Ready Player One: Tribute to the gamers

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Before I start off

I’d like to warn the reader that I may reveal certain plot-lines and give away accidental spoilers but I will try to contain the geeky over-explaining-me on a leash as I want to just light up a flame that might make you want to see the film or better yet to read the book. Okay, enough of the introductory, let us delve into the world of Ready Player One shall we?

The main dude in Ready Player One
Wade Watts

Synopsis
Ready Player One is a dystopian/sci-fi flick set in 2045 about a world in a state of apocalyptic decay. Due to food shortages and the current depleting availability of fossil fuels most of the population finds themselves in poverty.

Our main protagonist Wade Watts, which sounds like the secret identity of a super-hero, finds himself in Columbus, Ohio where he resides in the “Stacks” which is a ghetto of stacked houses.
The world as we know it has been in a state of turmoil riddled with crime, poverty and addiction.
Addiction to what you might ask? Video games my dude, but not just any video-game.

In Ready Player One, most people on earth by this time are “living” in this Virtual Reality game called the OASIS. At face-value, the OASIS is a gamer’s Utopian dream come to reality. It has everything that anybody from the gaming community could possibly want, with its open world Role-Play setting combined with many other game genres at your disposal, you can look how you want to look and play whatever you want.

There is also an abundance of 80’s pop-culture references as the creator of the OASIS James Halliday grew up in that era.
There was also a lot of 80’s bangers playing throughout the movie, which was a divine treat on itself. I mean they played George Michael in there so, I was pretty much in awe of this movie already by that time in the flick.

IOI Stormtroopers
“Sixers”

 

After we got acquainted with the leading character and his best friend “Aech” , we are introduced to the bad guys or should I say Company.
IOI (AYE-OH-AYE) is a company ran by the white version of Ajit Pai, Mr. Nolan Sorrento. It must be hard when your last name is a car model.
They are corporate sleaze-bags that have an army of players called “Sixers” as none of them utilize a username but a 6 number combination instead.

Anyway, IOI is basically Electronic Arts if they ever got too big and if there ever was an OASIS in the real world, can you imagine the micro-transactions taking place in the future? Thanks for the heads up Ready Player One.

All of these parties are in search of a digital Easter-egg (An Easter-egg is a hidden piece of work or message that developers leave in a game.) that James Halliday left behind. Finding this Easter-egg will award you Halliday’s immense fortune and control over the OASIS.
As you can probably imagine, the story is a classic case of David and Goliath. IOI wants to acquire the OASIS for reasons of profit and power, while our heroes want it for the sake of the community.

Gamer-Culture criticism and Social “Issues”
The movie depicts gamer-culture quite well. I wouldn’t say perfect, as they left out a lot of toxicity that comes with the gaming community. The occasional exchange of racist insults and the unapologetic banter that comes with the perks of anonymity is big factor as to why people think gamers are Nazis. The fact of the matter is that most gamers say things they would not dream of saying in real-life, because they’d get smacked by Chad and Tyrone who do not take too kindly to that kind of talk.

I read an article written by some loser named Alfie Brown of The Guardian that stated that Ready Player One “portrays video gamers at their worst”.

Destroyer of fun
Alfie Brown

The writer continued:
it’s fraught with gender problems, reverence for elitism, and a right-wing endorsement of the importance of culture over political and economic conditions. As such, the celebrated director is showing the worst side of gamer culture.”

I can tell that he never gets invited to party-chats and probably sports a man-bun or some other nu-male trend. Or he might be handsome and he’s just virtue-signaling… like most hypocrites nowadays.

Link in the meme for the complete article.

First of all, why must you bring politics into this?
You have to be pretty boring to be thinking that kind of stuff while watching a sci-fi movie or any movie in general. It’s not as if they put Ben Shapiro front and center for us to gaze out while he expounds his ideologies on us all.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some undertones of Anti-Establishment philosophies in the story of Ready Player One, which is in my opinion a pretty normal storyline.
If a big organization like IOI wants to seize control and force its agenda upon us without giving us another option, as it infringes on our way of life and is a very BAD thing… get it together Alfie.
Also, Ready Player One has a multi-ethnic cast, has a woman in probably the funniest role of the movie in my opinion and they have actually covered up the toxicity of gaming-culture to appeal to a mass audience.

