Ready Player One

Ready Player One

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Ernest Cline

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Ogden Morrow aka Og Character Analysis

Ogden Morrow is the cofounder of the OASIS. He and Halliday were best friends in high school; they were both nerds, although Morrow was more confident and charismatic than Halliday. Morrow fell in love with Kira Underwood while he was in high school, and the two later got married. Although Morrow was a co-creator of the OASIS, he came to feel that the simulation was having a negative impact on humanity, and left Gregarious Simulation Systems 10 years after the OASIS was released. After Kira was killed in a car accident, he retreated to live a quiet, reclusive life in his home in Oregon. However, before Halliday’s death he promises to keep an eye on the hunt for him, and thus when it seems as if the Sixers are going to win the hunt through unfair methods, Morrow intervenes and helps out Wade and his friends.

Ogden Morrow aka Og Quotes in Ready Player One

The Ready Player One quotes below are all either spoken by Ogden Morrow aka Og or refer to Ogden Morrow aka Og. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of Ready Player One published in 2011.
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Morrow stayed on at GSS for five more years. Then, in the summer of 2022, he announced he was leaving the company. At the time, he claimed it was for "personal reasons." But years later, Morrow wrote in his autobiography that he'd left GSS because "we were no longer in the videogame business," and because he felt that the OASIS had evolved into something horrible. "It had become a self-imposed prison for humanity," he wrote. "A pleasant place for the world to hide from its problems while human civilization slowly collapses, primarily due to neglect."

Related Characters: Wade Watts / Parzival (speaker), Ogden Morrow aka Og
Related Symbols: The OASIS
Page Number: 120
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Ogden Morrow aka Og Character Timeline in Ready Player One

The timeline below shows where the character Ogden Morrow aka Og appears in Ready Player One. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Level One: 0005
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...with computers, comics, science fiction, fantasy, and videogames. In high school, he befriended another boy, Ogden Morrow, and Halliday was soon embraced by Morrow’s friend group of “mega geeks.” Halliday and... (full context)
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Neither Halliday nor Morrow went to college; instead, they devoted all their time to Gregarious Games. Morrow was charismatic,... (full context)
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Halliday and Morrow were multimillionaires by the age of 30. Where Morrow used his fortune to travel the... (full context)
Level One: 0012
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...are working together as members of the same gunter clan. The news program then interviews Ogden Morrow at his home in Oregon. Morrow says that it is exciting to finally see... (full context)
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Wade smiles as he realizes that Morrow knows more about the hunt than has been widely assumed. In the mid-1990s, Morrow moved... (full context)
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Morrow and Kira founded a software company called Halcydonia Interactive, which produced free educational games for... (full context)
Level Two: 0018
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Wade receives an email from Ogden Morrow inviting Wade to his 73rd birthday party, which will be “one of the most... (full context)
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...is in its center. Art3mis approaches Wade wearing a “gunmetal blue dress” and looking beautiful. Morrow’s avatar, Og, appears in the DJ booth and waves to the crowd. Wade and Art3mis... (full context)
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...aiming for him and Art3mis. They both shoot back at the Sixers, wiping them out. Og then steps out of the DJ booth and vaporizes all the Sixers using red lightning.... (full context)
Level Two: 0020
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...has also started her own fashion line. She has blocked all contact with Wade since Morrow’s party eight weeks ago, and she no longer posts to her blog. Even though Wade... (full context)
Level Three: 0032
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...for long. Wade admits that he’s homeless, too. Suddenly a deep voice offers help—it is Og, Morrow’s avatar, who has suddenly materialized inside the Basement. He asks if any of them... (full context)
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Wade, Art3mis, Aech, and Shoto stare at Morrow in shock. Aech asks how he got there, and Morrow admits that he’s been spying... (full context)
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Morrow tells the crew that he wants to offer them his home in Oregon as a... (full context)
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...they are as close as ever. Landing in Oregon, both of them are stunned by Morrow’s mansion. Aech compares it to Rivendell, the beautiful Elven town in the Lord of the... (full context)
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Morrow leads them through the mansion’s grand entrance. As they walk, Wade nervously confesses his love... (full context)
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Before Morrow leaves, Wade asks him what happened to his friendship with Halliday. Morrow explains that Halliday... (full context)
Level Three: 0036
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...this has happened in OASIS history. Suddenly, Wade hears Aech’s voice, along with that of Morrow, Shoto, and Art3mis. They explain that the Sixers killed every avatar at the battle, including... (full context)
Level Three: 0038
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...one of the character’s sons, “the person he’d loved most in the world.” Wade tries “Ogden” and “Kira,” but these do not work. (full context)
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After ten minutes of failures, Wade remembers a detail from Morrow’s biography, which stated that Halliday would only address Kira by the name of her D&D... (full context)
Level Three: 0039
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Wade exits the immersion bay and finds Morrow waiting for him. Morrow congratulates him, hugging him tightly. He explains that GSS’s lawyers are... (full context)