As a teenager, I certainly remember going all-in on the things that I liked. We could get together and literally play RPGs all day. And there was no such thing as a band that was just "okay." They were either soul-shaking good or a bunch of poseurs.
One thing that I do miss about older editions is how you used to have to roll under your ability score to make an ability check. These days, you want d20s that roll high all the time. But back then, a more even spread of numbers was important (though of course, we all wanted dice that would preternaturally roll what we needed, when we needed it).