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#1 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -

If all the world leaders went bat shit crazy and issued a permanent ban on video games, what would you do? 
Here are few things to keep in mind:
All individuals with video games, as well as video game merchandise in their possession after the ban was passed will be incarcerated for 1 year.  
If you're visiting someone else's home and they have the above items you will be incarcerated as well. It doesn't matter if you were aware or not.
All video game related websites are closed. 

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#2 Posted by Shirogane (3620 posts) -

Rebellion! Revolution! 
 
Then gather all gamers and move to the moon and create our own country. Also, develop a super laser to wipe out humanity on Earth.

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#3 Posted by Creamypies (4169 posts) -

Honestly? I don't wanna go to jail, so I'd probably do as my government says. Having said that, there'd be too much of an uproar over it. It'd never happen.

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#4 Edited by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -
@Semition said:
" They won't. There's an infinite number of "What ifs". Few of them are worth discussing. This is one that's not. "

@creamypies said:

" Honestly? I don't wanna go to jail, so I'd probably do as my government says. Having said that, there'd be too much of an uproar over it. It'd never happen. "

I know it would never happen, but let's pretend for a moment.
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#5 Posted by King9999 (663 posts) -

They already tried it with pinball games (check your history), and failed.  If the world tried to shut down a multibillion-dollar business, there would be hell on earth.  Thousands of people would be without jobs, and not just people who work directly in the video games industry.  Journalists and and retailers who sell video games would feel the effects of the ban as well.  Japan's economy would probably disappear overnight, and the suicide rate would increase from not being able to play the latest Dragon Quest game. 
 
Of course, people would defy their government by making games underground.  But I think my statement above would be a far more pressing concern.

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#6 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -
@King9999 said:
" They already tried it with pinball games (check your history), and failed.  If the world tried to shut down a multibillion-dollar business, there would be hell on earth.  Thousands of people would be without jobs, and not just people who work directly in the video games industry.  Journalists and and retailers who sell video games would feel the effects of the ban as well.  Japan's economy would probably disappear overnight, and the suicide rate would increase from not being able to play the latest Dragon Quest game.  Of course, people would defy their government by making games underground.  But I think my statement above would be a far more pressing concern. "
Like I said, just entertain the possibilty. Imagine, if you will, that you live in a world where this has happened. What would you do?
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#7 Posted by Rinkalicous (1362 posts) -

I'm on-board with this Super Laser idea as long as I get to be Second in Command.

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#8 Posted by Pinworm45 (4069 posts) -

the mod community is good. Honestly, we might end up being better off.

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#9 Posted by crusnchill (871 posts) -

The massive humongous army that this legislation would create would be overwelming. 
But personally, I think I'd go fucking ballistic! 
This's one, of many, of my main sources of relaxation and release. And I wouldn't go all cliche about it and setup an online pertition. 
No, I'd make a picket sign, collect up all the people that this legislation would affect, which would be the humongous army I mentioned, and march on downing street in my countries capitol city demanding that they do what we want, and that they give us an apology while they're on it. 
 
Also, as a side note, I'd demand free deoderant for life for some of the more cliche gamers out there. That's ok though, I sometimes forget about my own hygiene when I'm really enjoying a game. Ha ha!

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#10 Posted by armaan8014 (6090 posts) -

Woah. The title almost gave me a heart attack.

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#11 Posted by apoptosis61 (569 posts) -

FUCKING REBELION!!!

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#12 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -

I would make my own country, and make it a safe haven for gamers. I would build this country with my imaginary money I got from Scrooge McDuck.

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#13 Posted by nicolenomicon (820 posts) -

Organise a revolution with my friends at The Escapist, we'd get shit done.

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#14 Posted by Aaox (1713 posts) -

I would instigate a rebellion. People who play games would be separated into groups based upon their most visited video game website or podcast. These groups would attack their specified government. No real names are used. The government is finally overthrown on the 22nd of July, 2021. 

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#15 Posted by c1337us (5877 posts) -

I would probably just go to work a little more then I do now and go back to reading a lot. I don't have rebellion in me.

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#16 Posted by Sin4profit (3385 posts) -

Create video gaming speak easys around the world...Make billions, form the new video game Mafia.

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#17 Posted by Kieran_ES (270 posts) -

I'd keep playing games. Honestly what kind of effort is the local police force going to put into stopping people playing video games? Especially in a smallish town with one police station moderately staffed.

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#18 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -
@Sin4profit said:
" Create video gaming speak easys around the world...Make billions, form the new video game Mafia. "
Nice
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#19 Posted by EVO (4029 posts) -
@Axxol said:
" If all the world leaders went bat shit crazy and issued a permanent ban on video games, what would you do?"
Get laid.
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#20 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -
@EVO said:
" @Axxol said:
" If all the world leaders went bat shit crazy and issued a permanent ban on video games, what would you do?"
Get laid. "
So you wouldn't be getting laid prior to the ban? lol
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#21 Posted by JokerSmilez (1374 posts) -

Same thing I would do if they tried to ban movies or books or music or took away another personal freedom with threats of jail: rebellion.

