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Old 03-22-10, 08:06 AM   #1
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Default Switzlerland Bans "Violent" Games

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/38103/Swit...lent-games-ban

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Just a month after the proposals were first outlined in full, the Swiss National Council has now officially passed a law that will ultimately lead to the complete ban of any violent video games in the country.
GamesMarkt reports that the full implications of the ruling will not be known until the Government reveals the exact requirements that will be laid down by the new legislation – a decision that has not yet been made.
What is certain though is that the Swiss authorities have now obtained the power to introduce any measures they see fit.
The likeliest outcome seems to be an outright ban on the production, distribution and sale of any games deemed to be unsuitable – most likely anything with either a PEGI 16+ or PEGI 18+ certificate.
The original motion had called for the ban on any title that “requires cruel acts of violence against humans and humanlike creatures for in-game success”.
slaWter - How is it now over there and how much do you think this will affect you and gamers in general in switzerland? Someone on the site made a comment that it's easy just to cross the border and bring games back.

What's your take?
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Old 03-22-10, 08:32 AM   #2
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Apparently the swiss government have been stricken with some retard virus.

Well, that won't stop them from ordering games online
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Old 03-22-10, 08:49 AM   #3
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Default Re: Switzlerland Bans "Violent" Games

May pirating become the norm in Switzerland.

I don't know why countries think they can control what media a person views. Doing this ensures that countless people circumvent the law simply because it's the norm already. In otherwords, you don't ban smoking when it's been a norm for years. People tend to get angry.
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Old 03-22-10, 08:57 AM   #4
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@ MadPistol - Not sure on that. Not trying to start something but more-so just an observation...

While I agree with you completely on what you said, just going off of the smoking thing, most people are pretty complacent and comply with the smoking ban here in Chicago. Interesting.

Again, I agree though with the way people will circumvent the law. I suppose it just comes down to what you can get away with? Much easier to order a game online or pirate it rather than go smoke in an "illegal" place.
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Old 03-22-10, 09:35 AM   #5
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Wow that blows,but really how do you police such a thing in this day and age? unless its tied to something like Ubi's lastest DRM were you have tobe online to play i cant see how you can monitor what ppl are playing......what next violent literature?,which id say can be much more powerful on the mind that pixels on a screen (just look at what all those religious texts have done to the minds of the weak for a few thousand of years)

Not sure you can draw a parallel with a smoking ban though....passive smoking is a proven killer and a real danger to ppls health,im yet you hear of a case of a passive gamer going on a killing rampage
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Wow that blows,but really how do you police such a thing in this day and age? unless its tied to something like Ubi's lastest DRM were you have tobe online to play i cant see how you can monitor what ppl are playing......what next violent literature?,which id say can be much more powerful on the mind that pixels on a screen (just look at what all those religious texts have done to the minds of the weak for a few thousand of years)

Not sure you can draw a parallel with a smoking ban though....passive smoking is a proven killer and a real danger to ppls health,im yet you hear of a case of a passive gamer going on a killing rampage
No, I wasn't trying to draw a parallel exactly, just comment on peoples reaction to a ban of X.

But you bring up another interesting point - How DO they monitor said activity?
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No, I wasn't trying to draw a parallel exactly, just comment on peoples reaction to a ban of X.

But you bring up another interesting point - How DO they monitor said activity?
Thinking about it if Ubisoft & others have there way im sure it would be very very easy,infact any game that wants internet access to allow you to play could be banned with a keystroke....

Just imagine this the swiss gorverment contact valve and say "dont allow access to Violent titles A thur Z from anyone with a swiss I.P. addy there all banned from playing them" if its passed as Law Valve will have to comply just as it does in blocking game sales in other regions with restrictions,so what do you do then break the cracks out allround or put up with lame mods like robots & sparks or zombies with green blood

This kind of thing is Just one more reason ppl should'nt sleepwalk into the greatness they think is online DRM.......
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I wish we could ban idiotic politicians..
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I guess slawter will have to buy a wii now for his gaming pleasure
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where is slawter btw? guess no more steam purchases
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