Netflix’s Kiss Me First has an unusually personal take on gamer culture

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In Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the bestseller Ready Player One, the lines between heroes and villains are clear, because the bad guys are faceless soldiers driving identical cars, while the good guys have shown off their creativity by customizing their personal avatars and rides. But the message of individuality over being part of a collective rings hollow in a world where the heroes are part of a monoculture imposed by the immersive game’s creator, who decreed that to learn its greatest secrets, players must consume and analyze all his personal favorite pop culture. The crowds of players look diverse on the surface, but they’re all sporting designs that would be pleasing to a white, straight American man who came of age in the…

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