In our director Mary Flanagan’s home state (coincidentally also home to D&D creator Gary Gygax and GenCon), Dungeons & Dragons is not allowed to be played in prison. In a recent New York Times article, prison officials were noted as saying that Dungeons & Dragons could “foster an inmate’s obsession with escaping” his or her incarceration situation. Another great discussion on this situation by Professor Ilya Somin at George Mason at this legal blog.
It is difficult to imagine anything but D&D as a wholesome family activity after this commercial:
Perhaps this old classic Tom Hanks movie
Mazes and Monsters, may have had more influence than one would have imagined.