Have you heard about Ernst Cline's Ready Player One? Filled with tons of 80s pop culture references, it might be worth doing a bit of extra research to keep up. We can help.
Set in the near future, Ready Player One is the story of Wade Watts, a poor, orphaned kid whose only escape is entering the vast virtual world of OASIS. In OASIS, Wade's avatar spends endless hours attempting to solve clues and puzzles in order to find the three keys that will unlock the vast inheritance left by the company's founder, Halliday, who created this hunt as his legacy. In tribute to his 1980s upbringing, Halliday has loaded the game with all sort of cultural icons and trivia. Wade and his fellow hunters have become scholars of everything 80s in order to secure the riches as well as protect OASIS from the rival corporation who is set on finding the keys first.
This is an incredibly fun read in the vein of Charlie in the Chocolate Factory meets The Goonies. Even as a child of the 80s myself, I found myself constantly on Wikipedia looking up references to either jog my memories or discover something I had missed out on. Consider this a brief reading/viewing/listening list for the cultural crash course that is Ready Player One.
- Dungeons and Dragons - Dungeon Master's Guide
- Neuromancer by William Gibson
- Kurt Vonnegut
- Philip K. Dick
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Back to the Future
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- Blade Runner