Brazil bans Quake and other PC games

The whole world's gone stark staring bonkers

A Brazilian reader has written to The Register and says that his government has banned Quake and five other games it rules as too violent. According to the reader, the objective of the Procuradoria da República is to prohibit all excessive violent games and to include new titles as just as soon as their effects can be evaluated. One wire quoted Fernando de Almeida, procurator of the República em Belo Horizonte as saying Quake had been added to the prohibited list last week. Others on the hit list are Duke Nukem, Doom, Postal, Mortal Kombat and Requiem. The games which Brazil proposes to ban were evaluated by a team of psychiatrists, teachers and others. In all, the list includes 133 PC games. Gamers in Brazil are organising a petition against the moves, with those upset by the move invited to drop a line to protesto@hardinfo.com.br. There is more information on the moves -- in Portuguese -- on www.hardinfo.com.br ®

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