Greece Bans computer games

By Pete | @kingpetey | 13 Sep 2002

Earlier this month the country of Greece made a law banning all computer games. This includes all computer and console games and those played on such devices as game boys. People have already been fined large amounts of money for being caught playing or owning games. The law applies equally to visitors from abroad: "If you know these things are banned, you should not bring them in," said a commercial liaison at the Greek Embassy in London.

The Greek government introduced the law to help prevent gambling. The Greek police will be responsible for catching anyone playing a game; these people could be fined up to ?60,000 and imprisoned for up to 12 months. The Greek gaming community is still stocked by the decision and may people are angry with the government for enforcing this silly law.

A court case this week came out with a verdict that the law unconstitutional. This will certainly mean the Greek authorities will have a hard time enforcing the law. Many of the gaming community are protesting against this decision and this first court case could set an example for many more to come. A lot of people have come to realize the government was too quick in bringing in this law and had not fully looked at all the consequences to pc and console gamers.