Germany lifts sales ban on Doom and Doom II

Seventeen years after id Software released the original Doom, the game and its sequel Doom II can now be officially sold to a wider audience in Germany. The BBC reports that the country's Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons has lifted the previous sales ban of both games. While Doom and Doom II could previously be sold in adult only stores in Germany, starting today the new decision allows both games to legally be sold to people aged 16 years old and older.

The change of heart was due in part to an earlier appeal made by Bethesda Softworks, who acquired the rights to the games when it bought id Software in 2009. The company argued to the board that the graphical look of both games, which were cutting edge back in 1994, now look primitive compared to the graphics in games released in 2011. As a result the visuals for both Doom games, which features lots of 2D blood and demons, would not have as much of an impact when played today.

In the end the board decided to lift the ban because it felt both titles are now less likely to be played by children. The board also determined that the games were now "mainly of historical interest" to gamers. However, Germany will continue to keep the US version of Doom II under its sales ban. The reason is that the game has some Easter Egg levels that look like id Software's debut FPS Wolfenstein 3D. Those levels show the Nazi swastika symbol. Germany bans depictions of games that have any Nazi symbols.

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Because the current band on other games that are more realistic finally puts the Doom series' graphics to shame. Teens now have the capacity to tell the difference between the antiquated graphics and reality.

Oh that is right; Doom 3 was not listed in this article... I guess it still looks kind of real even though it was released in 2004, aged and becoming decrepit by the evolution of interactive media today...

haha talking about games that were released over 15 years ago.
seriously now since they have lifted the bans, who is crazy enough to buy these games except of collectors?
I believe they are not supported by latest OS

MariosX said,
haha talking about games that were released over 15 years ago.
seriously now since they have lifted the bans, who is crazy enough to buy these games except of collectors?
I believe they are not supported by latest OS

Actually, ALL the Doom Engine games, Hexen, Heretic, Doom 1 / 2 / Final / Ultimate etc, are ALL FULLY supported on just about every OS and platform you can think of. Including Windows 7. The Doom Engine was open sourced many a year ago, and since then Source Ports have been created which allow new features, such as full OpenGL, MUCH higher resolution, new weapons, true 3D, better online play with support for modern protocols, Windows native, 64bit (and 32) - you name it. It's still popular today. Runs on iPhone, Android, just about everything.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doom_source_port

I suggest reading it for further info

And as a side note, Duke 3D has also the same thing happened to it - open source and source ports to add OpenGL, modern OS support etc.

TerrorSpawn said,

Actually, ALL the Doom Engine games, Hexen, Heretic, Doom 1 / 2 / Final / Ultimate etc, are ALL FULLY supported on just about every OS and platform you can think of. Including Windows 7. The Doom Engine was open sourced many a year ago, and since then Source Ports have been created which allow new features, such as full OpenGL, MUCH higher resolution, new weapons, true 3D, better online play with support for modern protocols, Windows native, 64bit (and 32) - you name it. It's still popular today. Runs on iPhone, Android, just about everything.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doom_source_port

I suggest reading it for further info

And as a side note, Duke 3D has also the same thing happened to it - open source and source ports to add OpenGL, modern OS support etc.


It runs great on everything I've tried. From Mac to Linux to Win7x64. Source ports are awesome and if you prefer the old look and feel while being the most compatible, you could give PrBoom (or PrBoom-Plus) a try. Runs great. :-)

I don't get the historical significance part of the article. I would have assumed that anyone that interested in historical objects, wont' mind going to the adult store and getting a copy of the game.

That's creepy, I am just going over some of the levels I did and thinking about redoing them in Jdoom lol

SpyderCanopus said,
Tomorrow's article will be, "School shootings on the rise in Germany. Experts are stumped."

Trolling much?....

Magallanes said,
and Wolfenstein?

This will continue to be completely banned because of the Nazi symbols which aren't allowed in Germany. That's why a special edition of Doom II remains banned, it does contain elements of Wolfenstein.

Magallanes said,
and Wolfenstein?

Yep, 18 year old German can enlist into Army and have legal right to kill real people, but he still can't play Wolfenstein as a good guy fighting the evil of nazis. World is full of hipocrites.

So in other words, the games which were not actually banned are still not banned, and a game which was banned is still banned.