The bigger picture
Politics aside, people have also criticized the movie for not being as dark and heavy-hitting as the book. Where the movie is a tad more light-hearted and even more playful at times, I understand as to why Steven Spielberg and the writers would do that, as they want kids to be a part of it.

Passing the torch
Parzival “Wade Watts” and The avatar of James Halliday.

Given the gargantuan success of “Fortnite”, the gamers of Generation Z are amongst the most lucrative of customers. Having a little brother myself who is an avid gamer and became everything I wanted him to be as a gamer, this story and movie was tailor-made for the people like him and me.

Lastly, I think this particular story that Ready Player One brings forward is one that makes all of the “out-of-place” children of the world rejoice.
Watching the movie was a treat for the eyes. Picking out the references of all the video games I played myself was in itself quite nostalgic as well. I loved this movie and sure do hope that you will too!

Go to listen to some Hall and Oates now or something.

Recent Political Situation needs serious Adjustments!

POLITICS : Good or Bad?

After the recent news about a terrorist attack on Westminster bridge in London, club shooting in USA Cincinnati and anti-corruption protests all over Russia I had a few thoughts on my mind. The political situation in the world is very unstable, as every politician is trying to be as sensitive as he could be regarding any issue. This does not solve a problem… Rather creates new ones. This situation needs another perspective… Another way…. There are two sides of the medal… Politics is a broad and complicated topic in its core. So what is it?

Politics is a method of decision-making with majority support and everyone’s agreement as well as decision taken up forcefully with the help of violence. According to Chanakya -” Bad politics is bad and healthy politics is good”-if said in a proper way, if you want to play clean with any violence or riots ,Politics can then be termed good-if violence,riots and mass moving speeches on religions are involved which can cause blood shedding then its called toxic politics. “Just how cynical should we be about politics”,said Barack Obama. Probably not even the politicians are able to decide whether they should term the field in which they are working GOOD or BAD. At times the true ideology of politics seems to be “For the party,by the party and to the party.” But some Politicians like Barack Obama and Narendra Modi are changing this modern ideology of politics to it’s previous form i.e. “For the people,by the people”.

Although good politics has almost reached to the verge of extinction but the light of hope is always there due to some great and magnificent leaders given by our world leaders.To find good in circumstances which seem awful;this can be termed as the current situation of politics .The silhouette always has a sliver lining to it but it’s center always remains dark until it’s completely exposed to the light . That’s exactly what is needed in the modern politics .i.e. transparency.
The system should be transparent to the people to create a bond of trust with the masses . This gives an optimistic mindset to the people who have used their right to vote their representative .This creates a positive outlook in the youth who have lost faith in politics and have started to think that politics can only be dirty and corrupted. This will make them interested in politics and a huge participation of youth can happen which could bring in a fresh and young mind into this field which can solve and clean the mess and misunderstandings formed and accumulated.

The prime time of all news channels are occupied with this core topic-POLITICS . And a group of people sit together to form a panel and as soon as the discussion starts, whatever the topic be people end up saying things on the current situation of politics whether bad or good! Even there we see that people do not care about the opinion of the person sitting in front of them but they will keep on shouting until the person accepts their point and is forced to stay quite . Patience is something needed by the politicians . Politics means patience where you have to listen to everyone and find a cooperative way to solve problems instead of creating one. There are pros and cons to everything and so does politics. If seen from the optimistic way politics isn’t just smoke-filled rooms and corruption but the means to make their community,states and nations a better place. The reality cannot be changed but the actions of present can change the future. Whether good or bad ,politics has both sides to it.Some or better to say the majority of us think politics as a way of rephrasing the word corruption but people are trying to bring a change into this which can erase it’s darker side and so that there wouldn’t be discussions on whether its’s good or bad.