Re: [stella] Banned games

Subject: Re: [stella] Banned games
From: "Thomas Jentzsch" <tjentzsch@xxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 11:25:03 +0200
Glenn Saunders wrote::
> Do you think any of these banned games were banned to avoid exposing german 
> kids to war themes, especially WWII themes (ala Wolfenstein)?

I think they banned Wolfenstein for two reasons: excessive violence (like Doom) and nazi-symbols, which are not allowed to be displayed anywhere here in Germany (except in arts and for educational reasons).

There was then/is now no general aproach against exposing war themes to kids, as long as it's not "abused" just as background for extreme violence. And I'm quite sure, german kids learned much more about WWII than the average grown ups of all other involved countries. 

> Maybe they think these kinds of games will give rise to neonazis or 
> something?

Don't know, but for all german governments this is a very sensitive topic. Because of our early/mid 20th century history, every nazi related stuff is looked at very different as the same somewhere else (and that's ok for me).

Enough politics, back to gaming... :)

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