First, my name got messed up. Which is okay, but I got thrown off a bit. Then Wil Wheaton asked about my necklace ("What is that?" "A bird" "Oh, it looked like a ballroom dancer"). I lost all train of thought and proceeded to be the lame, silent fan that I didn't want to be. /sigh Growing up as a kid in the 80s in Japan, I dreamed of playing American console games while I played my Nintendo, Sega, and Sony HitBit. My fellow military brat "Halfers" would gather daily after school and watch Goonies, Lost Boys, Breakfast Club, etc. and wonder if life and American culture really was as portrayed in those movies. I wanted to tell Ernie Cline that 80s geek culture really was global, and while I may not be able to identify specifically with certain game titles and media references, the experiences and emotions felt were exactly the same.