German Government Says Nein to Violent Game Ban

Last June, news emerged from Germany that a group of Interior Ministers had asked for a total ban on the production and distribution of violent videogames. Thanks in large part to a petition, such a ban will not be enacted in the near future.

German website Game Captain reports (translated) that the 73,000 signatures captured on a petition against banning such games allowed the matter to be taken up in front of the Committee on Petitions. The petitioner was allowed to speak, and apparently asked more education on media be provided in place of the ban.

Parliament State Secretary Dr. Herman Kues, of the Federal Ministry for Home Affairs must have been swayed, as he announced that no changes to the current criminal code would be enacted. Instead the government will push for more public education of the PEGI ratings system.

Unsurprisingly, game publishers were happy with the news: EA Senior VP Dr Jens Uwe Intat told that, “The German decision is a very welcome step as we encourage policy makers to better understand the reality of today’s videogame market and give games the same respect as books, films or music.”

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    Nocturne says:

    PEGI ratings only on British versions of games isn’t that uncommon. BBFC ratings on games were only required if the game included violent content , profanity, promoted criminal activity and/or references to sex or drugs. They wouldn’t have rated Fifa as it didn’t fall within their remit.

    There are some games that don’t include any of that but have BBFC ratings because they can still be submitted at the publishers discretion (such as Ratcht & Clank: Crack in Time which has a U rating, U = Universal/no restriction)

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    Afirejar says:

    If the PEGI rating is there, it’s solely because the game happens to have one and the publisher decided to put it there. The USK rating is known and legally binding, PEGI isn’t.

    In fact I just went through my XBox games and I don’t have a single game with multiple ratings symbols. The games I bought in Germany all have USK only, the ones from Austria all have PEGI only, and the ones from the UK have BBFC only (except FIFA 09, which for some reason is a British version with only the PEGI symbol).

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    Cheater87 says:

    Germany uses the USK as their game rating system with PEGI tagged on. The games are still censored by the USK with the PEGI rating next to the USK rating. I hope they totally switch over to PEGI.

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    Avalongod says:

    Excellent news for Germany!  I’m glad to see that the leveler heads won out.

    Now I only hope that we Americans (and our Supreme Court) will learn from the German example…

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    Chris Kimberley says:

    "Instead the government will push for more public education of the PEGI ratings system."

    This seems to suggest that PEGI is the system they care about.  So presumably they’re already using it or will soon switch.  Anyone have any direct knowledge of Germany’s rating system?


    Chris Kimberley

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