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German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by Kenzomatic on Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:43 pm

Germany's latest demagogue tantrum against "killerspiele" - violent video games - could be shrugged off as hot air, except for the fact it would ban even their development. So Germany-based Crytek would have to move.

The interior ministers of Germany's 16 states have unanimously asked the German legislature to ban outright the distribution, sale, and development of violent video games. Such games have been a big part of the national conversation since a 17-year-old went on a gun rampage March 11, killing 15. Naturally, the shooter owned a shooter - Crytek's Far Cry 2 - and playing it for two hours before the killings was enough to link games to the tragedy.

The demand is definitely politically timed - the interior heads want it ASAP, before German elections Sept. 27. Again, this is (snicker) a Far Cry from legislation introduced to parliament, but it was enough to fire up German readers who sent it to us, who already point to the country's extremely strict youth protection laws, and are generally disgusted by lawmakers' tendency to blame technologies they don't understand.

http://kotaku.com/5281489/german-pols-push-to-ban-development-of-violent-games

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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by El Duderino on Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:57 pm

Don´t people know we germans hate violence... its always been that way... they also wanted to ban gotcha and laser-tag but I think thats off the table now... guess I still should wait to introduce my gotcha-go-kart game to the market...
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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by Mako on Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:24 pm

Germans hate violence? Never would have guesses. Razz
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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by zex on Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:21 am

I'm always against bans and censorship of videogames, so I don't need to state that I'm fully against this.

I wish they get a *fucking* clue and started to focus on what problems the killers could have had and try to solve them as to avoid new happenings instead of blaming it on the easiest target
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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by Flow on Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:35 am

That killing rampage was probably because Far Cry 2 sucked

Okay, seriously, not much to say here, it's the same "blame videogames" mentality we see everyday, only taken to a whole new level, and it's ridiculous and a waste of time
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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by Falcon095 on Sun Jun 07, 2009 3:41 pm

He should work for Fox
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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by dusty_fox on Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:41 pm

I've never understood - why do the Germans (and I guess the Australians too) react so badly to 'violent' games?

Are their tolerances for this sort of thing just much lower than more western countries?
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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by Oorakoow on Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:58 pm

Hell yes. Ban those bloody violent video games that corrupt our youth! These games fill our children with hate and violent impulses.

These recent murders and school shootings are the work of these violent video games. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. I strongly suggest anyone who disagrees with me to seek treatment. May I recommend the government psychologist conveniently located right down your street?

Personally, if I see anyone playing these violent video games, I will not hesitate to report them to the authorities. You should too. After all, you don't want to see another killing spree plastered on the front cover of your newspaper, do you?


Next up, tax on your favorite MMO virtual earnings. We all know how much gold you have been hoarding in the bank! Just think what that tax revenue could do to help our economy! The 700 pound family down the street needs more money to survive without working! YOUR guild can buy them more fruit loops and bacon! Grind for your country! Vote for MMO taxes now!

Disclaimer: Violent MMOs will be exempt from violent video game ban under MMO tax law should it pass.
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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by B4L on Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:38 pm

Meh gotta have something to use as a scape goat or ban ...its what the government and politics does. " War is young men dieing old men talking" that was a great line forgot what movie that was from ...

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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by Mako on Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:27 pm

I think I'm part German...maybe.
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Post by El Duderino on Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:40 pm

^^ what do you mean maybe ??? did your ancestors just screw around and not care who the kids are from ???
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Post by B4L on Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:34 pm

^^ Yea that's probably it ...can't be too far off

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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by Mako on Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:17 pm

El Duderino wrote:^^ what do you mean maybe ??? did your ancestors just screw around and not care who the kids are from ???

No, well, I never saw one of my grandpa's but I think my mom said he was German. So....yeah....
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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by Don Ramón on Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:34 am

M games are ban in my country... so sad...

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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by zex on Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:43 am

Don Ramón wrote:M games are ban in my country... so sad...

That would be as effective as my country banning M rated games. I mean, who doesn't pirate or buys pirated gets games from retail stores that import directly from the US, so what's the difference anyway?
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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by Mako on Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:10 pm

How can you just ban M games. That's kind of retarded....
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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by Don Ramón on Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:39 pm

zexen wrote:
Don Ramón wrote:M games are ban in my country... so sad...

That would be as effective as my country banning M rated games. I mean, who doesn't pirate or buys pirated gets games from retail stores that import directly from the US, so what's the difference anyway?

Legally buying games... My 360 is not modded, since I like to play online

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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by Flow on Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:05 pm

Counter Strike and Grand Theft Auto were banned here in Brazil a few months ago too

It's not like anyone cares
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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by zex on Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:25 pm

I remember it was a huge deal when Brazil banned Carmaggedon, they talked about that here, so it must have been even huger in Brazil
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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by El Duderino on Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:34 pm

^^ Yeah I remember that... there where a few big ones back in the day when it still was a fine art to make pixels look like violence... Carmageddon was one of them... I think they released a toned down version here... another was Mortal Kombat 2 which was completely taken of shelves... my copy shoul be worth a little something now...
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Re: German Interior Ministers Push to Ban Development of Violent Games

Post by MesoZombie on Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:27 am

silly just let people play and make what they want, if you stop making things taboo you will notice a big drop in how many people ant to do it after a initial surge
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