In the novel ‘Ready Player one,’ one can see that the characters in the book are dissatisfied with reality and are in a constant need of escape. OASIS, a realistic MMO game, gives various characters this chance of freedom- to avoid being in contact with real world problems. The real world portrayed in this novel, is a dystopian one, there is nothing but poverty and grief. This makes is easy for everyone to fall into OASIS as a means of escape. The OASIS is so realistic that characters seem to forget that they are in a virtual reality space and not the real world, Wade himself states “(OASIS) was an escape hatch into better reality.”(18) While reading about this wonderfully complex virtual reality, which had a digital library of it own filled with everything, I wondered whether it is a good thing to ignore real world problems in a attempt to get a moment of peace in another world. The main character states that there is a side effect to spending so much time in OASIS : ” Problems talking to people, shy, awkward, overweight and addicted to OASIS.” Instead of solving the problem Wade joins an online school in OASIS, which allows him to become invisible and ‘safe.’
It seems that most of this novel takes place in OASIS- the very name sounds utopian. It also alludes to a sort of mirage. Cline seems to express the deep desire of every human being- a search for our own OASIS. Virtual reality games that we have such as second life or SIMS emulate utopia, a world where you can be whatever and anything one really wants to do. Our appearances are take a backseat as in a virtual world your avatar can be as beautiful and perfect as you want it to be. When one is submerged in this world, one starts to prefer it as life seems easier than in the real world.