"Pro-Gamer Groups Oppose Dungeons & Dragons"
By Bryan Caplan
When I was a young nerd, a local busy-body told my mom that I shouldn’t be allowed to play Dungeons & Dragons because “It’s devil worship.” Such complaints continue to this day. But I do have one thing to say on behalf of these folks: At least they had the decency to not label themselves “Pro-Gamer Groups.” In lashing out at nerdy pleasures, at least they never pretended to “represent us.” We never had to read absurdist headlines like “Pro-Gamer Groups Oppose Dungeons & Dragons.”
In contrast, we often have to read absurdist headlines like “Pro-Consumer Groups Oppose [Something Good for Consumers]” (such as, say, the XM-Sirius Merger). Indeed, if a “pro-consumer group” backed a few mergers, it wouldn’t be called “pro-consumer” for long. Go figure.