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Welcome! I am teaching law at St. Petersburg State University and engaged in legal practice with the international law firm Dentons. Major part of my research is connected to virtual worlds and massive multiplayer online games (a broad field which includes Internet law, video game law, virtual law and game studies). My legal practice is focused on providing support to computer game companies. This interest derives from my passion for computer games which I consider as one of the most important cultural artifacts ever created. Please note that this blog conveys my private opinion which is not necessarily shared by any organisations I am associated with. For more formal and detailed introduction please visit my website arkhipov.info which serves more as a 'business card'.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Translation From Legal Into English

Example of proper attitude to legal text intended for a user who would not necessarily be a lawyer (Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten EULA):


A legal question here would be whether the text in ordinary language has legal meaning, and what would have the priority in case of contradiction...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Don't Miss: Faster Than Light (FTL)

Steam does really good job in publishing indie games which would otherwise see no sun (or even moon). 

The most recent indie game which I discovered gives unique opportunity to be engaged in a space adventure. The atmosphere reminds of Star Control series, although the most exciting parts of the game are of the management nature, and not of arcade. Meet Faster Than Light (FTL).

The video below is one of the random episodes of Northernlion plays [something]. Enjoy!