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My thing is if thy spent 5 years running that race course I do not believe for a second that no one had managed to beat it by accident. Surely someone would of made it in 5 years no matter how BA kong is. 100 people racing every day statistically it would have to happen. even if it was made impossible that way surely someone probably a newb started his car in reverse and would of accidentally found it. Just think about how fast a new game comes out and everyone finds all the Easter eggs in under a day.


Yes, in the book the 5 years made sense, the clue was very obscure. But while I would have loved that part of the book to have made it into the movie, they had to make it more action oriented. I didn't have too much issue with no one winning the race in the movie for 5 years, its just too weird a concept to try racing backward. And some Easter eggs don't get found, isn't there still one from Guardians #1 that the James Gunn keeps teasing us about?


A big dumb fun movie. I guess if this was a TV series than they would have been albe to put in more material. Such as The Oasis being more than just a game/club zone and there being online schools and online business being done that could raise the stakes. IOI having control of the schools as well as being able to dictate how online business is done? Much bigger.

It is a movie where you can pick it apart once you talk more. For example, the special treadmills. Now for comfortable walking, IMO one would need say the same length as a standard treadmill in every direction because different stride lengths. Not to mentain full out running. Plus if things are mapped to real space movement, you would need your own private room unless you want to end up kicking someone in the face like the TMNT players. Plus how would disabled players be able to use the Oasis?


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eh, I don't think this could ever work as a TV show. too much of it is nostalgia driven and involves incorporation of too many properties. As is, a major blockbuster movie could barely get rights to some properties...no way is a TV show going to do better on that front.


The studio producing the series would have to own those rights directly to make it work. Not even the House of Mouse owns enough to make this work as a regular serial.


How does the rights issue work? You can write about flying an x-wing in a book, but to show it in a film you need release rights?


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Black Dougal wrote:
How does the rights issue work? You can write about flying an x-wing in a book, but to show it in a film you need release rights?

Believe that it is a licensing fee and/or a marketing agreement. Dr. Pepper has an arrangement with Marvel via Disney to get their trucks blown up in several movies, for example.


Saw it with Missus Turin yesterday. Enjoyed it for the nostalgia flashback-fest and of course the

Spoiler:
Mechagodzilla vs. Mobile Suit Gundam fight
near the end.

It follows the same general principle that plagues most 'conversions' from novel to screen, in that the screen version is not 'up to snuff' in comparison to the original written source.

So long as you go in accepting this, it is a fun film.

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The Mad Comrade wrote:

Saw it with Missus Turin yesterday. Enjoyed it for the nostalgia flashback-fest and of course the ** spoiler omitted ** near the end.

It follows the same general principle that plagues most 'conversions' from novel to screen, in that the screen version is not 'up to snuff' in comparison to the original written source.

So long as you go in accepting this, it is a fun film.

The book is terrifyingly unfilmable. The movie completely based on it would last at least five hours and would be boring.


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Hama wrote:
The Mad Comrade wrote:

Saw it with Missus Turin yesterday. Enjoyed it for the nostalgia flashback-fest and of course the ** spoiler omitted ** near the end.

It follows the same general principle that plagues most 'conversions' from novel to screen, in that the screen version is not 'up to snuff' in comparison to the original written source.

So long as you go in accepting this, it is a fun film.

The book is terrifyingly unfilmable. The movie completely based on it would last at least five hours and would be boring.

Sounds about par-for-the-course. :)


Your right cause a good portion of it would be watching someone play a early 80's video game for a long period of time.


from what I remember from the book it was obvious the author wanted it to be a film someday

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Still badly not filmable


Most of the challenges from the book would not really be that exciting to watch except maybe the first D&D one. I mean one of the last ones was just them playing monte python and the main character quoting it.

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I wish they had kept the book version of how Wade/Parzival gets the Quarter.

Maybe they had trouble getting the rights for that one?

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It would be really boring watching a guy play pac-man

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