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Elwood P. Dowd

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GamerGate/Ready Player One Salt Mine crossover? At any rate a wall of autistic text sperging incoming. Even I couldn't finish it.

The Ready Player One backlash, explained
Archive link: Here. - B/C fuck Vox.

Relevant passage:

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, an adaptation of the 2011 novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, is about to debut. And the internet is ready and waiting to tell him why that’s a terrible idea.

“Ready Player One is a terrible book and it will be a terrible movie,” the Outline proclaimed.

“Many people find its take on games and so-called genre art to be a dull, pandering tableau of reference points as an end unto themselves,” the A.V. Club informed.

Reading the end of Ready Player One, opined a writer for Tor, “I felt like a kid who thinks eating an entire cake by himself sounded fun — I was sick of it, and craving something of real substance.”

A time traveler from 2011 could be forgiven for being deeply confused by this response. In 2011, Ready Player One was beloved. It was “a guaranteed pleasure.” It was “witty.” It was not only “a simple bit of fun” but also “a rich and plausible picture of future friendships in a world not too distant from our own.”

What gives? How did the consensus on a single book go from “exuberant and meaningful fun!” to “everything that is wrong with the internet!” over the span of seven years?

Luckily, there’s a perfect stepping stone that can help us understand exactly how this transition happened. In 2015, Cline released his second book, Armada, to a reception that looked a lot closer to the consensus on Ready Player One today than the consensus on Ready Player One in 2011. And that’s because in 2015, the geek community of the internet was still in the throes of the seismic event known as Gamergate.

Gamergate was a toxic cultural battle filled with harassment so vicious it would become a major influence on the alt-right — but fundamentally, it was about who gets to be a geek, which parts of geek identity are worth lauding, and which parts are destructive. Gamergate changed the way we talk about geek culture, and in the end, it would make it borderline impossible to think about books like Ready Player One as harmless, meaningless fun.

Not gonna lie, I was looking forward to this movie. Now I hope it out-grosses Black Panther -- though that's pretty unlikely -- for no other reason than the mountain of salt that would generate.
 

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edit: SORRY OWO I KNOW IT'S NOT ACTUALLY SALT BUT THIS IS JUST TOO GOLD NOT TO SHARE :story:

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Maybe there is hope for the next generation.
 
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