Old 1st September 2002, 21:53   #1
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Gaming banned in Greece

Riiggggghhht... I just read this

http://www.esreality.com/?a=post&id=220579

And I have to say... I'm pretty shocked! Why completely ban a form of entertainment. Even though, as the site already says.. it is common in some countries to ban a few games like Quake3 and such... I think banning every single video goes a bit to far. I don't think any goverment should have the right to do so!!!!!!

P.s. I've read this on many sites... so it doesn't seem to be a hoax

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Old 1st September 2002, 23:31   #2
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I don't think that's possible... the two major OS include games... even paint can be considered as a game... (remember Mario Paint for SNES?)

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Old 1st September 2002, 23:34   #3
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I saw this on Cscentral like 2 days ago, I think it's just fucked up.
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Old 1st September 2002, 23:36   #4
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thats crazy... sucks to be someone that lives in greece..
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Old 1st September 2002, 23:37   #5
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I would leave the country and take a laptop and start playing some games while i'm on the plane.
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And Apollos was saying how great it was in Greece.
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LOL! that will show them... no more solitaire for you
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LOL! that will show them... no more solitaire for you
Nooo!!!! Give me back my Solitaire, Hearts and Minesweeper damnit!!

I blame the gov't for being too over protective? Meh, I'm in Canada.

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i think the game thing is a small issue compared to the other laws there.i also think the are brain washing those poor lil' children like(insert name here),that has to walk up hills both ways,in the snow just to go to that one room school in (insert town here)30 miles away.
the government is strict there and they decide what programs they can watch on tv(usa is not so strict).

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Um. Holy fuck.

Greece sucks.

For the freedom to express myself in my own way without fear of being censored or banned.

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Old 2nd September 2002, 00:20   #11
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Except for that "lesbos" place... it just blows there.
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My exfriend used to brag about how he came from Lesbos and he was a "Lesbian"....


Most games have never really held my attention anyways. The only ones I play are on my PSA - solitaire and Traffic. I'd love to ban CS and Quake


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Old 2nd September 2002, 00:32   #13
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I'd love to ban CS and Quake

Please don't say that
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Hehe join the club. What else would the kids have to do though without CS? Ride around town on their fold up scooters?
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Hehe join the club. What else would the kids have to do though without CS? Ride around town on their fold up scooters?
That and wear panties on their heads (doo rags, I know)


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Fish, I'll join you. No more Quake or CS for anybody else. Massive-multiplayer FPS games should have the pure heart of a MMFPS game. Therefore Unreal Tournament must be implemented!!!
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Yes! Without FPS's, there'l be no choice! "West coast toddlers be frontin'"
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Old 2nd September 2002, 01:25   #18
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just when you thought the taliban was defeated...
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What about the Olympic Games?
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the ban's only on "interactive games". and imho the olympics are more of a sport than a game.

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Old 2nd September 2002, 05:38   #22
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Thats too far.
How do you expect that the government of Greece have for entertainment? I wouldn't want to have to figure out what they do.

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Old 2nd September 2002, 07:35   #23
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the ban's only on "interactive games". and imho the olympics are more of a sport than a game.
I'm curious- what sort of game is not interactive? Even pong requires the users to press up/down...
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Old 2nd September 2002, 11:55   #25
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anybody know what the maximum penalty is for playing/possession of games in greece?

forget drug trafficking, game smuggling will make you a fortune!
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forget drug trafficking, game smuggling will make you a fortune!
LOL! Hey kid, you like games...

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Yup.. the whole thing is pretty messed up. But this stupid law has bigger proportions than anybody can imagine. Think about this:

-most cell-phones have to be banned, cuz most of them have games on em (like Snake on Nokia cell phones)
- Both Microsoft Windows and distros of Linux have to be changed. Since all of them have at least one cheap ass game on them
- I could think of a thousand other products that have lil games on them... imagine what has to be banned or changed

I think the Greek officials should care less about gambling problems (since everybody should be responsable for themself) and care more about their huge political probs with Turkey!!! REAL WAR..OR VIRTUAL WAR... which one is worse???

