Ready Player One

The third and final challenge involves getting to Planet Doom and beating "Adventure", OASIS co-creator James Halliday's favourite game for the Atari 2600, housed in a castle protected by a forcefield. Other players help Parzival attack the forces protecting it, and Art3mis deactivates the forcefield, but a bomb is triggered by Sorrento, killing all the avatars on the planet. Because Parzival had won a coin earlier, he gets an extra life, plays through the game and finds the easter egg, getting the last key.

He's given a contract to sign for his reward by the avatar of Halliday, but he recognises it's the same one the co-creator of OASIS signed, a decision Halliday had regretted taking. He refuses to sign it, and learns that was the final test - Halliday didn't want him to make the same mistakes. Parzival wins the golden egg, and with it control of OASIS. Sorrento is arrested for the bombing of Wade's stack, and Wade runs OASIS with the other "high five" who helped him win. Innovative Online Industries is forced to stop using indentured servants, and the OASIS will be shut down twice a week, forcing people to spend time in reality.

Jon Sandys

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