Every Video Game in 'Ready Player One' Explained By Author Ernest Cline | WIRED

  • Published on:  3/30/2018
  • Ernest Cline, author of the best-selling novel 'Ready Player One,' and one of the screenwriters behind the upcoming film, deep dives into his book and explains the stories behind every video game referenced in 'Ready Player One.' From Yars' Revenge to Asteroids to Quake, Ernest goes into the history of each game and reveals why he included it in the book.'Ready Player One' is in theaters nowVideo games featured:Dungeons of DaggorathZorkPac-ManMs. Pac-ManBlack TigerTempestAdventureSwordquest seriesJoustAkalabeth: World of DoomUltima seriesDig DugGalagaEverQuestTennis For TwoSpacewar!The Colossal CaveCombatSpace InvadersStar RaidersAsteroidsCentipedeBattlezoneAstrosmashDefenderMadness and the MinotaurRaaka-tuBedlamPyramidGorfDonkey KongBurger TimeThe Empire Strikes BackPitfallStarmasterQ*bertRobotron: 2084Yars’ RevengeZaxxonTime PilotE.T.ContraHeavy BarrelKaboom!VigilanteCrime FightersGolden AxeSmash TVStreet Fighter IIQuakeStill haven’t subscribed to WIRED on YouTube? ►► http://wrd.cm/15fP7B7 Also, check out the free WIRED channel on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV. Here you can find your favorite WIRED shows and new episodes of our latest hit series Masterminds.ABOUT WIREDWIRED is where tomorrow is realized. Through thought-provoking stories and videos, WIRED explores the future of business, innovation, and culture.Every Video Game in 'Ready Player One' Explained By Author Ernest Cline | WIRED


  • Krazy Kai
    Krazy Kai a years ago+284

    You could have called "the Empire Strikes Back" "Bird Vs Camel" and no one would have argued with you.

  • New Ideas Are Scary
    New Ideas Are Scary a years ago+620

    I feel that in the writing of the book Nintendo was avoided due to copy right. I find it hard to believe he didn't love any Nintendo games enough to put them in his book.

  • Traci Bednar
    Traci Bednar a years ago+73

    My husband and I met in Everquest in 2001, and we got married on September 17, 2005 and have been married over 12.5 years. :) Thanks for mentioning Everquest, everyone seems to forget that Everquest was around long before World of Warcraft. (Pirates Revenge guild on Bertoxxulous!)

  • David Hill
    David Hill a years ago+88

    Cline is the geekiest geek that ever geeked

  • Cerealal
    Cerealal a years ago+38

    Empire Strikes Back? You mean bird vs camel?

  • Ben McCracken
    Ben McCracken a years ago+135

    "Remember Joust?"
    "Ooh yeah, I 'member!"

  • Tony Maradetto
    Tony Maradetto a years ago+21

    Automatic thumbs up for Rush Subdivisions.

  • Kristyanna Virgona
    Kristyanna Virgona a years ago+153

    I played space war on the PDP-1 at Digital's (DEC) headquarters in Maynard, MA back in 1979 while I was up there for training as a Field Service Engineer at DEC.

  • IDanceMyselfClean
    IDanceMyselfClean a years ago+49

    I feel like his eyebrows are talking to me.

  • EmoryM
    EmoryM a years ago+10

    Pepperidge Farm: The Movie

  • Brad Liston
    Brad Liston a years ago+11

    "virtually" none of these are actually in the movie... I was a little let down. =(
    But it was still a pretty good movie.

  • Blubbi
    Blubbi a years ago+4

    I'm still sad that they took out some of the games, where Wade plays actually plays them, and put something else to replace them. I was so excited to see a clear game of Pac Man, where he gets the coin, but that didn't happen. I was so confused why there was a racing part in the movie, when in the book, even though everyone knew what the first clue was, no one knew where to even start.
    I was anticipating on watching Artemis and Wade's rivalry. But they starting flirting the moment they saw each other.

  • IXm2unvrz
    IXm2unvrz a years ago+4

    There's a big Sword Art Online reference too at the end of the film

  • ThE eXPert
    ThE eXPert a years ago+36

    What about Metal Gear?

  • FernandoDante
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  • Jose’s Gaming Channel
    Jose’s Gaming Channel a years ago+14

    I enjoyed the book and the audio book with Wil Wheaton. I liked the movie but there are several differences between the movie and the books. I enjoy the audio book best.

  • RockkaFella
    RockkaFella a years ago+162

    I literally just saw this yesterday and it was so good I love it.

  • Navarrete
    Navarrete a years ago+340

    Thank god Ernest Cline decided to forgive Daito's life in the movie. In the novel he is killed by the IOI

  • Soul Warfare42
    Soul Warfare42 a years ago+2

    "Everything is my favorite"

  • Xtuka 29
    Xtuka 29 a years ago+7

    what about the back to the future time machine?