Every Ready Player One Easter Egg And Reference We Could Remember

We get that reference.

Ready Player One spoilers here!

Ready Player One is a blast to watch, and a large part of that is the endless flood of references and Easter eggs with which the movie assaults your every sense. These span movies, TV, books, video games, and music, from the 1970s up through the 1990s–and to the present day, which goes beyond what even the original book referenced.

The movie just hit theaters, so it will be a while before we can get it at home and start poring over every frame. But in the meantime, we sent as many GameSpot staffers as we could spare to the theater and asked them to note down every reference, Easter egg, and in-joke we could spot in Ready Player One.

Here are the results. This won’t be comprehensive, but we tried our best. Oh, and for your benefit, we’re skipping most of the really obvious ones, like Gundam, The Shining, and the Iron Giant. You’re welcome.

When you’re done here, don’t forget to read our Ready Player One review, find out why it’s a great movie, check out our analysis of the ending, and read our interviews with the cast and the creators.

Battletoads fight in the big battle scene

Battletoads was released on NES in 1991.

A squad of Master Chiefs (and other Halo characters) fight in the battle too

Artemis uses the Lancer from Gears of War

Wade buys the Holy Hand Grenade from Monty Python’s Holy Grail

Although he fails to count to three when he throws it.

Parzival uses the SPNKR rocket launcher from Halo

Parzival briefly changes into Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” outfit

He even does the dance.

Tracer from Overwatch appears several times

Chun-Li from Street Fighter is there too

And Lara Croft from Tomb Raider

Aech has a tiny Battlestar Galactica in her workshop

And the Valley Forge from Silent Running

Silent Running was a 1972 sci-fi film.

Wade lists Goldeneye as Halliday’s favorite shooter

Although it’s a little strange for the movie, since the N64 game didn’t come out until 1997, later than most of the other things Halliday loved.

Artemis uses an Alien chest-burster glove to scare Parzival

Artemis uses a Madballs grenade in the final battle

Madballs were a toy in the ’80s and even had a TV show at one point.

Halliday’s jacket pin is the electronic Simon game

Aech tosses Wade a murderous Chucky from Child’s Play

And its many sequels.

There’s a Back to the Future hoverboard in Aech’s apartment

There’s a “Save Ferris” logo in Aech’s apartment too

From Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Samantha is wearing a Joy Division shirt when Wade meets her IRL

Joy Division is a post-punk band popular in the ’70s and ’80s.

Daito sports a Mortal Kombat sticker

Halliday has an Etch A Sketch on his desk at the end

The Magic Etch A Sketch was a toy you used to draw things that your siblings would periodically erase because they were jerks.

Halliday’s desk also has slides for a View-Master

These things were always pointless.

There’s a Beastmaster poster in Halliday’s room too

Beastmaster was a 1982 fantasy movie.

There are also Space Invaders decals on the wall

Is that Speed Racer in the first key challenge?

And the van from A-Team?

AND the 1960s Batmobile?!?!

It pops up later in the race as well.

That’s also totally Ryu from Street Fighter

Aech drives Bigfoot, the original monster truck

That looks like Deathstroke in the club scene

And that might be Deadshot

Joker and Harley Quinn are in the club scene too

Maybe the Distracted Globe was having DC night?

And Blanka from Street Fighter

Artemis’s bike is Kaneda’s bike from Akira

Akira is a 1988 anime film widely considered a classic.

The dance scene is a tribute to Saturday Night Fever

An iconic 1977 film about disco.

Parzival’s boombox is an homage to the 1989 movie Say Anything

Starring John Cusack.

Hello Kitty appears in The Oasis

Along with Badtz-Maru, the penguin, and other friends.

Halliday’s “funeral” is Star Trek themed

That’s El Dragon from Battleborn

Gearbox’s 2016 shooter.

Parzival uses the Hadoken move from Street Fighter

In his showdown with Sorrento.

Halliday and Young Halliday wear Space Invaders t-shirts

Paramount’s rebooted Ninja Turtles appear in final battle

Freddy Krueger is in the battle where we meet Aech

Christine from Stephen King’s Christine is in the race

Greatest American Hero logo on Parzival’s headset

A comedic superhero series that ran on ABC for three seasons in the earl ’80s.

Goro from Mortal Kombat is Artemis’s disguise

Duke Nukem in the Doom World

Right next to Freddy Krueger.

The Serenity is the ship that drops off the Gundam

During the final battle.

Iron Giant gives a thumbs up while descending into lava

Just like the end of Terminator 2.

A Chocobo appears in the final battle

It’s not clear if anyone from the Final Fantasy series is riding it.

The Winnebago from Spaceballs is in Aech’s garage

And there’s even more in the garage…

A Colonial Viper from Battlestar Galactica (The ’70s TV series)

A ED-209 enforcement droid from Robocop

Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Swordfish II from Cowboy Bebop

An EVA Pod from 2001: A Space Odyssey

Zemeckis Cube

The cube used to turn back time 60 seconds was named after Robert Zemeckis.

Goldie Wilson campaign poster in Aech’s den

Goldie Wilson was running for mayor of Hill Valley in Back to the Future.

Art3mis uses the pulse rifle from Aliens

Can be seen in the nightclub scene. Also, the Art3mis action figure comes with it.

A copy of Schindler’s Ark is in Wade’s room

Spielberg directed the film adaptation, titled Schindler’s List.

StarCraft Space Marine

Wade’s aunt’s boyfriend, Rick, wears this skin in The Oasis.

The DeLorean has KITT’s grill

The talking car from the TV series Knight Rider.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/every-ready-player-one-easter-egg-and-reference-we/2900-1916/

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