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#22 Posted by Jayzilla (2692 posts) -

i would open a studio and call it black market games.

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#23 Posted by davidwitten22 (1712 posts) -

I'd continue my life exactly how it is now. If they tried to arrest me I would resist until beaten unconscious and thrown in jail against my will, in which I would continue to resist. I don't want to live in a world where they can just take shit away for no reason. Replace the word "video game" in the title with "porn", or "tv", or "movies" or any other general freedom we should have and I would have the same reaction.

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#24 Posted by citizenkane (10873 posts) -
@Sin4profit said:
" Create video gaming speak easys around the world...Make billions, form the new video game Mafia. "
This is the only way to go.
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#25 Posted by ryanwho (12011 posts) -

I guess I'd cry Axxol. Stop making 14 year old girl diary entry threads.

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#26 Posted by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

...Almost shat myself there. Your title is very misleading.

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#27 Posted by chstupid (800 posts) -

I would become a video game black market dealer.
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#28 Posted by sixghost (1716 posts) -

I'd hook up my games in a TV in the attic or something, out of sight when people come to my place. And I'd only playing games with people I knew well. Basically the same way people deal with pot being illegal.

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#29 Posted by Benjamimmy (607 posts) -

Play Paintball all day whilst listening to game music  through my iPod pretending I'm in a game....

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#30 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -
@ryanwho said:
" I guess I'd cry Axxol. Stop making 14 year old girl diary entry threads. "
How is this a 14 year old girl diary entry thread?
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#31 Posted by Bones8677 (3473 posts) -

That scenario is so illogical and unlikely, you might as well ask us what we would do if the world leaders started killing EVERYBODY and that all ducks must wear hats.

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#32 Posted by Gabriel (4135 posts) -

Won't happen in America due to First Amendment.  

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#33 Posted by LordAndrew (14601 posts) -

I guess I'd continue doing whatever it is I do when I'm not playing games.

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#34 Posted by actionTACO (496 posts) -

I would praise the government for finally taking proactive measures against such a worthless and destructive industry.

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#35 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -
@actionTACO said:
" I would praise the government for finally taking proactive measures against such a worthless and destructive industry. "
Lol destructive industry
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#36 Posted by Djeffers03 (2537 posts) -

I would let all those clever PC hacker spam them with angry emails. That's bound to work right?

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#37 Posted by guiseppe (2843 posts) -

They don't have enough prisons in the entire world for that. Since I would assume that  about 70% of the modern world (as in, not places where people starve to death or are incredibly poor) has something in their homes that's related to video games. What would I do? Not much I could do, just spend the year incarcerated and wait for the ban to lift.

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#38 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

I'd start making people aware of my world, on the Moon. We don't ban games. Ever.

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#39 Edited by luce (4056 posts) -

VIDEO GAME REVOLUTION!!!
VIDEO GAME REVOLUTION!!!
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#40 Posted by natetodamax (19462 posts) -

Take up arms and march through Washington DC.

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#41 Posted by FunExplosions (5534 posts) -

People would die. That's all I'm sayin'.

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#42 Edited by JoelTGM (5784 posts) -

Seeing as banning video games makes no sense, there would be a huge uproar from everyone worldwide, and if they still didn't change their mind, Luchadeer would step up and lead the rebellion.  He would recruit Korean RTS players to command all the FPS players in battle, and the 14 million WoW players would work to gather materials and craft the weaponry.

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#43 Edited by icyroy05 (168 posts) -

I would be more likely to do something productive.

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#44 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5437 posts) -

Lot's o' drugs.

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#45 Posted by CL60 (17117 posts) -
@Axxol said:
" @ryanwho said:
" I guess I'd cry Axxol. Stop making 14 year old girl diary entry threads. "
How is this a 14 year old girl diary entry thread? "
He just usually trolls everything. Don't mind him.
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#46 Posted by alsnuts2 (699 posts) -

I would get WAAAAY into board games

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#47 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8553 posts) -

It probally won't end well. There will be probally an underground resistance and alot of protesting.

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#48 Posted by buzz_clik (7449 posts) -

Play more Scrabble, Backgammon and Boggle.

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#49 Posted by Damian (1521 posts) -
@CitizenKane said:
" @Sin4profit said:
" Create video gaming speak easys around the world...Make billions, form the new video game Mafia. "
This is the only way to go. "
Can we just do this regardless? 
  

To answer the question: I'd play video games.
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#50 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -

I would pour hours into playing this.