Germany

Members of the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union, which form one of the ruling parties in the German government right now, like SOPA so much that they want their own version of it for Germany. While they a...
[Offbeat Hall of Fame is a showcase of the cool, often bizarre products and media from years past that celebrate videogames and gamer culture.] I love videogame soundtracks. Audio is such an integral part of the gameplay expe...
In news that will surprise only people who have never heard of Germany before, it has come to light that Dead Island's been banned ... in Germany!  Deep Silver is not surprised, gamers are not surprised, and I doubt the ...
It seems that German gamers are returning copies of Battlefield 3 to stores. They're concerned that required download software Origin enables EA to spy on users' activities. Eurogamer reports that German retailers Media ...
When it comes to banning videogames or at least restricting their sales, there just is no country quite like Germany! There are several lists to take into consideration, so I'll try to make things simple and clear for you, de...
This video gives you some insight into how the BigJam that took place in St. Oberholz, Berlin, went along. Here, the programmers gathered in a café in order to create a game, from scratch, in only four days. The video...
Today is a very special day, for it is the day that Germans are legally allowed to buy DOOM and DOOM 2 in common high street stores. The two games were previously filed under Media Harmful to Young Persons, which placed ...
According to a poll done by the association BITCOM in Germany, gamers seem to be pretty sensible about the amount of time they spend with their favorite hobby. While 62% of those asked play videogames on a daily base, most of...
After the pretty much unexpected "OK" from the German ratings board USK for the third Gears of War, there now seems to be a possibility to bring the first two games of the popular franchise to Germany too. According to the Ep...
The university of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, has made public the results of one of its latest studies: Players of so-called 'Killerspiele' like Counter-Strike actually don't like the military or war more than those who don't....
According to research done by Newzoo, half of the adult population of Germany plays videogames on a regular basis. The same applies to France and the United Kingdom, as all three countries combined have a total market of 153 ...
ZDFkultur, a German digital TV channel, will broadcast the start of the ESL Pro Series on August 20. The season start will take place at gamescom and if the pilot is successful enough, the channel's administrators will consid...
The "Bundesverband Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware" (or "Federal Association of interactive Entertainment Software") has a yearly award for the best selling games on the German market of the past 12 months. The awards are s...
Gears of War 3 has received an official USK 18 rating in Germany, meaning Germans won't have to go across the border and import a copy of Zahnräder des Krieges 3 this time around. Epic Games president Mike Capps told Joy...
Pre-order customers on Amazon Germany for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will get a fancy Zelda-themed Nintendo 3DS bag with their order when it ships on June 17. So far it seems like Amazon.de is the only one throwi...
Alexander "graf_chokolo" Egorenkov has his home raided by German police this past week, after Sony demanded the seizure of his PS3 hacking equipment. It has been subsequently revealed that Sony plans to sue Egorenkov for 1,00...
The next round of Sony vs. The World continues with news that the company sent German police to the home of Graf_chokolo, a well known contributor to the PS3 hacking scene. The cops took everything related to console hac...
Those dicktits at the Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle have rated a heavily censored version of Bulletstorm, a variant that more or less loses the entire point of the game.  The German edition will not feature ...
Oh Germany, you so censorship! The German release of Dead Space 2 has been delayed due to the country's ever-vigilant social nannies getting upset again. The inclusion of a "friendly fire" multiplayer option has caused the st...
Game Captain is reporting that the gore-soaked Splatterhouse has been denied classification by the German classification board and, thus, will not be published in Germany. Hard to imagine that what is being marketed as o...
Call of Duty: Black Ops is undergoing a number of heavy edits when it releases in Germany. Among the cuts is a soundtrack omission, with Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil getting snipped because it's 100% about Worl...
Hey PC gamers! Remember Dungeon Keeper? Remember using your Hand of Evil to slap your imps and working really hard to summon Horny? Good times! It's too bad that we never got a Dungeon Keeper 3, and with EA having farmed out ...
German and British people, it's time for free stuff! The fine fellows at Telltale Games are giving away free episodes of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People in both of your respective countries. Residents of either c...
Usually when I see stuff like this roll into our happenin' tips line, I think to myself "nah, this is exactly what they'd expect us to talk about. Forget it." However, I'm willing to make a few exceptions. Gaming cakes? Barf!...
Germany hates videogames, is the message the German government seems to want to communicate. Every sensational crime committed in the country gets pinned on "killer games," and a ridiculous amount of titles have been banned o...
Modern Warfare 2 may be one of the biggest, most mainstream games ever to be released, but it's also been the most controversial. Aside from the whole PC debacle, Infinity Ward has also generated much debate over the infamous...
Last week, we told you about the German group attempting a modern-day book burning by having people bring in their violent videogames and toss them into the garbage. The Action Alliance believes that videogames are the root o...
This is simply depressing. The pathetic treatment of videogames in Germany has already jumped the shark several times, with the German authorities aping their intolerant forefathers and banning anything they don't like in the...
Yep, Germany's at it again! Despite being approved for release in the oppressive Nanny-state, it seems that the German version of Wolfenstein has now been recalled, with Activision pulling the Raven-developed game from store ...
Last Thursday, there was yet another attempted shooting rampage in Germany. Fortunately, nobody was killed, which is of course why no major news outlet run the story. Despite the fact that no lives were lost, however, one par...
PlayLogic has sent over a brand new trailer for its hilarious new hack n' slash, Fairytale Fights. The game promises to be an irreverent, thoroughly brutal game that rapes your childhood, and for that I salute it. The trailer...
Most people who aren't German politicians will tell you that Germany's reaction to so-called "killer games" is childish and ludicrous. Gamers, the gaming press and developers have all voiced dismay over Germany's tr...
Despite being one of the most inhospitable game markets in Europe, ban-friendly Germany has somehow taken over the United Kingdom to become Europe's biggest. Yep, the country that invented the term "killer games" an...
Crytek president and co-founder Cevat Yerli has issued a very substantial threat to his home country, stating that Germany's biggest PC developer will be forced to relocated if the country's authorities ban action games. Germ...
Ze Germans have perhaps inadvertently revealed to the world that Xbox Live Arcade's critically acclaimed Braid is heading to the PlayStation 3. The Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle rating board spilled the beans just rec...
If you've been following my intrepid coverage of the situation in Germany (I've appointed myself Destructoid's German correspondent on weekends) then you know that the German government is attempting to ban the sale and produ...
They've had all they can stands, they can't stands no more. German officials have been having a field day in targeting the games industry over the past few years, banning products at whim like capricious Gods. It would seem, ...
Looks like Germany's at it again. The fascist anti-videogame state has continued its persecution of videogames by now banning Counter-Strike from public view, demanding that it not be brought out at LAN parties in some areas ...
I'm not sure what Germany is thinking, messing with a country that spawned a man who can take down a Predator, a Terminator and be twin brothers with Danny DeVito, but Germany doesn't make sense on many levels so they're goin...
Evidently no one informed Germany's 16 Interior Minister's that E3 was going on this week because I'm sure if they had known they would have waited for a time when their request to the Bundestag (Germany's equivalent of Parli...