Banned in Europe

Of course the other big no-no in Germany is the mention of Nazism. While it's arguably better to be reminded of the dangers of fascism than pretend it was never there, portraying Nazis or a likeness of Adolf Hitler is deemed to be racial propaganda in Germany.

The main problem seems to involve the swastika, as some games have been granted release after the imagery was removed, even though other Nazi references remain – such as in Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. 

While a censored version of Return to Castle Wolfenstein was permitted for release in Germany, the original corridor shooter Wolfenstein 3D has never been granted a German release. Look at this video and see if you can spot why.

Perhaps the most interesting point in the German story is that World War II films with Nazi imagery are allowed to be released as they are deemed to be art. Videogames are not. Yes, that old argument.


  • nightcrawler31 - September 17, 2008 7:46 a.m.

    lol mortal combat FIRST!
  • loonyman978 - September 30, 2009 10:44 p.m.

    How old is this article? and only one comment?! ah hell, second!
  • Satu - September 30, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    Probotector? Honestly? That sounds like a pro-bot detector. Also, did the Germans never consider that killing robots and aliens is as wrong as killing humans if they are self-aware? Apparently not... oh I can see the rest of this comment descending into murky territory, so I'll just cut it off there.
  • dimomarg - October 2, 2009 5:27 a.m.

    madness? THIS IS ATHENS!!! but no matter what these idiots do... I doubt they will notice steam.... lol
  • FETALJUICE - October 3, 2009 5:01 a.m.

    Loved the Mortal Kombat stuff. Shit, I love my games brutal but that stuff shown in Manhunt 2 was GRISLY as hell!
  • Cogglesz - October 18, 2009 9:47 a.m.

    My girlfriend is from Greece and so i went with her on holiday last year, i wondered why i never seen any game specialist stores that sell only games.

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