The sequel to the hit novel Ready Player One, Ready Player Two, releases this week. The author of the series, Ernest Cline, is holding a virtual book tour. One of his “stops” will be a live virtual Q&A session at Bigscreen with the founder and CEO, Darshan Shankar.
This first of its kind VR interview will be held on December 5th at 5pm PT. The event will be free to attend. You will need a VR headset and the Bigscreen app.
Speaking about Bigscreen in a statement, Ernest Cline said:
“Bigscreen is by far my favorite VR application and it’s also the one I’ve used the most this past year. I get together with my friends inside Bigscreen at least once a week to hang out, watch movies, and play games together, even though we’re scattered across the country. I’m so grateful to Darshan and his team for turning something from my imagination into a reality, and for doing it decades before I thought it would be possible. And I’m honored that they’ve invited me to appear on their platform to discuss Ready Player Two.”
Darshan, in the same press release, wrote:
“In 2011 – before virtual reality headsets really existed – Ready Player One inspired us of what was possible with VR. People are now using Bigscreen as a classroom for virtual education, as a virtual movie theater, and even as a virtual date night for people in long-distance relationships: things Ernie Cline predicted a decade ago! I can’t wait to read Ready Player Two and get a glimpse of the future.”
Despite the general apathy surrounding the original novel considering it was released over nine years ag, this will certainly be an interesting event. If it is successful, we could see far more large events held entirely in virtual reality. It certainly won’t become the norm until VR becomes cheaper and widespread but this could be a sign of times to come.