Character mistake: After Wade is going over the second clue in his mind and trying to figure out what part of Halliday's past is he trying to escape from, he looks over the wall of article clippings and notes he has hung up. When the camera stops on Karen Underwood's obituary, there is a hand written note beside it listing movies set in New York, with the sentence "Set in New York" underlined. This apparently him looking for clues in films set there for the race challenge that is in Manhattan. However, one of the films he has written on that list is Mad Max, which takes place in Australia, not New York. (00:35:00)
The third and final challenge involves getting to Planet Doom and beating "Adventure", OASIS co-creator James Halliday's favourite game for the Atari 2600, housed in a castle protected by a forcefield. Other players help Parzival attack the forces protecting it, and Art3mis deactivates the forcefield, but a bomb is triggered by Sorrento, killing all the avatars on the planet. Because Parzival had won a coin earlier, he gets an extra life, plays through the game and finds the easter egg, getting the last key.
He's given a contract to sign for his reward by the avatar of Halliday, but he recognises it's the same one the co-creator of OASIS signed, a decision Halliday had regretted taking. He refuses to sign it, and learns that was the final test - Halliday didn't want him to make the same mistakes. Parzival wins the golden egg, and with it control of OASIS. Sorrento is arrested for the bombing of Wade's stack, and Wade runs OASIS with the other "high five" who helped him win. Innovative Online Industries is forced to stop using indentured servants, and the OASIS will be shut down twice a week, forcing people to spend time in reality.
Wade Watts: A creator who hates his own creation. A hidden key: a leap not taken. Retrace your steps, escape your past. And the key of Jade will be yours at last.
Trivia: After Wade introduces his own avatar, it shows a line of people waiting by a portal. Just before Tracer shows up to the portal, you can see Sonic the Hedgehog standing towards the back of the line tapping his foot in the famous idle animation from the original game where he would tap his foot impatiently if the player left him standing still for too long. (00:04:55)
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