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Rumor: German versions of Wolfenstein are being recalled for swastika use

Tuesday, 22 September 2009 21:12 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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According to German site PC Games, Wolfenstein is being recalled due to the swastika being present in the game.

It is against the law in Germany for anything to have a swastika in it, apparently.

A statement from Activision is expected in the coming days, according to the site’s sources, while Planet Wolfenstein has observantly pointed out that since teams from Endrant and Raven have both been laid off, it may complicate creating an edited version.

We will send Activision an email and see if anyone gets back with us.

Thanks, Blue.

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28 Comments

  1. freedoms_stain

    Why? The Nazis happened, nothing can change that now or ever, but you can have enormous fun shooting the shit out of them.

    Man the Germans are so anal. Have seen proof.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Yoshi

    I love how they try and make us forget that they were dicks in WW2. Its just so cute how they try and hide the past.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Cort

    Er, the ban on Nazi iconography has got nothing to do with denial. There is no attempt to hide the past in Germany (apart from some fringe groups) I can assure you.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. DarkElfa

    Than why have an issue with the Swastika being present in a historical recreation? Do they think a ban that curtails freedom of speech is a good anti-Nazi move?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    Wolfenstein… Historical Recreation…
    I see what you mean though, the whole thing is abit retarded. I mean its hard to have a game based in the 1930-40′s and not have any proof Nazis existed.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Jadeskye

    Everyone in Germany knows world war 2 never happened.

    Lessons of the past, mistakes of the future.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Cort

    They won’t allow a swastika in a game, therefore they’re trying to hide the past? That’s called a non-sequitur. The dev should have known the law regarding Nazi iconography before they included it in their game to be sold in Germany.

    I would have thought the reason why the swastika is banned from contemporary use was pretty obvious. The Jews of Germany wouldn’t be too happy seeing it used again, for a start….

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Jadeskye

    Is that any reason to hide away the past? wolfenstien is a terrible example i know but World war 2 DID happen. Hiding it isn’t going t make it go away.

    I’m not saying that you should be hanging a swastika from every streetlight but i think a game thats set in nazi germany should have a few swastikas for authenticity.

    Finding history offensive is pretty ignorant.

    After all, it’s just a symbol until people give power to it.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Cort

    WTF? Explain how it is hiding the past. Have they banned WW2 games, references to the Nazis, references to the Holocaust? No. So give it up.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Cort

    PS It’s not about finding history offensive, it’s about stopping people trying to revive things which belong to history and not in the present.

    After all, it’s just a symbol until people give power to it.

    Exactly, which is why the Germans don’t want contemporary extremist groups donning red armbands and marching down main street in Berlin, while claiming they’re just doing “historical re-enactment”.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Syrok

    Wikipedia link for those that don’t understand Cort.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Hunam

    As much as on the one hand, you know, it’s perfectly understandable why’d they’d ban nazi iconography etc, on the other, it’s a different world now and it’s fast becoming a slant of germanys basic civil liberties. Maybe as an outsider/young ‘un I see it differently but that’s just my opinion really.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Superfrog

    I’m German. Yes, it IS retarded to forbid the display of Nazi symbols regardless of the context they appear in. Note that this law does NOT apply to movies because they are officially considered as being ‘art’ (unlike video games). You can have as many swastikas as you want in a non-serious movie like Indiana Jones, but it’s forbidden to display them in an Indy video game.

    As general note, I understand that Germany has to be very sensitive when it comes to anything Nazi-related, but this particular policy is indeed ridiculous.

    By the way, this seems to be the tiny bit Activision forgot to censor:

    http://www.schnittberichte.com/www/SBs/5982811/haken.jpg

    “Man the Germans are so anal. Have seen proof.”

    Sigh.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. freedoms_stain

    When you ban this sort of thing it just festers until it boils over and you end up with a can of worms way bigger than it had to be.

    Fight extremists with education, not bans, to the simple minded when things are seen to be actively “buried” by contemporary society or government it actually gives them a kind of power, a sort of underground credibility.

    You can see it in the BNP in the UK, and you can see it in fundamentalist creationists in the US.

    edit: to Superfrog – :-D

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Cort

    Superfrog, what you seem to be arguing is for games to be considered art (as per movies) and not for the removal of the law from the statute book. That’s a different matter. Or do you think the right of extremist groups and political and social agitators to use, promote and congregate under Nazi iconography to be more important than the very real and understandable desire to prevent some of the mistakes of the past happening again?

