"Dungeons and Dragons"

By Andrew O'Hehir

By Letters to the Editor

Published December 12, 2000 8:42PM (EST)

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I am completely aghast at your insinuation that drugs of any sort are tied to role-playing games.

Sure, we might all be "geeky white guys" (emphasis on the "geeky" -- I know plenty of exceptions to both the "white" and the "guys"), but we are not drug users of any type. (I'd say that there are more hip black women gaming than drug users.)

The worst part about your insinuation is not that it isn't true, it is that RPGs are about as far away from drug use as you can get. Rather than use chemicals to get away from reality for awhile, we use creativity and oddly shaped dice.

I could go on and on about the wonders of role-playing games as recreation, but I've made my point. Gamers don't use drugs any more than we commit suicide!

-- Doug Meerschaert

Was O'Hehir's review of this movie a snide slam of a poor film -- or was it a series of snide slams on people who play Dungeons & Dragons?

Dungeons & Dragons, as well as other role-playing games, are exercises in creativity. Repeating insulting stereotypes about the people who play these games is no less offensive than the "shuffling inept sidekick" stereotype that he decries in his review.

Wake up, O'Hehir, nerds rule the world. You dream wistfully of the days when you and your knuckle-dragger buddies would "pants" the geeks and throw them into the girls' locker-room -- but while you're doing it, those same geeks are out getting better jobs than yours, driving nicer cars and dating more desirable women.

But we'll still go see the movie.

-- David Krieger

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