From Playfuls.com: "The UN is reflecting on the possibility of putting taxes video games and Internet commerce to finance the fight against poverty."
Since when can the UN put a tax on anyone or any country?!?
Don't know, but that would be total asshattery in certain parts of world, like Fennoscandia. For example, Finnish gamers already have to pay 22% VAT. That's a freakin' one fifth more, almost one quarter more to the price.
they can't, but they can ask for donations which would be acquired through the tax.
The only reason I buy stuff online is to save on tax.
We are already paying around $95 for our games here in Sweden and by introducing another tax upon this, I will probably end up buying 2 or 3 titles per year.
You're right, the U.N. has no taxation authority (thank god), but the member countries might propose a treaty to initiate such a tax. Regardless, it will never happen in Canada as we have a Conservative government opposed to taxes of pretty much any kind.
yeah, seriously. This is so dumb. They have no right to even do it.
The UN can kiss my ass. I don't care if it is only 1 penny they put on it. Throwing money at a "problem" (not everyone can be well off, just the way the world works folks) has never in our lifetime fixed anything. And the UN itself rarely shows itself useful either. Why would should we be willing to believe that they can fix their own leaking toilet, let alone poverty?!
json henry you said it all for me mate . the UN is less powerful than america and chine . like the league of nations which dident do jack to stop hitler . and now they want some of my money
...more taxes on video-games, which are already suffering because of piracy and lack of good level designers... It's like saying that our beloved Bush wants to put taxes on our farts cuz we contribute to global warming (which btw he denies...)
What the hell is the UN thinking? Instead of taking care of the already huge amount of money they reap from us they want to curb us with even more taxes? I'm not paying for some fat ass bureaucrat with a fat salary and a fat mistress...
Bush says he does see a need to cut down on greenhouse gasses. His ranch is also heated geothermally, and what does Al Gore use? Fossil fuels? Not only that but he uses more in a month than the average family does in one year, and thats only one of his 5 homes. But it's okay because Al Gore buys carbon credits but he fails to tell people that he owns the company that sells carbon credits, hmmm. Kids are funny. Oh, and could someone please tell me of a problem that the U.N. solved? Why do they even exist?
I'm poor, and that wouldn't help me at all.
You know he could be a college student.
I am a college too, busting my @ss 10 hour every Saturday and Sunday, you don't see me b!tching about it. If peoples want to play games, work for it and don't b!tching about it.
Can you please tell us in what part of his sentence is he b!tching? He said that he doesn't want that to happen even he is one of those "poor" people. You are complete ignorant idiot, you just wanted to humiliate him and by doing so you invented excuse that he is "b.tching". You are only one that is b.tching here, buddy!
let me get this straight, the UN want the gaming industry to embrace Europe so there gonna tax them to hell? that to me makes no sense.
omg no im 16 how do i have to buy all those wonderfull games. get a job i know but that dont pay that much.
Pimp your @ss on the street then.
or that lol but there not much going on here in the cold hard streets. of alkmaar holland
Fox News, Jack Thompson, Immersion Corp, the UN,
Can't people leave gamers alone
we dont need all this crap thrown at us, we just wanna play a game
Fun's fun but you just went waaay over the line with that one.
Proof me wrong then.
the anti crist of gaming will also exist. I see you already named them all. (UN, Jack Tompson, Immersion Corp, and Fox News)
I thought your comment was f***ing Hilarious and true. And also Archaeox you forgot hillary clinton. She hates gammers too.
Since the UN has been so fantastic at all of its other endeavors, sure, why not?
Unfortunately when it comes to solving poverty and creating sustainable economies, of all factors involved, money is not that important.
In what way will that help? Its hardly going to make a difference and we will end up paying more for something. Every other attempt on solving poverty has failed miserably so why introduce a even less likely to work way?
And i can honestly say the UN should STFU. Here where i live UN staff drive around in luxury cars, live in fancy apartments and eat at fancy restaurants while they basically do nothing. They like to make themselves visible to the public and all they do is talk. I am sorry for my rant. If the UN really want to help the poor. They should restructure the whole freaking UN system so that most of the resources is spent on helping those they say they want to help instead of helping them selves freaking pricks.
