It's really easy to make Nazi references about the German government, but when its ministers seem so intent on repressing the freedom of media, it's hard not to wonder if fascism in German politics died with ol' Addy H. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann is one such Reichstag candidate, who has recently called for the banning of what he calls Killerspiele (Killer Games.)
German publication Zeit Online interviewed Herrmann, where he drew indirect comparisons between videogames and child pornography, suggested that games should be banned instead of movies because cinema owners can stop children entering their premises (conveniently ignoring DVDs) and generally spouted ignorant hyperbole.
The interview is contained after the jump, and provides a disturbing glimpse into this minister's mind. That he believes games should be banned on the basis of nothing more than perceived, unproven threats is worrying, not to mention his fear of what he called "American aberrations of society."
According to GamePolitics, who also provided the translated interview, German magazine PC Games is attempting to organize a huge mail campaign against the Christian Social Union to which Herrmann belongs. Younger CSU officials are also said to have voiced their dissention, making it known that they don't agree with the proposed ban on games. Good for them, and let's hope that this depressing individual doesn't get his way.
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