Boston Herald, Don't Be Hatin'…

Wow, I’m actually fairly amazed that anyone is willing to try something like this: The Boston Herald has decided that Amy Bishop, the University of Alabama professor who shot several colleagues recently, did it all because of Dungeons and Dragons.

Accused campus killer Amy Bishop was a devotee of Dungeons & Dragons – just like Michael “Mucko” McDermott, the lone gunman behind the devastating workplace killings at Edgewater Technology in Wakefield in 2000.

Bishop, now a University of Alabama professor, and her husband James Anderson met and fell in love in a Dungeons & Dragons club while biology students at Northeastern University in the early 1980s, and were heavily into the fantasy role-playing board game, a source told the Herald.

“They even acted this crap out,” the source said.

OMG, did you hear that Amy Bishop breathed air and ate food?! JUST LIKE JEFFREY DAHMER! Someone ban food and breathing, quick! Ohh, won’t someone think of the children?!

Seriously, I thought this kind of “blame D&D for everything” style of reporting went out-of-style back when the old Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons group died off. I know it’s been completely discredited since then.

And the tone of the article is just so precious, isn’t it? Midway between fearful terror and bewildered rage. You can almost imagine the reporter screaming “NERRRRDS!!!” while she was writing the article.

I was lucky enough that, back when I played D&D, my parents just thought of it as another hobby. I never had to deal with anyone who freaked out that I was going to turn into a Satanist or serial killer. How ’bout you? Did the old media witchhunts about D&D ever affect your ability to play D&D and other RPGs?

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  1. Kristen Redman Said,

    February 16, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    My folks didn’t care, but the way the holier-than-thou spoke about RPGs only made the games more intriguing to me, although I didn’t play D&D often. I was more of a Vampire player. I can’t imagine what that reporter would have said about *that* RPG. LOL

  2. Scott Slemmons Said,

    February 16, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

    For a while, they were really pushing “Vampire” as the new “Most Evil Game Ever That Makes People Kill You, YES YOU PERSONALLY, OMG VAMPIRES ARE COMIN” craze… But that kinda slowed down when the sales for “Vampire” dropped…

  3. Bert Said,

    February 16, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

    I’m a member of an online group, the Christian Gamers Guild, that was originally formed to combat the insane “You play D&D! You’re going to HELL!!!!” reaction.