Videogame characters have it easy. Sure, they might get shot in the head, dropped into boiling lava, or squished by falling blocks, but they always come back. People on the other hand, not so much. We've got one shot at life, no re-tries, no continues, no 1-up mushrooms before one day it's Game Over. But people still search for eternal life. Although James Halliday didn't find it before his death, his avatar and his legacy live on inside the OASIS. Whether Wade achieves immortality or not, his fame will live on a long time in the world of Ready Player One. Plus, the myriad references in the book serve as an eternal testament to these films, books, games, and their creators.