Since I got asked this a few times on vent and XBL (Lauren even mentioned it on the
Podcastle), I think it's time to address this. The question is, if WW2 games are released in
Germany. Many seem to think that they are banned altogether. Short answer: no.
To properly understand this subject, I will have to explain some bits about the German
After 1945, with Germany losing World War 2 and the facist government on it's way to their
trail, the old criminal code got reinstaled and revised. Part of that revision, was making all
facist symbols (like the swastika) and melodies illegal. The exact phrase for that is
"Verfassungsfeindlich" or anticonstitutional in English. This goes so far that even humming
certain melodies in public is condemnable. Same goes for the Hitler salute. So please, if
you ever visit Germany, don't do it in public. Not only is it rude, but it can get you in
Now that you know that, you will see that violence isn't the biggest problem with WW2
games in Germany. It's the depiction of fascist symbols, which is illegal. The depiction of
violence is not. Some people
just don't like it.
But publishers still want to make money of a game like Call of Duty. So what do they do? Of
course they edit the games so that they are suitable for the german market. These edits
- removal of all swastikas and other fascist symbols, like the flags
- removal of certain charakter animations, like the Hitler salute
- removal of certain music, sounds and speec (most of them get redubbed [horribly]
So in general, anything that refers to National Socialism or its leaders in any way is
removed. Symbols of the Wehrmacht (german army at the time) are okay. In some cases
the swastikas are exchanged with the Reichsadler (a Eagle symbol that was used before the
facsist got in power. They used it in a version with a swastika, but when used alone it's
Any game, and posession of it, that contains anticonstitutional material is illigal. It's not like
when they are banned and you can still buy them "under the table". Anyone who sells or
buys them can get arrested.
Of course, in most cases the violence is altered too. So no exploding heads and the like.
But with these changes, WW2 games are released in germany.
Now immagine a game where you play a german soldier who is fighting american soldiers...
Fox News whould have one hell off a day. Or to put it in another way, I don't really know
our why politicians are not crying out loud over the fact that the german kids are shooting
their granddaddies in a game, but francly I don't care. It's just a game. And it has been 60
years since the end of World War 2. So I think it's okay.
If you want to know more about this subject or anything about a specific game and it's
status in Germany, comment or drop me a pm. Or e-mail me at
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