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Story where the hero ends up having his eyelids removed and being hooked up to some kind of virtual reality machine

This is "Spectator Sport," by John D. MacDonald, originally published in the Feb 1950 issue of Thrilling Wonder Stories, and the original from this magazine can be read online in its ...
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Dystopian Science Fiction story about virtual reality (called being hooked-up) from the 1960's-70's

It's a very short story, but this strongly reminds me of "Spectator Sport" (1950) by John D. MacDonald. It was reprinted in the 1960s several times in the Asimov/Conklin anthology Fifty ...
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Movie or episode of a TV series about a virtual prison that’s only revealed at the end

"Hard Time" is the 91st episode of the American syndicated science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the 19th episode of the fourth season (1996). In this episode, Chief ...
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90’s-ish Virtual Reality Movie

This sounds like "Love is a Download", an episode of the HBO series Spicy City- except in the virtual world the fat guy was a heavyweight champ and the girl was a geisha (some would argue big steps ...
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Trying to find a sci-fi book series about getting stuck in VR

Could it possibly be The Web 2027 and The Web 2028? These were omnibus versions of a YA novella series (each one contained 6 of the books from the series), and they were built around the idea of ...
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Movie or episode of a TV series about a virtual prison that’s only revealed at the end

"The Sentence" is an episode of The Outer Limits television series. It first aired on 4 August 1996, and is the final episode of the second season. In a near future plagued by prison ...
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Movie where the protagonist wakes up as a female character completely nude and finds armor to put on and a sword in virtual reality

Is this Virtual Revolution (2016), also known as 2047: Virtual Revolution...? In a future mega city, where most people spend most time hooked up to a virtual world, an agent, employed by a ...
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Book featuring digital Artificial Life, virtual reality using idle compute cycles

Could be Permutation City by Greg Egan, published in 1994. There are VR worlds, and something called the Autoverse, The Autoverse is an artificial life simulator based on a cellular automaton complex ...
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Book about a future world where people could live in a VR world and become famous from it

The book I was remembering was titled The Game by Terry Schott! It's a pretty good book that covers the story of Zack the main character as he plays a virtual reality game in which people can earn ...
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Scifi novel with Voltaire and Joan of Arc as virtual characters. Focus on philosophy

As discussed in the comments the book is Foundations Fear by Gregory Benford. This is the first book in a trilogy set in Asimov's Foundation universe. However the AIs are Joan of Arc and Voltaire, ...
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Sci-fi, mid-grade/YA novel about a girl in a wheelchair beta testing the world's first fully immersive VR program

I believe this is The Faces of Fear (1998) by Monica Hughes. From a review at Qull and Quire: After a car accident leaves 15-year-old Joan Sandow without the use of her legs, Joan’s world looks ...
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Book about a future world where people could live in a VR world and become famous from it

Ready Player One (2011) by Ernest Cline In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. ...
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Trying to recall a sci-fi book about elitists uploading their mind into computer to gain immortality

If PMar returns, they are welcome to any or all of this answer since they found the title. This looks to be Otherland, a four volume series by Tad Williams. The story opens with Paul Jonas, a British ...
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British Virtual Reality story from 1990s or early 2000s

I'm pretty sure about this one. I believe it is "Piccadilly Circus" by Chris Beckett, originally published in Interzone magazine May-June 2005 and later in The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 23rd Annual ...
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Cartoon where the characters enter a virtual world where disabled father regains walking ability

Sounds like The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest. The show was originally aired from 1996 to 1997. The paralyzed man, called Jeremiah Surd, is the main antagonist in several episodes and and the ...
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Short story about a virtual world. Protagonist is a female who specializes in torture experiences

I think you are thinking of The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect, a novella by Roger Williams. A computer of omnipotent power that is (theoretically) benevolent to humans controls the physical ...
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Time Traveler mistaken for senile, put in VR

This is John Macdonald's 1950 short story "Spectator Sport". Dr. Rufus Maddon arrives in the future, but no one cares, they think he is crazy. Everyone lives for the VR TV and the society is ...
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Augmented Reality Novel from the 2010s where reality is blurred

This is Wolves by Simon Ings, though this wasn't published until 2014. There is a detailed review here if that helps. The story opens with a train journey and the protagonist, Conrad, refers to it as ...
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1950s short story about a man awakening from suspended animation in the near future roughly the same and gets lobotomized, then gets a VR future

This is John D. Macdonald's "Spectator Sport" (1950). From a summary of the story on TVTropes: ...a scientist invent time travel and travel 400 years into the future. He's surprised to find ...
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Book I read in the 70's or 80's; I think the title was "The * mask"

"A Maze of Death" by Philip K. Dick Synopsis from Wikipedia: The plot revolves around fourteen colonists of the planet Delmak-O. They are: Betty Jo Berm, a linguist; elderly Bert Kostler, ...
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Cartoon: 4 kids transform into video game characters to save the world from a hacker and an evil program

Sounds like MP4orce? Heard about it in relation to ReBoot: The Guardian Code, in which teens are beamed into cyberspace to battle hackers and viruses. Ironically, the basis for both shows sounds ...
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Virtual reality movie where they upload after death the consciousness into the cloud

Per this related question this sounds almost exactly like season 3 episode 4, "San Junipero", of Black Mirror (2016). The only difference being that it is two women and not a man and a woman....
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Trying to remember book about virtual reality

This might be Realtime Interrupt by J. P. Hogan, published in 1995. https://sfbook.com/realtime-interrupt.htm As a brilliant scientist at a leading computer corporation, Joe Corrigan heads an ...
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What movie has this virtual reality scene in it, of an office worker whose fantasy was to be a success at work?

Minority Report This scene, where a man in a commercial VR establishment fantasizes himself being congratulated by a group of people while feigning humbleness.
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Cheesy YA novel about global VR MMORPG fantasy world

I finally found it - it's Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers #2 - The Deadliest Game by Diane Duane. I misremembered several of the details, I probably conflated some with Ready Player One .
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Die in the game, die in real life

After some searching, a friend of mine found the video. You can watch it below.
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Movie or episode of a TV series about a virtual prison that’s only revealed at the end

"Ex Post Facto" is the eighth episode of Star Trek: Voyager. In this episode, Lieutenant Tom Paris is convicted of the murder of engineering physicist Tolen Ren. As punishment, he must ...
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Anime/cartoon with kids battling with robots in a game

I may be wrong, but I think you're describing the travesty that is BASToF Lemon. Most of what you say could be from the first episode. There is a girl with pink hair, a boy with black hair, a second ...
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Trying to recall a sci-fi book about elitists uploading their mind into computer to gain immortality

Sounds like Otherland by Tad Williams (4 volumes).
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Trying to find a sci-fi book series about getting stuck in VR

Might be the Otherland series by Tad Williams. The first book, at least in a German version, has the circuit design. The series itself deals with the main characters being stuck in a virtual world ...
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