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It’s mostly 80s folks like me who can really appreciate this


While that is small demographic, the film was more interesting than MOST of the crap Hollywood puts out these days.

And the future of VR is already catching up with this, if you’ve seen some of the multi-directional running boards and VR glasses available these days.

Not to mention the multitude of virtual communities already in place.

Price-restrictive for most but then again...so were $1500 VCRs back in 1976.

For those of you pissing on and on with hate about it...get a life.

If you had a choice between spending money watching this movie over another pathetic remake or reboot...what the fuck film would YOU rather watch?

“Soulless CGI abortion”? Try AVATAR.

Nothing but fucking cowboys and Injuns with a wooden lead in an anti-imperialist story already told time and again for DECADES.

To be fair...it wasn’t ALL ‘80s culture.

But it takes the older generation to appreciate seeing the 1960s Batmobile crash in the opening race and Sho trashing the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am from “Smokey and the Bandit”.

Not to mention the BSG Colonial Viper, Buck Roger’s Starfighter, and the ED-209 in Aech’s shop.

How many of these loser millenials even KNOW what the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch is?

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I would say that is... unlikely. But if believing this makes you feel any better, then okay.

RPO was Spielberg’s biggest hit in years, and I seriously doubt all of its success was driven by old timers who constantly express their frustration with the state of modern Hollywood. Analysis (yes, it’s a thing) showed VR enthusiasts, gamers, movie fanatics, casual movie goers, pop culture fanatics, etc., took interest in this film before it was released. Many of those who fall under these groups eventually went to go see the film, and yes, in most cases they liked it. What do many of these groups have in common, by the way? They tend to be on the younger side.

Sure, you may feel you and others in your forgotten, small demographic (if only I had a nickel for every time I saw a new anti-modern Hollywood post on this site by 80’s/70’s/60’s/ folks) are the only ones capable of enjoying and appreciating this rare type of special-effects laden movie. The reality is, a bunch of the supposedly clueless younger audiences did went to go see this film and found it satisfying. Whatever hate you’re seeing being thrown its way, is coming from a small group. But assuming it’s mostly kids blasting RPO and that the majority of them are unable/unwilling to get into a film like this (despite it having so many “modern elements”), is ignorant.

In any case, all the 80’s throwbacks might’ve not felt as special to younger people as it did someone who lived in the 80’s (or to someone who is an aficionado of 80’s pop culture like myself). Nevertheless, the film ultimately attracted all kinds of audiences. And if you’re not aware, 80’s nostalgia is in right now. It’s not just GenX, those born well after the 80’s are loving these 80’s-based shows, movies, music, and so forth.

On a side note, RPO was a huge hit in China... if that means anything.

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"...but I lived when VCRs went from $1500 in 1976 to a couple of hundred in the early 80s."

To under $50 by the turn of the century.

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Dude I know what your point was and I was actually just agreeing with you (honestly what did I say that made you think I was challenging your assessment?). I remember when the VCR shifted from being something a family like mine could only dream about to being present in almost every home in America. I was just saying it was crazy how much they even further dropped in price.

And I wouldn't say only a retard would buy something like that. If people have money to burn, paying that would be nothing if it was something that interested them. But yes it would be insane for anyone living on a moderate income to invest in something like that, especially since not only were the VCRs of the early 80s cheaper than the $1,500 of 1976, they were also more advanced.

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Okay, there's a big contradiction in your topic here:

For those of you pissing on and on with hate about it...get a life.

But then you go pissing on and on with hate about a movie from almost a decade ago:

“Soulless CGI shit”? Try AVATAR.
Nothing but fucking cowboys and Injuns with a wooden lead in an anti-imperialist story already told time and again for DECADES.

Are you even self-aware?

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My unspoken prediction is that this wasn't your first time bashing Avatar. I'm sure you've whined about it many many many times.

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I only just created this account 2 DAYS ago.

So you've never discussed movies before making this account?

LOL, okay so you decided not to lie, necessarily, but you're certainly a well-practiced spin doctor.

You're also a basic, bottom-of-the-barrel hypocrite. You bash Avatar for not being original, implying that Ready Player One IS original...

VR story: Not new. Been done many times.
Treasure hunt story: Not new. Been done many times.
Going up against a big greedy corporation: Not new. One of the most common story types of the modern age! It's even part of Avatar's story too!

FYI, I quite liked Ready Player One. I just don't like people who lack self-awareness and contradict themselves while spreading unbalanced negativity.

Seeing how quickly you also jumped to insults, I'm VERY GLAD I called you out so I could see exactly what you are.

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It seems only 80s folks like me can really appreciate this


People who ramble on with drivel while incoherently trying to make a point?

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Oh wait...that BATMobile was from the fucking 60s, ffs.

Not that irrelevant shits like you would know.


LOL! Not knowing what decade the Batmobile mobile was from only makes someone irrelevant in your world, bud.

"Your world" being your mother's basement...

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Frankly i think there one thing that going stop this from happening on a big scale. Aka Motion sickness or Virtual reality sickness. Just wait until the Matrix is Invented. If the Robots don't kill us all.

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Hash:

"And the future of VR is already catching up with this, if you’ve seen some of the multi-directional running boards and VR glasses available these days."

