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Mass Shooting In Germany Prompts Retailer To Drop Mature-Rated Games
Mass Shooting In Germany Prompts Retailer To Drop Mature-Rated Games
March 20, 2009 | By David Jenkins

March 20, 2009 | By David Jenkins
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Major German department store Galeria Kaufhof, part of the Metro Group, has decided to stop selling mature-rated video games and films, following a high profile gun attack in the country.

Starting in April, the store will no longer stock any video games or DVDs with an 18+ age rating. The move comes after a 17 year old former student killed 15 people at a high school in southern Germany, with media and politicians later emphasizing his interest in video games such as Valve’s Counter-Strike.

Although Germany already has one of the strictest ratings systems in the world, with many mature-rated games being heavily censored or banned outright, the incident has seen renewed calls from within Germany to ban violent games altogether.

"I think [Kaufhof's decision] is a complete overreaction ... it borders on impulsive hysteria," said Stephan Reichart, managing director at German video game developers association G.A.M.E. to Reuters.

"It would be sufficient if retailers made sure their cashiers don't sell this material to young people," he added.


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Peter Dwyer
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I can't come down either way in this argument. It does seem a strange coincidence that every psycho kid gun maniac also seemed to be a player of counter strike style games.



Maybe those games simply attract unstable suicidal children. I have no idea but, I'm also not going to blindly defend our industry without knowing for sure either way.

Shaun Greene
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Or just take in to account how prolific "video games such as Valve's Counter-Strike" have become (I'm assuming they mean any realistic FPS). How many 17 year old boys are out there that DON'T like to play these games? Or watch action movies? It's almost like linking violence and eating- I can guarantee there is a massive correlation between violent crime committing teens and teens who eat at least one meal a day.



Correlation is not causality.

Ben Hopper
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Definitely a knee-jerk, illogical reaction to a tragedy. Mike Wallis is right. Violent crime existed long before violent video games were around. The kid who committed the crime was obviously a disturbed individual. I don't think video games made him that way.

Z Z
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Well there really isn't anywhere these kinds of people can go to get some help. They say what they're thinking and they'll just be put in a nut house and medicated forever. They know that, and some of them are fine with it, but others are unwilling to submit themselves to that. Think of how many suicides there are, all of those are potential shootings. Some people think there is no point in killing themselves if they don't leave some kind of mark while others are fine with simply ending themselves alone. By killing others and bringing attention to the ordeal they are showing their frustration and anger in the only way they can. Simply killing themselves alone accomplishes nothing because they are immediately forgotten, but if they take others with them then they will live on like VT shootings or Columbine. That is simply the way humans think, all humans, disturbed or not. People want to accumulate things, and among those things is notoriety, fame, or success. Many of you go on everyday to work and raise a family so that your bloodline will live on, you will live on through your family. They will grow old and tell their children about how good grandpa was. It is all the same idea just a bit more twisted. There is no true help available out there and that is the problem, not video games. The only true help for someone facing a problem like this would be to give their life worth, and locking them in a nut house with mass amounts of medication isn't giving their life worth. If people like this could come forward knowing that they would be treated equally as others and not treated crazy then they'd be more inclined to come forward in a more rational way.

Tom Newman
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What was that video game Hitler was playing that inspired the holocaust?

They should've benned that.

Tom Newman
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*banned


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