Germany facing violent-videogame ban
Ministers may outlaw production and distribution
Just days after rape games hit the buffers in Japan, it has emerged that several of Germany’s politicians hope to ban the production and distribution of all violent videogames in the country.
Sixteen Interior Ministers have reportedly banded together in an effort to demand that Germany’s national parliament introduce the ban prior to the country’s next election, scheduled for 27 September.
Germany is home to several high-profile game development firms, including Crytek.
Details haven’t emerged about how such a ban would be enforced, but its introduction would likely reignite arguments worldwide over how deeply a violent game’s content affects the player.
Although there’s never been any conclusive evidence to support the view that playing, say, Grand Theft Auto for 15 hours each day turns you into a gun-crazed maniac, although there are many examples of people that supposedly have been.
Germany’s no exception. Earlier this year, for example, 15 people were gunned down at a German school by a former pupil. It was alleged shortly afterwards that the pupil often spent many hours playing videogames, such as Counter Strike. One senior German police official later called for violent videogames to be banned. ®
Game dreams are made of these.....
Germany has already been doing this since the selling of Quake 3.
Quake 3 is not allowed in Germany but the source code to Quake 3 is out and free and many games based on Quake 3 ARE allowed in Germany.
and suppose there IS a correlation?...
...Suppose we determine conclusively that one out of a hundred thousand game players is influenced to do something violent. Are we now willing to, en masse, sacrifice our right to freedom of thought and expression? To let the government and pressure groups decide what's safe for us to hear, see, and think?
Why is the debate even -about- whether there is a link? Would a proven link justify a fatal blow to our most fundamental freedoms?
I've been trying to figure this out for a while. Would those saying, "butbut, there's no link!" like to state here whether they're ready to delete their copies of Doom and Gears of War (and, presumably shortly thereafter, your copies of Die Hard and Transformers) when the link is found?
Are you really willing to bow so easily?
the fascists are back in charge in Deutschland again then...
so are they banning movies too then?
films like hostel are much worse imo. hostal has no storyline at all and is just about people being tortured to death... proper sick film
btw - counter strike isnt very violent at all. im sure the guy also watched the news and wanked - yet both of these arent listed as causes.
why dont people accept that some people are mentally defficient - rather than blame us all.
millions of people play 'violent' video games yet never perform a violent act in their life - so there cannot be a correlation surely?