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Started by Walt Freitag, November 29, 2002, 11:42:22 AM
Quote from: wfreitagSo I guess I am looking for answers to the initial question after all. Not necessarily the most true answers, but ones that are at least partly true and are, above all, easy to understand.
Quote from: wfreitag"What does role playing gaming accomplish?"
QuoteGood tries so far. But none of these will help convince a parent of a teenager that the real reason for his going off with his friends to play D&D for ten hours a week isn't summoning demons.
Quote from: wfreitagGood tries so far. But none of these will help convince a parent of a teenager that the real reason for his going off with his friends to play D&D for ten hours a week isn't summoning demons.
Quote from: Mike HolmesTell people you make a lot of money playing RPGs. That always makes an activity come off as a winner. :-)
Quote from: wfreitagHow many of us can explain why we play, in one sentence and in a way that a non-player can understand and empathize with?
Quote from: wfreitagI'm not convinced there's no good answer, but I don't have one. And even if I did, I don't see any way to get players or game publishers to use it.The honest answers aren't very helpful. Especially "I do it because it's fun" or "because it's my hobby." The question "Why...?" is a hostile one and a defensive non-answer is understandable, but counterproductive.
Quote from: wfreitagI'd have no moral qualms about being dishonest, if I thought it would work:One more thing. There may be some possibility, and some possible benefit, for an RPG industry image-building effort along the lines of those "Oil Executives United Against Fatal Bus Plunges" type PR organizations. Back in the 80s a group of physicians took a bold public stance against nuclear war by pointing out the terrible medical consequences it would have. Despite the fact that they had no particular geopolitical insight, and the fact that one hardly needs an MD to figure out that being near exploding nuclear devices can be harmful to one's health, they garnered a lot of press and the organizers won the Nobel Peace Prize.