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"Return your Killlergame - win a T-Shirt" Update from Germany
by Alex Covic on 10/14/09 06:23:00 am

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While the GDCEurope/GamesCom was a great success and - despite the global recession -videogame business in Germany is growing, the crazies do not sleep. The new Government is a conservative one (CDU/CSU) and the small 'liberal' party (FDP) is only 'liberal' when they talk about economic deregulation (yes, Germany lags behind in many ways) and government spending.

Families of the victims of a school attack in a town called Winnenden, (Germany) organized a demonstration on October 17th in Stuttgart. They are proclaiming "Families against Killlergames" jumping on the popular hype invented by clever right-wing politicians, that made the term 'Killergames' the de facto description of every videogame that includes shooting.

In the old tradition of public book burnings 1933 people (kids, dragged by their parents) are expected to presumably bring their HALOs, GTA's, CoD4, Left4Dead etc etc - games, that are already cut, altered & censored to pass the German ESRB, but still are considered "dangerous". One of these kids will win a T-Shirt that was signed by the German National Football (=Soccer) Team.

Killergames

"Families against Killergames"

"You can throw them in a garbage bin, those games that are simulating how to kill people" 

"Nothing will change, if we do nothing"

 The group "Aktionsbündis Amoklauf Winnenden" is a registered Organisation, with loosely 'Christian' something something on their Website.

 


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