Pop Culture Pop Quiz

Can you speak geek?

How savvy are you about Ready Player One's Eighties references?

Match the name to the description.

1) Zork

2) Tranzor Z

3) Ladyhawke

4) Thundarr the Barbarian

5) Neal Stephenson

6) Misfits of Science

7) Wil Wheaton

8) IMSAI 8080

9) "Union of the Snake"

10) Tennis for Two

a) Considered the first video game; developed in 1958 for an oscilloscope

b) Fantasy movie starring Ferris Bueller just before he became Ferris Bueller

c) aka Wesley Crusher, aka the reader for the audio version of Ready Player One

d) The Americanized name of the massive superrobot originally from Japanese manga

e) Remember that weird iguana dancer and sexy bellhop from the video?

f) An early microcomputer that looks excessively macro these days

g) Short-lived, live-action TV show featuring a superpowered Courteney Cox

h) Author of such sci-fi classics as Snow Crash

i) One of the first text-based adventure games, developed in the late Seventies

j) Has a good friend named Ookla


1) i, 2) d, 3) b, 4) j, 5) h, 6) g, 7) c, 8) f, 9) e, 10) a

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Ready Player One, Ernest Cline, geek culture, Zork, Tranzor Z, Ladyhawke, Thundarr the Barbarian, Neal Stephenson, Misfits of Science, Wil Wheaton, IMSAI 8080, Union of the Snake, Tennis for Two

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