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Parzival finds himself inside a scene from the 1983 film WarGames as Matthew Broderick's character. Knowing it was one of James Halliday's favorites, Parzival has watched the film many times and has committed its lines to memory. He soon realizes his task is to act Broderick's part in the film. With every correct line of dialogue he delivers, Parzival's score increases. He successfully mimics Broderick's character through the entirety of the film. When he is done a verse appears: a clue regarding the whereabouts of the next key, the Jade Key.
The gate opens, and Parzival reenters Halliday's childhood bedroom. He checks the scoreboard, which displays a copper key and a copper gate next to his name. He is in first place, but Art3mis is in second place. She has found the Copper Key as well. He logs out of the OASIS and realizes he is in his freezing-cold hideout, an abandoned cargo van. Wade falls asleep and dreams he is torn to pieces by belligerent armies as he holds a glass egg.
Parzival's obsession with Halliday's favorite media pays off. Passing through the First Gate requires a gunter to have the entire movie WarGames memorized, and Parzival does. He clears the First Gate fairly easily, but his first-place position isn't secure: Art3mis is right behind him. The race is on, and the whole world is watching.
When Wade finally logs out of the OASIS, the contrast is startling. The simulation seems more real than reality, but the cold temperature in the hideout reminds Wade he is still a physical being.
Wade's nightmare signifies his anxiety about the quest. Now that he has achieved some success, his avatar's name is on the public scoreboard, and the whole world will clamor to talk to him. His avatar's anonymity will provide some protection. He is not the type to let the need for personal fame imperil his safety. Still he knows the contest's stakes are high, and he knows his success will put him in increasing danger.