The game seems more like a fantasy and not real events…
Saying those words, a Swiss judge declined a politician’s request to ban John Woo’s Stranglehold.
As reported by SwissInfo.ch, it was the first time that a court in Switzerland had ruled on the sale of violent video games.
As GamePolitics reported in April, Roland Näf, a politician affiliated with the Social Democratic Party, targeted retailer MediaMarkt for selling the game. From SwissInfo’s coverage:
Näf claimed that violent games such as Stranglehold violated Article 135 of Switzerland’s criminal code. The court rejected that argument… MediaMarkt had limited the sale of the game to customers over the age of 18, although access to the game was widespread among 14 year olds, according to a report in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung newspaper.
However, a statement from the Social Democrats indicates that they may be planning to pursue tougher legislation:
Now we know that the federal government must act [to address violent games].
Allan Guggenbühl, a child psychologist at Zurich University, told SwissInfo that the political concerns were exaggerated:
The vast majority of children can actually distinguish between virtual reality and their own lives. For them, it doesn’t really have any negative influences. We don’t allow children to be fascinated by violence. But the fascination with violence is something which is paramount in our society… [Adults] participate in a ritual where they on a daily basis expose themselves to horrid scenes…