Chess Was Once Considered Bad For You


In Bad For You, coming on January 7th from Henry Holt, authors Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham expose the long-standing campaign against fun for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were.

A portion of the book looks at the hysteria over gaming, be it tabletop or video, and how depressingly cyclical that unthinking hysteria can be. As evidenced by the following snippet from the book, even chess was once considered a path to moral degeneracy. Checkmate, said the devil.

You can see more excerpts from Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham’s Bad For You here on, including maps of comic book burnings, a history of banned books stretching back over 2000 years, and much more.

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