I was living in Jerusalem back in 1972 when I watched this film one evening on TV. It’s short, only 30 minutes or so long, and there’s no dialogue. It’s a horror story, although there’s no gore, and no violence. I only saw it the one time but I could never get it out of my mind.
Because I’m good at finding things on the internet, and because the internet can be a treasure house filled with surprises, I managed to locate the film on You Tube in its entirety. I hope some of you take the time to watch it by clicking on the link below. I believe it’s worth 30 minutes of your time.
I just finished reading Ready Player One by Errnest Cline. and I really liked it. While the story is set in the rather grim year of 2044 and things aren’t going so well for the United States, the book itself is a love note to the early days of home computers, video arcade games and movies like War Games and Back to the Future.
For me, the mid-1980s opened the world of cyberspace – a term used first by author William Gibson and I was hooked! Most of my free time was spent hunting down and logging on to various local BBS (bulletin board systems) where you could join a discussion, share jokes, download files and on a select few, chat with other people. Back then, if you had access to the internet it was an internet without the World Wide Web, browsers GUI interfaces and hyperlinks. That came later.
In the universe of Ready Player One, just as the Web became the interface for connecting to the internet, things have progressed and an outgrowth of a popular MMOG (massive multiplayer online game) called OASIS has become the way people in 2044 play games, go to school, do business and interact with other people. The world outside is dangerous and ugly. In OASIS it can be anything you want.
The link I’ve set up with the book title tells you a little bit more, and does a better job explaining the main plot points than I could. I was hooked from the first paragraph and while some people felt there was too much exposition in the first 60 or so pages, I feel it was necessary to set the stage for the rest of the story. And, I found the details fascinating.
So, I confess, I’m still a nerd and even if there is a little bit of nerd in you, you’ll love this book too.