Basically, RP1 [Ready Player One] came down to, did you love the 1980s
or not ? RP2 might be the same way.
Dear me. In the 1980s I was raising two young children. I love
my daughter and my son; I did not love the 1980s.
I liked the 80s: New Wave music and the tail end of 70s punk; I finished
my BA and had jobs I liked, even if they didn't pay well; I had both a fannish
and non-fannish social life; traveled a bit; lived in "slan shack" apartments,
then by myself; had a few romances, but none that "took"; got a driver's
license and a couple of cars; and played video games _very occasionally_
in arcades, taverns and other public places. What I didn't do was get a
gaming console or a computer that would play games. I used computers
at school and at work, but waited until the late 90s to get my own. I did
start posting to USENET via Dejanews before I bought a PC, using the
terminals set up "internet cafe"-style at a bagel shop near my house,
or the library.
If I had the 80s to live over again, I might do them differently,
for career reasons, if nothing else, but they hold some good
memories. Granted, I was under 30 for the 1st half. I was even
able to play full-court basketball one night a week at a church's
gym we rented on Wednesday nights and be able to walk the next
morning. I wasn't any good, mind you, but it improved my wind.