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New Wolfenstein Nazi-Free in Germany and Austria

Bethesda's multiplatform FPS Wolfenstein: The New Order is scheduled to arrive later this month in all territories. Mind you, it looks as though the game's content will be altered specifically to suit certain laws and regulations in Germany and Austria (thanks, CVG).

Wolfenstein: The New Order has Nazi imagery that's going to be excluded for the game's release in Germany and Austria. Bethesda plans to geo-lock the international PC edition in those aforementioned regions, forbidding users to activate international copies of the game. Hm, very strict. It's almost... never mind.

Anyway, the whole point of this is that it's illegal to distribute material with Nazi symbols the two European countries. Bethesda officially stated that this may "result in confiscation of the game, a high financial penalty or up to three years in prison."

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tRM May 06 2014, 08:37 am EDT
I do not get this no swastikas in games thing, since it is OK to show Nazi symbols in movies.
  tei187: use of any nazi symbolism is highly forbidden in many…
Superastic May 06 2014, 08:51 am EDT
It's because they have neo-nazi political parties and those are illegal so they have to ban their symbols too. Makes sense.
tei187 May 06 2014, 09:05 am EDT
makes sense. i remember playing apb reloaded a few years ago on european servers. some dudes customized their outfits so they wore ss tags, hakenkreuz and so on. after they got banned and asked why, the answer was - servers are in Germany.
didn't really make the game any better but felt righteous.
  tRM: Wearing Nazisymbols and doing their salute are - amon…
Un Om Bun [STAFF] May 06 2014, 10:51 am EDT
Perfectly understandable. I wouldn't wanna shoot my own kind either.
barasawa May 06 2014, 12:25 pm EDT
I understand not wanting to give wannabe nazis any traction, but they've gone too far and are interfering with cultures ability to remember them, thus giving rise to an increased possibility of a repeat.
As to nazi symbols, don't forget that particular symbol has been used for thousands of years as a representation of good and protection. The nazi leadership was a bunch of superstitious magic believing wackjobs, and that's why they incorporated the swastika and the cross, among other mystic symbols. However, you don't see anyone banning the cross or most of the other symbols.

Germany has gone totally nuts in their attempt to make that part of history do a Houdini. They've even tried to take legal action against English language online auction sites in the USA for selling nazi stuff. Insane.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it", George Santayana. My family name is Rosenthal, and I keep a small handful of silver nazi coins that an American soldier brought back from WWII. Never forget.

As to the game, I want to play it. But I have to ask, since they have ED 209, will Alex Murphy make a cameo?
raptor May 06 2014, 08:13 pm EDT
Like it or not, Germany and Austria just can't erase history. They may not be proud of what happened during those dark times, but it did happen. You are supposed to learn from the mistakes of history instead of denying them.
antonphd May 07 2014, 12:09 am EDT
I wouldn't want characters in klan hoods either. I love Tarantino movies, but it was tough watching the scene with the klan even though it was mercilessles mocking them.
CJ_Parker May 07 2014, 08:41 am EDT
This has nothing to do with denial or anything. The sole reason NAZI symbols are not allowed is so fucktard kiddies don't start thinking it's something cool. It's to avoid glorification and making the NAZI regime and crimes seem more harmless than it was.
NAZI symbols are allowed in documentaries or historically more or less accurate movies.
Also any sane German considers the NAZIs the enemy so no German with a brain has a problem killing NAZIs ( neither in RL nor in a video game... Gimme a M60 and I'll mow down the right extremist fucks like a hurricane the palm trees).


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