It’s no secret that Germany has some of the strictest censorship laws in world when it comes to videogames – some of the more violent games, if they are released at all, have their violence toned down considerably. But that’s not all, they’re also quite fussy when it comes to depictions of World War II. Images of Swastikas and other Nazi symbols are strictly forbidden.
For the German release of Activision’s recent shooter, Wolfenstein, in addition to the mandatory muting of the violence, all Swastikas in the game were removed, but it seems that a few less-conspicuous ones slipped through – still, the game was recalled immediately for the issue to be corrected.
Few things irk me more than someone else deciding what I can and can’t see in a game. This kind of makes me glad to be a gamer in SA, where our local censors don’t fanny about with the content of videogames beyond slapping a little triangular sticker on the cover.