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This was Originally Written as Feed back at TheParaweb.Com In there RPG section. They are neutral, and this is NOT geared towards them, but towards those who beleive these ignorant ways. Check it out.

Hi, Just wanted to RANT about the RPG Section. I know you have no official stand point on RPG's, but this isn't aimed at you, put the gerneral populas as a whole.

Recently, In the city I dwell in, a young man of 16 killed his parents, and part of his family. The others were wounded and only a sister that was visiting friends was spared injury. Now they are blaming the slaughter on drugs, music, television and anything else they can get their grubby little paws on to blame, except those responsible. Himself, His family, and his teachers. Those are the people who spend the most time with him and should have seen signs of him being unstable. Which , of course, after the fact they say he was very unstable. If you knew, How did you let it get this far?

Anyway, how does this relate to my rant on rpg's? I run an rpg site, and have played for years. I'v played at conventions and with local groups for the past 15 years, and never have I met anyone who took it seriously. We all know the rules by heart , the creatures and landscapes betther than we know our history. None of them have ever snapped and killed anyone. Why? Because it had NOTHING to do with RPG's. Someone who kills someone else has mental issues to deal with. Now some things might trigger a reaction, but its not a cause. Somone weak of mind can be influenced by anything. Even god. And more murders are committed in the lords name than in any other. You do the math.

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The following comments are for "RPG's can kill!"
by Chrispian

It is... life. People are always looking for answers for everything, and some answers are not offered, and are not to be had. They jump to conclusions and latch on to whatever they think could be responsible. Recently, a woman tried to blame an online RPG (EQ) for her son comitting suicide.

The statement above is right: tragically, more murders are done in the Lord's name than for many other reasons. It is tragic that the God that we are taught is Love and Glory is invoked to justify breaking one of the Ten Commandments. And, no, I do not go to church every weekend, and I don't believe it's necessary to be a good person or a good Christian. And, yes, I play RPGs every weekend instead. And many people would tell me I am damned to Hell for that.

And... Judge not lest ye be judged. We are, truly, only human, and flawed. Each person has different flaws. Sometimes, when we jump to conclusions about causes, we stop finding answers. People who simply stop and blame something -- ANYTHING -- have stopped looking for answers, or asking questions. They have stopped trying.

( Posted by: kaerondaes [Member] On: April 30, 2002 )

Well first off I would like to say that, even though most people who react to people who play RPGs are Christians, that is really their problem when it comes to accepting that. (kinda like the music issue between the young and the old) But there are many christians that are very accepting of these things as they are. A descriptin of who and what we are.

I myself am a christian, my father is a pastor and he has since he was 26, I have grown in the christian community and have learned of it's values. And yet I right fantasy, I play roleplaying games all the time (finished FF8 over 5 times). That is a lot of time to dedicate to such a thing, and yet it hasn't changed me as a person, and everyone knows it.

The people in my church, know that I am the PK and they also know that I am deeply involved insuch games. But they accept these things, and they will accept you. Sadly though it is true, there are many people who will breathe fire and brimstone down your backside for playing such games, but that is their problem, it is not christianity as a whole but a personnal flaw. Nobodys perfect right? I hope that this helps you in understanding where they are coming from, it is mainly just a conflict of personnal opinions. Later.

-Chill (0*0)

( Posted by: chill [Member] On: April 30, 2002 )

re: chill rpg
Chill, No doubt. I live in the south where religion is very strong. We call it the "crotch of the bible belt". It's true that religious types tend to condemn gaming, but luckily in years past it's been much better.

I know gaming probably won't escape this kind of critisim, but I do think awareness has helped it a great deal. Every now and then some reporter or politician gets his hands on an idea and tries to crusade around with it for his own agenda. Sad really.

( Posted by: Chrispian [Admin] On: April 30, 2002 )

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