The folks at Amazon have put out a nifty new video game engine for developers to use — which is very cool — but you definitely need to read the fine print.
Dubbed Lumberyard, the video game engine is a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine anyone can use. Of course, Amazon would prefer you use some of their services to host the game, etc., but still a cool project. The idea is that it will free up developers to focus on making cool games, instead of slaving away to figure out the tech to make it all work under the hood.
As with most technology platforms, Amazon includes a few boilerplate caveats for Lumberyard, but section 57.10 of the terms of service is very, very interesting. Usage is limited in specific instances (i.e. life-critical or safety-critical systems), but all those restrictions are legally thrown out the window in the event of the dead coming back to life. For real.
Here’s an excerpt from the terms of service:
57.10 Acceptable Use; Safety-Critical Systems. Your use of the Lumberyard Materials must comply with the AWS Acceptable Use Policy. 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. 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.
So take note, would-be game developers. All bets are off in the event of a zombie outbreak.