As citizens of a country without official Xbox Live support, we know the effect that Germany’s draconian video game laws have. Unfortunately it seems the noose on violent game trade in the land of beer and sausages is going to tighten a bit more – 16 interior ministers have put down their tankards and bratwursts for long enough to request that parliament bans the sale, ownership and even production of all violent games.
While there are already heavy restrictions on the sale violent games, only those featuring "cruel violence on humans or human-looking characters" and Nazi paraphernalia and symbolism are actually illegal. An obvious knee-jerk to the recent shootings in Winnenden, the proposed law would force companies such as Crysis developer Crytek to either relocate or entertain creative solutions as a work-around.
As a social experiment it’ll be interesting to see if this leads to Germany being a land of peace, love, unicorns and rainbows – or if they’ll be pointing their blaming fingers in another direction the next time a trigger-happy emo teenager is spurned by a member of the opposite sex.
Source : GamePolitics
Last Updated: June 8, 2009