Amazon’s newly announced video game development engine “Lumberyard” has some strict rules surrounding how developers can use the tool. But, according to the terms of service, all of those rules go out the window in the event of a zombie apocalypse.
Lumberyard – a 3-D gaming development engine compatible with games for PC, Xbox one and PlayStation 4 – lists the usual legal jargon in its terms of service, including information about copyright infringement and disclaimers about data usage.
Buried near the end of the agreement, Amazon specifies that developers are not to use the software to operate medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, or even manned spacecraft.
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Sounds fair – it would be pretty weird if nuclear facilities were run using gaming software, anyway.
But, upon reading further, things get even weirder.
“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,” reads the rest of section 57.10 of the terms of service.
Well, that got dark quickly.
It seems that Amazon may really believe we are at risk of a zombie apocalypse in the near future – after all, the e-commerce company does have a “zombie preparedness gear” section on its website.