Two quick stories about D&D
in pop culture:
First, the Wikipedia page for the classic Dungeons & Dragons
will be featured on the front page of Wikipedia tomorrow, October 6th, 2010. This is due to the efforts of wiki editors like Kevin Baase and others who have worked to make the Ravenloft
entry worthy of such an honor. In July, the page for The Expedition to the Barrier Peaks
was featured on the front page for the same reason.
Next, it looks like D&D
has earned another honor - a nomination into the Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. The Rochester Business Journal
explains that twelve finalists will be considered for the two nominations for 2010. The other finalists are: Cabbage Patch Kids, chess, the dollhouse, dominoes, the Game of Life, Hot Wheels, Lite Brite, the Magic 8 Ball, playing cards, the pogo stick, and Rubik's Cube.
With that sort of competition, it may not seem likely that D&D
will get one of the two spots, but I wouldn't rule it out; the Toy Hall of Fame seems to have an appreciation for toys that encourage imagination. According to the article, one of the criteria for induction is how the toy fosters learning or discovery through play. And if that's not enough for you, one of the previous 44 nominees into the Hall was the cardboard box.
The final inductees will be announced on November 4th.