They have so many references but they do nothing with them. As hokey as it is, there should be a sense of fun with using them like the Lego movie. Instead it's like "what skins can we use? Okay, have them all running."
I actually like that the random IOI redhead is clearly passionate about this and proud of herself for figuring it out. It was a nice touch, actually. Not everyone is willing to pass up a good life because Gunter Pride.