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vniow
Sep 25, 2002, 03:56 PM
For those of you who don't know, Grece banned all electronic games (http://news.com.com/2100-1040-956357.html?tag=rn) not too long ago, and to put it mildly people were pissed. (http://news.com.com/2100-1040-957519.html?tag=rn)
They've just repealed the law (http://news.com.com/2100-1040-959365.html?tag=cd_mh) so for any of you who live in Greece or plan to visit, have no fear that your Game boy will be taken away by the govenrment. :cool: :p

edesignuk
Sep 25, 2002, 03:58 PM
Good! That law was the stupidest thing I'd ever heard!

fragiledreams
Sep 25, 2002, 04:59 PM
In fact the law 3037/2002 is now edited. Now games are allowed wherever "no economic transanctions of any kind is involved". That means that you can play whatever you like exluding on-line casinos and the like.... Internet cafes are not affectted by this law with the idea that the "economic trasanctions" are made for the inernet connection and not for playing games.

Anyway the succesor of the first law is surely a step towards the right direction. However I am looking forward a "Version 3" law so we'll be able to play coin-ops again.

A brief history: Law 3037/2002 was originaly created this summer because a government member who was also member of the anti-gambling parliament committee was found to gamble himself. So THE REAL REASON it was voted by the government was to wipe out the reactions of the scandal.

About two weeks ago a court judjed that this law was violating the constitution. Now it has no longer effect as it was originaly voted by the parliament.

This is a good example of how many things that are made fast, are premature and NOT CREATED FOR THE REASON THEY ARE SAID TO BE are TOTALY STUPID. A good example here is Bush with Iraq. Bush's "excuse" for an attack is the weapons of mass destruction while the REAL REASON is oil.

Hemingray
Sep 25, 2002, 07:36 PM
"economic transaction"??? :confused:

That would mean ANY transaction involving money. :rolleyes:

Doesn't sound right to me.

saint
Sep 25, 2002, 08:31 PM
Originally posted by Hemingray
"economic transaction"??? :confused:

That would mean ANY transaction involving money. :rolleyes:

Doesn't sound right to me.

It's about games which involve economic transactions,
so it basically means gambling.

It's not like they are banning all economic transactions.

thornycroft
Sep 25, 2002, 10:14 PM
im glad they took away that law.
it was so gay:rolleyes:

Hemingray
Sep 26, 2002, 02:26 AM
Originally posted by saint


It's about games which involve economic transactions,
so it basically means gambling.

It's not like they are banning all economic transactions.

I took the sentence "now games are allowed wherever 'no economic transactions of any kind is involved'" to mean that you basically can't walk into a store playing a Gameboy. :D A bit of a silly interpretation I'll admit, but then again, with these guys I wouldn't have been surprised! :p

big
Sep 26, 2002, 08:09 AM
a guy in my office is from Greece, when I asked him about that law he said he had not heard of it, though it sounds just like that country to do something like that......

so basically everyone in the world can get pretty funny huh? not just the States...