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Every Ready Player One Easter Egg And Reference We Could Remember


We get that reference.


Ready Player One spoilers here!

Ready Player One is a blast to watch, and a large part of that is the endless flood of references and Easter eggs with which the movie assaults your every sense. These span movies, TV, books, video games, and music, from the 1970s up through the 1990s--and to the present day, which goes beyond what even the original book referenced.

The movie just hit theaters, so it will be a while before we can get it at home and start poring over every frame. But in the meantime, we sent as many GameSpot staffers as we could spare to the theater and asked them to note down every reference, Easter egg, and in-joke we could spot in Ready Player One.

Here are the results. This won't be comprehensive, but we tried our best. Oh, and for your benefit, we're skipping most of the really obvious ones, like Gundam, The Shining, and the Iron Giant. You're welcome.

When you're done here, don't forget to read our Ready Player One review, find out why it's a great movie, check out our analysis of the ending, and read our interviews with the cast and the creators.


Battletoads fight in the big battle scene


Battletoads was released on NES in 1991.


A squad of Master Chiefs (and other Halo characters) fight in the battle too


Artemis uses the Lancer from Gears of War


Wade buys the Holy Hand Grenade from Monty Python's Holy Grail


Although he fails to count to three when he throws it.


Parzival uses the SPNKR rocket launcher from Halo


Parzival briefly changes into Michael Jackson's "Thriller" outfit


He even does the dance.


Tracer from Overwatch appears several times


Chun-Li from Street Fighter is there too


And Lara Croft from Tomb Raider


Aech has a tiny Battlestar Galactica in her workshop


And the Valley Forge from Silent Running


Silent Running was a 1972 sci-fi film.


Wade lists Goldeneye as Halliday's favorite shooter


Although it's a little strange for the movie, since the N64 game didn't come out until 1997, later than most of the other things Halliday loved.


Artemis uses an Alien chest-burster glove to scare Parzival


Artemis uses a Madballs grenade in the final battle


Madballs were a toy in the '80s and even had a TV show at one point.


Halliday's jacket pin is the electronic Simon game


Aech tosses Wade a murderous Chucky from Child's Play


And its many sequels.


There's a Back to the Future hoverboard in Aech's apartment


There's a "Save Ferris" logo in Aech's apartment too


From Ferris Bueller's Day Off.


Samantha is wearing a Joy Division shirt when Wade meets her IRL


Joy Division is a post-punk band popular in the '70s and '80s.


Daito sports a Mortal Kombat sticker


Halliday has an Etch A Sketch on his desk at the end


The Magic Etch A Sketch was a toy you used to draw things that your siblings would periodically erase because they were jerks.


Halliday's desk also has slides for a View-Master


These things were always pointless.


There's a Beastmaster poster in Halliday's room too


Beastmaster was a 1982 fantasy movie.


There are also Space Invaders decals on the wall


Is that Speed Racer in the first key challenge?


And the van from A-Team?


AND the 1960s Batmobile?!?!


It pops up later in the race as well.


That's also totally Ryu from Street Fighter


Aech drives Bigfoot, the original monster truck


That looks like Deathstroke in the club scene


And that might be Deadshot


Joker and Harley Quinn are in the club scene too


Maybe the Distracted Globe was having DC night?


And Blanka from Street Fighter


Artemis's bike is Kaneda's bike from Akira


Akira is a 1988 anime film widely considered a classic.


The dance scene is a tribute to Saturday Night Fever


An iconic 1977 film about disco.


Parzival's boombox is an homage to the 1989 movie Say Anything


Starring John Cusack.


Hello Kitty appears in The Oasis


Along with Badtz-Maru, the penguin, and other friends.


Halliday's "funeral" is Star Trek themed


That's El Dragon from Battleborn


Gearbox's 2016 shooter.


Parzival uses the Hadoken move from Street Fighter


In his showdown with Sorrento.


Halliday and Young Halliday wear Space Invaders t-shirts


Paramount's rebooted Ninja Turtles appear in final battle


Freddy Krueger is in the battle where we meet Aech


Christine from Stephen King's Christine is in the race


Greatest American Hero logo on Parzival's headset


A comedic superhero series that ran on ABC for three seasons in the earl '80s.


Goro from Mortal Kombat is Artemis's disguise


Duke Nukem in the Doom World


Right next to Freddy Krueger.


The Serenity is the ship that drops off the Gundam


During the final battle.


Iron Giant gives a thumbs up while descending into lava


Just like the end of Terminator 2.


A Chocobo appears in the final battle


It's not clear if anyone from the Final Fantasy series is riding it.


The Winnebago from Spaceballs is in Aech's garage


And there's even more in the garage...


A Colonial Viper from Battlestar Galactica (The '70s TV series)


A ED-209 enforcement droid from Robocop


Cameron's dad's Ferrari from Ferris Bueller's Day Off


Swordfish II from Cowboy Bebop


An EVA Pod from 2001: A Space Odyssey


Zemeckis Cube


The cube used to turn back time 60 seconds was named after Robert Zemeckis.


Goldie Wilson campaign poster in Aech's den


Goldie Wilson was running for mayor of Hill Valley in Back to the Future.


Art3mis uses the pulse rifle from Aliens


Can be seen in the nightclub scene. Also, the Art3mis action figure comes with it.


A copy of Schindler's Ark is in Wade's room


Spielberg directed the film adaptation, titled Schindler's List.


StarCraft Space Marine


Wade's aunt's boyfriend, Rick, wears this skin in The Oasis.


The DeLorean has KITT's grill


The talking car from the TV series Knight Rider.