What’s With the Greeks?

In an effort to curtail online gambling (a foolhardy effort akin to the War on Drugs), the Greek government has seen fit to ban all video games. According to an English language newspaper, the Greek government is ‘incapable of distinguishing innocuous video games from illegal gambling machines.’ What the hell? When did Greece stop being a first-world democracy?

I don’t even know where to begin on this one. Forget about the human rights issue–consider the economic impact. In the US, the video game industry recently surpassed the film industry in terms of gross annual revenue. Clearly this will cost the Greek economy a big chunk of change (never mind the revenue from grey-to-black market online gambling).

Regardless, be careful what you bring on your laptop should you be visiting Greece. That innocent game of Minesweeper could cost you dearly.

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