the first time. It was great!

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« Reply #46 on: February 05, 2013, 01:31:59 pm »
Just finished reading it. Loved it! Thanks for the heads up, I'm always looking for a worthwhile read!


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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #47 on: February 05, 2013, 09:51:19 pm »
I read it and enjoyed the first half.  The second half started to get a little over the top and pandering with the reference dropping.  The "love story" of it was terrible throughout.  A decent book.  Not great in my opinion.

They wont have any problem at all getting the licensing rights for the different things mentioned in the book. Hell, half the companies will probably PAY to be in the movie.  It's like a pre-packaged commercial for everything involved.
 

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« Reply #48 on: March 07, 2013, 12:38:21 pm »
Thanks for bringing this thread back to life. I never would have heard of the book otherwise.

Me, too. I heard about the book through this thread. Just finished it last night. What an '80s pop culture geekfest.

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« Reply #50 on: March 15, 2013, 10:09:30 am »
Ernest Cline Visited Oculus VR to test out the rift

http://www.oculusvr.com/blog/ready-player-one-ernest-cline-visits-oculus-vr-hq/

It's funny that you mention this, because when I read about the OASIS visor, the Oculus Rift immediately came to mind.

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« Reply #51 on: March 15, 2013, 10:50:27 am »
I read it and enjoyed the first half.  The second half started to get a little over the top and pandering with the reference dropping.  The "love story" of it was terrible throughout.  A decent book.  Not great in my opinion.


I had the exact same opinion.  Right after obtaining the first key the book started to fall apart for me.  It was still overall a decent read, it just seemed like the author had a really good vision up to and including that first key, and then didn't really have much of an outline except for a decent final battle near the end.

Also...probably overdid it with the spoiler tag...but I HATE thinking I might be giving anything away.
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« Reply #52 on: June 25, 2014, 10:28:51 am »
Looks like they've hired a writer for the movie adaptation:
http://www.theverge.com/entertainment/2014/6/24/5839192/zak-penn-ready-player-one-pacific-rim-2
Based on his resume, I'd say this is happening.  Whether it's good or not might come down to how much stuff referenced in the book can be licensed.
It won't be the same with generic, never really existed retro stuff.

Ernest Cline's next book still isn't out btw.
He's got a bunch of stuff from the Atari E.T. Cartridge dig up on his site.
He dressed up as Eliot and brought a speak 'n spell along.   :lol
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« Reply #53 on: June 25, 2014, 07:09:13 pm »
Thanks for bumping. I missed this one back then, and am interested in reading this book!

+1 - meant to read it awhile back and forgot -- though just found the audiobook for download so may just listen to it rather than read it ! (though it looks like the audiobook is about 16 hours so may take awhile !)

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #54 on: June 25, 2014, 08:18:37 pm »
Thanks for bumping. I missed this one back then, and am interested in reading this book!

+1 - meant to read it awhile back and forgot -- though just found the audiobook for download so may just listen to it rather than read it ! (though it looks like the audiobook is about 16 hours so may take awhile !)

Hah! I think it would be quicker to read it!  >:D
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« Reply #55 on: June 25, 2014, 10:02:03 pm »
But then you couldn't surf BYOAC while Wil Wheaton reads the story for you.  ;D


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« Reply #56 on: June 25, 2014, 11:31:27 pm »
Hah! I think it would be quicker to read it!  >:D
But then you couldn't surf BYOAC while Wil Wheaton reads the story for you.  ;D


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Exactly what I was thinking --- faster to read it but can listen and do other things so will probably use a combination of the 2.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #57 on: June 26, 2014, 02:08:36 am »
Good start.

Ending is Wank.
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« Reply #58 on: June 26, 2014, 10:22:17 am »
Good lord, someone dredged this turd back up.  What's next?  An announcement about this awesome documentary with Donkey Kong in it?


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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #59 on: June 26, 2014, 10:23:11 am »
Good lord, someone dredged this turd back up.  What's next?  An announcement about this awesome documentary with Donkey Kong in it?

I hear they made this sequel to Pac-Man where you actually are HIS WIFE! Whoa!
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« Reply #60 on: June 26, 2014, 10:33:23 am »
Good lord, someone dredged this turd back up.  What's next?  An announcement about this awesome documentary with Donkey Kong in it?

