Ready Player One

Armada Playlist: Raid the Arcade Mix

Right on the heels of reading the novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (iBooks, Amazon), I picked up his most recent novel titled Armada (iBooks, Amazon). Armada is steeped in 80's nostalgia just like Ready Player One and the basic plotline is even the same...teenage gamer out to save the world. Maybe its because I am child of the 80's or maybe its because I'm just a die hard geek, either way I devoured this novel. At the very end of the book there is a handwritten "mix tape" playlist that has all of the songs that are referenced throughout the book. So naturally I created my own playlist in Apple Music and just had to share it for all the other geeks out there like me looking for the perfect mix of songs to game with...

Ready Player One Playlist

I recently finished reading the novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (iBooks and Amazon.com). It is about a teenager living in a dystopian future where much of the population escapes the harsh reality of the physical world they are living in by spending much of their time in a virtual reality world called the OASIS. The basic plot of the book is about a contest by the developer behind the OASIS who has left his entire fortune to anyone who can collect all the keys he has left as hidden "Easter eggs" throughout the OASIS. The book is full of references to classic video games, 80's TV shows, movies and of course music. I know, you are probably asking why I am just now reading this novel. If you have any interest in video games or virtual reality this book is a must-read. But if you are like me, as you are reading this novel you are going to have a craving to listen to the music referenced in the book. I solved that by creating a playlist in Apple Music. So crank up your Walkman, load up your copy of Yar's Revenge in your Atari 2600 and enjoy!

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