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Utah man on trial for hammer attack after D&D game
Posted by WJWalton on Tue 18 of Aug., 2009 06:09 PDT
Zachary King is currently on trial for breaking into the home of two men and attacking them with a hammer as they slept. King returned to their home after playing Dungeons & Dragons with the two men earlier in the day, entered through an open window, and attacked both men in their beds. Both survived the attacks, and are expected to recover.

Remarkably, the coverage of the story has not tried to implicate the game for the crime. The Salt Lake Tribune [article | archive] mentions that "...a motive for the attacks may have grown from the trio playing the fantasy role-playing game...", but clarifies that one of the victims "was directing the game as Dungeon Master, and King didn't like what he was doing with King's character." It also mentions that "...King had an issue with Bryson (the other victim) for dating a girl after both said they would not date her."

Certainly, neither of these are justification for such a horrible attack. I only mention it to point out the definite lack of the old anti-gaming rhetoric, such as "Murder attempt may be connected to controversial game."

The Spectrum [article | archive] gives the same kind of coverage, but supplies a little more detail on the motive. King was jealous of one victim for his wealth and writing ability (particularly his plans to publish D&D material), and jealous of the other because he went back on his word and dated a woman that both of them were interested in.

No sensationalism, just facts. Which is the way it should have been all along.

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