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The worst thing about censorship is ███████ - 034 - Turning Point

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

Turning Point 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.
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About OpiumHerzone of us since 3:54 AM on 04.10.2013

German Blogger, writing the series "The worst thing about censorship is ███████ " (go check it out!) since I like to write about that topic and am invested in it a whole lot. Also writes some other stuff sometimes. Likes to listen to very strange bands and has the ultimate goal in life to taste every soft drink there is at least once.
Pure Gonzo - and while I thank god for Jim Sterling sometimes, I thank god for Hunter S. Thompson every day.

I'm a bastard. Don't trust me. Always keep asking, don let yourself get fed bullshit - not even by me.

I like good games. Yes, that's quite general, but I don't really like confining myself to certain genres. I like interesting approaches, invention and creativity. But I can enjoy a straight-up shooter as much as a "Bastion". It just has to be done well and appeal to me on some level.

Want to know anything else? Just leave a comment under a blog or write a message. Same goes for corrections (please), as English isn't my native language and thus isn't nearly perfect.

Censorship Blogs so far:
001: The System (Part 1)
002: The System (Part 2)
003: The stupid publishers
004: How Germans get uncensored games
005: Bioshock Infinite
006: Call Of Duty
007: Grand Theft Auto
008: Dead Space
009: Manhunt
010: Sniper Elite V2 (again)
011: Fallout
012: Various Games #1
013: Nazis
014: Mortal Kombat 9 on Steam
015: Contra
016: Halo
017: Saints Row
018: All the other stuff
019: Command & Conquer
020: The Lanzarote Convention
021: Various Games #2
022: Half-Life
023: The Legend Of Zelda
024: Various Games #3
025: Various Games #4

026: What system would you prefer
027: South Park - The Stick Of Truth
028: South Park - The Stick Of Truth (Part 2)
029: Various Games #5
030: Wolfenstein
031: Resident Evil (main series)
032: Resident Evil (spin offs)
033: Various Games #6
034: Turning Point: Fall Of Liberty
035: Blacks and women
036: Pokemon
037: Left 4 Dead
038: Left 4 Dead 2

039: 2015 Predictions
040: Dying Light
041: Coca-Cola
042: Pillars of Eternity
043: The Order: 1886
044: Mortal Kombat X

Stuff I also wrote and you should read:

~ Punish the individuals - not the scene they move in
~ My consoles don't fight each other - what's your excuse?
~ But what about the men?
~ Fake gamer girls and the damage they do
~ The Raid On Castle DToid
~ My little guide to german music (NVGR)
~ You should buy Goat Simulator - no, seriously...
~ Gravelord Nito, I love you more than Vanilla Coke
~ Let's clear up the console wars, shall we?

... und Pan spielt die Fl�te.