Ready Player One Trailer Has Internet Bamboozled Over “Easter Eggs”

If you aren’t familiar with Ready Player One, the story revolves around a “game” in a virtual world in the future, and ultimately the quest to find an actual easter egg within the game. Wade Watts lives in a dystopian-ish future where the virtual reality society/MMO is not only a welcome escape for many, but exists as a stabilizer for the real world’s economy. In this virtual society, known as OASIS, countless ’80s icons make appearances, from Pac-Man to Monty Python to Zork.

Beyond this, the story revolves around the fact that the creator of OASIS hid a special Easter Egg within the game, and whoever could find it would inherit his entire fortune and have control over OASIS. Obviously, a lot of people are after it, but there are also those who are desperate to make sure nothing messes with the running of OASIS, the in-game currency of which is helping keep the world from stagnating altogether. More or less.

In putting together the film, things are getting updated a bit, which means putting in some notes of even more video games and “geek culture” mentions. Thus, with the release of the trailer, the internet is abuzz with all the “Easter Eggs” to be found in the trailer, which is to misunderstand the term.

On the positive side, it looks like Spielberg is back in the adventure game, and there’s no end to the possibilities here. Though the idea might seem a little silly to some, hopefully the knowledge that Spielberg thinks there is a story worth telling here will pull people into theaters.

Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, T.J. Miller, and many more.

Take a look above and let us know what you think about Ready Player One.


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