“If you play today’s massively multiplayer online role-playing games — World of Warcraft or Final Fantasy,for example — you have a 1970s tabletop game to thank, says author Michael Witwer.
Witwer has just written a biography of Gary Gygax, the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons.
“Even first-person shooters like Call of Duty have some of the roots at least in tabletop role-playing games,” he tells NPR’s Ari Shapiro.
From both a gaming — and nongaming — standpoint, D&D had far-reaching effects. Comedian Stephen Colbert, journalist Anderson Cooper and writer Junot Díaz all cite Dungeons & Dragons as an influence….”
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