Teen Questions About “Dungeons and Dragons”

What's so bad about "Dungeons and Dragons?" My friends and I really enjoy it. We've been at it for about a year and a half now. By this time our characters and storyline have become pretty involved and complex. My parents aren't happy about this. They complain that the game is taking up too much of my time. My mom even says that some Christian website calls it "evil" and "demonic." Personally, I find that hard to swallow. What do you think?

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We have serious concerns about “Dungeons and Dragons,” as well as some of the other popular fantasy role-playing games (RPGs).

On one level, “D & D” is about strategy and mathematical skill, and there are players whose interest would remain strong even if its mystical and magical elements were replaced with other kinds of imagery. That doesn’t change the fact the game includes occultic elements. Some former players have said that “D & D” brought them into contact with demonic activity. Such claims need to be taken very seriously.

A second problem is that this game can become an obsession. Some gamers have been known to play for 48-hours straight, forgetting to eat or sleep due to their intense focus on “D & D.” Responsible parents worry about this particular aspect of “D & D,” and maybe you should, too. Entering a fantasy universe and assuming a different personality can be addictive for some gamers, particularly those who tend to be isolated or who have a hard time connecting with people in the real world.

There are Christian products that can be positive alternatives to occultic and secular games such as “Dungeons and Dragons.” But even these RPGs should be examined and evaluated. Before deciding to play any game, ask yourself what message it communicates and what values it promotes. Games that focus on violence, sexuality, greed, and self-indulgence should be avoided. Philippians 4:8 gives us a great standard that we apply to our entertainment choices: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”

If you’d like to discuss this topic in greater detail with a member of our staff, please contact our Counseling department. They’d be glad to assist you in any way they can.

Also, you might be interested in a book titled Spellbound: The Paranormal Seduction of Today’s Kids that discusses “D & D” and other games, in-depth. This resource may be available at your local Christian bookstore, library, or through various online retailers.

 

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