Hey, gang! It seems I’m blogging in fits and starts of late. Sort of catch-as-catch-can, if you will. (That’s for you long-time readers!) Sorry about the inconsistency. Trying to get back into the rhythm of blogging, even though I am currently distracted by Rush playing tonight in Indianapolis. In fact, I just heard “Mystic Rhythms” in my head as I typed that. Damn it.
Anyway, today’s blog will be a quick one, and basically only exists to introduce you to something. Like the spectre of Dave Bowman said in 2010, “Something wonderful.” See, there’s this guy. We’ll just call him “Vex.” He’s an old-school geek like me, even though that word (geek) has been somewhat over-used of late. The fact remains: Vex and are are about a year apart age-wise and have similar tastes. For example, he and I enjoy repeated viewings of “Buckaroo Banzai” and “Real Genius” for starters. Recently, Vex read a book that I’d checked out last year called “Ready Player One.” Here’s the site for said book:
Anyway, everyone told me the novel seemed to be written with me in mind. It’s chock-full of old-school computer game, comic, RPG (that’s Role Playing Games, not Rocket Propelled Grenade) and sci-fi references. I found it entertaining but, well…not the absolute greatest thing ever. It was okay, and miles ahead of crap like the “Big Bang Theory.” Vex, however, found it to be the epiphany he’d been waiting for, and went on to create his own game based loosely on the parameters set forth in “Ready…” And he’s done a bang-up job. Hell, the only thing missing is an OASIS rig, and I’ll bet Sexy Vexy is working on that as I write this. I’m having a lot of fun with this little trivia endeavor. So much so that I’m thinking of re-reading the book. And so much so that I’m about to do the worst thing (for me) possible: give you the website and leaderboard so that you, too, can get in on the fun. Why is this bad for me? BECAUSE I WANT TO WIN, GODDAMMIT!! The more people who play, the less my odds of winning.
Now, when you check out the scores, you’ll be intimidated. Don’t be. I was totally stuck on the first question until my lovely wife gave me a different perspective. Now we’re only a little bit behind, and you can catch up FAST in this game. yes, you may team up. Yes, you can share with other players…but that is terribly risky. Will others burn you to get ahead? Absolutely. That’s part of the fun.
So without further ado…strap on your haptic rig and follow this link. And good luck. Any spare resources your mind had available are now considered forfeit.