Bookish Bucket List: Ready Player One

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Have you ever finished a book and said “Man, I wish I could ________ like that?” Bookish Bucket List is a semi-regular feature for the things I’ve put on my bucket list and the books that made me do so.

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Title: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Summary: [from GoodReads]

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune–and remarkable power–to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved–that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt–among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life–and love–in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Bucket List Entry: Play video games

Why: I was never allowed video games as a kid. I loved them anyway (as kids do) and wanted to play any time I was at a friend’s house. I was never very good at them though, so as I got older I lost interest for the most part, switched to computer games, and forgot them. Then just a few years ago, some of my friends in college were amazed that I had “never” played video games and sat me down to play some Kingdom Hearts.

I was hooked. I loved that the game was telling me a story, but I could also affect the story, solving little puzzles and working my way through the levels. Unfortunately, since that friend moved away soon after and it was her console, I never finished. I was sad, but I knew it would be too easy to get addicted to gaming to the exclusion of all else, so I forced myself to put it out of my mind.

Now after reading Ready Player One I’m all set to go find some retro gaming supplies and sit down to relive this part of my childhood that I missed out on!


What’s on your Bucket List?

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4 Responses to “Bookish Bucket List: Ready Player One”

  1. I didn’t play a lot of video games as a child, either. Though a friend of mine had a nintendo and we would play Tetris and Super Mario Bros. once in a while, which was fun! But my family only had an Atari, or I would play Alley Kats on my brother’s computer (through a floppy disc).

    Of course, now I don’t really like games like that … I’m more about the word games, or puzzle games — something quick so that I don’t have to totally commit to the game.

    BTW, I loved Ready Player One and thought the whole gaming aspect of it was very cool!

    • Anne says:

      I remember going over to a friend’s to play on her Nintendo 64 – usually Mario something. I always loved the story driven games anyway, and I *do* play those a lot on the computer, so Ready Player One was like my dream gaming novel lol.

  2. That sounds like an interesting book. I loved video games growing up, but my two brothers always hogged the gaming consoles.

    • Anne says:

      At least you had consoles to be hogged away from you 😛 I had to sneak over to friend’s houses to play, and then I was always terrible at it because I only played once in a while lol.

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