A group of unhappy German citizens have put forward a declaration which will look at banning "violent" games in Germany. Supported by prominent social scientists, this document is tipped to draw the government's attention.
Wtf is wrong with people. sigh
here's a better question, what will happen to the Leipzig Games Convention?
Well Kigmal, the Leipzig Convention is more or less doomed anyway as the new big european event in videogames universe should be the Gamescom in Cologne starting in 2009... But then, we can obviously ask "what will happen to Cologne Gamescom ?" ^_^
Why is no-one asking how adult-oriented games end up in the hands of kids? That's the issue here.
(some) Parents haven't a clue...
No its not couse its NOT happening. The only chance for minors CANT get hte games legally, thats all the Goverment can do, It's the Adults buying theyre minors games far above theyre age. i repeat LEGALLY its not possible for a minor to get a 18+ game.
I saw a parent on the news talking about how she doesnt really like her children playing violent games as they play violent games in the backround in their house. They cant say no to their children so they complain to other people. Pathetic parenting.
When it's been proven games don't make you more violent, why is this sort of rubbish still going on?
Maybe cause some people are oversensitive and less than capable of understanding this. Sometimes I think age rating is good for nothing. Parents are just ignoring it.
What a joke. You know, its these kinds of people that are the problem. They are probably the ones that raise the psychotic, murderous kids. They raise them extremely strictly, banning everything from them - just like this, and you know what happens? They end up as the killers, the rebels, the ones that give bad names to things such as video games. They themselves are to blame. That and parents stupid enough to buy their 12 year old sons Grand Theft Auto IV.
But man this sounds awfully familiar to how things started in the 30's over in Germany. For some reason there is this mentality that "Big Brother" or the Government knows whats best and that's that. How about folks in Germany go and protest this vocally, that is if protesting is still allowed? The more and more I read this crap and what the Governments want the more and more I worry. First games, then books, broadcasts and speech. Every inch of freedom that is given up a mile is lost. Do the right thing and speak up and get this ridiculous declaration.
ban games and ppl will ..... it wont end well to say the least xD
Im German Im in the gamesindustry And im on of them so called KILLERGAME makers. All i gotta say to this brainfart is . "HOT AIR" Let them Rant all they want, Germany has the striktest gamerating system in the world. And i swear that it's legally impossible for a kid to play a violent videogame, its just ILLEGAL. We ban games we censor games, we regulate games. - Games with Violence are 18+ - Games with exessive violence are on the Index (forbidden to put the game on shelf but you can buy it legally direktly over the shopkeeper) - Buying games (if your 18) for younger friends, borther, etc IS ILLEGAL) - Games with exsessive Violence are CUT in germany. Get lost stupid idiots....
and this explains also why those violent games are pirated as hell here, everyone wants the uncut-version
in 2009 are a lot of elections here in Germany, so whomever gets ppl scared the most might (or will) win. frohes fest klen
I would have thought this would be in breach of EU law.
Ban violent movies, violent tv shows, anything remotely pornographic should get the boot too. Ah hell, ban everything I amn't comfortable with. Anyway I doubt a modern country will ban an entire industry just for the sake of a few ill informed idiots who think they are saving the world, without any actual proof that they are harmful to over 18s, who are the only people legally allowed to own them. If kids play them it is the parent's fault. Anyway my brothers are all under 18 and play all manner of violent games yet have never done anything remotely violent.
N4G and other game sites really need to "tell" gamers the truth. Germany as a whole is not going to ban video games. This is a bull crap article that forgot to tell us the rest of the story. Its a law proposed by the Christian Socialist Party (CSP). It will never get passed. They have been harping on video games for about ten years now, so this is old news. Elections are coming up in Germany, and the CSP is spinning right wing propaganda to get elected, its the same BS in the U.S. during election.
are the right acronyms to use klen
Some countries just have no idea when it comes to game censorship. Look at Australia for instance. One week the OFLC will refuse to classify the game, the next week it'll have an MA-15 rating.
What the best thing about these stories are the ridiculous comments that people make. They become experts immediately. Uninformed they are happy to throw about their opinions without researching. Speaking to real psychologists that are experts in the field of video games, IncGamers has brought a bit of sanity to an otherwise unfounded statement.
Look, when I was a nipper the buzzword for the would-be censors was "Video Nasties" here in Britain. Some of these horror titles were actually banned at the time (Driller Killer,Night of the Demon, Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer etc etc) and they were readily available to us kids through pirated copies. Kids today are more media savvy than us and can easily get any game they want via filesharing etc, using mates accounts on Ebay and so on-even outside their home nations power and borders. So bans AND cuts/edits are pointless done unilaterally and it generally doesn't haver much to do with parenting-who here hasn't(when they were kids or those that still are)duped mum and dad that what they were doing was perfectly innocent when you know they might not approve?All of us, that's who-we've all done it. Thing is I sincerely doubt that anything games show us now, or VHS showed me way back when ever masde anyone violent. You either have that disposition already or are mistreated so badly in real life/abused physically or sexually that the borders of acceptable behaviour are broken within you. GTA4 won't make my 7 year old any more likely to kill a prostitute or become a smalltime gangster(even if I allowed him to play it)than anything he's likely to hear in the street or on the news. In fact those are real whereas I'm pretty sure kids more than most know the difference between make believe and reality as theiy use their imaginations more than us grown ups.Whatever, Manhunt2 or Madworld or GTA4 et al will NOT cause a single death between them while all of us can watch real war on CNN or SKY 24/7-guess what, yeah, involving actual death and disaster on huge scales(often over nothing or avoidable at least and these people want to waste their time making life harder for game manufacturers?).Stupid and pointless but you get busibodies everywhere that think they can have the right to decide what you are allowed to see/watch/play/read when , in fact , they haven't even got the tools to make their aims possible.
All those video games could lead to a facist society that would ban violent movies and games. oh, wait a minute...
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