Ready Player One
How we cite our quotes:
"We were not brothers. Not in real life. Just in the OASIS. [...] We only knew each other online. I never actually met him." (25.21)
Daito and Shoto show us that online friendships aren't atypical in the world of OASIS. These two connected with each other so strongly, they call themselves brothers. And we get the feeling they would never turn their backs on each other.
The young woman sitting in front of me was my best friend, Aech. (33.51)
Wade's friendship with Aech transcends race, even when he finds out that she's an African-American lesbian named Helen. That wins some major points for Wade in our book. Or maybe at this point he's too worried about other stuff to give a hoot about the fact that his bestie is very much not who he thought he was.
Art3mis counted to three, and we turned our keys in unison. (35.71)
By requiring three people to be present in order to open the Third Gate, the Hunt becomes Halliday's way of demonstrating the necessity of friendship. Perhaps he hoped he, Og, and Kira would have held those keys.