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Raider Sunrise
8th Sep 2002, 11:01
http://www.pczone.co.uk/news/news_story.php?id=79977

The link is from a newsletter that's sent to my mailbox... Has anybody else heard anything about that? Is there anybody from Greece around here who can explain? I was very surprised when I read it...Why on earth would people want to do that?? :eek:

DaveJ
8th Sep 2002, 11:08
I think I remember Joanne Croft saying this would be a possibility there someday...how utterly insane!

John Carter
8th Sep 2002, 11:30
Eh? Isn't Greece an EU country? Doesn't the EU have some sort of overwatch on laws dramatically curtailing personal freeedoms and economic activities?

I see the law is designed to stop gambling. I wonder if, poorly worded as it is, there will actually be police busting into folks bedrooms to stop the play of Tomb Raider or whatnot in order to stop slot machines from spiriting away the gross national product.

Even if it is not enforced, that's a poor law to originate in the birthplace of democracy.

Mike_B
8th Sep 2002, 11:56
Originally posted by Raider Sunrise
Is there anybody from Greece around here who can explain?

http://forums.eidosgames.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4787

GoranAgar
8th Sep 2002, 12:26
It "only" prohibits electronic gaming in public places. So I take it people still can play at home. But if you play with your Gameboy in the bus you are a criminal.

DaveJ
8th Sep 2002, 12:28
According to the link to the other thread, even playing in home is illegal.

You are allowed to buy the games openly, on the understanding that you will never use them.


Really.

Lara Croft Online
8th Sep 2002, 12:32
Sounds like this man .


http://personal.ansir.com/img2/scrooge.jpg

GoranAgar
8th Sep 2002, 12:38
Originally posted by DaveJ
According to the link to the other thread, even playing in home is illegal.


I have read both versions. They simply can not ban gaming at home. I won't believe that. :p

DaveJ
8th Sep 2002, 15:43
You sure do talk purty, Nerevar......

DKSM
8th Sep 2002, 16:32
Originally posted by DaveJ
You sure do talk purty, Nerevar......

I have to agree. ;)

Jorge22
8th Sep 2002, 23:02
I have lived in Greece and I'm therefore shocked. I find that hard to believe for starters... May the plague be upon the heads of those who pass such laws. And, btw, how come the EU allow that in one of its states?

Lil Lara
9th Sep 2002, 01:33
Hmmm...wouldn't that be extremely hard to make sure that no one was playing a videogame(whether it be public or at home)??

Doesn't make sense.

croftmania
10th Sep 2002, 15:34
My God!What a shame!!!Of course this insane law would be revealed at some point.And now they're all laughing at us???
Well,let me explain(as best as I can)
Over the past months,there has been big trouble because of those games in casinos and stuff where you insert coins and if you get three cherries,lemons e.t.c in a row,or diagonically,you win money.Of course,you must be very lucky to manage to do that.Ok,this kind of gaming/gambling has to be forbidden,but for some weird reason,the goverment made a ridiculus law which disables you from playing games in public areas,but they may as well arrest you if you have a game installed in your PC:rolleyes:.The same law applies to tourists.I must be in great danger now that I have Tomb Raider installed in my PC,LOL!

Jorge22
11th Sep 2002, 23:10
That's insane - trelos - I agree. Have they banned casinos in Greece? Still insane, wouldn't you agree?

DaveJ
12th Sep 2002, 07:55
Update from PC Zone's site:
It may only be a temporary victory, but the case of the two internet café owners arrested for shamelessly playing Counter-Strike in public (see Monday's story) has been roundly dismissed by a Greek court.
Calling the arrest both unconstitutional and an affront to basic human rights, the result was widely cheered by a 300-strong protest group gathered outside the Thessaloniki courthouse. Campaigners have been protesting about the restrictions to freedom on the internet, accusing the Greek government of resorting to archaic legislature akin to the 1970s when playing with cards at home was outlawed (we kid you not).

"We are completely satisfied," said Dimitris Karanassios, spokesman for the Greek Internet Café Owners union. "All those who supported this case from the beginning are vindicated," he cheered. So now it's official. Playing Counter-Strike is a basic human right. The people of Zimbabwe and Mozambique will be so pleased.

It's not all good news for games playing legal eagles though. While Greece appears to be loosening its grip on the games players of the world, the UK is getting harder. A man was arrested and sentenced to four months in pokey for daring to play Tetris.

Okay, he was playing it on a mobile phone while on board a flight to Manchester from Egypt at the time, refusing to turn it off despite the dangers mobile phone use poses to the sensitive aircraft landing equipment. Faiz Chopdat was returning to the UK from his honeymoon at the time when the highly addictive game caught him in its evil snare. Sick and wrong. Ban them all we say. Except in Greece.

cowboy from hell
12th Sep 2002, 18:46
Here is some rancid food for thought:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2238242.stm

http://gamespot.com/gamespot/filters/products/screenindex/0,11104,561292,00.html

cowboy from hell
12th Sep 2002, 18:50
Originally posted by cowboy from hell
Here is some rancid food for thought:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2238242.stm

http://gamespot.com/gamespot/filters/products/screenindex/0,11104,561292,00.html

Please ignore the second link, I typed in the wrong URL. Here is the correction:

http://gamespot.com/gamespot/stories/news/0,10870,2879092,00.html

V_Croft
18th Sep 2002, 15:36
Originally posted by croftmania:
Well,let me explain(as best as I can)
Over the past months,there has been big trouble because of those games in casinos and stuff where you insert coins and if you get three cherries,lemons e.t.c in a row,or diagonically,you win money.Of course,you must be very lucky to manage to do that.Ok,this kind of gaming/gambling has to be forbidden,

Yeap, that's the case...