There's been several articles like Ready Player One is Everything Wrong With Geek Culture going around, where a person rips Ready Player One the novel and it's upcoming movie a new one. It's gotten to the point where a friend of mine posted on Facebook how the only people he hears from that are excited about this movie are white men. I also have some grave concerns about how this is going to pan out, but asserting that only men like the references in it is a problem.
I feel like you're erasing me. Believe it or not, I lived through that timeframe,too. And I was at least as much of a heinous nerd then as I am now. I was there playing D&D and arguing whether Ladyhawke was a good film with the rest of them. I wrote Apple Basic code to make those shifting argyle-patterns on the screen of the IIc's in the computer lab.
I like escaping too. And the metaphors I use for it area lot more like RP1 than any more stereotypical "Calgon, Take me away" moments. I am still waiting for Centauri to show up to zoom me away to fight Zur and the Kodan Armada. I'm still waiting for Vizzini in the Thieves Forest before being hired for the Brute Squad. I would sign up for a Ghost in the Shell implant today if I could.
I want to say this again -- there are signifigant problems with RP1. From what I've seen of the film in the trailers, there are some changes to the original materials that magnify those issues to an even larger degree. But let's see if we can't find a way to talk about those problems without erasing or belittling the actual lived experience of other people.