Feeds

Germany facing violent-videogame ban

Ministers may outlaw production and distribution

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

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. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!
N1 mini-'slab to plop into crowded pond next year
The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose
Finnish firm coyly exposes mystery product – and WE NO what it is
Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it
Court pops open cans of worms and whup-ass in Fitbit case
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'
Sugarcoating Android's Lollipop makes tab easier to swallow
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.