May 1, 2013
I always heard stories from my dad about how great the 1970s and1980s were but I never could grasp what was so great about it. After interviewing my father about what made the 1980s unique, special, and different, I was really able to make a connection of how identical his description was to the one that took place in Ready Player One. After comparing the similarities between the two, I was also able to make the connection of how different everything is today compared to the lifestyle back in the 1980s.
Before I interviewed my dad, I informed him that I just read a book called Ready Player One and that a lot of the information was based from the 1980s thus I needed him to be as specific as possible with everything regarding the 1980s. I told him that I need to get an accurate description of his life in the 1980s so I could compare it to the one described in the book. To get his brain flowing and his memory kicking I asked him about the films, music and video games of the '80s era. He said off the top of my head I can remember Ladyhawke, War Games, Monty Python, and the Holy Grail, Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Pac-Man, Tempest, Zork, and even Dungeons and Dragons. I was in a bit of shock because everything he just listed off to me was mentioned in Ready Player one. I proceeded to ask him if he had ever read the book. He told me he hasn't read book but I still couldn't fathom the fact the that everything he just remembered was mentioned in the book. It was clear the references in the novel are pervasive, and they alone can tell any reader that his book is intended for people who grew up in the 80s and have fond memories of that era. I believe that in itself it is pretty cool, but sometimes the constant bandying about the 1980s stuff can get a little tiring due to the fact I didn't get to experience it.
My dad felt that he hit all of his geek culture at once while he was growing up in the '70s
and '80s. He said that Saturday mornings consisted of cartoons such as Star Blazers and Robotech. Then there were live action shows like Ultraman and The Space Giants. Currently, my dad tries to engage with my brother and I when we play video games, but he just is not up to speed with the new found technology, systems, and games. Typically, when we play my brother and I beat my dad and it always results in him saying, “if you guys played the games that I played when I grew up, I would beat the pants off both of you.” So I finally asked my father in the interview what games he would play and what he used for technology was like back in the day. Similar to the description in Ready Player One my dad talked about Atari. He had all of their video games but also had other video games not related to Atari such as Video Pong, Space Invaders, and Froggers. My dad claims he was welded to his Atari 2600. Also, he expressed his profound love for Pac-Man. He played hours and hours of Pac-Man and considers it to be one of the greatest video games ever created. After he grew out of his Pac-Man and Atari 2600 phase, it was all about his first computer the TRS-80. Being the geek that my dad was and still currently is, he had to have the TRS-80. Based on his best knowledge he believe he paid around $600 at the time for it. I feel that from what I heard from my dad and what I read in Ready Player One, that they both are so similar in their course of actions and interests. I acquire this inclination because it sounds like they both grew up immersing themselves in all of these fads and that it seemed to form just about all of their adolescence.
I know that I did not grow up in the 1980s and have no idea of what the atmosphere was like but from what I read and heard from my father about the popularity of video games, I believe that my generation experienced something quite similar to theirs with the fascination of video...
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