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KloudStrife
06-17-2007, 03:40 PM
http://kotaku.com/gaming/legislation/congress-looking-at-the-skill-game-protection-act-269511.php

Looks to be a doozy.

"The Federal Government should take appropriate steps to ensure that, with respect to skill games-- (A) minors are prevented from playing for money;"

Sounds like it will really step on the toes of MLG :(

Darth Odan
06-17-2007, 03:45 PM
Heh. I don't see much of the problem with that legislature move.

"persons with compulsive behavior should be identified and referred to treatment; (C) operators of such games should not be vulnerable to, or participate in criminal or terrorist money laundering; and (D) appropriate taxes are collected."

BTW: Robert Wexler...Remember when he was in the Colbert Report...

housemdfan
06-17-2007, 05:39 PM
Well I guess it can be considered gambling since you have to give a registration fee(????) I kinda like this idea.

PerpetualHeaven
06-17-2007, 06:18 PM
http://kotaku.com/gaming/legislation/congress-looking-at-the-skill-game-protection-act-269511.php

Looks to be a doozy.

"The Federal Government should take appropriate steps to ensure that, with respect to skill games-- (A) minors are prevented from playing for money;"

Sounds like it will really step on the toes of MLG :(

It's a competition to determine who has the best skill in certain games. Since that is the case, this shouldn't conflict with MLG.

Roflcoptered
06-17-2007, 10:12 PM
Ill just quote someone who posted on Kloudstrifes link:
There seems to be a lot of confusion here.
This is not something bad.
This act is aimed at protecting skill games under the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) which was passed (snuck) into law last fall.
It's really pretty simple, take the folling examples.
A.) Paying $ to enter an online competitive gaming tournament for any popular FPS, RTS or MMO, fighting through the brackets and recieving $$$ if you win.
B.) Paying $ to roll a pair of dice and getting $$$ if the dice come up 6-6.
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pretty much this bill affects very few people... unless you are in the top 5 of the Gears of War leaderboard or somehow playing a gambling game for real cash and you are under 21, this bill wont afect you

Tiamat66
06-18-2007, 12:49 AM
There is a website in Philly, and probably other places where you can bet other people on wether you can beat them at video games, Madden in particular. I don't know the specifics, but a friend of mine does marketing to the site. Basically, you lay a bet down beforehand against an opponent, and winner takes all. If you leave before the game ends, you lose the cash. I think these sites might be what the legislation is about. He's told me you can make some nice cash if you are really good. I can imagine kids with their parents credit cards could lose alot of cash, since they all think they are experts...

codedigital
06-18-2007, 11:18 AM
This sounds like the old "skill" versus "luck" argument.

A lot of people were putting machines in bars and what not that were luck based and not skill based. Therefore, skirting around gambling laws. Games that you play require that it takes skill to win, otherwise it should be classified as luck and heaped in with the likes of slot machines.

We're really starting to see that around Ohio now. There's a little shop I see called "Spin 'n Win: Games of Skill"

Haha.

mike21878
06-18-2007, 10:15 PM
you could make the skill vs. luck argument for any game in Las Vegas casinos.

codedigital
06-19-2007, 11:08 AM
you could make the skill vs. luck argument for any game in Las Vegas casinos.

Not true. That's a different realm than what I was talking about.

It takes absolutely no skill to pull the lever or put a quarter in a slot machine. Here in Ohio, that's why slot machines are illegal.

housemdfan
06-19-2007, 11:12 AM
What about those machines you find in arcades? Where you drop the coin in and try to knock the coins on the bottom off of the shelf? Is that skill or luck?