Banned in Europe

So what can you do in Germany? Kill robots and aliens. Which is why Konami's classic shoot-em-up Contra is known there as Probotector. Does the name give you a clue? That's right, the playable characters and their enemies are all robots.

Look how the sprite here was changed from the man on the right-hand side to the robot on the left. If that sounds a bit over-the-top, it hasn't gotten any better in recent years. Just look at this 'death' in a match of Team Fortress 2:

Like the cogs? That's right, you're a robot so there's no killing involved. Even the original Half-Life was changed to include 'robot' damage to the marine character models when you shoot them – and you can't kill the scientists. They just sit down and shake their heads.

Guns without consequences… is this really such a good idea? Guess it's not for us to judge. It is quite funny to see videos on YouTube of German gamers playing with an 'uncut' patch, gleefully running round killing every scientist as messily as they can. But can you blame them when they have to put up with... this?

As if that wasn't enough, Gears of War, Crackdown and Dead Rising have all been refused ratings in Germany due to their graphic violence. And as Microsoft won't allow unrated games to be published, the only way gamers of legal age can play them is to get them imported. At least they're worth the trouble.


  • 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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