Thursday, August 21, 2008

McCain's anti-D&D blogger pwned

Just like the death of Momofuku Ando (the inventor of instant ramen), Michael Goldfarb's gratuitous and weirdly out-of-place disparagement of the "Dungeons & Dragons crowd" has become a much bigger story than I thought it would. Sullivan links to Ta-Nehisi Coates:
It's amazing to me that this dude [Goldfarb] didn't know that a lot of military cats play D&D. I would estimate my old guild in WOW (Gnomeland Security for the win!) was about ten percent military. On another note,you like that Tucker's Kobolds reference, don't you. Once again to quote Ghostface--My remarkable armor is supreme.
Who links to Hilzoy and Robert Mackey at The Huffington Post:
Well, as anyone with half a brain should know, not all D&D players live in their parents' basement. Some live upstairs.

And others, the vast majority of them, became doctors, lawyers, excelled in business, the arts, and even politics. And a more than a few of them put on the uniform and stand by the colors. And more than a few of them have come back from the very wars that men like Mr. Goldfarb have sent them covered in the colors, the same colors that are given to grieving mothers, wives, and girlfriends.

Yes, Mr. Goldfarb, I play Dungeons and Dragons. And I have, in my home, a very large box filled with medals and decorations that prove my service to this nation. Where were you, sir, when your country called? Oh yes, writing for the Weekly Standard.

While gaming geeks rallied around the flag.
OK, it's not the New York Times, but this some pretty prominent coverage in the blogosphere. Don't piss off the gamers, man. There are a lot more of us than you think.

For those who don't know what "pwned" means, there's a link for ya.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, Ta-Nehisi? Someone's parents were researching ancient Egyptian.

9:07 AM, August 21, 2008  

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