Wednesday Words: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Happy Hump Day!

This month, my schedule is slightly out of order, so this week, I am bringing you Wednesday Words, where I share with you all what I am writing or (more often) reading. After having it in my To Read pile on Goodreads for 2 years, I've finally started Ready Player One.

In 2015, my cousin sent me a sample that I never opened. It's certainly a book that proves he knows me well, though, lol. A virtual world and superfan gamers going on impossible quests? Yes, that is my wheelhouse. I'm only about 10% in, and my sister said this is a long book, but hopefully, I won't take forever to read it. I have a Goodreads goal to catch up on.

As I sometimes do, instead of using to give a random page, I will share with you some of what I've already read, because it comes with a Youtube video that made me realize, "Yes, perfection description." Without further ado, here is a snippet of the origin of the "Easter egg":

"...Like many early videogames, Adventure was designed and programmed by just one person. But back then, Atari refused to give its programmers credit for their work, so the name of a game's creator didn't actually appear anywhere on the packaging." On the TV screen, we see Halliday use a sword to slay a red dragon, although due to the game's crude low-resolution graphics, this looks more like a square using an arrow to stab a deformed duck.

"So the guy who created Adventure, a man named Warren Robinett, decided to hide his name inside the game itself..."

I hope you skipped to the end lol. What are you reading this week?


Yvonne Ventresca said...

Deb -- I loved that game and never knew the secret!

SpacerGuy said...

I had the c64 as a kid and it was fun, my friend across the block had an atari so it was fun stopping by and competing with each other. We're now laptop geeks but looking back this game was cool.

Gina Gao said...

This is such a great post! Thanks for sharing.