I hear they made this sequel to Pac-Man where you actually are HIS WIFE! Whoa!
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #61 on: June 26, 2014, 12:47:22 pm »
I'm not really that uppity with reading material, but I stopped reading the book after only a few chapters. Referencing things just for the sake of referencing them was really, really annoying.




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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #62 on: June 26, 2014, 01:39:33 pm »
I'm not really that uppity with reading material, but I stopped reading the book after only a few chapters. Referencing things just for the sake of referencing them was really, really annoying.



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« Reply #63 on: June 26, 2014, 02:22:37 pm »
 :duckhunt Since you have been asking, here is Urkel edition.


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« Reply #64 on: June 26, 2014, 02:25:32 pm »
I really think we can stop using spoiler tags.  This book is old news.


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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #65 on: March 30, 2017, 01:07:24 pm »
Well I finally got round to reading this book. It was fairly well written but I didn't really feel anything for the characters.  I think it could have done with being quite a bit longer, maybe more gates would have been a good Idea.  I really enjoyed a lot of the references made throughout the book. Hopefully the film can find a good way of recreating stuff like the interactive movie scenes. 

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #66 on: March 30, 2017, 05:50:36 pm »
Well I finally got round to reading this book. It was fairly well written but I didn't really feel anything for the characters.  I think it could have done with being quite a bit longer, maybe more gates would have been a good Idea.  I really enjoyed a lot of the references made throughout the book. Hopefully the film can find a good way of recreating stuff like the interactive movie scenes.
Yeah, I had fun reading it,  but it's not a great book. It has a lot of fun references that people enjoy reading about, but ultimately it's a lot of flash with no real substance.
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« Reply #67 on: March 30, 2017, 09:32:15 pm »
It was a pulp novel.  Enjoyable read, but definitely not something that will be written about 30 years from now.  If you were alive in the 80's, read it.  Otherwise, probably not.

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« Reply #68 on: March 30, 2017, 09:35:08 pm »
It was a pulp novel.  Enjoyable read, but definitely not something that will be written about 30 years from now.  If you were alive in the 80's, read it.  Otherwise, probably not.
Agreed. I've read it twice, I'd probably reread it again, but it's not the life-changing piece of literature some make it out to be.
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« Reply #69 on: March 30, 2017, 10:07:49 pm »
In true 80s fashion, the author turned out to be a one hit wonder.


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« Reply #70 on: March 30, 2017, 10:17:56 pm »
Except unlike most 80's one hit wonders, his product is having a Hollywood adaptation. I call that a win.

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« Reply #71 on: March 30, 2017, 10:20:23 pm »
In true 80s fashion, the author turned out to be a one hit wonder.

I actually thought his second book was written better---not saying it was a hit.

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« Reply #72 on: March 30, 2017, 10:20:52 pm »
Yeah, I'll believe that when I see it.  I bet it comes out right after that King of Kong movie with Johnny Depp.

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« Reply #73 on: March 30, 2017, 10:53:49 pm »
In true 80s fashion, the author turned out to be a one hit wonder.
Hahaha.  Rep for you.
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« Reply #74 on: March 31, 2017, 10:27:47 am »
In true 80s fashion, the author turned out to be a one hit wonder.

I actually thought his second book was written better---not saying it was a hit.

Eh, same shtick but focused on sci-fi movies & games.
It won't work a third time.


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« Reply #75 on: March 31, 2017, 10:56:41 am »
In true 80s fashion, the author turned out to be a one hit wonder.

I actually thought his second book was written better---not saying it was a hit.

Eh, same shtick but focused on sci-fi movies & games.
It won't work a third time.


On the movie, the question is whether or not they can license enough stuff for the member berries to work their magic.

To be clear I'm not saying his second was a great book.  But his writing very much improved.  It wasn't peppered with random 80's references every other paragraph anyway.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #76 on: March 31, 2017, 11:18:57 am »


  It wasn't peppered with random 80's references every other paragraph anyway.

And this is where I had a bit of an issue. Not only did some of the references feel forced, but I felt like I was reading a specific list of someone's favorite things. And not necessarily 80s. I didn't care for the references to Tarrentino because he's definitely a product of the 90s.

I have a feeling the people who think RPO is a great book probably don't read very many of them. It's a fun book, yes, but not great.
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« Reply #77 on: March 31, 2017, 11:30:13 am »


  It wasn't peppered with random 80's references every other paragraph anyway.

