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The book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline contains an easter egg. That easter egg points to the URL

anoraksalmanac.com.

When going there, we can enter the First Gate.

An image of a gate, with the text "Congratulations! You have found the First Gate."

After going through the First Gate, we're informed that

THIS CONTEST IS OFFICIALLY OVER!

(Buy you can still play through the challanges [sic] for fun.)

What did that contest entail?

What were the challenges, what were the prizes, who won?

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Courtesy of this site:

The Ready Player One easter egg hunt was elaborate. Once readers found the URL hidden in the hardcover or paperback versions of Cline’s novel, the link took them to a new Atari 2600 video game called Stacks. After completing the First Gate, the winners would have to play a new Facebook video game created by legendary developer Richard Garriott de Cayeux. After completing the Second Gate, the third and final challenge was to set a new world record for either Pac-Man, Joust Arcade, Joust Atari 2600, Black Tiger, or Robotron 2084.

The winner was Craig Queen and his final prize was a vintage DeLorean awarded for setting a new world record for his score in Joust Atari 2600 just eight days after the terms for the third gate were established.

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    Oh, is that all you had to do, set a new world record? Oh, if that’s all then- WHAT – Broklynite Jul 23 '18 at 1:36

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