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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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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

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  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

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  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

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  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

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  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

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  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

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  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]