And this is where I had a bit of an issue. Not only did some of the references feel forced, but I felt like I was reading a specific list of someone's favorite things. And not necessarily 80s. I didn't care for the references to Tarrentino because he's definitely a product of the 90s.

I have a feeling the people who think RPO is a great book probably don't read very many of them. It's a fun book, yes, but not great.
Great points all.

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« Reply #78 on: March 31, 2017, 12:36:29 pm »
It's a fun book, yes, but not great.
Like movies, people put too much emphasis on everything has to be criterion quality, epic masterpieces. Just take it for what it is, entertaining.

Last year I read through a whole gamut of classic sci-fi, from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? to Fahrenheit 451 to the Foundation series. All great reads, classics, incredible writing and creativity for their time. Heck, some ideas are in standard sci-fi today!
This year I've been continuing through the Ender series and Star Wars novels. Not the the best writing for sure, but definitely entertaining. Actually for the Ender series I'm more addicted than anything.

My point is, RPO has a lot of fun points that make it a guilty pleasure. I recommend it to people who would get the references, but are also interested in sci-fi stories as it harkens back to the classic virtual world voyerism ideas that were set forth by classic novels like Neuromancer and the like.

And with VR being the trend now, it's makes sense that Hollywood is jumping on anything related to cash in on.

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« Reply #79 on: March 31, 2017, 12:54:28 pm »
Yes, it was a huge ripoff of Neuromancer.  The author also likes Rush way too much.  Having any positive  opinion about Rush besides indifference is thinking too much about Rush.




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« Reply #80 on: March 31, 2017, 01:00:07 pm »
It's a fun book, yes, but not great.
Like movies, people put too much emphasis on everything has to be criterion quality, epic masterpieces. Just take it for what it is, entertaining.

Last year I read through a whole gamut of classic sci-fi, from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? to Fahrenheit 451 to the Foundation series. All great reads, classics, incredible writing and creativity for their time. Heck, some ideas are in standard sci-fi today!
This year I've been continuing through the Ender series and Star Wars novels. Not the the best writing for sure, but definitely entertaining. Actually for the Ender series I'm more addicted than anything.

My point is, RPO has a lot of fun points that make it a guilty pleasure. I recommend it to people who would get the references, but are also interested in sci-fi stories as it harkens back to the classic virtual world voyerism ideas that were set forth by classic novels like Neuromancer and the like.

And with VR being the trend now, it's makes sense that Hollywood is jumping on anything related to cash in on.
Oh, I totally agree it's supposed to be fun. And it is. But when you have ---meecrobs--- like Kaneda saying it's an awesome book that changed his life (look it uo), well...
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« Reply #81 on: March 31, 2017, 01:05:02 pm »
The author also likes Rush way too much.  Having any positive  opinion about Rush besides indifference is thinking too much about Rush.

Yeah way, may too much Rush and this is coming from a fan.  He acted like the album 2112 changed his life--I've never made it though a complete listening of it.

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« Reply #82 on: March 31, 2017, 02:27:10 pm »
Oh, I totally agree it's supposed to be fun. And it is. But when you have ---meecrobs--- like Kaneda saying it's an awesome book that changed his life (look it uo), well...
Well he is a grown-ass man with TMNT bedding.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #83 on: April 01, 2017, 01:04:51 am »
You guys need to let it go.


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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #84 on: May 17, 2017, 06:13:57 pm »
So I leave for a few years and come back and one of my threads is still kicking. Thats awesome!  :applaud:
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #85 on: May 17, 2017, 06:16:34 pm »
So I leave for a few years and come back and one of my threads is still kicking. Thats awesome!  :applaud:

How's the girlfriend?  And your mattress?


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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #86 on: May 17, 2017, 06:30:59 pm »
So I leave for a few years and come back and one of my threads is still kicking. Thats awesome!  :applaud:

How's the girlfriend?  And your mattress?
Well Ill be damned! PBJ! And you remembered!  :laugh: Broke with the GF a long time ago, and I just replaced the mattress 3 days ago! How the hell you doing man? What have I missed?
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #87 on: May 17, 2017, 07:50:54 pm »
So I leave for a few years and come back and one of my threads is still kicking. Thats awesome!  :applaud:

How's the girlfriend?  And your mattress?
Well Ill be damned! PBJ! And you remembered!  [emoji23] Broke with the GF a long time ago, and I just replaced the mattress 3 days ago! How the hell you doing man? What have I missed?
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #88 on: May 17, 2017, 08:39:32 pm »
Well Ill be damned! PBJ! And you remembered!  :laugh: Broke with the GF a long time ago, and I just replaced the mattress 3 days ago! How the hell you doing man? What have I missed?

