- Ascended Fanon: Andy Weir, author of The Martian, wrote a RPO fanfic called Lacero. Ernest Cline liked it so much, he declared it officially Canon and had it included in a limited edition print of Ready Player One.
- Big Name Fan:
- Ernest Cline started his own variant of the contest in the book, seen here.
- And OASIS exists... as a MUD.
- Several online games, most notably Entropia Universe, are the same kind of Money Sink as OASIS is, providing ostensibly eternally free access but having real money trading happen.
- Within EVE Online and Entropia Universe, massive transactions that have a real world value of thousands of dollars are happening all the time, and a connection fault can wipe literally billions off someone's virtual wealth in seconds.
- Invoked with Wade's DeLorean: Cline purchased one in real life with the proceeds from Ready Player One, complete with all of Wade's modifications(save the oscillation overthruster of course; This Is Reality). Many of his critics obsess over the "Ecto-88" Vanity License Plate; Cline chose the plate as a reference to the "88 miles per hour" time travel speed, but his detractors often point out the Unfortunate Implications of the number 88.
- Unintentional Period Piece: Even though the story is set several decades in the future, the plot is so heavily dependent on Pop Culture of the past (both In-Universe and within the real-world timeframe of when the book was published), that this trope has come into effect as several long-running franchises and fandoms have continued past the point of the book's publication. Among the references that are already dated as of 2018:
- Wade claims to have watched ALL the Star Wars movies, "the original and the prequels". No reference is made to the Sequel Trilogy (The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker), the Anthology Series (Rogue One, Solo, etc) nor any of the animated series (The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, etc).
- Similarly Wade also boasts that he watched "all" of Star Trek, specifically mentioning Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise, but not Star Trek: Discovery.
- It is noted that a Posthumous Character had set the world record by playing a perfect game of Pac-Man in "just under four hours". Less than a year after the book was published, the world record was actually set at 3 hours, 33 minutes.
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