It’s funny – role-playing gets some stick in the USA from fundamentalists, in that you can worship devils etc. If only they knew. You’ve got to assume that the reason this genre is left alone, is that so few people indulge.I know you can play console games which basically consist of your character murdering people for hours on end, and the lobby are concerned about this. But in a console game, you murder someone by pressing a key. Ok, you get a graphic depiction of someone dying. In a role-playing game, you murder someone by getting a weapon, and waiting for your target to be vulnerable;maybe stalking them, maybe breaking into their house. What I’m saying is that surely role-playing games have a lot more potential to harm innocent young minds.I don’t know if any of the school shooters in the US were role-players. The thing is, the ethics are set by you and your group. For instance, I’ve gamed for a long time. I’ve played a few very nasty people. I’ve never played a racist, a paedophile or a wife-beater. I suppose everyone has a line.It can be very interesting playing a bad person, it can be pretty difficult. In our Detroit game, the characters have mostly decided to play white cops, for some reason, despite the area they are policing being 99% black/latin. Obviously there are a lot of racists. I’ve invented unpleasant and very unpleasant terms for whites, and tbh, if one of the characters decided to play a racist, and used offensive words, it’d be difficult for me, but it should be acceptable IN THE GAME. If he carried it on outside the game, one of us would leave the group. Generally, when you game, you’re gaming with friends, or at least people you know fairly well. So your ethics are generally understood. I remember one game, at a club years back, one new guy had what looked like a real hand gun in a case. It’s always helpful if the sickos announce themselves, so you can avoid them from the start… This is a bit of a dark article for this place, but at least I’ve not mentioned any videos.