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The [Ready Player One] Quarantine Thread

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  • HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    Solar wrote: »
    Hobnail wrote: »
    I hope that when Ready Player One releases on home video there is an "extra" wherin Ernest Cline performs his erotic poetry in the rap style

    Prison is too good for you

    Oh bummer I guess I'll just hang out in this oubliette under the prison

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  • Doctor DetroitDoctor Detroit Registered User regular
    Why did I click on that?

  • Librarian's ghostLibrarian's ghost Librarian, Ghostbuster, and TimSpork Registered User regular
    Hobnail wrote: »
    I hope that when Ready Player One releases on home video there is an "extra" wherin Ernest Cline performs his erotic poetry in the rap style

    I'm hoping for a hour long feature where Cline shows us in great detail, all the parts of his amazing personal DeLorean.

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    Ernst Cline is gross

  • LegacyLegacy Stuck Somewhere In Cyberspace The Grid(Seattle)Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Hobnail wrote: »
    I hope that when Ready Player One releases on home video there is an "extra" wherin Ernest Cline performs his erotic poetry in the rap style

    I'm hoping for a hour long feature where Cline shows us in great detail, all the parts of his amazing personal DeLorean.

    We already got that.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari:_Game_Over

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  • ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    I bet this fucker has never missed an episode of The Big Bang Theory.

  • UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    Butler wrote: »
    I bet this fucker has never missed an episode of The Big Bang Theory.

    I bet he hates it and refers to it as "nerd blackface"

  • HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    Know who else has never missed an episode of Big Bang Theory?

    My grandma

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    ernest cline is your grandma?

  • HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    Yup

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    edited April 2018
    take away her typewriter we've seen enough

    Magic Pink on
  • sarukunsarukun RIESLING OCEANRegistered User regular
    Dubh wrote: »
    the movie seems okay, given what I've heard? definitely not for me, but that's okay

    however, the book deserves far more unkind opinions

    Ey, yo


    fuck this book, yeah?

  • GreasyKidsStuffGreasyKidsStuff MOMMM! ROAST BEEF WANTS TO KISS GIRLS ON THE TITTIES!Registered User regular
    i feel very torn in that I almost want to see RPO just so I can be a part of the discourse... but i have zero interest in RPO itself, as a film.

  • KetBraKetBra Dressed Ridiculously Registered User regular
  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    It is hard to make a story about resistance to corporations when the writer really, really loves references to corporate produced works.

    https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/game-of-drones-ernest-cline-on-nerd-gasmic-new-novel-armada-20150715
    It could help you save the day or make you a successful novelist and screenwriter, right?

    That was the crazy thing about the success of Ready: They say to write what you'd want to read. And I wanted to read a book in which everybody lived in the same universe that I did — they'd seen the same movies, read the same books, played the same roleplaying games, all of that. You watch your average zombie-apocalypse movie, and none of the characters have ever seen a zombie-apocalypse movie. I love it when character refer to same songs I know because I feel like I'm part of their world. I'm really just trying to please myself; the fact that other people, much less people in other countries, seem to share the same obsessions in their fiction kind of stunned me.

    Few things are more universal than a Monty Python quote. It cuts across language barriers in a lot of ways.

    Pop culture is our lingua franca now. That's the voice I write in. Everybody is a geek about something to some degree now. I've heard that some young readers had a Web browser open as they went through Ready Player One and were looking up stuff as they read. "Hey, I don’t know who this Oingo Boingo is…let me check out their video on YouTube." So no reference is unfindable now. Thanks, Internet.

  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    KetBra wrote: »

    Yeah, what ultimately put me off the idea of the book wasn't Wade, but Halliday. The reality is that he's more of a monster than a benefactor, but the narrative paints his monstrosity as idealism. I commented earlier about the lack of furries, and the more I think about it, I don't think that's coincidence. Think about what the conceptualization is for furries in a lot of fandom - given that, would it be that surprising that the Oasis would be built in a way that pushed them out?

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    KetBra wrote: »

    Yeah, what ultimately put me off the idea of the book wasn't Wade, but Halliday. The reality is that he's more of a monster than a benefactor, but the narrative paints his monstrosity as idealism. I commented earlier about the lack of furries, and the more I think about it, I don't think that's coincidence. Think about what the conceptualization is for furries in a lot of fandom - given that, would it be that surprising that the Oasis would be built in a way that pushed them out?

