Watch This Explanation Of Why Playing D&D Makes You Better At Life

Watch This Explanation Of Why Playing D&D Makes You Better At Life

I kind of love the PBS Ideas series. It appeals both to my inner nerd (the child who watched Nova and 3-2-1 Contact incessantly many years ago) and to my current internet-based, short-on-time self.

In this latest instalment, host Mike Rugnetta takes a hard look at the stereotype that gamers and tabletop gamers still can’t seem to shed — that of the basement-dwelling failed adult — and digs into the reasons why it’s such a falsehood, complete with examples of real-life famous folks who love dungeon-crawling.

Most of us who play games realise that in fact, gaming and tabletop gaming in particular make a person more social and connected, rather than less, but the wider, non-playing world in large part still hasn’t gotten that message.

Can Dungeons & Dragons Make You A Confident & Successful Person? [YouTube]


  • I was introduced to AD&D back in ’03 and quickly fell in love with it. Few months after I found a games store that had heaps of groups playing every week and I was thrown into the world of 3.5e. I played right up til the end of High School when Tae Kwon Do and my Blacksmiths apprenticeship (real life D:) took hold. If it weren’t for that encouragement by total strangers to fully get into the roles of the characters I was playing, I would not have the huge level of confidence that I do today. Another bonus was that I had to care about maths, so needless to say my grades in maths jumped up quite a bit since I did nothing in class hahaha.

    For those who don’t know, Vin Diesal used to play D&D quite a bit through his childhood and openly attributes that to his acting career. Whether you like his acting or not 😛

  • and that’s why competitive gamers, MLG players and MLG wannabes should play D&D rather then just replaying the same limited game they have been for the last decade 😛

  • If you’re a D&Der from way back (haven’t really played since my early 20s) who grew up to be a successful, long married father of 2 who is well adjusted and employed and utterly happy with life, you’re probably watching this and thinking ‘duh’.

    I can’t measure the ways in which D&D enriched my life, not just in all of the ways this guy mentions, but even down to my reading comprehension, vocabulary and math. It’s an incredible game. I wish I had more time to play it.

  • dungeons and dragons is the most fun you can have with friends ever, i’ve gotten non-gamer friends into as well, just explain it like a board game to them, not like an RPG

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