X-Play host Blair Herter and Ernie Cline hung out on Wednesday to talk about the Ready Player One Easter Egg contest and play a little Super Mario Bros.

Oh yeah, they also gave away a FREAKING AWESOME CAR! 

Congratulations to Craig Queen, who drove away from X-Play in his own grand prize Delorean! Too cool!

Win a DeLorean!


Ernie announced some big news today over at Boing Boing. Anyone out there interested in winning a DeLorean? 

To celebrate the release of the Ready Player One trade paperback on June 5th, I’m holding a contest inspired by the plot of my novel. I’ve hidden an “Easter egg” in the text of both the hardcover and paperback editions of Ready Player One. If readers can find this hidden clue, it will lead them to the first of three increasingly difficult video game challenges. The first video game challenge is an Atari 2600 game that contains another Easter Egg that will lead you to the Second Challenge. Completing the Second Challenge will lead you to the Third and Final Challenge.

The first person to complete all three of these challenges will win the grand prize, a 1981 DeLorean automobile, complete with a Flux Capacitor! I’ll be driving this DeLorean across the country on my book tour this June, so contestants will have a chance to see the grand prize in person at each of my book signings.

Get started today:



Tis Episode 38 and in a galaxy far, far away the Nerd Girls go into hyper drive on an interviewing mission of epic proportions. The Girls welcome the writer of Fanboys and the author of Ready Player One, Ernie Cline. From beginning to end Ernie and the Nerd Girls celebrate all forms of nerdy ways….