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Cort

    Fight extremists with education, not bans

    I’d say that’s about the most naive thing I’ve read all year. Extremists are by definition unreasonable, and you can’t reason with the unreasonable. Otherwise Chamberlain would be remembered as one of the greatest men of the 20th Century…..

    #16 6 years ago
  17. freedoms_stain

    The extremists on their own are just crazy fuckers who stock up ammo in readiness for “their time”, they only get really dangerous when they start massing ordinary punters who don’t know any better and subvert them.

    If, for example, everyone has seen a complete list of the BNPs policies and a good explanation of why they’re utterly batshit mental, why would they bother following the BNP?

    Ignore the problem, or worse, try to bury it and those people with some sympathy for the core policies of the extremist party start to think “if they’re being buried, they must have a point” and thus support is born and they start landing seats in the EU and such.

    Your typical BNP supporter will give you reasons like “Polish takin our jerbs!” without any clue about how immigration in this country works, or the employment migrants tend to take.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Syrok

    You can’t really say nationalism is being ignored in Germany. The Nazi era is probably the extensively covered topic in school in Germany.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Cort

    The very existence of the law is proof that the German government is doing anything but “ignoring the problem”! And I fail to understand how allowing extremists to retake control and ownership of racist, extremely divisive and massively incendiary symbols will solve the problems of the sort you describe. You’re not making a coherent argument.

    I mean, ffs, if you opened the paper tomorrow and read “German government removes ban on use of Nazi symbols – far right groups now free to wear Swastika armbands and march under the Reichskriegsflagge” what do you think the response would be? “Triumph for progressive civil liberties in Germany!”? I don’t think so.

    There’s a saying: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. There’s a lesser-known variation on that theme: Better to be damned for doing the right thing than be damned for doing the wrong thing.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. freedoms_stain

    The law isn’t new, it was enacted a long time ago in an effort to sweep the shit under the rug.

    That isn’t tackling the problem, it’s obscuring it from view. It’s still there, everyone knows it’s still there, but now it’s in the back room instead of out in the open.

    And yeah, I say let these fools come out in the open, because that’s where they’ll be intellectually defeated when they haven’t actually got a leg to stand on.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Hunam

    Cort, whilst obviously the spin on them removing the law would be pretty terrible, just like you’re example really, it’s seems to be that the second this happens that everyone will just bust out of their homes and dance around the burning jew effigy, which isn’t going to happen now is it. Yes there are far right groups and no doubt they’d use the symbols, but anyone using those symbols would instantly kill their own cause, as the entire world knows only lunatics will use them. Vilifying them to the extent by law only holds the power these symbols have really.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. No_PUDding

    I wonder if Germany would deport a German baby with a birthmark in the shape of a swastika?

    #22 6 years ago
  23. El_MUERkO

    22 comments and not one link to scat, pft!

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Patrick Garratt

    Some background for you:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strafgesetzbuch_%C2%A7_86a
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika

    I think the use of the swastika was banned in Germany in 1945, immediately after the War.

    And for the record, they take this shit super-fucking-seriously over there. I’ve worked with German websites and it really is an absolute no-go.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. DrDamn

    @El_MUERkO
    How about … link

    #25 6 years ago
  26. rrod360lol

    Or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scatman_John

    #26 6 years ago
  27. Cort

    Freedom/Hunam the groups aren’t “hidden” because they can’t wear a fucking armband. That’s just rubbish and ignorant of the situation. I never said the law was new (?!). And if the Germans were really trying to hide the past they would ban WW2 movies, TV shows, games and books, ban references to Hitler and the Nazis, ban references to the Holocaust, remove the subject from schoolbooks etc. How many of these things have they done? Exactly.

    There’s a damned good reason the law exists, it is a sensible law, it works, and if you don’t like it, fine. But to say this law is designed to sweep things under the carpet is absurd.

    Finally:

    …anyone using those symbols would instantly kill their own cause…

    The second most naive thing I’ve read this year. For all the talk about “trying to supress history”, I think there are a few people here who need to pick up a history book.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. G1GAHURTZ

    Pfft.

    Those silly Germans…

    They’re so sensitive about the war, swastikas and Sony.

    #28 6 years ago

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  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]