Blowing on the Cartridge

By Alexander Mervar

If you remember playing old video games you will most definitely remember the craze around blowing on game cartridges.  You would plug your cartridge into your game console and power up the console.  Everything was great!  But, for some reason, the game just wouldn't work.  So, you would turn off the console, blow on the cartridge, and reinsert the cartridge into the console.  Voilà!  The game magically works!  Now, video games don't work like this but, talking about this brings people back to when they were elementary students coming over to their friend's house to play Pokemon Red.

For most nerds and geeks, nostalgia is a HUGE factor when talking about their favorite things.  So, when Ready Player Once fell into my hands for the first time I was immediately hooked.  Ready Player One is a sci-fi novel that has thousands of tiny references to classic video games and great movies.  So, here is a brief synopsis:


In the year 2044, the world has been gripped by an energy crisis from the depletion of fossil fuels and the consequences of global warming, causing widespread social problems and economic stagnation. To escape the decline their world is facing, people turn to the OASIS, a virtual reality simulator accessible by players using visors and haptic technology such as gloves. It functions both as an MMORPG and as a virtual society, with its currency being the most stable in the real world. It was created by James Halliday who, when he died, had announced in his will to the public that he had left an Easter egg inside OASIS, and the first person to find it would inherit his entire fortune and the corporation. The story follows the adventures of Wade Watts, starting about five years after the announcement when he discovers one of the three keys pointing to the treasure.


Now, there is going to be a movie and I'm absolutely freaking out over it!  Now, I've loved this book for almost 6 years now.  So, if you haven't read this book yet, please PICK IT UP!