PRESS RELEASE FROM WASHINGTON
A four-page press release was issued recently, including the
The role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), has been a
major factor in casing at least 9 suicides and murders, according to
two public citizen groups. Bothered about D&D (BADD) founded by Pat
Pulling, the mother of one of the victims, and the National Coalition
on Television Violence have called for required warning on all D&D
game books and for counter-advertising to inform the public about the
The evidence presented by the citizen groups is based on police
and newspaper reports as well as interviews with family members.
These document a pattern of youths becoming deeply involved in D&D.
Suicide notes and numerous details connecting the deaths with the game
have been found with the bodies.
Dr. Thomas Radedki, M.D., psychiatrist at the University of
Illinois School of Medicine, and chairman of the National Coalition on
Television Violence said:
"The evidence in these cases is really quite impressive. There
is no doubt in my mind that the game Dungeons and Dragons is causing
young men to kill themselves and others. The game is one of non-stop
combat and violence. Although I am sure that the people at TSR mean
no harm, that is exactly what their games are causing. Based on
player interviews and game materials, it is clear to me that this game
is desensitizing players to violence, and, causing an increased
tendency to violent behavior."
Dr. Radecki expressed concern that NBC psychologist, Dr. Joyce
Brothers, continues to be the paid spokesperson for Dungeons and
Dragons, promoting it as healthy play. Dr. Brothers has stated, "I
reflect for the company what's going on in people's lives. The game
is very interesting to me because it is a cooperative game."
Dr. Radecki responded, "While Dungeons and Dragons is a game of
cooperation and working together, that cooperation involves
cooperating in violence, premeditated murder, and war. While it does
stimulate creative fantasies, these fantasies are of killing and
horror. There is a need to get the honest information out to the
American people. The research is overwhelming that violent
entertainment is having a harmful effect on its participants. The
changes are most often gradual and subtle. When a children's game is
documented to cause many death, it should not be promoted through
advertising and cartoon programming. Every Saturday morning millions
of children see the half-hour CBS Dungeons and Dragons cartoon,
introducing them to this violent game."
The two organizations cited above have asked the U. S. Trade
Commission to require that warnings be placed on the covers of all D&D
books, stating that the game has caused a number of suicides and
murders; and to require that CBS, or others, warn viewers and request
them to get the message of the Surgeon General on entertainment
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