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Do people still think that playing RPG's such as Dungeons & Dragons, is evil, or just dorky?
No, its just that some people just don't like telling others about it.
Some people are just embarassed about playing games, that's it.
It's a bit of fun, of course, there are the religious cranks who condemn it, but who cares what they think.
D & D gave rise to WOW. I am not sure that is evil or dorky. It has extended the career of Mr. T and put lots of money in it creators' pockets all thanks to D & D. Massive online role playing games own everything to those xeroxed copies of D & D manuals that circulated in the '70s.
I'd say neither. In recent times, it's become even "cool" to play role-playing games. Many famous people have even played D&D such as Vin Diesel and Stephen Colbert. WOW (World of Warcraft) and Dungeons and Dragons Online, along with thousands more games available in that genre, definitely show that there is a market for these sorts of games.
Religious opponents of D&D committed fraud left and right to get people to listen to them, using fractured quotations with a lot of ellipsis (...) to make it seem as if the PLAYERS worshipped gods and stuff. The fans could easily be victimized by media and groups from the religious right -- when they were teen-agers. But now, we have grown, we are part of society and even run things to some small extent (especially the computers, lol). Unlike the South, these religious opponents will never rise again. The earliest opponent of D&D I can trace is the Rev. R.A. Cotter, who wrote a nonsense article.
Information on the "controversy" can be obtained from:
http://www.rpg.net/realm/critique/gama.html (Questions and Answers about Role-Playing Games, 1991 the Game Manufacturers' Association)
http://www.rpg.net/realm/critique/gama.html (The Pulling Report, 1990 by Michael Stackpole; examines the issue with reference to a particular anti-game crusader Patricia Pulling, now deceased.)
Wikipedia on Controversy on Dungeons & Dragons has other articles including references to articles in the peer-reviewed, legitimate psychology journals. We are not mentally deviant, basically.
There are still people who consider them dorky and there are still people who consider them evil.
Fortunately most "evil dorks" don't let that stop them anymore.
I only played D&D once or twice many moons ago. While I liked the game, I could never find a group to play with. But I think I might try the online version sometime. There are some Christians who claim that D & D is evil because it deals with magic and fighting. These are the same group that is against Harry Potter but highly approve of The lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia. I still scratch my head at this. I said that some Christians are against D & D. But not all are. I am a Christian and I approve. As for dorkiness, you can still play this game and not have the nerdy glasses and Pocket Protectors. It is a fantasy game and there are a lot of people who are into fantasy
I remember all the talk of it being evil, LOL thought it was funny then and still find it funny that someone would think that. As for dorky, perhaps it is still viewed by many that is dorky and in that case can I get my taped glasses and pocket protector as I find it fun still.
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