This week, Amazon announced and released a beta version of Lumberyard. Lumberyard is their game development engine based on CryTek’s technology. It’s completely free to use, though, like all software in the modern age, it comes with its own terms of service that must be agreed to.
As part of that ToS, Amazon requires that Lumberyard not be used to develop genuinely critical software, like the stuff used to operate medical equipment, air traffic control, spacecraft, etc..
Unless the U.S. CDC declares “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.”
That’s right, if the zombie apocalypse is upon us, developers can finally use Lumberyard to make medical software. Amazing.