Best Metaverse Film: Ready Player One

If you interest to Metaverse, you have to watch this film.

When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world.

In 2045, people escape from reality through the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation), a virtual reality simulation created by James Halliday and Ogden Morrow of Gregarious Games. After Halliday’s death, his avatar Anorak offers his shares of Gregarious Games (worth half a trillion dollars, plus control of the OASIS) to the finder of an Easter egg. There are three hidden challenges; the reward for solving each is a key. The three keys open a locked gate. The contest lures thousands of egg hunters, or “Gunters”, and Nolan Sorrento, the CEO of Innovative Online Industries (IOI), who seeks control of the OASIS so he can insert intrusive online advertising. IOI uses indentured servants imprisoned in their loyalty centers and its employees, the Sixers, to seek the egg.

Five years pass, with no one able to get past even the first challenge: a seemingly unbeatable car race. Avid Gunter Wade Watts competes, using the avatar Parzival, along with his best friend, Aech, and Art3mis, on whom Parzival develops a crush. Parzival regularly visits Halliday’s Journals, an online archive of Halliday’s life run by the Curator. Based on a remark Halliday made, Wade correctly guesses he has to drive backwards. This opens a previously hidden route, which he uses to win. He receives the Copper Key (and a clue to the second challenge). Art3mis, Aech, and Parzival’s friends Daito and Sho, are next to win. They are later collectively named the High-5 on the contest’s scoreboard.

Sorrento hires bounty hunter i-R0k to eliminate Parzival. Wade and Art3mis discover from the Journals that Halliday once dated Karen “Kira” Underwood, before she married Morrow. Wade and Art3mis visit the Distracted Globe night club to look for clues, where Wade reveals his love and true first name to Art3mis. After they survive an attack by IOI, Art3mis abandons Wade, explaining that her father died in debt to IOI. i-R0k, who was eavesdropping, is able to identify Wade by his first name and the fact he recently bought a deluxe haptic suit. Sorrento offers Wade a very lucrative job, which he rejects. Sorrento then bombs his home, killing his aunt Alice and others.

Wade is taken in by Art3mis, whose real name is Samantha Cook. They realize that the second challenge relates to Halliday’s regret at not pursuing a relationship with Kira. Parzival, Art3mis, Aech, Daito, and Sho enter a re-creation of the Overlook Hotel from the movie The Shining, where Art3mis obtains the Jade Key. Sorrento’s ambitious subordinate, F’Nale Zandor, storms Samantha’s hideout and imprisons her in an IOI loyalty center. Wade escapes with the help of the rest of the High-5: Helen Harris (Aech), Toshiro (Daito), and Zhou (Sho). They hack Sorrento’s OASIS rig and free Samantha.

The third challenge is located in Castle Anorak on Planet Doom, where players must find out which Atari 2600 game holds the Crystal Key. iR0k places a forcefield around the castle, but Art3mis soon disables it. Parzival raises an army of players to fight IOI’s forces. Through trial and error, Sorrento’s minions determine the game is Adventure, but when one of them wins, nothing happens. Sorrento activates the artifact Cataclyst, which destroys every avatar, all but one. Parzival survives via an extra life coin given to him by the Curator after he won a bet. He obtains the Crystal Key by getting the game’s own Easter egg. After he unlocks the gate, Anorak offers him a contract giving him ownership of his Gregarious Games shares. Parzival recognizes it as the one Morrow signed when Halliday forced him out of Gregarious Games and refuses to sign it. Anorak transforms into Halliday, who expresses his regrets in life and awards Parzival the Easter egg.

Sorrento and Zandor are arrested by the police, having received a recording of the former’s confession from Aech. Morrow resurfaces; he is the Curator. Wade decides to run the OASIS jointly with his friends, hiring Morrow as a consultant. IOI’s loyalty centers are barred from accessing it, forcing the company to shut them down and free its servants. The OASIS resumes operations, but is closed every Tuesday and Thursday so people can spend more time in the real world.

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