It's funny how geeks, who really should know better, like to divide themselves into in-groups and out-groups based on their own interests being "cooler" than the others. You can see this in lots of areas. Fans of Star Trek (Original Series) like to see themselves as somehow superior to those who prefer The Next Generation, perhaps because TOS lacks TNG's PC undertones (or overtones). Adult fans of Harry Potter wouldn't dream of touching a proper fantasy series like The Book of the New Sun, despite that series' infinite superiority in every respect. And people who frequent forums like the Forge and story-games.com love to trumpet their preferred games' superiority over more traditional ones.
The way some 1st edition AD&Ders talk about 2nd edition is another example of this phenomenon, I often think. The complaints against 2nd edition (that it got rid of "devils" and "demons"; that it was written for young adolescents rather than adults; that it had a high fantasy tone where 1st edition was sword & sorcery) are primarily attempts to annex coolness to the 1st edition flagpole. In this discourse 1st edition represents some sort of mature, edgy, rebellious game which only True Badasses are brave or foolhardy enough to even touch, whereas 2nd edition is fluffy, inconsequential, childish and anodyne, and the preserve of only the most pathetic of nerds.
I find the whole thing utterly laughable, and whenever I see such arguments advanced I always envisage Tommy Saxondale, the ex-roadie turned pest control expert, standing there in his greying beard and faded leather jacket, waxing lyrical about the time he toured with "the Floyd". These people may think they are true nonconformists screwing The System, but what they usually are are rather drab middle-aged men pining for their lost youths and shaking their fists at a world that has absolutely no place for them.
There is nothing wrong with Raging Against the Dying of the Light - like Voltaire, I will defend to the death a 1st edition AD&D fan's right to enjoy his game of choice, even though I may not like it all that much. (I won't actually defend it to the death, but you know what I mean.) But let's not pretend that there's anything cool about liking 1st edition, or that it makes you more of a badass than those silly 2nd edition nerds. In the final analysis you're a grown man pretending to be an elf. Which, okay, I suppose could be described as edgy, but not in a good way.