That's just plain stupid. And taxing consumer items more can never help the poor. No sales tax and a steep bracket income tax is what we need.
Always thinking they deserve a cut. Yeah I know they say they want to help the poor. But it is just a cover up like always. All that money they like to spend on renovation sports arenas and war COULD be spent on helping the poor. But it's not now is it? Politicians have had it in for gamers and game companies for a long time now. Plus they're mad because they can't find a way to tax xbox live and psn digital downloading. So THIS is their "solution"
isnt bush the one who cut taxes.
aren't you the one who said told me you beat people up in high school get the fuk out this website you piece of sh!t, get the fuk out this world asshole (if it wasn't you then excuse that comment, but i remember someone called i rule said that he bullies people in high school- so if it was you then go die if not then im deeply sorry)
Go get your money from Bush who spent $100000000000000000 on the war. Go get your money from rich people.
They think Gamers are rich ? NO !
This would be terrible...we already pay 21% VAT in Ireland and pay about $100 per game
We already have a really high tax on games :( Please don't.
F that. Who do these people think they are?
WTF no crap sh!t F*** taxes in the @$$ hell no I wont stand for this gay f***ing retarded sh!t. There is a simple way to fight poverty. Just f*** money in the @$$ and just build the poor a better house and f*** with money. To hell with Video Game Taxes
The UN is ridiculous anyways. I bet most of that money would go straight into their pockets.
Excuse me UN, but if I want to help the poor, shouldn't that be at my descretion?? Go F-Off and tax some other crap that relates to feeding the poor, don't tax my games because you say your doing it to feed some people in another country I've never been. How do I know your actually using the money for that purpose anyway?? How is that going to be tracked??
At least when I give my donations to charity I know where it's going. Tax my games UN and the poor can forget about any straight up donations I make in the future! Heck, maybe I should be getting a tax rebate on all the blood that I give 4 times a year! Greedy motherf**kers! People are already taxed to death on everything else, why put taxes on top of taxes?!?!?!?
would never work first not a single country is going to allow another organization to tax it's citizens and there would also have to be organization created to enforce the tax
Exactly. No outside organization can tax the people of another governmetn. Like I said, I bet some world leaders would find a way to get that money in their own pockets and countries.
dang liberals... their answer to everything is tax, tax, tax.
i ka beleve this, this better not be true aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ps3 games £40 the with this on it will be like £50,£60 god i ka keep up with that it will be the ps3's release all over agen (bye that i mean the price of the games)
we now declare war against politicans
Wow, tax video games? Great, start taxing movies, and after that music CDs, why stop there, let's tax walking on the sidewalk and flirting with women. To facilitate this taxing, they'll probably come up with some B.S. organization to facilitate this B.S. taxation, and those are just extra salaries to be paid. In the end, the money that's going to be collected from video game taxes is mostly going to pay off B.S. administration positions. If U.N. wants to eliminate poverty, they should send a ton of engineers all over the world to developing countries so that those nations will become self sustaining and possibly extract agricultural goods from their lands. If the UN wants to end poverty in urban areas then they should consider making it easier for people to get an education, and set up accessible job banks. Taxing video games ain't going to do jack, if anything it will reduce sales and piss off a whole bunch of people.
your first sentence of the second para reminded me of office space... "No, you're working at Initech because that question is bullshit to begin with. If everyone listened to her, there'd be no janitors, because no one would clean shi* up if they had a million dollars." you can't eliminate poverty.
There have been 45 wars
But how many wars was it before that? We had two world wars before the UN was founded. That has to count for something.
The UN makes my skin crawl. "Big brother is watching" type of skin crawl.
Uk they know how to do it right, video game is a luxe, help the poor.
I still disagree. Are videogames a luxury? yes. That doesn't give governments a right to tax them. If charitys were to collect so much money and actually give out so little, they would be shut down immediately and be on every nightly news outlet, subject to scorn and ridicule. Yet somehow we let our governments do it every day and everyone gives it a pass.
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