Dungeons and Dragons has changed a lot over the years. Yet one does not need to delve into the rulebooks to notice the alteration. One only need to take a look at two commercials, a first edition commercial from the 80s and a much more recent commercial for 4e.
(Yes, that was Cameron Frye from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.)
(We got to see that Beholder last year in our trip to Gen Con. He looks pretty awesome, and is really massive. I'm sad to say the poor fellow has lost some teeth though.)
The two commercials are so vastly different that it's hard to believe that they are for different editions of the same game!
Now I want you to do me a favor, and I know this is going to be difficult.
I want you to forget everything you know about roleplaying games. Pretend you don't know anything about them. You are just a someone who is bored and is looking fun to do. You are watching TV, and these comercials air back to back.
Which commercial do you like better? Which game do you buy? Why?