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Steven Spielberg’s film rendition of Ernest Cline’s none-more-geeky Ready Player One is a loose adaptation, to put it mildly. Fans of the book shouldn’t come looking for a faithful recreation of its obsessive dedication to detail, its meticulous exploration of obscure video game culture or even very much of its story arc. Instead, what you get is a hyper-charged, blockbuster riff on the basic concept of the OASIS VR paradise.

The characters survive, but Wade Watts’ transformation from penniless schoolboy to international superstar is largely dropped, as are his infiltration of IOI (that honour goes to Art3mis), Aech’s chatroom, Wade’s hermitage in Columbus