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Gary Gygax: 1938-2008

Gary Gygax died, last week, on 4th March, 2008, after being diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Although the gaming press was swift to offer eulogies, his death was greeted by a relatively muted indifference in the mainstream media - initially greeted by relatively brief, tucked away, news stories, and, a few days later, by short obituaries that noted his role as the co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons. That muted indifference is an utter travesty, because Gary Gygax is one of the most important individuals of the twentieth century. His influence on the sum of humanity goes far beyond polyhedral dice and black-clad teenagers sitting in darkened rooms, and it extends well beyond the 20 million people who played the game that he created, or who read one of the many fantasy novels that he wrote. His influence on western culture is far more profound and important than just games and the people who play them.

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MrSwede3416d ago

I just cried a little. He was a great man and surely he'll be missed.

Rice3416d ago

May you Rest in peace, though i never heard of you after this you will always be in my heart...

zPlayer3416d ago

kinda looks like mr. miyagi. he probably was a cool guy.

Fanboy Slaughter3416d ago

That's terrible. The guy's been dead over a week, and, of course, this is the first I've heard of it because the mainstream American Media only give's a rat's ass about elections, and spoiled pop stars and their drugs.

Gygax was a GREAT man, plain and simple. Without him, MMOs would most likely not exist, or at least not in the same way. I first played D&D when I was 14, and it wasn't so much the game but the experience that came with it.

Some guys played poker, some guys played pool, and we played D&D. Some of the best parts of my formative years we're spent playing that game, it was a blast, didn't require electricity (one of our longest games was played during a 3 day-long power outage, under candlelight and battery lanterns), and, contrary to the belief of many a religious nut, it was a hell of a lot better time spent than doing drugs or vandalizing things, and generally being a nuisance to society.

The article was spot on, it was a complete travesty that Gary Gygax didn't get the recognition he deserved. My condolences to his family.

FirstknighT3416d ago

The media were to busy covering the death of Anna Nicole Smith. That was all over the tv for almost 2 months. It really is sad that people pay more attention to the movie stars that can't stop doing drugs over people that have made an impact on this planet.

LJWooly3416d ago

That's a real shame. Rest In Peace.

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