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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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17. Re: Dead Island German Ban Nov 30, 2011, 20:52 Towyn
 
Lobster wrote on Nov 30, 2011, 08:46:
Germany doesn't even allow blood. TF2 is full of robots. How could this POSSIBLY be unexpected?

Germany actually has no problem with blood, games like Rage are released uncensored, some companies (like Valve) decide to censor games to avoid having to check for the age of users. If a game is rated 16+ or lower no one needs to check your age, for 18+ games they do. So to avoid having people send in their ID Valve censored the game...

You can easily buy uncensored games, being 18+, in every good shop, even Gamestop offers EU imports. It is simply easier for the companies to censor and be allowed to sell without proof of age than to do that.

Saints Row: The Third is a good example for the censorship in Germany, and how far the company went to be allowed to sell it as it is... In SR3 only a few minor things were censored. All gore, all weapons and all missions are untouched. But if you harm civilians the cops will get active faster, you can't rob them, have no achievements for killing civilians (furries) and you can't use civilians as human shield, only enemies. While all the blood and story is unharmed.

I am not supporting censorship (and I imported my SR3 from the UK), but it also isn't quite as bad anymore. That is why Dead Island is very... very surprising.
 
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