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why films like ‘ready player one’ outpace hatred for nostalgia

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why films like ‘ready player one’ outpace hatred for nostalgia

“ready player one,” the new film directed by steven spielberg and based on the mega-selling sci-fi novel by ernest cline, is set in 2045, when most of the wretched, catastrophe-rocked globe is entranced by a massive online simulation called the oasis. you enter this virtual reality via google-glass-like specs, to assume an avatar’s alternate identity and engage in a life of adventure and conquest that is the stuff of dreams. it could be today.the oasis is the creation of one james halliday (mark rylance), a kinda sorta steve jobs, and creative partner ogden morrow (simon pegg, or steve wozniak, take your pick). when the great, reclusive halliday dies, he leaves behind “anorak’s quest”: a game to find three keys that unlock a mystery at the heart of the oasis, named for halliday’s online identity: anorak the magician. the first to discover that mystery, or easter egg, as these hidden treasures buried in games (and movies) are known, wins the entire thing: the oasis and halliday’s multibillion-dollar fortune. basically, you become the king of the universe, a god among men.battling gunters (short for “egg hunters”) around the world for the egg is the evil corporation (is there ever any other kind?) innovative online industries (ioi), which wants to own the oasis to monetize it. boo! the hero of this tale is wade watts (tye sheridan), an orphaned teen desperate to flee his pitiful life in the stacks, a vertical trailer park, where he lives with a none-too-c...