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All the New Cameos and References from Ready Player One (That I Noticed)

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Warner Brothers’ upcoming movie Ready Player One is every geek’s dream come true. It’s got cameos and references coming out the wazoo, from Deathstroke to the titular Iron Giant from, well, The Iron Giant. Trailers are the best way to show off these cameos, and the latest video is full of them, many of which are in blink and miss them moments. Here are all the references I found:

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Ryu

The main character of Capcom’s flagship Street Fighter series has a history of punching cars, but something tells me he’s here to drive one instead. He might be walking away from the audience, but I’d recognize that sleeveless gi anywhere.

Mach 5

How much do you want to bet Ryu’s gonna drive that thing? He is right next to it, and how fitting would it be for Japan’s most popular fighting game character to drive Japan’s most popular anime race car? Even if Ryu isn’t driving the Mach 5, it’s still a neat reference.

Batmobile

Sure, it’s not the Tim Burton movie batmobile, but it’s still a classic. Since the loss of Adam West is still fresh in our minds, I more than welcome any reference to one of if not the most memorable incarnation of the caped crusader.

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Blanka

He’s a little hard to see, but he’s the big guy with the big hair in the middle of the screen. Also, who’s that he’s talking to? Is it…

Chun-Li

Yep, Blanka’s talking to Chun-Li. That’s a cute detail, placing one Street Fighter character with another Street Fighter character. I’m going to keep scanning Ready Player One trailers for character like Ken, Guile, Cammy, and M.Bison/Vega.

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King Kong

The first Ready Player One trailer featured the Iron Giant, a character who will apparently fill the roll of Ultraman from the original book (I personally would have preferred Ultraman, because I’m a sucker for Japanese spandex-suited heroes). The Iron Giant won’t be the only giant-sized character/reference in the film, though, as good old King Kong is here to cause some chaos. But, now I can’t help but wonder what other giant characters might be in Ready Player One. I’m crossing my fingers for Godzilla and Talos from Jason and the Argonauts.

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Battletoads

Whoo boy, big fight scene time. Let’s look at all the characters the animators crammed into this part of the film. First up, the three big anthropomorphic amphibians front and center. They’re clearly Rash, Zitz, and Pimple from Rare’s (in)famous game Battletoads. These characters haven’t had a game since 1994, but they’ve lived on through constant cameos, most recently in Iron Galaxy’s Killer Instinct and Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight. It’s good to see some people still fondly remember these fighting frogs.

El Dragon

You see the luchador with the giant, golden arms on the far left of the scene? That’s El Dragon from Battleborn. Yea, I’m as surprised as you are; I thought everyone forgot this game even existed, but apparently one of the animators of Ready Player One wants to immortalize that game in the movie. While this cameo probably won’t be enough to breathe new life into what remains of Battleborn, we can always hope.

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Joker and Harley Quinn

Of course these two characters would make it into a Warner Bros. movie, since, you know, they’re only the most popular villains in all of DC comics. Joker’s looking a tad weird here. I can’t completely place the costume, but it looks similar to his iconic The Killing Joke clothes, or at least the hat does. As for Harley, she’s apparently combined her costumes from the Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City games. Good games, but anyone here miss when she used to dress like a harlequin? That was only the entire point of her name, after all.

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Tracer

Am I the only person here who finds it odd that Tracer from Overwatch is also in a movie that features a cameo from her game’s would-be rival Battleborn? No? Just me? Well, anyway, yea, the cavalry’s here, and alongside Chun-Li to boot. I’m pretty sure we’ll see other Overwatch characters in Ready Player One. My money’s on Widowmaker.

Lara Croft

If you look closely behind that rat creature (it’s either a Warhammer Skaven, Everquest Ratonga, or Guild Wars 2 Skritt, but I don’t which), you can clearly see Lara Croft rocking her 2013 Tomb Raider look. Fans have already pointed out a cameo by Lara in what is her original 1996 appearance, and I can’t help but love that both versions of the character are in this movie.

Uruk blade

Wow, isn’t this random? One of the not-Jason and the Arognauts skeletons is clearly wielding one of the iconic uruk blades from the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movies. We can now safely assume that references won’t just be limited to cars and characters but will also include weapons. C’mon, animators, put the Master Sword and Buster Sword in the movie; you know you want to.

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RX-78-2 Gundam

This ain’t no regular Gundam; it’s THE Gundam, the one that started it all: the RX-78-2 Gundam from 1979’s Mobile Suit Gundam. Some people prefer the XXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam Zero or the GF13-017NJ Shining Gundam, but if it weren’t for the RX-78-2, Gundam might never have become the household name it is today. This mobile suit is a classic for a reason, which is why it’s in Ready Player One. I only hope this Gundam’s not the only mecha in the film; I’m going to be disappointed if audiences aren’t treated to an entire army of giant anime robots, or at the very least other popular mecha like GaoGaiGar or Gurren Lagann.

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Chucky

Last but certainly not least of the new references, Chucky from Child’s Play. And judging by who he’s fighting, he might be a good guy. I have mixed feelings about that, but now I want him to fight another slasher movie reference in Ready Player One.

 

And those are all the new references I found in the new Ready Player One trailer, at least all the ones I recognized. I’m sure the video has a few that went over my head. Which ones did you see that I missed? Comment below.

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

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Evaluating Fallout 76’s Value in 2024

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If you’ve been keeping up with the new Fallout show on Amazon Prime, chances are you’ve been relying on PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium to access and enjoy one of Bethesda’s legendary RPGs. We decided to bypass the highly acclaimed Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3, opting instead to explore the vast landscapes of West Virginia in Fallout 76. Infamous for its initial reception, Todd Howard’s “Fallout with Friends” has evolved significantly over the past six years. However, does that imply the game is of high quality? Is it worth playing in 2024?

As we ventured out of Vault 76 for the very first time, we were determined to find the answers to those burning questions. Recalling our escapades on the Push Square YouTube channel, we encountered quest-giving NPCs—a feature that was surprisingly absent upon release—awe-inspiring bases built by fellow players—and an abundance of loot that could easily burden us 76 times over.

In the midst of the vast array of open-world online experiences, we found ourselves quite enthralled by the combination of 50s classics playing in the background as we obliterated the heads of ghouls. And to top it off, we were able to enjoy all of this with our friends. Exploring the wasteland in the company of a ragtag band of survivors adds a unique element to Fallout 76, setting it apart from other games in the series. However, does it manage to prevent us from uninstalling and transitioning to one of the mainline entries in the series? To discover more, be sure to watch the complete video!

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The cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 film has added an exciting new addition with the inclusion of Shadow, who will be voiced by the talented Keanu Reeves

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After a long wait, it appears that the search for a capable Hollywood actor to bring the brooding Shadow the Hedgehog to life has come to an end. Keanu Reeves, a renowned actor known for his iconic roles in film franchises such as The Matrix and John Wick, as well as his involvement in the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077, has officially been cast for the role.

Speculation has been running wild lately, but The Hollywood Reporter has officially confirmed the casting, citing reliable sources in the know. News of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being showcased at Cinemacon has quickly spread. Reeves is sure to bring his own special touch to the role, but it’s uncertain how well he will mesh with the mustachioed Dr. Robotnik, as Jim Carrey is set to reprise the character.

What are your thoughts on Keanu Reeves being cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Please avoid sharing fan art in the comments section below.

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Get ready for a metaphorical rollercoaster ride with ReFantazio Livestreams!

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ATLUS has just announced their latest event, the “ATLUS Exclusive: Metaphor: ReFantazio” broadcast. Fans can look forward to an exciting 30-minute showcase of never-before-seen gameplay from the publisher/developer. How exciting is that to anticipate?

According to Gematsu, director Katsura Hashino will serve as the host of the broadcast, which will debut on YouTube on April 22. The English version will include dubbed audio and English subtitles, and we have also expanded the list of timezones available.

  • North America: 3 pm PDT, 4 pm MDT, 5 pm CDT, and 6 pm EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 11pm BST
  • Europe: 12am CEST / 1am EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 7am JST, 6am AWST, 8am AEST.

Additionally, there is a scheduled stream for the next day, April 23rd, with the specific times listed below. Get ready for the “ATLUS Exclusive Debut Commemoration Special—Metaphor: Stalkers Club Final,” where fans can indulge in the captivating presence of hosts Mafia Kajita and Tomomi Isomura. They will thoroughly analyze and delve into all the information disclosed during the initial broadcast. Sayawaka, a visitor who is the author of the associated manga’s story, will be with them.

  • North America: 7 am PDT, 8 am MDT, 9 am CDT, and 10 am EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 3pm BST
  • Europe: 4pm CEST / 5pm EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 11pm JST, 10pm AWST, 1am AEDT

What are your thoughts on the influx of information about Metaphor: ReFantazio? Are you planning to watch any of the upcoming broadcasts? Share your authentic thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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