Seriously?I get that we're a gaming community. I understand that.
I also understand that, as a community, we feel the need to come to the aid of any gamer who might be treated unfairly.
That's only right.
Thus, it was with great vigor that our many peoples came to the defense of a poor man deprived of his one love: Dungeons and Dragons.
Short version: Guy is in prison. Prison bans D&D. Internet esplodes.
Are we all up to speed?
Several video game news sites picked up on this story and ran with it. Oh, this poor, mistreated man having his beloved game taken away from him.
It was enough to spark an outrage.
Or, at least, several angry comments.
All caps, too. They mean business.
And, honestly, if you read some of the news stories, you start to feel bad for the guy. He's stuck in prison with nothing else to do and he wants to play a table top dice game. Sad, right?
Until you remember one funny point:
HE'S IN PRISON.
Jesus, people. What the hell is the matter with some of you? We're supposed to feel bad for this guy because they won't let him play D&D?
He killed people.
With a sledgehammer.
Suddenly, I don't really give a shit if he's allowed to play games or not. You pretty much give that up the day you decide to remodel someone's face with a sledgehammer.
We don't let the guy run around outside the building.
We don't let the guy order in pizza or hookers or anything.
Why the hell would we let him play D & MotherF&%@in' D?
Yeah, sure. He's a person and all that. He has basic human rights that are afforded to everyone no matter what they've done.
Things like air.
Among those rights, I don't see the words "Oh, and make sure he can play D&D anytime he wants."
We're under no obligation, legal or moral, to let this guy play games at his leisure.
This ain't Andy Freakin' Dufresne fighting against the corruption in Shawshank. He murdered someone in the face with a sledgehammer.
See, we afford those privileges to people who DON'T kill other people with sledgehammers.
Do you see the distinction? I know it's subtle, but it's an important one.
Wait... Can you even use two-handed hammers in D&D?
... I'm probably going to hell for that one.