It’s probably a good idea to actually check the terms of service when you sign up for anything new on the internet, but I’m sure I’m not the only person out there who just clicks ‘I Agreee’ without bothering to look through them. I mean if everyone is using these platforms then somebody would have already pointed out the parts of the contract that weren’t cool right?
It turns out that some people actually do read through them though and that’s how this weird piece of information was discovered. Amazon has just released a new draft of its terms of service and this includes its newly launched game development platform Lumberyard Materials, and the company is keen to stress that you don’t use the game engine to design anything that impacts the real world:
Lumberyard Materials are not intended for use with life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat.
That’s really weird, but I guess essentially they’re saying they don’t want you to use the game engine to perform simulations of any of those tasks as they don’t want it to be an accurate representation of what might happen in the real world? And they basically just want to stick to people creating cool gaming situations? Not really sure.
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Anyway, the good news is that if there is a zombie apocalypse, then you most definitely ARE allowed to use the games engine to sort stuff out:
However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.
Fantastic foreshadowing there by Amazon, I’m sure you’ll agree, although I’m not really sure exactly what it means. Like I’m not really sure how much use it would even be in this situation, but I suppose that’s mainly because I don’t know how it’s going to be much use in any real world situation? I
I mean if there is a real life zombie apocalypse I’m sure most people will be to busy surviving and trying to kick zombie ass rather than creating simulations of what is going on. If anyone knows please explain.
I suppose it’s just a joke but I don’t really get it? I guess it’s to inadvertently promote Lumberjack Materials, although having said that, I can imagine that being a mission on a zombie based survival game can’t you: ‘head into the facility to find the game engine/user interface’ or the equivalent.
As for me, I’ll be investing in this amazing house in case of a zombie apocalypse as it would literally be the perfect situation to be in if one ever happened.