Friday, January 12, 2007

Germany Banning Video Games

According to reports, playing video games in Germany could lead to imprisonment if a bill before their parliament is passed.

The bill would outlaw the depiction of violent acts committed against human characters. It would apply to any video title played or distributed in Germany. Popular movie franchise video games falling under the 'violent' category include the entire "Star-Trek" series, "The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II;" and "Scarface: The World Is Yours".

Frank Sliwka, chairman of Deutscher eSport-Bund, a German electronic sports association, claims video games are being unjustly singled out.

Violent games are also attracting attention outside of Germany with the European Commission beginning an investigation into games and their effects.

The study is backed by British EC parliament member Michael Cashman.