Amazon updated its terms of service this week alongside its Lumberyard gaming development platform, with a new provision about acceptable use in connection with safety-critical systems.
“The 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,” the AWS terms state.
OK, that sounds reasonable enough, but it’s the next bit that is really interesting.
“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.”
Giving that fighting zombie in video games is commonplace, the new AWS provision makes a little sense. After all, what if in the spirit of trying to recreate a realistic zombie game, something goes wrong and……
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist