Study Guide

Ready Player One Competition

By Ernest Cline


Video game competitions are a big deal, sometimes offering thousands—even millions—of dollars in prizes. And that's just for mastering one game. Halliday's Hunt in Ready Player One requires its participants to not only master a few classic video games, but also to memorize, word-for-word, a variety of films as well. On top of that, he left behind some pretty twisty riddles to solve. We're not sure if all this is worth billions of dollars in prize money, but it sure makes for a wildly entertaining ride.

Questions About Competition

  1. What drives millions of people to hunt for Halliday's egg? Are their motivations all the same?
  2. Does the competition for the egg strengthen or harm Wade's various relationships? How so?
  3. What aspects of Wade's life have made him so competitive?

Chew on This

Even though the odds to win this contest are extremely slim, so many people are compelled to play because it's not all based on luck—it depends on brainpower, memory, and reflexes.

This might just be the laziest competition ever. To win, you need to watch hours of TV and movies, read tons of books, and play hundreds of videogames, and basically never leave your house. Where's our gold medal?

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