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German gamers protest government's war on videogames

8:30 PM on 07.08.2009 // Jim Sterling

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, however, that Germany is finally starting to go too far, and the seeds of rebellion have been sewn among the country's gaming population.

Things begun with a protest march, where an estimated 400 indignant Germans patrolled Karlsruhe to make their distaste for the government's actions known. This small demonstration is only the beginning, however, with a further three protests scheduled to launch simultaneously on July 25 in Cologne, Karlsruhe and Berlin.

In addition to this, a petition has been formed in the official forum of the Bundestag. Destructoid reader Christian wanted us to spread the word about the petition, and we're more than happy to oblige. If the petition reaches 50000 signatures, the authorities are bound by law to review the situation and discuss it with the people. The petition can be signed right here. If you're a German Destructoid member, we highly recommend that you do this thing. 

Anything, videogames included, can be harmful in the wrong hands. However, the world should not be governed based upon what could happen to the minority, but to the majority. Germany has forgotten this and is currently oppressing the rights of gamers to choose what they can and can't play. It's great to see that German gamers are finally doing something about this, and we wish them all the best.

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