3 posts tagged politics
EU Rules You Can Sell Downloaded Games
If you’re a European citizen, you now have the right to sell copies of downloaded or digital games. According to the Court of Justice of the European Union, publishers cannot prevent you from selling your licenses to the digital content you downloaded after you have paid for them, allowing you to resell your license at your leisure as though you own said content. Even if you agreed to a different set of rules, publishers cannot stop you from re-selling this content, as exclusive right of distribution of digital content is “exhausted on its first sale”.
There is one catch, however. When you sell your digital data, you must erase your license as well.
The ruling suggests that if you’ve bought a license for a game off your mate, you’re within your rights to download it from the publisher’s website. “Therefore the new acquirer of the user licence, such as a customer of UsedSoft, may, as a lawful acquirer of the corrected and updated copy of the computer program concerned, download that copy from the copyright holder’s website,” the Court said.
Whether or not major game publishers will be changing their European terms of service or other legal digital matters has yet to be seen, but we can be sure to see a new avenue emerge for digital distribution soon.
New Zealand Political Parties Use Games to Campaign
As the November general election approaches, New Zealand’s Labour Party and Green Party have incorporated computer games into their campaigns to more effectively communicate their platforms to young voters.
Green MP Gareth Hughes launched a Private Member’s Bill along with a new game designed to raise awareness of the lignite coal mining issue in New Zealand. Accurately titled, Keep the Coal in the Hole, the game is essentially Tetris with a different skin. Instead of attempting to clear brightly colored blocks, the player must clear blocks of coal to, you guessed it, keep all of the coal in the hole.
The Labour Party game is a little more abstract. Players are presented with two choices and then asked to respond to the options. Some of the choices are “getting busy” with Princess Leia or watching Labour MP Trevor Mallard and National MP Tau Henare slug it out. However, the alternative choice is “Let’s not”. All options eventually lead to a question about state-owned assets and a warning that voters have another choice to make - on November 26.
While these aren’t the most exciting or innovative computer games out there, it is interesting to see politicians utilizing video games to appeal to constituents. Yet the question still remains, are these games actually advancing a lively political debate? Or are they the equivalent of a polarizing campaign ad?
(via: BitThirsty) [Thanks, mnkysuit!]
Man Runs for Spokane City Council in Starcraft Marine Suit
John Waite is the owner of the comic book shop Merlyn’s, and he’s going to be running for city council in Spokane, Washington in a Starcraft Marine suit.
Waite started wearing the costume on Free Comic Day, which was last Saturday.