The renewed discussion of a ban of violent video games, or killergames as they are called in Germany, comes after the latest shooting in a school.
Counter-strike was installed on the PC of the shooter (as well as on the PC of most shooters that killed people in their school previously, even though he didn't seem to play it on a regular basis), which is the reason that such games shall be banned. He also played Paintball, which will probably be prohibited soon as well, as it mimmicks the shooting of a living person.
The dad of the shooter was a hunter and did take the boy to the shooting ground regularly. The boy handled guns on a regular basis and knew how to use them. The dad did not lock all his guns away(he is bound to do so by German law), which is why the boy could lay hand on them. But politicians see no need to act here. (I am not saying that the gun-laws need to be more severe, but merely want to point out, that politicians have chosen to put their focus on the games instead of something else and do not take into account the full picture)
Sadly the discussion around violent games has evolved beyond any kind of credibility.
The Convention-X-Treme 14 had to be canceled, because the organizers could not ensure that no one would play "killergames, such as warcraft3" (as well as others, but this was the dealbreaker) during the 3-day-convention. This was the condition under which the mayor would have let the convention take place in his town. Note this is a convention for adults.
He seems to see no problem with the shooting tournament for children under 14 which will take place next month.
This is the third convention for gamers which had to be canceled because the city in which it should have taken place canceled the contracts.
German politicians have found a scapegoat for everything that is wrong with today's youth and they won't reconsider or be sidetracked by facts.
The german goverment is also pushing to install a filter against child pornography, which will be controlled by the police. Most of the political parties already have pointed out additional content which could be blocked, including download sites for violent games, radical political content and p2p sites.
So far this year politicians managed to close down wikileaks.de and wikipedia.de, because of unwanted content, if only for a short amount of time.
(wikileaks got closed down after it published the blocklist that Australia wanted to put into place, which contained much more than solely child pornography sites as they had previously claimed. wikipedia.de got closed down for 4 days because a politician wasn't happy about the information available on him on wikipedia.)
If the law banning violent games is passed, I am pretty sure sites related to those games are gonna be banned quickly.
(and let's not forget the success of the last german ISP trying to block one pr0n site: It ended up mistakenly blocking all sites hosted by godaddy.com in 2006, an estimated 3.5 million non-related sites)
a biased view from a German,
Edited by _temp_, 04 July 2009 - 08:19 PM.