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At the end of the movie Ready Player One (2018), Parzival talks to a digital version of

Halliday in his childhood bedroom

And he asks:

What are you?

but isn't given a straight answer. I wasn't expecting the question and don't really understand what he was getting at since:

we'd already seen plenty of this version of Halliday through his memories earlier in the film.

so the appearance shouldn't be that much of a surprise. I'm hoping I missed a detail from the movie or perhaps something from the book sheds some light on the question.

What exactly was Parzival questioning and what was the answer?

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    may have to vote to close this under 'future-works' policy: fandom.wikia.com/articles/… - since there is a sequel book / possible film dealing with that very thing – NKCampbell Apr 3 '18 at 16:12
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    This is not something addressed in the book, or even brought up, so this should probably be closed based on our Future Works Policy. – amflare Apr 3 '18 at 16:43
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    I thought it was a Transcendence-like thing where he transferred his consciousness to the Oasis. – Quasi_Stomach Apr 3 '18 at 17:22
  • @NKCampbell Do we know that future works will indeed deal with that? If The Last Jedi has taught us anything, it's that future movies (books, etc) might ignore or throw away everything set up in the previous movie. – Quasi_Stomach Apr 3 '18 at 17:24
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    @Quasi_Stomach - word of god from the author so at least a decent bet – NKCampbell Apr 3 '18 at 17:43