Did a hitch for money laundering, moved to Houston for a fresh start.  Same ol.




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« Reply #89 on: May 18, 2017, 05:54:26 am »
The movie is coming out next year, with Speilberg associate producing.  The suck factor is about 45% and it should go direct to DVD.
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #90 on: May 18, 2017, 10:07:01 am »
Well Ill be damned! PBJ! And you remembered!  :laugh: Broke with the GF a long time ago, and I just replaced the mattress 3 days ago! How the hell you doing man? What have I missed?

Did a hitch for money laundering, moved to Houston for a fresh start.  Same ol.

The narrative in my head is that you were that guy in the news for outsourcing his own job to China so he could screw around on the internet all day.

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« Reply #91 on: May 18, 2017, 12:48:56 pm »
So I leave for a few years and come back and one of my threads is still kicking. Thats awesome!  :applaud:

How's the girlfriend?  And your mattress?
Well Ill be damned! PBJ! And you remembered!  [emoji23] Broke with the GF a long time ago, and I just replaced the mattress 3 days ago! How the hell you doing man? What have I missed?
Bro!!!!
Yotsuya!!! Damn good to see there are a few familiar faces still around.  :cheers:
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« Reply #92 on: May 18, 2017, 12:53:25 pm »
Well Ill be damned! PBJ! And you remembered!  :laugh: Broke with the GF a long time ago, and I just replaced the mattress 3 days ago! How the hell you doing man? What have I missed?

Did a hitch for money laundering, moved to Houston for a fresh start.  Same ol.
The sad thing is, I cant tell if youre being serious or not.  :laugh2:
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #93 on: May 18, 2017, 04:14:59 pm »
Well Ill be damned! PBJ! And you remembered!  :laugh: Broke with the GF a long time ago, and I just replaced the mattress 3 days ago! How the hell you doing man? What have I missed?

Did a hitch for money laundering, moved to Houston for a fresh start.  Same ol.
The sad thing is, I cant tell if youre being serious or not.  :laugh2:
Well he did disappear for a while...
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« Reply #94 on: May 29, 2017, 12:43:14 pm »
I hate this fuckinn book. I hate every stupid 5th grade level of writing and storytelling that sounded like a high schooler came up with.

The book was published in 2010 All his references were just things that came out and were popular beforehand.
Example AVGN put out a video on Sword Quest in 2009. He put in about 3 pages going over AVGNs video; Why because it made any sense at all in his fictional world? No because that is what he saw at the time that was video game related so it should go in the book.

I basically got a quarter of the book where he started going over the VR world. WORD FOR WORD he described the starting zone to World of Warcraft (Which was also the most popular game in 2009) I am sure he was playing the game every day while he was writing his shi$t book. I mean he even put in needing to kill Kobolds;  Kobolds… that is the only game as far as I know which has that creature and at the starting zone;  the guy is too stupid to just say something like weak goblins or something else generic to cover his complete lack of imagination and plagiarism.

Same time he was talking about his WOW world he was talking about everybody needing  their own spaceship to travel around and how gas was so expensive that’s why his generic no personality character could never go any ware in the VR World (besides school and his Wow starting zone)… Did you hear what I said this guy actually thinks gasoline is a thing in a computer generated world…  Not only is Gasoline not a thing but travel time is not a thing, that is just basic gamming 101, nothing to even do with VR.

I can give a lot more examples, like a lot more seeing on how his whole book is just this kind of shi$t. I should just write a whole piece on why Ready Player One is a pile of garbage and why people that think this is the next Lord of the Rings. The psychology on how things like this happen is way more interesting to me.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #95 on: May 29, 2017, 05:47:54 pm »
I think you need to let this one go, bro.


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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #96 on: May 29, 2017, 06:30:21 pm »
I hate this fuckinn book. I hate every stupid 5th grade level of writing and storytelling that sounded like a high schooler came up with.

The book was published in 2010 All his references were just things that came out and were popular beforehand.
Example AVGN put out a video on Sword Quest in 2009. He put in about 3 pages going over AVGNs video; Why because it made any sense at all in his fictional world? No because that is what he saw at the time that was video game related so it should go in the book.

