Germany gives nod to depiction of Nazi symbols in video games

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Germany gives nod to depiction of Nazi symbols in video games

But that section of the law has always included a "social adequacy clause" exempting works that "promote art or science, research or teaching, reporting about current historical events or similar purposes".

With few exceptions, Germany maintains a blanket ban on the public display of symbols associated with Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.

The uncensored and German censored versions of Hitler and the Nazi flag.

The move followed a heated debate in Germany and around the world late past year following the censorship of the video game "Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus,"which takes place in an alternate universe that depicts a Nazi victory in the Second World War and features an aging Adolf Hitler".

Bethesda, Wolfenstein's creators, haven't commented on whether the next title in the series, Youngblood, will continue having edited features for the German market.

"Through the change in the interpretation of the law, games that critically look at current affairs can for the first time be given a USK age rating", said Elisabeth Secker, USK managing director.

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Only those titles that clearly disapprove of Nazi ideology may be allowed to use such unconstitutional symbols, on a case-by-case basis, to better reflect that.

In the 1990s, Wolfenstein 3D was banned by a German court, which set a precedent by saying the game didn't enjoy the same protections as films to use Nazi symbols in storytelling.

In March of this year, Germany announced it would ban Second World War Nazi memorabilia and symbols from its newly-named military barracks in an attempt to distance its armed forces from their links to the past. There's also games like Wolfenstein in alternative futures dominated by Nazis.

During the German trailer for the upcoming game, swastikas were once again removed and substituted with another shape, so only time will tell if the company will change it back for the full release in 2019.

"Now, games that deal responsibly with hard subjects are gaining acceptance", he said. This led to an uproar in the gaming community demanding that games should be treated like films. "That was an important step that was long overdue". This is an "effective immediately" kind of change.

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