Finally got around to watching the film version of 'Ready Player One'.

Obviously the film doesn't stick to the book when it comes to the tasks/tests but I did notice references to the main book themes:

But, one of the main tasks is a recreation/acting of 'Wargames' so is there a reference to it in the film ?

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    I initially intended to put an answer similar to what @FuzzyBoots did below, but then I thought you might be looking for more of an answer like even having a slight reference to something War Games included; like a luchbox, mini Whopper figurine, or anything... Those might be unavailable due to the rights as well, but who knows... is that what you were looking for?
    – Odin1806
    Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 19:08
  • Wait a second, isn't the holy grenade a reference to the "worms" videogame series? Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 19:08
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    @MatteoTassinari Worms was referencing Monty Python, with this weapon and elsewhere (for example many of the death quotes are taken from the Parrot Sketch). Commented Jan 29, 2020 at 9:20
  • Is there no noughts and crosses board stashed anywhere in the film?
    – Jontia
    Commented Jan 29, 2020 at 13:35

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According to Ernest Cline, no, and here's why:

Cline: “Some things had to change because we couldn’t get the rights. Like we had talked about getting Blade Runner. But because I think they were making the sequel at the time we weren’t able to get Blade Runner. So then we started to look at other 1980s films.

War Games also was unavailable. And also War Games was something that worked on the page, but also was more of a dialogue-driven movie and not necessarily a visually stunning movie. And we wanted a movie that was more visually striking.”

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