Germany Lifts Controversial Ban to Allow Nazi Imagery in Video Games
After years of complicated censorship issues in various video games, Germany will be lifting their controversial ban on removing Nazi imagery from their video games. This isn’t because they think the Nazis were right, far from it actually, but because they were a part of history and some games strive for historical accuracy (some of the time anyway).
Germany’s entertainment software, known as USK, released a statement about the move and why they’re finally going to do it. This will be done for proper historical representation and educational purposes, the latter of which is heavily emphasized. It looks like future installments of Wolfenstein and Call of Duty will have a much easier time getting translated into this country.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was one of the more notable victims of this law since the game’s story revolves around the Nazis winning World War II. Players control William J. Blaskowitz, who leads a huge resistance against these Nazis. Adolf Hitler, who is never named in the game, actually makes an appearance later on.
Considering the country’s history with Nazis, it is easy to see why they would be so restrictive when it comes to the imagery. Still, it is good that they’re willing to lift the ban and learn from their mistakes since, like it or not, they were a part of history.