Brazil bans Counter-Strike and Everquest… freedom of speech pwned…

ROFL yes it’s true…

Brazil ban on Counter-Strike, EverQuest goes into effect

Brazilian Government Bans Counter-Strike, EverQuest, Fun

in portuguese:
Counter-strike e Everquest: proibidos
this article was written by brazillian people and has a LOT more details so… I’m going to comment this one… by the way, the english posts only mention the case, not really sure if they understood the true extent of the problem… it’s much more than banning a game…

these are some of the troubling issues:
– A federal judge (Carlos Alberto Simões de Tomaz) ruled (in July 2007) that it’s forbidden, in ALL Brazil, to sell or distribute books, journals, cd-roms related to CounterStrike and Everquest. It looks like it’s not just the game that is illegal, it’s all the merchandising also…

– Goiás (a brazillian state) lead the way… Lan Houses are being warned and fined and at the PROCON Goias website (http://189.11.254.254/procon/detalhe.php?textoId=001092), website for the Consumer Rights Protection Agency in Goiás estate, you can read that they are already apprehending copies of these videogames and you are informed that you have an email address and a phone number to use… if you know where these games are being distributed or selled, be a snitch Ups sorry, meant a good citizen… well, you got the picture…

– the judge decision didn’t specify an “age” so… it’s illegal for all ages… although, in the decision explanation, they state that these games damage the physical and mental health of children and teenagers…

This “law” is being enforced since January 2008…

You can read the judge decision here (in portuguese): http://www.leonardi.adv.br/blog/decisao-jfmg-20023800046529-6/

some conclusions:

– the CounterStrike: Source and Everquest2 players are laughing… while WoW community is doing the math to see how many years before WoW is also forbidden…

– Bin Laden, Hillary Clinton, George Bush and Prince Charles are cheering for the judge…

– In Brazil, you can’t play CS or EQ (man… you can’t even sell a book about it LOL some phd and scientific papers are being banned also?) but you can see Hostel and SAW…

– According to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) (http://www.esrb.org), Everquest is a T and Counter-Strike is a M:
T(een)- Titles rated T (Teen) have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.
M(ature) -Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

– again, freedom of speech was pwned…

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