"AA 241:87--I would argue that masturbation is the human animal's most important adaptation. The very cornerstone of our technological civilization. Our hands evolved to grip tools, all right--including our own."
It goes on for another quarter-page, but I think you get the drift. And, when you consider it coupled with the umpteenth instance of reference explanation below (explaining the specifics behind Wade's choice of "Max" as his system agent software), it's the whole book in microcosm. It's a condescending, detailed breakdown of what any reference means -- essentially, masturbation via words.
It fits in with the book as a whole -- namely, that the gunters are super-obsessive people prone to one-upmanship and proving that they know more than the next -- but the unfortunate side effect of all this is to end up with a book that, ultimately, has more in common with fan fiction than anything else.
There are parts of this book (the final assault, specifically) that bear an uncanny likeness to the material offered up as part of Fan Fiction Friday over at Topless Robot (minus the face-melting, mind-raping sexual perversity). Is Cline just a fanboy who got lucky with a book that shows how much he knows about Rush's 2112, or is Ready Player One about the triumph of knowledge over power?