On www.quake.de I noticed a news post talking about an online petition against the planned ban of action games in Germany. It’s not a secret that since Wolfenstein 3D and Doom Germany was somehow against those games, because of the excessive violence in those games. Let’s avoid starting this endless discussion if those games influence people in their doing (THEY DO NOT!!!), but you cannot avoid something in Germany as long as our government put something in mind. Sadly the rampage which occurred near Stuttgart (Fellbach) and some copycats started the whole discussion again.
I was rolling on the flour when I followed again the discussion about “killer games” in german TV. All the discussions were held very subjective and failed the complete point. German politicians, educators, teachers and even representatives from church had the same opinion that those “killer games” do influence the players. How stupid is that? What the fuck do those monkeys think? Now whole germany talks about banning ego shooters. I pay an ass full of taxes every month hoping that the politicians who get paid from my money do something meaningful. Hoping that they will release laws who help people. You say I’m completely wrong. They have nothing else to do but discussing about themes they have no idea about. That’s not stupid but a reason to fuck them of (in case you would have a rocket launcher 😉
The game industry defuses ego shooters which have to be sold in Germany. There are many popular examples, like Half Life, Unreal2 and so on. In those german conversions you kill robots instead of human NPC. Instead of blood you see something green which could be oil. This is censorship in its finest art. I thought this is only in dictatorships but Germany should be a democracy or am I wrong? Ok, lets try to not be so polemic.
One of the first games I ever played was Wolfenstein 3D. I remember the time where we exchanged the shareware version of Wolfenstein 3D and shortly after some time Doom on two 3,5” floppy discs. I continued playing Doom2 and Quake and am one of the lucky ones who found Blood and Blood 2 in stores and was the first in my town who got his copy of Quake 2. Until today I played to 99% ego shooters and have in my collection nearly all “killer games” I could ever get including Kingpin, Sin, Quake3 Arena, Unreal, Unreal Tournament, all mission packs to Quake and Quake2, Fear, Doom3, Quake4 and so on. And I’m also lucky since all versions are not versions for the german market but the originals ordered from UK and USA. And do you now what the best is????
YES I LOVE KILLER GAMES, AND NO I DON’T PLAN A RAMPAGE ON ANY SCHOOL OR ELSEWHERE
Why is the fact ignored, that everywhere in the world where the original copies of those ego shooter games are played, the number of rampages is not higher than here in Germany? We have one famous example with the rampage at Stuttgart for a long time. And the discussion heated up, just because police found a copy of Counterstrike on the computer of the gunman of Stuttgart. Oh my god how stupid are our politicians really?
It there will be a law which forbids ego shooters the crime associated with obtaining those games would rise immensely but who cares, right?
Dear politicians, please go back to work (in fact start work even if it’s the first time in your life) and care for real problems which we have here in Germany and don’t loose time with things you have no idea about and where you are definitely wrong in your thinking. You are wrong because you tried to find the guilty for the disaster in Stuttgart. Not the computer game was the reason for the rampage but his fucked up family affairs, his father for not securing the gun and keeping the gun in a place where nobody has access to it. Every 5 dime psychologist will tell you that. Ah I forgot. German television was clever enough to let psychologist talk, but those kind of psychologist who tell you that, what you want to hear (or at least the opinion of those who pay their bills).