My family and I recently watched the movie “Ready Player One”.
From the first 15 minutes we were hooked. It was 2 hours and 20 minutes of fast paced, realistic and computer generated genius, it had something for everyone that they could easily relate too, from my husband down to my nine year old son. It is based on a book by Ernest Cline, but I have not read it yet.
In the year 2045, the real world is a harsh place. The only time Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) truly feels alive is when he escapes to the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spends their days. In the OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone-the only limits are your own imagination. The OASIS was created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who left his immense fortune and total control of the Oasis to the winner of a three-part contest he designed to find a worthy heir. When Wade conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends-aka the High Five-are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS. Written by Warner Bros.– www.IMDB.com
I really love science fiction and fantasy and this movie really got me thinking. Could we been living in a similar environment in 2045? Could economic inequality be that bad? Would large numbers of the population really retreat to virtual reality because it’s easier and you can be anyone you want? Could a large corporation really want to take over that badly 80% of your screen, as long as you don’t stroke out?? It’s just a movie right?!
The virtual technology is here all you need is a headset and the motion tracking, life-life controls. According to Pcmag.com the best VR headset can cost you from $89.99 up to $400 on Amazon. With 100’s of games and experiences for you to try and explore in your own home.
According to Inequality.org “Income inequality refers to the extent to which income is distributed in an uneven manner among a population. In the United States, income inequality, or the gap between the rich and everyone else, has been growing markedly, by every major statistical measure, for some 30 years.” If you really want to read all the economics, you can find it here: Income Inequality in the United States
I have not had the chance to try virtual reality, but I think it would be totally amazing to try. I could see how some people could get “addicted”. According to the stats 700 million people worldwide play online games by the end of 2013 expected to surpass 1.2 billion. They are actually saying 17% of the world population are gamers. According to the 2017 report there is 2.2 billion active gamers in the world. It has gone up 1 billion people in 4 years!
The gaming industry is huge and is always moving up to bigger and better things. So it is safe to predict that advertising and social media will follow the same trend. As technology advances so will gaming, advertising and social media. We will all use it to our advantage.
My hope is that society will not fall down this rabbit hole and be stuck in the “easy” virtual life. That they will still want to contribute to every day real life. Already our youth are on social media for self-gratification, for likes and shares, to be popular, for friends, to socialize. They have anxiety and depression problems worse then when we were kids, bullying is at an all-time high.
I worry that the next generation will think that escaping reality is better then getting a job and making something of themselves. Let’s hope that we taught our children how to be responsible young adults. How to stand on their own two feet and to be strong.
If there really was an “Oasis” do we really need to go there to find our self-worth in a selfish society.
We are not at the “Ready Player One” stage yet. If you could life your favorite, TV show, movie, video game or book, would you want too?
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