I basically got a quarter of the book where he started going over the VR world. WORD FOR WORD he described the starting zone to World of Warcraft (Which was also the most popular game in 2009) I am sure he was playing the game every day while he was writing his shi$t book. I mean he even put in needing to kill Kobolds;  Kobolds… that is the only game as far as I know which has that creature and at the starting zone;  the guy is too stupid to just say something like weak goblins or something else generic to cover his complete lack of imagination and plagiarism.

Same time he was talking about his WOW world he was talking about everybody needing  their own spaceship to travel around and how gas was so expensive that’s why his generic no personality character could never go any ware in the VR World (besides school and his Wow starting zone)… Did you hear what I said this guy actually thinks gasoline is a thing in a computer generated world…  Not only is Gasoline not a thing but travel time is not a thing, that is just basic gamming 101, nothing to even do with VR.

I can give a lot more examples, like a lot more seeing on how his whole book is just this kind of shi$t. I should just write a whole piece on why Ready Player One is a pile of garbage and why people that think this is the next Lord of the Rings. The psychology on how things like this happen is way more interesting to me.


Um...  Kobolds exist in most fantasy themed games.

Travel time is not a thing?  Fuel doesn't exist?  Totally depends on the game.  Travel time is a thing in EVERY game.  Fuel consumption exists in many games.

Not sure who shoved that cactus up your ass...  might want to get it looked at.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #97 on: May 29, 2017, 10:13:21 pm »
I hate this fuckinn book. I hate every stupid 5th grade level of writing and storytelling that sounded like a high schooler came up with.

The book was published in 2010 All his references were just things that came out and were popular beforehand.
Example AVGN put out a video on Sword Quest in 2009. He put in about 3 pages going over AVGNs video; Why because it made any sense at all in his fictional world? No because that is what he saw at the time that was video game related so it should go in the book.

I basically got a quarter of the book where he started going over the VR world. WORD FOR WORD he described the starting zone to World of Warcraft (Which was also the most popular game in 2009) I am sure he was playing the game every day while he was writing his shi$t book. I mean he even put in needing to kill Kobolds;  Kobolds… that is the only game as far as I know which has that creature and at the starting zone;  the guy is too stupid to just say something like weak goblins or something else generic to cover his complete lack of imagination and plagiarism.

Same time he was talking about his WOW world he was talking about everybody needing  their own spaceship to travel around and how gas was so expensive that’s why his generic no personality character could never go any ware in the VR World (besides school and his Wow starting zone)… Did you hear what I said this guy actually thinks gasoline is a thing in a computer generated world…  Not only is Gasoline not a thing but travel time is not a thing, that is just basic gamming 101, nothing to even do with VR.

I can give a lot more examples, like a lot more seeing on how his whole book is just this kind of shi$t. I should just write a whole piece on why Ready Player One is a pile of garbage and why people that think this is the next Lord of the Rings. The psychology on how things like this happen is way more interesting to me.


Um...  Kobolds exist in most fantasy themed games.

Travel time is not a thing?  Fuel doesn't exist?  Totally depends on the game.  Travel time is a thing in EVERY game.  Fuel consumption exists in many games.

Not sure who shoved that cactus up your ass...  might want to get it looked at.

I'm not a huge fan of the book either,  but OH SNAP Slippy put the smack down!


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« Reply #98 on: June 05, 2017, 06:33:49 pm »
I just thought it was a fun book to read while I was bored, Im not saying it was some epic fantasy that was on par with lord of the rings. Cmon. If you go into it thinking like that, youre going to be disappointed. But damn Fallacy you need to relax man, try decaf.
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« Reply #99 on: June 06, 2017, 11:43:04 am »
I hate this fuckinn book. I hate every stupid 5th grade level of writing and storytelling that sounded like a high schooler came up with.

Waiting for your best seller.. PM me when it is out.

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« Reply #100 on: June 06, 2017, 02:11:43 pm »
^ Waiting for yours too. :lol

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« Reply #101 on: June 06, 2017, 02:14:37 pm »
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« Reply #102 on: June 06, 2017, 02:29:24 pm »
^ Waiting for yours too. :lol
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Third book is delayed indefinitely... too much life going on.

And I hit the top 10 a few times, for a few hours at a time anyway, lol.

  
 

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