Ready Player Once Again – All References in the novel

And the obsession continues!  I saw the movie twice already, and it’s much better the second time around.  I caught much more that I missed the first time, and I could even watch it again. And again.  But I’ll wait for the 4K release and save some money.  As my previous post explained, the movie is totally different than the book, and I found this list on the web recently and just HAD to add it to my website for quick reference.  I even added a few references that were missing from it.  I think it’s pretty complete at this point:

Ready Player One – All References In The Novel

Games referenced

  • Adventure including Warren Robinett‘s Easter egg.
  • Akalabeth
  • Action comics
  • Mad Better or Verse
  • Asteroids
  • Astrosmash
  • Battlezone
  • Bedlam
  • Berzerk
  • BurgerTime
  • Centipede
  • Combat
  • Contra
  • Defender
  • Dig Dug
  • Donkey Kong
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • E.T.
  • Golden Axe
  • Heavy Barrel
  • Ikari Warriors
  • Joust
  • Kaboom!
  • Knack 2
  • Madness and the Minotaur
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man
  • Pitfall
  • Pyramid
  • Q*bert
  • Quake
  • Raaka-tu
  • Smash TV
  • Super Smash Brothers
  • Space Invaders
  • Starmaster
  • Star Raiders
  • Star Wars
  • Street Fighter
  • Swordquest, including the prizes for Earthworld, Fireworld, Waterworld, and Airworld
  • Robotron: 2084
  • Time Pilot
  • Tron: Deadly Discs
  • World of Warcraft
  • Yars’ Revenge
  • Zaxxon
  • Zork I II III

Games played

Computers and game consoles referenced

References on book cover

  • The yellow key is an element of Adventure
  • The “c” is similar to Pac-Man

Movies referenced in the simulation

Music referenced

Anime and tokusatsu referenced

TV Show references

Literature references


Author: Jim

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