Death of RPGs
January 26, 2012 1 Comment
Via http://pawnderings.blogspot.com/ I found this article by an “industry insider” concerning the impending death and transformation of Tabletop Role Playing Games (TPRGs):
I read this quickly and the first of twelve pages of comments that followed, and found a throwaway line in the article that the commenters seem to have missed, but to me is the real nut-shot:
“And instead of receiving the benefits of an acquisition engine generating new players every year, young kids got diverted into MMOs at an age earlier than any suitable TRPG offering, likely establishing a play pattern they’ll keep through to adulthood.”
It seems to me that TRPGs, played in-person, will wither as the practice of playing in-person with other people for sustained periods withers. In my more misanthropic moments, I think that we are raising a generation of kids broken to technology and the physical isolation it enables – a generation socially awkward at best, or one of shut-ins at worst.
Sigh. Bah. Kids these days….