Is anybody in this forum from greece... I'd like to hear an opinion of "a victim" of this strang law.
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Old 2nd September 2002, 15:23   #29
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I never thought I'd live to see the day where censorship gets to an extreme level. America censors a lot here for no reason, but Greece takes the cake!

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Old 2nd September 2002, 15:51   #30
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how the hell are they going to manage it? hire hundreds of police to go and break into houses and confiscate all games/computers? They'll have to get EVERY greek ISP to block ALL warez sites (but then look what happened when the riaa tried to get all mp3 sharing sites...), then you'll have to search any post going into greece that could contain a cd...

vie - i think he will at least have a medium sized watermelon. if not, 5 grapefruits.
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Old 2nd September 2002, 16:24   #31
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- I could think of a thousand other products that have lil games on them... imagine what has to be banned or changed
TI-83+ Calculators, you can put games on those too.

A very close Japanese friend I knew a while ago once said to me "Watashi no koto wo oboeta, onegai shimasu...Yakusoku?"

I forgot his name though...
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vie - i think he will at least have a medium sized watermelon. if not, 5 grapefruits.

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Greece, the great creator of games. The originators of the Olympic Games, Bans Video games? Sad move indeed.


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Old 2nd September 2002, 16:55   #34
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Yup.. the whole thing is pretty messed up. But this stupid law has bigger proportions than anybody can imagine. Think about this:

-most cell-phones have to be banned, cuz most of them have games on em (like Snake on Nokia cell phones)
- Both Microsoft Windows and distros of Linux have to be changed. Since all of them have at least one cheap ass game on them
- I could think of a thousand other products that have lil games on them... imagine what has to be banned or changed

I think the Greek officials should care less about gambling problems (since everybody should be responsable for themself) and care more about their huge political probs with Turkey!!! REAL WAR..OR VIRTUAL WAR... which one is worse???

Is anybody in this forum from greece... I'd like to hear an opinion of "a victim" of this strang law.
Consider thousands of websites on the internet banned as well, These forums may also undergo scrutiny, i can think of many game threads, and forums based games on forums.winamp.com


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http://english.cri.com*****english/2002/Feb/49692.htm

This website says that it only applies to public places, and somewhere else I read said this applied also to internet café's.

I don't think it affects private playing.
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That's gonna go against what Best Buy is somewhat known for. Not entirley, but most of the crowding at the local Best Buys here are by the game consols...

A very close Japanese friend I knew a while ago once said to me "Watashi no koto wo oboeta, onegai shimasu...Yakusoku?"

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Actually I've read on a couple of sites, that the law applies everywhere... home, public, Netcafes... I haven't researched the topic that much.. so I'm not that sure... But that's what I've heard
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uner that law, you could be in trouble for having a copy of Microsoft excel 97, because there is an easter egg in the program that is a game.
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Same thing for the Fast and the Furious DVD, since it has a PC demo of the Supercar Street Challenge game on it...

A very close Japanese friend I knew a while ago once said to me "Watashi no koto wo oboeta, onegai shimasu...Yakusoku?"

I forgot his name though...
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And Apollos was saying how great it was in Greece.
And it is nice, and I DID play counter strike in an internet cafe in Greece.

You see, many of the smaller internet cafes where people went to have been closed down but there are still some big ones that remain open and will remain open for good.

This law hasnt affected people in general in Greece as the Greek police is corrupted just as it is everywhere else in the world (at least the Greeks have the balls to admit that they are corrupt) unlike certain countries like the US and England who can do no wrong anyway, thats a different political issue.

The point is, if a police man was to see you playing a computer game like CS he would say hi rather than shut the place down, nobody gives a shit about the dumb law. Which leads to the question, is it possible for me to download something that will allow me to do one player CS against lets say, the computer? I wanna get some practice in so I can kick their asses in Greece in the net cafe's when I go in the Winter

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Actually I've read on a couple of sites, that the law applies everywhere... home, public, Netcafes... I haven't researched the topic that much.. so I'm not that sure... But that's what I've heard
I can read that Bilbo is the richest guy in the world, doesnt mean that that is the case.
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