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Depressed after Art3mis severs their relationship, Wade Watts copes by renewing his dedication to the quest. His apartment is secured and outfitted with state-of-the art technology, and he accesses the OASIS using top-of-the-line gear. Wade never leaves the apartment or interacts with anyone outside the OASIS. He has a virtual personal assistant, Max (based on the 80s character Max Headroom), who keeps him company inside his apartment. Knowing he needs to be healthy to complete the quest, Wade forces himself to exercise and eat well. He hates attending to his physical needs because it reminds him that in real life he is "an agoraphobic shut-in ... wasting his life on a glorified videogame." In the OASIS, however, he is "a legend. Nay, a god."
Despite his success and his celebrity status inside the OASIS, Wade is more isolated than ever. Art3mis has stopped talking to him, and his friendship with Aech has faded. The few people he knew in the real world have perished in the stacks explosion. Wade turns to Max to assuage his loneliness, but Max is a simulation, not a person hiding behind an avatar. Wade is figuratively and literally walled in by the quest. IOI is after his life, so he hides in his apartment, which he fortifies as if it were a bunker. More than ever, Wade feels that life outside the OASIS is a meaningless, unreal distraction. He attends to his physical health grudgingly and only because he needs his health for the quest. Every aspect of Wade's life is augmented or enhanced by technology. The cocoon of technology allows Wade to avoid facing the harsh truth: he is utterly alone, and his life has no real meaning.