Additional data privacy statement regarding Carpe Ludum on Facebook and Twitter

Today there was an important ruling from the European Court of Justice (kind of like the European Union’s version of the U.S. Supreme Court). In essence, it says that I as the admin of the Carpe Ludum Facebook fanpage and the Carpe Ludum Twitter presence (which are Facebook and Twitter community extensions to this actual, independent website) am co-responsible for ensuring it’s users’ data privacy – YOUR data privacy – according to European data privacy laws. Sadly, I cannot fulfil this responsibility because the Facebook and Twitter platforms do not give me the tools for this. Facebook fanpage and Twitter account administration tools are not supporting GDPR demands yet. Therefore, until the time this changes and Facebook and Twitter become fully compliant with GDPR also for fanpages / fan presences, I see full responsibility of ensuring Carpe Ludum Facebook fanpage and Carpe Ludum Twitter presence user’s data privacy – YOUR data privacy – with Facebook and Twitter.

Everyone who does not feel well with this statement has two options:

  1. Unlike/unsubscribe the Carpe Ludum Facebook fanpage or unfollow the Carpe Ludum Twitter presence immediately and subscribe to Carpe Ludum’s RSS newsfeed instead to keep up to date.
  2. Understand and accept how Facebook and Twitter manage their users’ data privacy by reading Facebook’s and Twitter’s terms and conditions.

That being said, I strongly believe that it is not the intention of European data privacy laws to shut down hobbyist retrogaming projects like Carpe Ludum. Just an unwanted side effect on the way to strengthen data privacy where it really matters. Unlike many other hobbyist Facebook fanpage and Twitter presence administrators, I explicitly choose NOT to shut down the Carpe Ludum Facebook fanpage or Carpe Ludum Twitter presence. Instead I leave it up and explain the difficult matter to it’s users. This is meant to be a tiny contribution to make things (improved data privacy) better for all of us. This is optimistic, maybe even naive. In case I get sued for it, I’ll let you all know…

The initially mentioned European Court ruling is only a step in a process. Further rulings on the matter are expected. I will monitor the evolution closely. At the current point in time, I see no reason to panic (i.e. shut down this page, presence, or even website) from my hobbyist, non-profit point of view. It may be that further rulings create a situation requiring me to shut down. But I am optimistic that this is just a worst case scenario.

Updated Privacy Policy

Hi y’all, GDPR came like a bulldozer, and overran Carpe Ludum, Eidolon’s Inn and World of M.U.L.E. too! I’m not complaining, because I think it’s a good thing for society in general. For hobbyist, non-profit websites like this one however, it is “kind of” ridiculous to fulfil all the demands. Nevertheless, I hopefully thought of everything. Therefore, please take note of the updated privacy policy.

Yeah, we’re back!

Sorry for the long downtime since November 2016, when this website was hit with a massive spammer attack. It took some time to clean things up. After all, this is just a non-profit, hobbiest website. Now, you’re able again to use the site and it’s forums to talk about great games, Sega emulation / Kega Fusion and the wonderful World of M.U.L.E.! Have fun! Quick links:

Welcome to Carpe Ludum

“Life’s too short to play bad games.”

Carpe Ludum is a community for “gourmet” gamers who only have very limited time to spare on their hobby and would like to focus this time only on the best games ever produced.
The Carpe Ludum Codex defines a set of quality criteria a game must meet in order to be featured on this site. Hence, our tagline: Great Games Society.

A few things you will not find on Carpe Ludum, such as:

  • Daily updates with the latest gossip/news of the gaming industry
  • Information about games younger than 5 years (see The Codex for reasons)
  • Unfriendly people. After all, we all want to have fun with our hobby in the limited time we’ve got for it… So why should anyone want to be unfriendly here?

If you like the idea of this website, please register a username and become a part of this community in the Carpe Ludum Forum. As this website has just been founded, I’m looking forward to your feedback and contributions on the following aspects:

  • The first published game review here is for M.U.L.E., a 1983 Atari/C64 masterpiece. I wrote a very special review in the form of a short story – how do you like this?
  • Which games should be featured here next? What are the best games ever?
  • In what ways could The Codex be improved – or is it already sufficient to safeguard the quality of featured games here?
  • I’m looking for hobbyist contributors! If you’re interested in becoming a hobbyist “gourmet game reviewer” here, please let me know. No – not all reviews should be written in the form of a short story… Or do they?

That’s all for now. Enjoy!

Best regards,
Goethe, webmaster of Carpe Ludum
July 5th, 2014