eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 16, 2010, 10:19:Interesting. Do they do the same with music and DVDs also?
They are only available when you are above 18 yes.. and aside that, they are not openly shown in stores (although Stores might sell imports "under the table ,p") or allowed to be advertised to children (ie no advertising in non 18+ magazines)
Theres actually very very few things in Germany that are downright Banned. Quake is not banned, it was just refused classification (ie. 18+) so you have to buy an Import (either through proxy or yourself).
Fun Fact - I bought Doom 3 UK Version via Amazon.de and all i had to do was show my passport at the door to the postal man (they have an AVS for decades - this isn't something new in Germany).
And Doom 3 was refused classification as well - so you see...this is mainly Steams laziness and not censorship
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 16, 2010, 09:37:So the Quake games are not banned in Germany, but they're only available if you're above 18?
Well, thats you randomly choosing an age you want to be. The only thing it verifies is that you can read and think logical.
In Germany AVS would mean Passport copy or Bank Account 1ct verified transactions OR Steam would send you an Form to your home address where you declare (with signature, IE legally binding) that you are above 18.
Why Steam doesn't do this is not confusing, it has no Office in Germany ;p
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 16, 2010, 09:09:
Indeed the only reason this problem exists is because Steam has no Age Verification.
Riker wrote on Aug 15, 2010, 18:29:No. American companies, who are too lazy to implement age verification suck!
Government censorship sucks.