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Germany is known for these kinds of retarded laws. It's like the Church saying that sex is evil and should only be done to procriate. "The forbidden fruit is the most desired" and all that. I hate it when a small group of people get to decide what they think is best for everybody else.
PS: Quake was banned?? But, you only get to kill zombies and monsters. Maybe it's because of the dogs? That's a strange country you live in...
yes Quake 1 and quake2 and quake 3 and doom 1 and doom 2 and doom 3 and wolfenstein 1 and wolfenstein 2 and wolfenstein3 and postal 1 and postal 2 and soldier of fortune 1 and soltier of fortune 2 and soldier of fortune3 and many more games are banned in germany
germany is the worst place for an gamer in the WORLD!
These games are not banned. They've been "indexed", meaning they can only be sold to adults because no censored version of them has been published.
Banned games are something else entirely.
there are 4 differend banned steps in germany
first step FSK18 means you need to be 18
then "Alterseinstufung USK nach Jugendschutzgesetz verweigert" means its to hard for 18+
then Indiziert in germany its banned light named "indiziert"
there are also banned tittles for privat users Wolfenstein for exampel is not on the 'Index' for indiziert wolfenstein is banned by law for privat users. but not only nazi flag games are banned by Police there are normal games like "Condemned: Criminal Origins" and "Soldier of Fortune" also banned
When it is only activation time you can use an open vpn for that - or something like tor, then you most likely get a foreign ip.
We have the same problem in Australia - there's no "18+" category for games, so anything that doesn't fit into the "15-18" rating gets "refused classification" and can't legally be sold.
I couldn't read the German article, but if you can get the game activated with your Steam ID (via VPN etc.), you SHOULD be able to play it in other areas, but it wouldn't surprise me if they do enforce region locking on loading of certain games
and I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks it's odd for a country to use such harsh tactics to "protect" people from depictions of its violent past (I know it's not directly related to CoD, but an article linked from Wikipedia says part of the censorship is "Removal of what Germany deems 'anti-constitutional symbols'")
but an article linked from Wikipedia says part of the censorship is "Removal of what Germany deems 'anti-constitutional symbols'")
i unterstand the symbol problem and yes for me its ok go got alternativ symbol in games
but there are games censored with no symbols "condemned: Criminal Origins" for exampel is banned by the Police and the game does not hit any symbol law's
means censorship in germany isn't a clear 'law' usage
in general censorship is bad and the use of banning games are only a way to makes clear no one can make an game against nazis for exampel Wolfenstein was banned by the police but in germany the symbole usage is legal if the games are against nazism
means the police is just fasism ans they use there power to hurt 'Left' side people.
i wana play the orginal and maxium GORE and BLOOD and NASTY orginal US version of a game! like Soldier of Fortune and Postal2
If you want an uncensored version of Postal 2, gog.com has it for $10, and it's DRM free.
You can most likely buy whatever games you want outside of Steam. It's not like anyone is forcing you to buy from them. Of course this doesn't work for Steam only games like Team Fortress 2 or Left 4 Dead.