(Renton, WA) Since its release in 1994, the trading card game Magic: The Gathering has been a huge success, even spawning an online version in 2002. Several other similar games such as Pokemon have shown lesser success.
Students today are asking schools to create trading card game clubs instead of the tradional chess.
"The number of potential winning combinations far surpasses that of any board game," emphasizes game creator Wizards of the Coast.
Schools have been reluctant to incorporate such extracurricular activities into their programs.
Some parents fear the game's use of demonic imagery and descriptions, often citing the numerous attempts to create Dungeons & Dragons clubs at their schools.
Job Corps also forbids its students from playing such games.
Kids are outraged. Many have started playing their lunchtime bouts in loud voices to protest.
"Sure, my pawn can jump your queen, but I can't pwn you with mad mana?" was the graffiti on the bathroom partition at a local high school.
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