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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 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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13. Re: Dead Island German Ban Nov 30, 2011, 05:17 Towyn
Germany has two separate lists, the "index" list, also known as "A-List", which contains games like Doom 3, or even (until recently) the recent Rammstein Album. This means that these products are only to be sold to adults, are not allowed to be advertised or seen on shelves. Selling them from "under the counter" is legal. And then there's the B-List (banned). The last games on that list are, for example, Manhunt, Wolfenstein (the remake, for the swastikas) or music albums that contain various extreme subjects, a recent example would be a very graphical description of raping little girls or a call out to stand up for your country and kill foreigners.

The big difference is that the A-List is not illegal to own, though you need to make sure that no minor is allowed to get into contact with it. Where the B-List is actually banned. The items WILL be confiscated and if you sell them you are very much treated on the same level as a drug-dealer. And as such it is quite surprising that Dead Island made it onto the B-List. Everyone who owned it on Steam probably had it confiscated by now, aka simply removed. And that's just plain stupid...
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