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Diablo II vs Harry Potter?
Friday, August 4, 2000 12:39 PM | Michael Eilers
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Is it the Violence or the Subject Matter?
Tim Maddux August 04 - 1:22 PM

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The parallel drawn between Harry Potter and Diablo II to me doesn't seem so far-fetched if you think back a little bit. When the "debate" over the "Harry Potter" books hit the national newsmedia I was immediately reminded of the mid-to-late 1970's demonization of AD&D.

So, religious conservatism has simply found a new target. The debate is just as tiresome and only the players have changed. Instead of Ozzy, AD&D, and The Hobbit, we now hear protests about Marilyn Manson, Diablo II (or Quake, whatever), and Harry Potter. Perhaps gamers who were around before the 70's can think of even earlier examples.

- tim

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