Lazy Saturday post! We continue with the #RPGaDay2015 Challenge and we are venturing outside the realm of tabletop games and discussing about their appearance in other media.
Day 8 – Favorite appearance of RPGs in the media
Bear with me, this is going to be somewhat controversial. There are good appearances of RPG in other media, for example the RPG scene in the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, ot the recent YouTube Series Titansgrave. And then there are bad appearances, such as Mazes & Monsters, or the razy 60 Minutes piece on D&D and all the 80s fears! While I’m sure that paranoia affected some people negatively, parents refusing to let them play, or destroying their books, Oscar Wilde said it best, “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”
With that being said, my favorite appearance of RPGs in medias is, Dark Dungeons.
Bear with me and allow me to explain. The little religious tract was meant as an attack on role-playing and the perceived evils in the eyes of extremist fundamentalist religious nuts! But the whole thing is so ludicrous, so comical, it has spawned so many parodies, even a movie, that it’s become iconic in my mind, and is a well that doesn’t seem to dry up. Without that little tract, we wouldn’t have gems like these:
Dark Dungeons MST3K style parody
Dark Dungeons the Movie, not perfect, but I just couldn’t stop laughing…
I truly believe the paranoia and fears so common back then, and so clearly expressed in that pamphlet, meant that fans of the hobby had to engage in conversation, we had to know how to debunk those arguments and defend our hobby against baseless attacks, I really think we turned a negative into a positive. Dark Dungeons gives us a platform to address those concerns and speak to the truth of our hobby. Some of those fears persist, but by and large, the concept of RPGs has entered the mainstream and that ultimately is a positive thing!
What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Let me know! See you all tomorrow…
Very nice! I loved that old Dark Dungeons tract.
One of the reasons why I wrote that MST3k parody. Glad to see people are still enjoying it!
timsbrannan that MST3K parody is one of my favorite things on the Internet, so feel proud, I’ve shared it hundreds of times!
True story. I wrote it all in one day at work while the printer was down. I am glad it has taken on the life it has!
Cool, I discovered it, some years ago and re-read it regularly. Do you remember when you wrote it? The year I mean…
it would have been ’99 I think. I was working at the UIC College of Medical Education and I think it was before my son was born. I was still using “Web Warlock” as my nom-d-net to keep my gaming life and professional life seperate.
I think I first read it about 3 jobs ago, in 2000 or 2001 and I printed it out to show to my gaming group since not all of them had Internet access. As much as I liked the Dark Dungeons movie, I still think your parody was better…
Thanks so much!