Ready Player One is a movie about an alternative future on Earth where poverty has made real life so mundane that many youth prefer to live in virtual reality where life is fun and exciting, and a poor boy can be a rich and respected man. I won’t be explaining the movie any further as this post will be for people who already watched it. So if you haven’t seen it yet go do so and then come back. 🙂
Wen I first watched the movie a few years ago I thought it was a simple sci-fi but now after seeing games like Age of Rust powered by Enjin Coin and seeing how VR worlds are speedily becoming more and more popular, I think I was wrong. Perhaps the makers of Player Ready One were onto something, perhaps warning of us what the future very well could be like if current trends continue.
The reason why projects like Enjin Coin are changing everything is because on their website they literally say that their vision is to create a Ready Player One-like VR gaming experience for its users. If you don’t believe me go look up Age of Rust where video game skins and upgrades have real life value thanks to the power and technology of NFTs (Non-fungible tokens).
So with all this in mind I think absolutely the future could very well behold something similar to Ready Player One. On my last post I reviewed a COVID 19 satire book and I wish I had added how automation in that book was played with by the theme of magic because automation could be a big factor in how many people live in VR worlds in the future. I was talking to my new friend at the Medieverse about this and he was talking about how he thinks there will be a universal income paid in cryptocurrency in the future if automation continues to replace jobs. Soon people working in retail will be unnecessary, and all these people will be living in VR worlds while cryptocurrency is being mined and stored with green energy in satellites floating around in space.
Hearing him speak about this over email really blew my mind because I agree and think he’s right. What do you think?
As you know from my last post, I’m a fan of medieval fantasy. However, I’ve never done much reading in the genre before. I prefer movies. But when I saw the Metatron’s video about Burgundian knights recently and he recommended Virgin Killer by Jon Stone I was very intrigued, because I’ve been meaning to read more often since my 2021 New Year resolution (which I never got around to sharing with you guys).
Well, since this was the fist book I’ve read in years, I thought I’d review it in case someone else wants to know what they’re about to get into before they give it a try. If you want to see that Burgundian knight video I was talking about though, I’ll share the link below.
Just to get started I’ll say that I wasn’t as excited about the book as Metatron seemed to be (maybe because I wasn’t getting paid to read it), and I’d only recommend it to people who enjoy dark comedy and satire (more info on the satire in a moment), but I still loved it. I Googled “author Jon Stone” and found out it was actually the guy who wrote the Cookie Monster books, and in the Metatron’s video description he says the author’s site is https://timothyrjeveland.com/ which was shocking to me because I actually read that blog and so my confusion made me dig deeper. I think the author chose Jon Stone as a penname because he was a fan of the Cookie Monster or something. Anyways, it makes sense because Virgin Killer reminded me a lot of a twisted child’s cartoon in many ways.
The main reason I loved the book, though, was the satire on the COVID-19 pandemic. The philosophy in the book, if you pay attention enough to pick up on it, is genius, with a dark theme running through the entire story. I don’t know why the author promoted the book as a dark fantasy horror when clearly it’s a satire comedy that happens to be medieval fantasy.
If reading it as a satire I would give it 5 out of 5 stars, especially if your a fan of Norman Bates because that was clearly an inspiration for the main character Norman Baynes. But if you read the book simply as a fantasy novel then you might be disappointed and confused.
So if you decide to read it then consider paying attention to the theme and the conflict because there’s a genius message hidden in there, in my opinion. Now that I’m back to reading again I’ll be keeping my eye out for more recommendations. If you know any books you think I might like then let me know. Until the next one, I’ll continue to critique TV.