A Letter from a German Gamer in the Future

CounterStrike.jpg“So I’m sitting at my Xbox 360 playing some Half-Life 2 when the dog perks up his head and looks at the door. I go towards a side window to investigate when the door suddenly bursts open, spewing forth a half-dozen armed police officers. They forcibly knock me to the ground and cuff me. Now I’ll be spending the next year in prison, all thanks to playing a violent video game.”

If German legislators have their way, the above situation could be a reality in less than a year’s time. On November 20, there was a school shooting in Germany where an 18 year old student went back to his old middle school and injured as many as 37 people before pulling the trigger on himself. What makes this an issue for German gamers is that the shooter was an avid Counter-Strike player and as a result, the German government has made it a high priority to pass to legislation against violent video games.

Germany already has one of the most strict controls over games released in the country with a past history of banning Doom 1 and 2, Manhunt, and Command & Conquer in their original forms. More recently the 360’s Gears of War and Dead Rising were both denied an age rating making them illegal to sell. The new legislation though would make it a crime to develop, distribute, and/or play games featuring “cruel violence on humans or human-looking characters” punishable with a fine and up to one year in prison. This bill is scheduled to go before the upper house of parliament early next year, so all of you German readers should get on your local legislator and make your voice heard.

Source: Gamasutra

About the Author

Having over 25 years of gaming experience, Zach knows a thing or two when it comes to one of his favorite entertainment activities. Additionally, he has also written many articles previewing and reviewing titles which can be found in various places around the net, including VGBlogger.com.