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German Violent Gaming Legislation

German Legislation Seeks to Ban Violent Games on Gamasutra clarifies reports that a movement is underway in Germany to ban violent computer and video games. There is yet to be a final draft of the proposed legislation, and whatever changes to the law will not take place until March 2008. Word is:

As with several cases underway in the U.S. and Japan, the legislation would impose government controls above the existing German ratings classification. The anti-game language in the laws, according to comments made by parliament member Andreas Scheuer, is part of a wider effort to remove violent media from children's lives. The topic has been a hot issue in Germany since a high school student in the town of Erfurt staged a Columbine-esque shooting spree, resulting in the deaths of 16 before the student shot himself.

The passage in question is so far a very minor part of the larger coalition effort, but has already come under criticism from several critics within Germany. Grietje Bettin, of Germany's Grün party, said that "The laws read in such a way as if the coalition partners are not familiar with the existing regulations at all." Olaf Wolters, head of Germany's interactive software association, said to Der Spiegel magazine that "As far as we are concerned, there are no such things as killer games, but adult games."

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