In a drive to limit the social and physical impact of computer gaming on youngsters, the Swedish State Authority for Health and Safety has been probing several games that they deem to carry characteristics that cause harm to the younger Swedish population. QuakeWorld has been on a shortlist of games and a draft ruling suggests ceasing and penalising operation of QuakeWorld servers in the Scandinavian country.
It's a sad day for all QuakeWorld lovers out there as QuakeWorld has come in the spotlight for the Swedish Government, and it is not in a positive sense. In a drive to limit the social and physical impact of computer gaming on youngsters, the Swedish State Authority for Health and Safety has been probing several games that they deem to carry characteristics that cause harm to the younger Swedish population.
According to a statement by Mr.Jan Andersson
, a health and safety officer at the authority in question, QuakeWorld specifically has been under the lupe due to the gameplay being:"[...] of such a high pace it may cause epilleptic trauma [...]"
and further on: "[...] of such a challenging nature that it causes the body to release reward toxins so strong that they can be compared to liquid cocaine, causing immense damage to a person's social life when they simply cannot stop playing [...]"
Currently the task force working on the matter recommends that the hosting (servers) of all concerned games shall be discontinued in Sweden in a year from now and all par taking in QuakeWorld gaming penalised with a monetary fine of SEK9,500 ($1140), or one year in jail should the individual not be able to restrain him-/herself and perform repeated offences.
The QuakeWorld action will of course go on outside of the Scandinavian country, however leaving Sweden as a black hole in the QuakeWorld community.
Until then it is suggested to get the game on nquake.com
and enjoy it while there is still time.