    I mean seriously. Who picks Oddjob and Snipers only?

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  • Inquisitor77Inquisitor77 2 x Penny Arcade Fight Club Champion A fixed point in space and timeRegistered User regular
    KetBra wrote: »
    *nods along*

    Yeah, what ultimately put me off the idea of the book wasn't Wade, but Halliday. The reality is that he's more of a monster than a benefactor, but the narrative paints his monstrosity as idealism. I commented earlier about the lack of furries, and the more I think about it, I don't think that's coincidence. Think about what the conceptualization is for furries in a lot of fandom - given that, would it be that surprising that the Oasis would be built in a way that pushed them out?

    It's just a bad story with a narrow-sighted perspective. The reason furries don't exist in the story is because they aren't part of Cline's worldview, or they aren't part of the universe that he wanted to create. Like, you can say that he literally just didn't want furries in his story so he left them out. There's no need to dig further than that.

  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    KetBra wrote: »
    *nods along*

    Yeah, what ultimately put me off the idea of the book wasn't Wade, but Halliday. The reality is that he's more of a monster than a benefactor, but the narrative paints his monstrosity as idealism. I commented earlier about the lack of furries, and the more I think about it, I don't think that's coincidence. Think about what the conceptualization is for furries in a lot of fandom - given that, would it be that surprising that the Oasis would be built in a way that pushed them out?

    It's just a bad story with a narrow-sighted perspective. The reason furries don't exist in the story is because they aren't part of Cline's worldview, or they aren't part of the universe that he wanted to create. Like, you can say that he literally just didn't want furries in his story so he left them out. There's no need to dig further than that.

    See also: People of color
    See also: Anything feminine

  • XeddicusXeddicus Registered User regular
    Yet it has both those? Well, I can't recall the book on the feminine thing now specifically, but the movies does.

  • DoobhDoobh She/Her, Ace Pan/Bisexual 8-) What's up, bootlickers?Registered User regular
    the selection of pop-culture references are things particularly relevant to white men who grew up at the same time the author did

    having women and people of color in the book and movie doesn't change that fact

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    And his idea of a disability is a birthmark.

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  • Commander ZoomCommander Zoom Registered User regular
    Pretty sure that by "anything feminine", Magic Pink didn't mean "women as trophies" (which it certainly does) but "anything that girls liked".

  • tzeentchlingtzeentchling Doctor of Rocks OaklandRegistered User regular
    I don't know if I necessarily see Halliday as this tyrannical dictator. Obviously, if you are interested in the puzzle he left and its clues, in order to achieve his fortune, then yes, he's this megalomaniac ghost presence that you need to deal with. Since the primary character is a Gunter (in both movie and book) this is where the focus lies. But both versions suggest that the Oasis is populated with a lot of other, non-Halliday related parts, that lots of people partake in (school, dancing, sports, etc). If it's literally a place where you can be what you want to be and do what you want to do, to the limits of your imagination, then who cares what the creator was obsessed with? There's arguably millions if not billions of users of the Oasis, and we only see the small subsection that happens to be hypercompetitive and interested in the Egg, because that's the part that makes for a good story. And for those other users, Halliday's legacy is just one of those things, but not something that bothers them.

  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    Halliday fired people who didn't understand his 1980's pop culture references.

  • MaddocMaddoc I'm Bobbin Threadbare, are you my mother? Registered User regular
    "Pop culture is our lingua franca now." is one of the most depressing sentences ever written

  • sarukunsarukun RIESLING OCEANRegistered User regular
    Maddoc wrote: »
    "Pop culture is our lingua franca now." is one of the most depressing sentences ever written

    Also not even a little true, really.

  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    Maddoc wrote: »
    "Pop culture is our lingua franca now." is one of the most depressing sentences ever written

    It is amazingly American-centric given much of American pop culture isn't a huge deal outside of America.

  • SleepSleep Registered User regular
    It seems a lot like the gunter population was more responsible for the propagation of the 80s memes than anything else. Like in order to have any chance at solving the puzzles they had to dive into it regardless of where they were from. The propagation of the pop culture references were seemingly less from their own cultural weight, and more due to the quest as given by the GM, as it were. They didn't know the factoids because they themselves had experienced it first hand and loved it, they knew the factoids because they literally needed to in order to fix their lives. That at least one character liked it as well, or thought they were cool, seemed less an indication of its actual cultural penetration and more to do with that character's patent lack of care for anything not related to the egg hunt. He liked the things halliday liked because halliday is all he seemingly knew.

    (Talking movie not book because I'm not sure I'm even planning on reading the book)

  • LegacyLegacy Stuck Somewhere In Cyberspace The Grid(Seattle)Registered User, ClubPA regular
    KetBra wrote: »

    Yeah, what ultimately put me off the idea of the book wasn't Wade, but Halliday. The reality is that he's more of a monster than a benefactor, but the narrative paints his monstrosity as idealism. I commented earlier about the lack of furries, and the more I think about it, I don't think that's coincidence. Think about what the conceptualization is for furries in a lot of fandom - given that, would it be that surprising that the Oasis would be built in a way that pushed them out?

    I mean seriously. Who picks Oddjob and Snipers only?

    I think it's 'Slappers' only, which makes picking Oddjob even more annoying, as you can't just slap him while facing forward. It's a dick move.

    Can we get the chemicals in. 'Cause anything's better than this.
  • sarukunsarukun RIESLING OCEANRegistered User regular
    Nothing sucks worse than having to patiently explain to every white male nerd friend that other music existed during the years between 1970 and 1990 besides men playing guitars, and also that people listened to it.

  • UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    Xeddicus wrote: »
    Yet it has both those? Well, I can't recall the book on the feminine thing now specifically, but the movies does.

    In the big list of stuff that Wade studied the only work created by women is The Matrix, and given the blatantly transphobic passage elsewhere in the book, I'm not inclined to give the author any credit for that one.

  • I needed anime to post.I needed anime to post. boom Registered User regular
    Fearghaill wrote: »
    Xeddicus wrote: »
    Yet it has both those? Well, I can't recall the book on the feminine thing now specifically, but the movies does.

    In the big list of stuff that Wade studied the only work created by women is The Matrix, and given the blatantly transphobic passage elsewhere in the book, I'm not inclined to give the author any credit for that one.

    neither of them were officially out at the time of the book's release

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    sarukun wrote: »
    Nothing sucks worse than having to patiently explain to every white male nerd friend that other music existed during the years between 1970 and 1990 besides men playing guitars, and also that people listened to it.

    There's a lot of analysis about the backlash to disco and its more multicultural scene being driven by traditional gender roles.

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  • HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    sarukun wrote: »
    Nothing sucks worse than having to patiently explain to every white male nerd friend that other music existed during the years between 1970 and 1990 besides men playing guitars, and also that people listened to it.

    You mean like a pan flute or somethin

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  • CantideCantide Registered User regular
    Few things are more universal than a Monty Python quote. It cuts across language barriers in a lot of ways.

    I... I can’t even begin to approach how wrong this statement is. I’m done. Ernie broke me.

  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    Cantide wrote: »
    Few things are more universal than a Monty Python quote. It cuts across language barriers in a lot of ways.

    I... I can’t even begin to approach how wrong this statement is. I’m done. Ernie broke me.

    That part is the interviewer talking.

    But yeah...

  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Cantide wrote: »
    Few things are more universal than a Monty Python quote. It cuts across language barriers in a lot of ways.

    I... I can’t even begin to approach how wrong this statement is. I’m done. Ernie broke me.

    "Ich bein ein If she weighs the same as duck she's made of wood."

    Truly, part of the universal zeitgeist.

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  • CantideCantide Registered User regular
    Couscous wrote: »
    Cantide wrote: »
    Few things are more universal than a Monty Python quote. It cuts across language barriers in a lot of ways.

    I... I can’t even begin to approach how wrong this statement is. I’m done. Ernie broke me.

    That part is the interviewer talking.

    But yeah...

    The fact that any adult human being in full possession of their faculties and presumably not on any medication was able to say this unironically means that humanity has indelibly failed. Pack it up, everyone. We had a good run, and now the best thing we could do is fade quietly into the night.

  • HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    That's the thing that cinched it huh

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