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nekrosoft13
04-04-09, 02:16 PM
In the aftermath of last month's horrific school shooting rampage in Winnenden, criticism of violent video games by German government officials has been on the rise.

In the latest political attack, Bavarian Minister of the Interior Joachim Herrmann (left), a frequent critic of violent games, upped the ante by likening such games to illegal drugs and child pornography.

Herrmann made the charge in a Tuesday press release (Google translation) which was issued to coincide with the government-sponsored German Games Award as well as a video game conference in Munich.

German GamePolitics reader David Ziegler provides this translation:

The statement contains the usual accusations that "such games are one of the causes for youth violence and also for school shootings, where images from killer games become reality",and that "more and more children are getting mired in this virtual world of violence", so that "they have no time left for school or job training, and are lost to our society".



However, this time, he's taking it a bit further. The last sentence states: "In regards to their harmful effects, [violent video games] are on the same level as child pornography and illegal drugs, the ban on which rightly is unquestioned"
However, a second German official, Commissioner for the New Media Thomas Jarzombek, criticized Herrmann's remarks:

The comparison is completely inappropriate... anyone making such statements is unqualified to participate in any further debate [regarding the] protection of minors from harmful media.
GamePolitics reader tibuka, also German, adds:

[Herrmann's] statement was released on the same day as the first German Videogame Awards ceremony took place in Munich. In return, all important German game-associations (G.A.M.E., BIU, ESB) released statments of their own, demanding an apology.


http://www.gamepolitics.com/2009/04/03/bavaria039s-interior-minister-likens-violent-games-drugs-kiddie-porn

SH64
04-04-09, 02:33 PM
I'd link bob to kiddie pr0n

:bleh:

Noriega
04-04-09, 05:37 PM
hmm Berlin... sexshop on everycorner but yes games are bad!

crainger
04-04-09, 05:45 PM
I love it when politicians jump on band wagons and make themselves look the fool.

Noriega
04-04-09, 05:49 PM
I love it when politicians jump on band wagons and make themselves look the fool.

Germans are disgusting. In TV there is porn after 22:00, sex shops are everywhere in Berline and lesbians are kissing on the streets. They are pervs.

crainger
04-04-09, 05:51 PM
Is this because they invaded you?

nrdstrm
04-04-09, 05:55 PM
Germans are disgusting. In TV there is porn after 22:00, sex shops are everywhere in Berline and lesbians are kissing on the streets. They are pervs.

Ummm...Nothing you said sounds all that bad to me...Pron, Sex shops, lesbians kissing...:o

crainger
04-04-09, 05:57 PM
No violent games at all. Even worse than AU.

JT8D-9A
04-04-09, 05:59 PM
Germans are disgusting. In TV there is porn after 22:00, sex shops are everywhere in Berline and lesbians are kissing on the streets. They are pervs.

thanks! :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAaaAVJr9zg

crainger
04-04-09, 06:31 PM
Now now cool it guys. We don't need to start WWIII here.

JT8D-9A
04-04-09, 07:00 PM
This year are elections in Germany, so politicians try to exploit anything.
And Bavaria is very traditionel and the gun clubs try to distract the attention - all school shootings in Germany had a gun club background and the majority is demanding stronger regulations for weapon owners.
So to get out of the focus, the weapons lobby is of course trying to get the "killer games" into the focus.

It's BS and not the majority of Germans are thinking like that. Maybe it's also a generational problem because the older politicians simply don't understand the youth and games etc.

But i wish i would have 2 sexy blond bi-sexual girls in my neighborhood (nana2)

crainger
04-04-09, 07:10 PM
Move to Australia. All girls are bi with the right encouragement.

WeReWoLf
04-04-09, 09:37 PM
HA! Funnily enough crainger, you don't know exactly how true that statement is.

Wait, you probably do. Man-wh0re.

crainger
04-04-09, 10:00 PM
Danger is my... middle name.

NarcissistZero
04-05-09, 12:37 AM
I'll cut out the child pornography or the video games, but not both. I need some kind of after work entertainment.

crainger
04-05-09, 02:17 AM
Child Porn I only do on Sundays at church. Video games I do anytime. So Child Porn has got to go.

bacon12
04-05-09, 02:30 PM
But i wish i would have 2 sexy blond bi-sexual girls in my neighborhood (nana2)
Doesn't every hetero male bro? :captnkill: