The only thing about the above which saddens me is that, while there is a larger percentage of the population than ever who now gets that joke, only a fraction of it understands where those terms originated. And of that percentage, many of them would never consider playing a pen-and-paper roleplaying game and would be insulted if it was suggested that they share the same heritage of those so-called "nerds" who were indulging in this form of recreation more than three decades ago.
It's hard to be a trend-setter.
I totally understand.
More and more, I think gaming and game culture was better before geeks were cool.
In addition to WoW, I would implicate the Battlestar Galactica reboot and The Walking Dead television shows. The "normals" are jumping on the geek/nerd bandwagon in record numbers! :)
At a wedding one of the groom's friends, who was a friend of mine, was busting on me for playing D&D. He'd already told me how much he loved warcraft and about his characters. He didn't like it when I explained to him, that at least I had the balls to sit around a table with other people and play and didnt' have to use the internet to play an elf.
Wizard of ID
May 20, 2009
was similar in tone,
Interesting... Not a soul that I've met who plays WoW isn't aware of the D&D roots of the game and its terminology. The vast majority of them have never played D&D nor want to play D&D, but they are quite aware of it.
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