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Starting March 12, as a sponsored promotion for the Ready Player One movie, Roblox, a Minecraft-esque MMO that also allows players to create their own games, held their own Easter egg hunt of sorts. After a gruelling set of challenges, a player called R0cu was declared the winner of the event on April 3. However, other players are saying that they made it to the end of the Easter egg hunt first.

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Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One, like the source material, is chock full of references to 80s music, movies, and video games. It also throws in a few Master Chiefs, Overwatch characters, and the Iron Giant for good measure. Usually these references are surface level and fleeting, but a few carry more weight -- like the appearance of Adventure for the Atari 2600.

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Ready Player One is set to hit theatres soon, a film that's gotten a mixed reception so far (you can read our review here). The virtual world of pure imagination that director Steven Spielberg has created differs from Ernest Cline's original novel, but one of those changes has created, or rather enhanced, a major problem - if everyone in the story is totally obsessed with pop culture, why don't we see any of it made after 2018?

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Ready Player One is all about people using a virtual world called the OASIS to make their dreams come true. While virtual reality has only been a thing - at least in name - since the 1980s, people have been dreaming of life in fictional worlds for thousands of years. In a new episode of "That Looks Familiar", Beth Elderkin looks at the real history of why we're so obsessed with virtual reality.

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The early reactions to Ready Player One after its screening at SXSW were mostly positive, but don't count ours among them. It isn't so much a movie about loving old video games and other cultural artifacts. It's about loving to love those things, which makes Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of the bestselling novel feel hollow despite - or maybe because of - the relentless pop culture references it throws at you.

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Thanks to its endless references to 1980s video games, Ernest Cline’s 2011 book Ready Player One is hard not to like if you’re a gamer of a certain age. It makes for a rip-roaring read: the classic hero’s journey redone with Back to the Future shout-outs, Joust and John Hughes. And it’s soon to be a film, too: Steven Spielberg is scheduled to start shooting this summer, ahead of a March 2018 release date.