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Dead Island German Ban

Dead Island has landed on "List B" in Germany, as the Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien (Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons) has deemed Techland's zombie game too harmful to be sold in the country. "This isn't unexpected," Techland tells Eurogamer. "Germany has its unique regulations regarding video games and violence and the industry can only comply. Both Deep Silver and Techland were aware of such a possibility from the very beginning." EG also says GamesIndustry.biz Germany tells them "List B" is usually reserved for media depicting extreme torture or Nazi content. They say that importing retailers would be at risk of having the game seized at the border, and that publisher Koch Media avoided running afoul German law by distributing the game in Austria.

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12. Re: Dead Island German Ban Nov 30, 2011, 05:07 WarpCrow
 
Well, that answers my question about why the listing dropped out of Steam. I wonder what happened to those Germans who bought it there previously. Valve has the power to remove a game from your library, and I wouldn't be surprised if they used it in this case to avoid liability. This is the one thing that always disturbed me a little about the service. It's like giving EBGames the power to come to my home and take one of their games back if something weird happens.

The ban itself is pointless though. Anyone who wants it can easily have it imported from Austria. Hell, I could drive over there today and pick up a copy as I live so close to the border. And, well, piracy is even easier.

This comment was edited on Nov 30, 2011, 05:16.
 
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