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Study says gamers play less videogames than expected

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 them don't pla...   read

 
 
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The first two Gears of War games might come to Germany

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 Epic Studios boss...   read

 
 
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'Killerspiele' do not make war sexy to gamers

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. They asked 500...   read

 
 
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Half of Germany's adult population plays videogames

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 million people ...   read

 
 
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German TV channel to broadcast ESL Pro Series start

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 consider continuing t...   read

 
 
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood wins big at BIU Awards

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 split up into se...   read

 
 
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Epic is happy with Gears of War 3 being rated in Germany

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 Joystiq he was ple...   read

 
 
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Amazon Germany gets Ocarina of Time 3D bonus Zelda bag

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 throwing in this free...   read

 
 
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Sony sues PS3 hacker for 1,000,000 euros, hacker defiant

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 1,000,000 euros ......   read

 
 
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Sony sends police to raid PS3 hacker's house

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 hacking, along wit...   read

 
 
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Bulletstorm gets heavily censored German version

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 ragdoll effects...   read

 
 
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Dead Space 2 delayed in Germany due to censorship

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 stink, since Germ...   read

 
 
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Captain Obvious: Splatterhouse denied rating in Germany

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 one of the most ...   read

 
 
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Call of Duty: Black Ops getting stupid German censorship

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 World War II, and H...   read

 
 
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Keep a dungeon once more with 'Dungeons'

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 the name to a s...   read

 
 
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Germany and England get Strong Bad for free

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 country who own ...   read

 
 
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Doom makes everything better, even billboards

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! No way. But cr...   read

 
 
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Sega won't release Aliens vs. Predator in Germany

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 or censored than...   read

 
 
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German Modern Warfare 2 won't let you kill civilians

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 "airport scene...   read

 
 
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 of all violent acts and it will all magically go away by having these evil games thrown away.

The game dumping event took place this past Saturday and a total of three games and one CD were tossed into the garbage. One was Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for the PS2, one was (what looks like) Battlefield and the third game was Small Soldiers for the Game Boy. 

The video above is a news report about the event and dramatically shows a couple of kids tossing said games into the dumpster. Here's another news report that features more exaggerations. Someone also recorded the whole dumping of the games and you can see the cameraman making the kids throw the games in a few times. Here's another video of all the games for laughs. 

As you can see, this event was a huge failure. As some of you noted in the original story, this group was organized by parents of the kids that were killed in a shooting in the same city. The shooter was a fan of Counter-Strike and this, to the parents, automatically meant that there's a link between violent games and violent behavior.

These parents are grieving, but this is not the way to go about it. Getting people to toss their games that they bought with their hard earned money (games in Germany are ridiculously priced) and creating a big show about it won't work. Educating your kids, being involved in their lives and teaching them the difference between right and wrong, that's how you make sure your kids don't end up as giant f**k ups. 

[via IroN1c's C Blog]

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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 of all violent acts and it will all magically go away by having these evil games thrown away.

The game dumping event took place this past Saturday and a total of three games and one CD were tossed into the garbage. One was Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for the PS2, one was (what looks like) Battlefield and the third game was Small Soldiers for the Game Boy. 

The video above is a news report about the event and dramatically shows a couple of kids tossing said games into the dumpster. Here's another news report that features more exaggerations. Someone also recorded the whole dumping of the games and you can see the cameraman making the kids throw the games in a few times. Here's another video of all the games for laughs. 

As you can see, this event was a huge failure. As some of you noted in the original story, this group was organized by parents of the kids that were killed in a shooting in the same city. The shooter was a fan of Counter-Strike and this, to the parents, automatically meant that there's a link between violent games and violent behavior.

These parents are grieving, but this is not the way to go about it. Getting people to toss their games that they bought with their hard earned money (games in Germany are ridiculously priced) and creating a big show about it won't work. Educating your kids, being involved in their lives and teaching them the difference between right and wrong, that's how you make sure your kids don't end up as giant f**k ups. 

[via IroN1c's C Blog]

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German group's 'game burning' protest was a huge failure

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 of all violent a...   read

 
 
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German group hosts modern book burning for 'killer games'

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 name of social...   read

 
 
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Latest Wolfenstein pulled from German store shelves

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 shelves. No rea...   read

 
 
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German principal: Games turn kids into homicidal maniacs

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 particular German ...   read

 
 
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Check out this bloodthirsty Fairytale Fights trailer

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 is very cool, ...   read

 
 
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EA: German game restricitions are censorship

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 treatment of the ...   read

 
 
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