A petition to show support for the Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ) game
  • Petitioned Royal Holloway, University of London

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Royal Holloway, University of London

A petition to show support for the Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ) game

    1. Harry Angers
    2. Petition by

      Harry Angers

      Egham, United Kingdom

After two full days of complaint-free safe play, Royal Holloway forced the organisers to suspend play over unfounded "health and safety concerns". They have argued that NERF guns used by players are in violation of firearms regulations in the UK and could "cause a gun scare" on campus.

However, the College has ignored several facts:
(1) HvZ has been played by "over 650 colleges and universities across the world, as well as high schools, military bases, summer camps, and public libraries" [1].
(2) The game had two days of uninterrupted play in which there were no complaints made to any moderators. It has even been reported that one lecturer, upon hearing about the game, high fived a student.
(3) NERF guns follow UK firearms legislation, primarily the Violent Crimes Reduction Act 2006 and the 2007 Statutory Instruments [2][3]. In the aforementioned legislation realistic imitation firearms are defined as having: "an appearance that is so realistic as to make it indistinguishable, for all practical purposes, from a real firearm; and is neither a de-activated firearm nor itself an antique" [4]. NERF guns follow the 2007 regulations to the letter.
(4) NERF would not be allowed to mass produce and sell these products in high street stores such as Tesco if they were in violation of firearms law. Yet, surprisingly, they do...
(5) No NERF guns are allowed to be seen in public under the game's rules to prevent "gun scares".

Through signing this petition you are showing the College that they cannot bully students out of a game that has been safely played across the world since 2005.

[It should be noted that the sections mentioned or quoted in legislation above are as follows:VCR Act 2006, s.38; VCR Act 2006 Regulations 2007, ss.6-7]
Source:
http://www.humansversuszombies.org/about

Recent signatures

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    1. 150 signatures!

      Harry Angers
      Petition Organizer

      Don't give up on this! Sign, share and like this petition! :D

      Harry

    2. 125!

      Harry Angers
      Petition Organizer

      Keep up the work!

    3. A few more quotations...

      Harry Angers
      Petition Organizer

      - "The game is harmless (and if anything beneficial) to students, and the moderators have gone about setting it up in an impressively professional manner. NERF guns are made for 6+ year old's to play with, it is beyond ridiculous that the university feels that students cannot!"
      - "Though I am not playing in the game I see that people get a lot of harmless fun out of it and see no reason at all to ban it."
      - "This game was the primary reason I was giving university one more shot after first term. Need it like a Zombie needs brains :)"

      All comments on the ban in the "About this Petition" section. Feel free to also comment! Additionally, if you think the game should not have been banned and/or the reasons were shaky, then please sign, share, and like! :)

      Harry

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. Orbital article!!!

      Harry Angers
      Petition Organizer

      We're getting attention! Let's hope this shows the campus what this game means to people!

      A comment from a signatory: "The two days the game lasted were some of the best I've had at university, and I don't want to see this panned."

      Keep up the good work people! Share! Like! Sign!

      Harry

    6. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Raphael Sikorski MAIDENHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      In the 2 days I played I didn't get to see even 1 zombie!

      It is absolutely unfair and stupid that it has been canceled.

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    • Will Helliwell FARNBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I don't even go to RH but this seems like a worthy cause!

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    • Tash Payne EGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Super Mike!

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    • Sarah Keeling OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      This has to continue or Ben won't look like Jimmy Hendrix once zombified. Also, seriously? If they have a problem with NERF guns, surely the sock grenades can go ahead.

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    • Ciaran McConville WINCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Because the situation is absurd and stinks of a knee-jerk panic reaction.

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