I first heard about this new Greek law banning all forms of video gaming a few days ago. I thought it was an elaborate joke at first. These things tend to spread like crazy in this day and age. But they also tend to be quashed just as quickly, which didn’t happen in this case.
I read the aforelinked piece on the situation this morning, via a link CJ posted to the Watt List. I’ve read it a couple of times, and I can still barely believe it. I mean, how can a democratically elected government – that supposedly would have some system of checks and balances – be so idiotic as to be “incapable of distinguishing innocuous video games from illegal gambling machines”? This is coming from the birthplace of democracy. If all hope is lost there, what does that say about the rest of the world?
But I guess one can’t expect much common sense from a country that convicted a group of British planespotters for spying. If the Greek government can pull stuff like this, imagine what else they could do.
Time to call for a boycott of the next Olympic Games, methinks. Unless, using their twisted logic, the Greeks ban those too.