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German Foundation wants violent games banned after school shooting

Thursday, 12th March 2009 23:20 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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GamePolitics has learned that Hans-Dieter Schwind, the president of the German Foundation for Crime, wants a ban on violent games after yesterday’s shooting rampage by teenager Tim Kretschmer.

Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann is also demanding discussion on a ban on “so-called killer games” to be renewed, and in Strasbourg, European representatives have voted in a resolution to prevent retailers from selling adult-rated games to minors.

Romandie News is reporting that the European Parliament is contemplating “severe sanctions” towards retailers who sell adult games to minors, or “owners of Internet cafes that allow children to play games unsuitable for their age group”.

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12 Comments

  1. Psychotext

    Oh how surprising.

    That said, the severe sanctions for retailers selling adult rated games to kids… works for me.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. deanimate

    *yawn*
    same old, same old.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. DaMan

    Germany already have green blood in games, what else do they want?

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Yoshi

    And i would LOVE to see some1 stick a chicken right up hes fukin arse but they wont let me will they !!
    So he can just fuck off bloody germans “lets blame it all on games yes games even littlebigplanet and mario they have things which u jump on and kill thats violence in a box! oh my goodness, becos of course its not our fault or the parents its got to be videogames, its not the persons social life and how everythin is today with sufferin and war in iraq etc, noooo its videogames, or maybe its becos we are unable to find shavers, but nooo its not that, lets just blame it allll on videogames becos we are a bunch of retards *thumbs up* “

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Gamoc

    Yoshi: Whilst we’re along the same lines – calm the hell down. It says violent games, ‘killer’ games, not LBP, that’s just silly. Also, ‘bloody Germans’ is xenophobic and stupid. Jack Thompson was American.

    Violent games still don’t cause violence, though.
    And I agree with Psychotext.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    “President of the German Foundation for Crime” Whahaha! Syndicate of EVIL!

    Ofcourse its all video games fault, nothing at all to do with the fact that the kid described himself as depressive serveral times and didnt get any help, or that he lived in a home jam-pacted with guns (his father owned 15 pistols alone)…

    #6 6 years ago
  7. G1GAHURTZ

    I thought Germany already had a ban on violent games..?

    Anyway, it doesn’t work very well. I’ve met many Germans, playing games that are supposedly banned in Germany, online.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. st00rm

    how about they put a ban on selling weapons – something that might actually help

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Shatner

    gamesarentviolentgamersarelol

    #9 6 years ago
  10. G1GAHURTZ

    I’m surprised no-one’s tried to shoot you yet Phil.

    I hear there’s a lot of gun crime in nottingham.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. nea

    Please don’t judge Germans based on those morons. Current state is that every game must be rated by the USK, like PEGI, to be released in Germany. Very violent games can get on the index, in this case they may still be sold but may not be advertised. The last step is a formal charge of cruelty which results in the confiscation of all units in the shops and from that time on the selling of such games is against the law and is not very cheap ^^’
    Examples for everything would be GTAIV with open sales but only to persons 18 and older, Condemned on the index and Dead Rising confiscated.
    Most games are already “disarmed” with robots instead of humans, or less blood (green was in the “older days” ^^), Ragdoll removed as too realistic, but still most games are publicly available and simply rated by the USK.

    Those s***brains always come up when something like this happens. They have no idea about computers or games (they sell WoW as an Ego-Shooter, no kidding). This will probably vanish like before as suddenly the guy hat mental problems, already saw a psychiatrist etc. These reports about violent games come up every 6 month, whole community is enraged etc etc but until now nothing has happened and I hope this does not change as Germany already has very strict rules for that. But with such an terrible event, no question, the current laws are easily questioned by all those “scientists” and “experts” stating there very simple mono causality.

    PS: I played CS, TF2, Doom, Wolfenstein, CoD, Quake, Condemned, Dead Rising etc. and am still very sane… MUHAHAAHJHSHJAHSJHSJHASJJBFIB /)%=G/$§R?/)§))…^^’

    #11 6 years ago
  12. deftangel

    Not surprised the Bavarians were the first to jump on the bandwagon, they are a little more sensitive about violent games than most of the other German states.

    See they’ve completly missed the fact that the kid’s home had a wall full of guns and he was an extremely accomplished shooter. Didn’t make him a pro counter-strike player though did it :S

    #12 6 years ago

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