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No Nazis in the German version of Wolfenstein: The New Order

In little more than a month, Wolfenstein: The New Order is released on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4. The game is set during the 1960′s in a fictional world where the German Nazis managed to win the second world war. In an interview with GameSpot during PAX 2014, Bethesda marketing executive Pete Hines says that they will remove all swastikas from the game in the German version since “they have a thing about Nazis there.”

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ZodTheRipper2274d ago

Great, a game about killing Nazis without Nazis, what's next?

robtion2273d ago

It is fair enough, it was an extremely terrible war after all and there are still plenty of people alive who lived through it. Nothing wrong with a bit of cultural sensitivity, it's not like it changes the gameplay.

ZodTheRipper2273d ago (Edited 2273d ago )

I'm not German but I'm currently living here. Every day there are documentaries (full of Swastikas) about Nazis, Jews and WW2 in public television. Movies about those topics (e. g. Iron Sky) are running uncensored in cinemas with rather low age ratings.
I don't think this is about history - I think it is more about the interactive medium of games & it's impact and acceptance in our society. I for one don't see the difference in watching Nazis getting killed and killing Nazis yourself in a game ...but some might see that different of course. To me, games are about fun and if you remove all Nazis from a Nazi game much of this fun gets kinda lost because of the missing context.

robtion2273d ago

Zod: I am not German but have visited Germany and have friends there. I take your point but they are not removing whole people from the game just the little symbol printed on everything. How does that really change anything in terms of enjoyment of the game?

ZodTheRipper2273d ago

Didn't he say "the game will be completely stripped of all Nazi references" ?

It's just as with any story, it loses appeal if you just fight "A random, made-up hoop of bad guys" - imagine that in other games (Halo, Metal Gear, etc.) and you should understand my problem.

robtion2273d ago

Zod: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

Please look this reference up if you don't take my meaning.

Anyhow, the game is looking like it will be great, I will be picking it up. All the best. ;)

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Beastforlifenoob2273d ago (Edited 2273d ago )

The Swastika is pretty much banned in Germany, but I mean if they object to Nazis in the game why do they also object to KILLING nazis? Shouldnt killing them be encouraged :p

AgentSmithPS42273d ago

Guess they don't want to shoot themselves in the foot ;).

lazyboyblue2273d ago

Should have changed the Nazis into something completely leftfield like Latvians. You know just for laughs. ( do Germans laugh?)

GuruMeditation2273d ago

They probably would laugh at that. They have a somewhat...esoteric sense of humour imho.

SamPao2273d ago

Haha
I thought we were past this? Iron Sky also released with all the naziStuff. Hmm whatever
Imma get the UK version then.

DarkLord10032273d ago

Doesn't come as a surprise.

matt1392273d ago

That's like having no cars in GTA.

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