Germany Seeks Common EU Rules on Violent Video Games

Germany took over the six month rotating presidency of the Union at the beginning of January. The European Commission is pushing to standardize rules for more control over video game violence throughout the 27 countries in the Union.

"A certain degree of linkage between the growing violence among the younger generation and the growing diffusion of violent games exists. Protection of children cannot have borders," said Franco Frattini, the European Justice commissioner.

Minimum age rules on certain titles and outright bans on the most violent games are under consideration. The German government plans to conduct a study of all the different national rules concerning video games. Judging by recent events in Germany regarding violent video games, the government has previously proposed a national law banning games that depict violence toward human characters, bans are fairly likely.

Although the Interactive Software Federation of Europe has opposed bans of any kind in the past, the group has recently announced they supports Frattini's efforts to protect children. They believe an age-rating system is a solid idea.

News source: InfoWorld

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German politicians are just a bit stupid, that's all. They don't want to see those problem come from education failing and social problems (related to crappy national politics), and need to find ANY excuse so they can win the next elections too, that's it basically. It's a nightmare, and poor german people have been suffering under those idiots for years now. Where's the law that forbids lame politicians ?

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German politicians are just a bit stupid, that's all. They don't want to see those problem come from education failing and social problems (related to crappy national politics), and need to find ANY excuse so they can win the next elections too, that's it basically. It's a nightmare, and poor german people have been suffering under those idiots for years now. Where's the law that forbids lame politicians ? :)

Sad, but so true. They all need to be replaced.

I don't have an issue with age restrictions, I'm all for them (we have a very bad enforced age restriction over here, no games can be for over 18 year olds, i desperately want to see a sane system replace it).

The rest of it is stupid though.

every day this crap is allowed to stand is a day we draw closer to a life like that depicted in Equilibrium (Christian Bale movie). age restrictions should be MORE then enough. Alcohol and vehicles cause more deaths then video games, but alas, a simple age restriction is all that stands. ill tell you what, if more politicians played video games we would never even hear about this stuff. how about we make the parents do some damn parenting?

stop the world, i want to get off.

I think, generally, age restrictions are a good thing. Games like Doom 3, San Andreas etc shouldn't really be played by anyone under 16/18 (I guess the 18 rating in the UK makes it easier to tell if someone is old enough to buy it - its easier to look over 16 than it is 18, generally). Yes, I know people under 18 will still get the game, but at least there is some warning to the adult buying it.

However, banning games completely is wrong. It suppresses freedom of speech and choice.

I'm all for age ratings on games, but I'm strongly opposed of games being banned!

Yikes! Being a gamer in the uk, im not impressed! Germany's ideas on video games are extreme to say the least. I just hope they keep them to themselves. I still feel sorry for german gamers.

With all due respect, bugger off Politicians. And pick up a history book while yer at it, these guys may be shocked to learn that violence and killing existed for several thousand/million years before computer games came into being, and it will still exist even if computer games are totally excised from existance at all. Perhaps they should visit some violent genocidal parts of the planet that have never seen a video game in their entire life.

If certain elements of the german government wish to do SWAT style armed raids on game companies making violent games, and blanket ban a select few games even for adults, then that is entirely their insane and idiotic business...but dont expect the rest of us to follow suit.

At this rate people will get so bored of being wrapped up in teletubby happy-joy-joy niceness overload 24/7 they will end up going beserk and psycho more from that than they ever will a game!

Guess they should make networked TV's and music players that you have to enter a unique id number of the person or biometrics to censor violent lyrics and violent shows too.