Ready Player one mentioned a lot of nostalgic arcade video games in the 1980s. All of them became icons of pop culture in the 1980s. Let us have a quick review into them.
Pac-man, before it became a nickname of Manny Pacquiao — a world famous boxer, is a video game everybody is familiar of. It was created by Namco and first released in Japan on 1980. It was distributed in the US on the same year.
To play this game, a yellow circular mouth-head travels around a 2-D virtual map to eat the small circles along the way. You can move your character up, down, left and right. Enemies in the form of ghosts will come after you. They have corresponding names according to the colors: Blinky (red), Pinky (pink), Inky (blue), and Clyde (orange). If they catch you, you will lose a life. However, if you eat a big circle, you have chance to eat the ghosts and scare them back to their cages for a short period of time.
The aim of the game is to eat every dot on the game to proceed to the next level. Pride is earned by reaching the highscore from all the dots, cheery, and ghosts eaten.
Parzival, the main character’s avatar, obtained an extra life by beating the highest score of Pacman.
This is the game where the main plot of the Ready Player One is based from. It is a video game released on 1979 by Warren Robinett for the Atari 2600 video game console.
It is an action-adventure game where a player aims to search for a stolen chalice and return it to the golden castle. Graphics for this time was very crude that the player will play on a square avatar who will explore series of quests, castles, mazes, and other challenges. The most formidable enemy is a green dragon that guards the keys preventing you to reach the chalice. There are set of weapons, armors, spells, and other equipments to help you finish the game.
While on the progress of playing, there is a secret level where the player enters a secret gray door revealing an easter egg. This became the cornerstone of the whole story by Ernest Cline.
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