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German gamers returning Battlefield 3 over spying concern


Nov 01
// Dale North
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 ...
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Guess which games were banned in Germany in October


Oct 29
// Sven Wohl
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...
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The difficulties of creating a game in four days


Sep 22
// Sven Wohl
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...
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DOOM and DOOM 2 are no longer pornography in Germany


Aug 31
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
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Study says gamers play less videogames than expected


Aug 31
// Sven Wohl
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...
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The first two Gears of War games might come to Germany


Aug 18
// Sven Wohl
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...
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'Killerspiele' do not make war sexy to gamers


Aug 15
// Sven Wohl
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....
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Half of Germany's adult population plays videogames


Aug 11
// Sven Wohl
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 ...
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German TV channel to broadcast ESL Pro Series start


Aug 10
// Sven Wohl
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...
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood wins big at BIU Awards


Aug 09
// Sven Wohl
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...
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Epic is happy with Gears of War 3 being rated in Germany


Jul 22
// Maurice Tan
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...
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Amazon Germany gets Ocarina of Time 3D bonus Zelda bag


May 02
// Dale North
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...
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Sony sues PS3 hacker for 1,000,000 euros, hacker defiant


Feb 26
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Sony sends police to raid PS3 hacker's house


Feb 24
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Bulletstorm gets heavily censored German version


Feb 09
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
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Dead Space 2 delayed in Germany due to censorship


Jan 18
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Captain Obvious: Splatterhouse denied rating in Germany


Nov 16
// Conrad Zimmerman
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...
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Call of Duty: Black Ops getting stupid German censorship


Oct 04
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Keep a dungeon once more with 'Dungeons'


Sep 08
// Josh Tolentino
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 ...
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Germany and England get Strong Bad for free


Mar 22
// Matthew Razak
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...
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Doom makes everything better, even billboards


Dec 09
// Jordan Devore
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!...
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Sega won't release Aliens vs. Predator in Germany


Nov 11
// Jim Sterling
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...
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German Modern Warfare 2 won't let you kill civilians


Nov 08
// Jim Sterling
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...
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German group's 'game burning' protest was a huge failure


Oct 19
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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...
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German group hosts modern book burning for 'killer games'


Oct 15
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Latest Wolfenstein pulled from German store shelves


Sep 22
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
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German principal: Games turn kids into homicidal maniacs


Sep 21
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Check out this bloodthirsty Fairytale Fights trailer


Sep 03
// Jim Sterling
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...
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EA: German game restricitions are censorship


Aug 24
// Jim Sterling
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...






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