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Using a visor and a set of haptic-feedback gloves, Wade and millions like him enter its realm daily. Designed by programming genius James Halliday, the OASIS started life as a video game, with people adopting avatars, going on quests and generally leaving the real world behind.
Slaying your boss was a popular element of the game. Wade attends school in the simulation, while his mother works two full-time jobs: one as a telemarketer, the other as an escort in an online brothel.
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Millions of humans, side by side, but walled off from each other. The dilemma is best dramatised through Cypher, played by Joe Pantoliano. Although free from the matrix for nearly a decade, he cannot bear what has happened to the world. So he cuts a deal with the machines to re-enter the simulation and have all memories of the truth wiped. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realise? Even though the real world is scorched and almost uninhabitable — far worse than the declining planet that Wade Watts seeks refuge from — it cannot be abandoned.
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