Mazes & Monsters
I previously posted about the satanic panic and alarm over D&D in my J is for "Just a Game" post. The scene from Mazes & Monsters unfortunately demonstrates what many people at the time believed about D&D. These people had usually never played D&D but the rumors, hearsay, and media attention would fuel the fire of their ignorance.
The movie was based on the book by Rona Jaffe. I do not know her motivation for the novel or what side of the D&D argument she stands on. It is pretty apparent from reading the book and watching the movie that her knowledge of D&D is best described as superficial. Take this still for instance:
Fortunately, I never directly faced this sort of hysteria from close family. My mom just needed help with the names of the products she would buy as birthday or Christmas presents. My step dad did not fully object but would just say "be aware of what you are messing with". At times his stance would annoy me BUT I do get it now. It is actually sound advice and makes sense. You should be aware of what you are messing with regardless what "it" is - games, religion, politics, etc. It never led to any arguments or heated discussions so it is no problem at all.
Now that the 80's are long gone, I thought this sort of hysteria and alarm would be gone but it does resurface every now and then. I hope that one day people will realize that activities such as gaming are not to blame for the actions of some people. It all comes down to choice and agency. People can choose to act "good" or "bad".