Friday, August 29, 2008

WotC Goes to War

So a few posts down, I talked about how a staffer for the McCain campaign, Michael Goldfarb, decided to use D&D as a slur. A lot of the gaming sphere has been talking about it, but I figured it would go away, mere road kill on the highway of modern elections, to be replaced by the next big scandal.

I was seriously wrong. Wizards has fired back, and fired back hard. Not only from the banks of Wizards, but from the heart of Hasbro itself.

This is something amazing. While the politics of the employees and management of TSR/WotC/Hasbro has run the gamut from hard left to far right (with every flavor in between), usually the official response from the company when under assault has been a stoic patience - not get involved in such things, to take the hit, to not fire back. This is calling out a national campaign for not only its slimy tactics, but also for getting its facts wrong, and smearing a game and a company that has over the years supported the troops is unprecedented.

I fully support Mr. Leeds and Mr. Charness in their comments, and I am proud of my old company for standing up to bullies and supporting gamers, soldiers, and those who are both.

More later,