Magic the Gathering is another collectible card game, and while it targets a slightly older audience it is even more prone to drawing parental ire. The artwork depicted on some of the cards, especially those representing the darker magics of the game, are called demonic.
Yes, there are spells. Yes, there are fiends. Yes, there are pentagrams in some of the older art. Again, it is better for the parents to know all this up front than to ignore it. But ultimately, Magic is a game.
Kids spend hours and hours playing Magic — they summon their creatures, blast their opponents and then get back on their bikes and ride away. They don't go off to try summoning a real demon, they don't start carrying swords and hacking off limbs if they get in a tiff after school. They simply enjoy a game that makes them think, puts them together in a group of friends and keeps them pleasantly occupied for hours on end.
Dungeons & Dragons has perhaps the worst reputation of all. Yes, someone once died in an incident that could be connected to Dungeons & Dragons. It also could be connected to his existing mental condition and a lack of proper
supervision, and it happened decades ago but that seems to be secondary to the fact that someone once died.
In Dungeons & Dragons you assume the role of a hero — a dwarf, an elf, a fighter, a wizard — whatever you want. You play your fantasy character in a fantasy world — fighting, gathering treasures, learning. Are there sometimes demons summoned in the game? Yes. Usually the players fight against them, but they are there. Are they real? No, of course not.
Ultimately, my answer to all of the questions is that the games are nothing more than games. Kids lay down in front of cars because they saw it in a movie; they jump off of balconies because they want to fly like Superman; is it possible that they could do something violent because of a game? Sure.
But statistically I would say they are in more danger of being hit by a falling airplane, spontaneously combusting or being eaten by a great white shark than they are of going off the edge because of a game.
Mentally unstable people do mentally unstable things. Meanwhile, the vast majority of people live their lives and enjoy their hobbies. So please, be aware of what your children are doing, know the people they are with — but
don't blame Pikachu for violence in schools or on the streets.