Kids are already spending most of their waking hours deeply embroiled in Vid Games, SocMedia & sexting. The tech isn't so necessary since VR is already here in spades & kids buried in it. There's a good line in film 'UPGRADE' that simply states what is about living in a VR world, its just far less painful than the real world. Someone has to wake up, what a novel idea for a film now that I think of it.

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You’re so unique! You have such original and cool ideas, no wonder you’re the only one who can appreciate this. What’s it like being better than everyone?

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I don't know how that guy likes it, but I can tell you - it feels pretty damn good!

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Wow...8 months later some dork wants to troll me.

🤪

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I grew up in the '80s and this movie was ridiculous, i.e., typical Millennial-era feminist/PC/SJW/etc. horseshit. They even had a black chick who used an avatar to be "transgender"; laughable check-all-the-boxes false-virtue signaling. Plus, modern video games, especially ones of the role-playing variety, are for dorks. "Look, I'm an elf!" The "skills" that modern video game players have isn't in any way applicable to classic arcade games, which were typically made in such a way that only people with good eye/hand coordination, reflexes, and pattern recognition ability could last for more than ~30 seconds (and no continues, let alone infinite ones).

As for the '80s references, those alone don't make a movie good. The best way to see '80s stuff is to watch a movie or TV show that was made in the '80s anyway. Plus their PC mindset was blatant even in the '80s references, i.e., the "General Lee" from the Dukes of Hazzard was conspicuous by its absence. It's the most famous movie/TV car in history, but, oh no! It has a rebel flag painted on the roof. We don't want to "trigger" the delicate Millennials and Millennial v2.0s.

By the way, the original standalone Betamax VCR (Sony SL-7200), introduced in 1976, had an MSRP of $1,295, and actual store prices are usually significantly lower than MSRP. The improved SL-7200A, also released in 1976, had an MSRP of $1,260. There was no consumer-market standalone VCR in 1976 that cost $1,500, given that the two aforementioned Sonys were the only ones in existence (that's not counting professional or semi-professional formats like U-Matic, or older formats that never took off, but might have still been on some retailers' shelves, such as the Philips "VCR" format). VCR prices started dropping quickly in 1977 when JVC got in the game with their soon-to-be-dominant VHS format.

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Hate to burst your bubble pal...but I recently traded in a collection of 70s Playboy magazines for some graphic novels. When I dropped one...it opened to an ad for a VCR for roughly $1500.

Although I don’t recall the brand...I remember the price. And no...it was not a Betamax which lost the culture war to the VCR.

As for the movie and your paranoia about “transgenders”...people have been pretending to be the opposite sex in virtual worlds since the dawn of online MMORPGs.

Don’t get paranoid over a movie.

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"Hate to burst your bubble pal...but I recently traded in a collection of 70s Playboy magazines for some graphic novels. When I dropped one...it opened to an ad for a VCR for roughly $1500.

Although I don’t recall the brand...I remember the price. And no...it was not a Betamax which lost the culture war to the VCR."

Your mere assertion is dismissed. Get back to me when you have a scan/picture of the ad.

"As for the movie and your paranoia about “transgenders”...people have been pretending to be the opposite sex in virtual worlds since the dawn of online MMORPGs.

Don’t get paranoid over a movie."

Your laughable attempt to redefine the term paranoia/paranoid is also dismissed.

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And your laughable attempt at trying to sound intelligent...is just that.

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Your non sequitur is dismissed, and since you have no arguments or citations, consider your tacit concession on the matter noted.

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Wee wee poopoo caca, Mr. I have to have the last word ‘cuz I’m a loser in real life.

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Your non sequitur is dismissed, cow chip, and your tacit concession on the matter remains noted.

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"Proved my point, idiot."

^^^ Comical Irony Alert ^^^

Also, your non sequitur is dismissed, road apple, and your tacit concession on the matter remains noted.

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Wait for it...

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Your non sequitur is dismissed, meadow muffin, and your tacit concession on the matter remains noted.

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What caught me completely off guard was the Atari 2600 Adventure Easter egg. As a kid throughout the 80s I played that game all the time. It wasn't until the internet around the mid 90s that I found out about the Easter egg though. But it was so surreal having that be the final leg of the race. Like holy crap what are the odds. It wasn't super exciting or anything. Just extremely surreal.

That said... the movie needed more of that. The protagonist made a point that the creator of the Oasis wanted people to win who were truly passionate about those games and not just corporate puppets. The movie kinda failed to take its own advice. Like with the Iron Giant. The movie could've used the Iron Giant's plot point of the dent in its head. Instead they just put the Iron Giant in so he could be there... not really giving any attention to its actual source material.

However I will say Spielberg's version surpasses the book. I didn't like the book. It ripped off too many things and didn't even do it that great. Spielberg took that and kinda made something worthwhile out of it. So props to him.

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There’s only so much you can do in the limited space of a film but Spielberg made it clear he was NOT trying to make a “Spielberg” film. But we can’t help the fact that the film does take us back to the ‘80s and earlier.

I thought it was hilarious that they used the actual music from “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla” when Mechagodzilla appeared.

But I had to Google “Battletoads”. Pretty much the only reference I didn’t get ‘cuz I never heard of ‘em.

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