Germany's Interior Ministers Ask Bundestag For Total Ban on Violent Games
It appears that Germany's 16 Interior Ministers have banded together to ask the Bundestag (Germany's equivalent of Parliament) to ban the production and distribution of violent video games. Moreover, the ministers hope to see this accomplished before Germany's new elections take place on September 27th.
Although we're hampered a bit the language barrier, GamePolitics has received this information today (07-06-2009) from three German readers.
Their accounts appear to coincide with this Google translation of a Spiegel Online report.
The move comes during a scheduled conference of interior ministers. School shootings, in particular the March 11th rampage committed by a 17-year-old in Winnenden, were prominently mentioned in relation to the group's demand for a ban on violent games.
If passed, such a move would affect not only German game consumers, but German game developers such as Crytek (Far Cry, Crysis).
Under the proposed law, Crytek would apparently need to outsource development of violent games or even relocate its operations to another country.
P.S. AFAIK, all GTA games were prohibited for sale in Germany since 1999
Last edited by Tha trashMaster; 7th June 2009 at 16:03.