NEW YORK -- In addition to the age-old admonition about not
drinking the water when abroad, travel agents now must warn GameBoy
owners and other PC-gaming clients bound for Greece to just leave
home without it.
That's because the Greek government, concerned about the spread
of illegal gambling, recently banned all forms of electronic games
in both public and private spaces across the country.
Violators reportedly face tens of thousands of dollars in fines
and up to a year in prison.
The new law applies to PCs in private homes, offices and
Internet cafes, as well as to GameBoys and similar handheld gaming
devices -- including mobile telephones.
And while native Greek gamers bear the brunt of the law,
tourists reportedly also are subject to its restrictions.
But the Greek National Tourist Organization in New York, while
referring reporters to the Greek consulate for official comment,
downplayed the law's impact on visitors.
"[The prospect of] GameBoys being confiscated at the airport is
a bit extreme," said a spokesman. "Greece is a member of the
European Union and follows the laws of those countries."
The Greek Consulate in New York did not respond to