Going outside is highly overrated.— Ernest Cline
The most whopping Ernest Cline quotes to get the best of your day
I've never really collected anything other than old Atari cartridges.
I only had, like, 12 Atari games as a kid, so at some point in my 20s I decided I was going to own all of them.
Being human totally sucks most of the time. Videogames are the only thing that make life bearable.
I've heard Stephen King say that when you write a novel you end up revealing everything about yourself.
I’d designed my avatar’s face and body to look, more or less, like my own.
My avatar had a slightly smaller nose than me, and he was taller. And thinner. And more muscular. And he didn’t have any teenage acne. But aside from these minor details, we looked more or less identical.
I have a thing for evil bald bad guys. The Kurgan is too sexy.
I was watching a collection of vintage '80s cereal commercials when I paused to wonder why cereal manufacturers no longer included toy prizes inside every box. It was a tragedy, in my opinion. Another sign that civilization was going straight down the tubes.
You’re evil, you know that?” I said. She grinned and shook her head. “Chaotic Neutral, sugar.
I never ran out of ammo, because each time I fired a round, a new round was teleported into the bottom of the clip. My bullet bill this month was going to be huge.
I feel like I was hit by all of geek culture at once while I was growing up in the '70s and '80s. Saturday morning cartoons like 'Star Blazers' and 'Robotech.' Live action Japanese shows like 'Ultraman' and 'The Space Giants.'
Very well! he said. You shall prove your worth by facing me in a joust! I'd never heard of an undead lich king challenging someone to a joust. Especially not in a subterranean burial chamber. All right, I said uncertainly. But won't we be needing horses for that? Not horses, he replied, stepping away from his throne. Birds.
You'd be amazed how much research you can get done when you have no life whatsoever.
I don't know if the '80s were unique, but we certainly got original, groundbreaking stuff at the time with movies like 'Back to the Future' and 'Star Wars' - movies that became classics.
I've retroactively made all that wasted time rotting my brain into research.
It makes me a hypocrite when I try to tell my own daughter, "I don't know, I think we've played a little too much Mario."
One person can keep a secret, but not two.
I was 7 years old when the '80s began and 17 years old when they ended, so it was an incredibly formative decade for me.
I noticed in the late 1990s that my friends and I were already nostalgic for the 1980s, and by the turn of the century, VH1's 'I Love the '80s' gave all of us an accelerated nostalgia for our generation.
I was a painfully shy, awkward kid, with low self-esteem and almost no social skills. Online, I didn't have a problem talking to people or making friends. But in the real world. interacting with other people - especially kids my own age - made me a nervous wreck. I never knew how to act or what to say, and when I did work up the courage to speak, I always seemed to say the wrong thing.
For one quarter, Black Tiger lets me escape from my rotten existence for three glorious hours. Pretty good deal.
It is on!" Aech shouted into his comlink. "it is on like Red Dawn!
I've wanted to own a DeLorean since I was 10 years old, but it always seemed like a silly daydream. Like owning the "A-Team" van or something.
I was obsessed. I wouldn't quit. My grades suffered. I didn't care.
I was just starting out, trying to become a screenwriter, and I became the Austin slam champion three times. For a nerdy, kind of a socially awkward guy, that did wonders for my self esteem.
I have to avoid things like 'World of Warcraft' or 'Minecraft', otherwise I'd never get any work done.
In the far reaches of the world, under a lost and lonely hill, lies the TOMB OF HORRORS. This labyrinthine crypt is filled with terrible traps, strange and ferocious monsters, rich and magical treasures, and somewhere within rests the evil DemiLich.
Everybody has this fond association with the car from Back to the Future, but most people have never seen one. I've seen people drive off the berm trying to take pictures. It ends up being dangerous.
I notice when I'm at a party where I don't know anybody - even if I have nothing in common with somebody - we can still talk because we were raised by the same TV and cartoons and movies.
"Lights," I said softly. This had become my favorite word over the past week. In my mind, it had become synonymous with freedom.
My favorite video game of all time is called 'Black Tiger'.
It's a Capcom Dungeons and Dragons game from 1987. I have the actual arcade version sitting in my office.
You're probably wondering what's going to happen to you.
That's easy. The same thing is going to happen to you that has happened to every other human being who has ever lived. You're going to die. We all die. That's just how it is.
It's so much better to hand over a finished book than having all these people waiting.
I watched a lot of YouTube videos of cute geeky girls playing '80s cover tunes on ukuleles. Technically, this wasn't part of my research, but I had a serious cute-geeky-girls-playing-ukuleles fetish that I can neither explain nor defend.
I'm incredibly nostalgic for the '80s, because I think that's when Geek Culture really kicked in to high gear.
Continue your quest by taking the test.
Yes, but what test? What test was I supposed to take? The Kobayashi Maru? The Pepsi Challenge? Could the clue have been any more vague?
I've been invited to speak at about 20 colleges.
There's always this moment when I'm having dinner with the college president: 'Ernie, where'd you go to school?'
As far as my house, I have a ton of video games and three or four old consoles.
I felt like a kid standing in the world's greatest video arcade without any quarters, unable to do anything but walk around and watch the other kids play.
If I was feeling depressed or frustrated about my lot in life, all I had to do was tap the Player One button, and my worries would instantly slip away as my mind focused itself on the relentless pixelated onslaught on the screen in front of me. There, inside the game's two-dimensional universe, life was simple: It's just you against the machine. Move with your left hand, shoot with your right, and try to stay alive as long as possible.
Everybody uses pop culture as a shorthand.
You might make an obscure reference to Monty Python or Iron Eagle that only some people will get, but if they do it conveys a world of meaning.
...now that everyone could vote from home, via the OASIS, the only people who could get elected were movie stars, reality TV personalities, or radical televangelists.
You were born at a pretty crappy time in history.
And it looks like things are only gonna get worse from here on out.
Steven Spielberg making a Ready Player One movie is going to change the course of human history as pertains to how quickly virtual reality is adopted. He's going to shows the whole world the potential of VR, which is one of the reasons I think he's doing it. Once you have to compose for 360 degrees, and a movie is different every time you watch it depending on where you choose to look, it's like the dawn of a new era.
I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world.
I didn't know how to connect with the people there.
I think it's a bit silly to brand the Internet as the 'downfall of youth.'
Virtual sex, no matter how realistic, was really nothing but glorified, computer-assisted masturbation.
I was one of the boys who made passes at girls who wore glasses.
Any girl who was smarter than me - that was a huge turn-on.
Video games paid for my house. What am I saying? Go ahead and keep playing!
I wanted to be able to write in the voice that I talk to my friends and assume that everybody would know what I was talking about.
The clans began to bombard the outer force field with rockets, missiles, nukes, and harsh language.
My characters are all kind of geek archetypes of people I've encountered at gaming and comic book conventions.