Salida dear readers,
my name is Jim aka "OpiumHerz" and as some of you may already guess by that nickname: I am german. With the blog series "The worst thing about censorship is ███████ " I want to simply give you a little insight in videogame censorship, which is still pretty much alive and kicking here in Germany (but I won't restrict myself to Germany exclusively). I started this blog in 2013 and consider this series to be now in Season 2. Fuck yeah! After getting frontpage-famous I'll continue to take stuff from my colleagues at Schnittberichte and recycle that stuff for your enjoyment.
This episode is about Turning Point: Fall Of Liberty
is a 2008 released FPS that handles a WW II alternative timeline, in which the Nazis won and you have to fight them. It wasn't really that well received with a Metacritic of 43 at best. Of course with a topic like that the game isn't to be expected to release uncensored in Germany. And I bet you know alerady what happened.
Yup, they removed the Nazis again. They changed the texts etc. so they don't mention the Nazis explicitally anymore and all the Nazi symbols were removed or exchanged. they censored the handbook, they censored the artwork and the bonus artworks.
So, why am I telling you all this in a singular entry and not one the bunches multiple games censored like this together. Well, because Turning Point
made the news last week again. A german player bought the through Amazon, found the uncensored version in his hands and now this fucker sues Amazon because they sold "nazi-game". I. Shit. You. Not.
Yeah, this is how imagined you asshole would look like...
National police investigates.
Amazon delivered Nazi-game
Kmetsch: "That went too far. I complained to Amazon immediatly."
The internet shop took the game off his page, but that wasn't enough for Kmetsch. He sues Amazon for spreading symbols that are unconstitutional. "Ich can't believe that no one at Amazon has noticed this before.", so the packaging technologist.
I found this too funny to pass on. The lawsuit will most likely go nowhere and that's it, but it was SO ridiculous. You might ask now: "but Jim, how did the dude get the uncensored version?"
That's because you can sell them through Amazon and Amazon has import dealers on their site. Those can, of course, sell their stuff. So often you find games with stuff like "[UK Import]" or "[PEGI VERSION]" in the title. That's totally normal and you then know what version you get. Even if that's not in the title, the boxart clearly shows a non german version. So at least when he held the game in his hands, Daniel Kmetsch, fuckwit on duty, should have been able to find out that he is not having a german version.
Oh, by the way, guess what I found on Amazon today?
Salida, dear readers. Till next time.