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Violent Games Blamed For German School Attack 135

Bret540 writes "A Reuters news story reports that German lawmakers are considering a crackdown on 'violent computer and simulated war games' because a youth decided to attack other students at his school. The young man was apparently already under police consideration for weapons-related violations, and was described as 'someone with no friends.'" From the article: "Wolfgang Bosbach, the deputy head of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) in parliament, said it was time to consider banning games that simulate wanton killing. 'We need effective guidelines to protect children from exposure to different types of media, but we don't need (simulated) killer games that can lead to brutalisation,' Bosbach was quoted on the Netzeitung news Web site as saying." InfoWorld has more details on the event as well.
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Violent Games Blamed For German School Attack

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  • by antirelic ( 1030688 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @02:54PM (#16954814) Journal
    Its hard to imagine living in a country with legalized prostitution that you could get that upset and want to go on a killing spree. While the video game may have influenced the kid into going on a "killing spree" (the voice from quake comes to mind), thats the price of freedom. I suppose Germany is on its way to banning other articles that incite violence... perhaps a crack at the Korahn and the Bible are next considering video games pale in comparison in the levels of violence that they incite.
  • Why is it. . . (Score:4, Insightful)

    by smooth wombat ( 796938 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @02:58PM (#16954912) Journal
    when things like this happen, video games are blamed but when someone claims they killed/attacked someone because God told them to do it, the bible isn't blamed?
  • As a German (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Andreaskem ( 999089 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @02:58PM (#16954920)
    It's a very sad situation in Germany. The attitude towards computer games is a joke. Games get bashed for everything. Unfortunately, the ban may also include the production of violent computer games. If it passes (which, I hope, it doesn't) you may as well say goodbye to "Crysis" because Crytek is German... I submitted a story about this, too, but it is still pending...
  • by r3f4rd30n ( 1030822 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @03:04PM (#16955038)
    Every german politician shouts about 'banning games' and that it'll be the solution to the problem. Few are asking how the kid could get weapons and explosives.
  • Re:As a German (Score:3, Insightful)

    by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <> on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @03:18PM (#16955300) Homepage Journal

    If it does, I'd assume that Crysis would leave the country, and the developers with it, in complete disgust, and a desire for profit. Well, either that or they throw in the towel like Lik-Sang.

    Every time a nation becomes more restrictive, more of the free thinkers leave for other countries. This process makes the restriction a downward spiral and the nation in question makes itself more and more irrelevant.

    This process has been accelerating lately in the USA...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @03:30PM (#16955514)
    Blaming one inanimate object is misguided but blaming another is a good idea?
  • by DeadChobi ( 740395 ) <> on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @03:54PM (#16955986)
    I disagree that there's no reason for a high school student to have a cell phone. In my part of the US, at least, the schools won't let students have access to telephones via the school except by pay phone. When I was in high school I would frequently go places with my friends after school, and my parents' ability to keep tabs on me was what let me do this. I agree that they're annoying as all hell when a ringtone is unleashed upon a class full of unsuspecting students, but they should be turned off in class, not banned from the school. FYI, people sometimes have cell phones ringing in college classes.

    Students should be treated as semi-adult in schools, and shouldn't have much of anything banned. Rather, if they use something to damage school property or disrupt class they should be punished for the disruption. The attitude of "one person used it to do bad things so it must be bad" is a terrible attitude to have since it relegates all priveledges to the control of the least common denominator. If the worst kid in school does something bad with their cell phone, then suddenly nobody is allowed to have them lest they turn into the same kind of disciplinary problem.
  • by Scrameustache ( 459504 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @06:43PM (#16958482) Homepage Journal
    There is a law in germany banning blood in videogames.

    Hence, publishers releasing games in the european market will edit the blood out for the entire multilingual release, since the rule of the smallest common denominator (germany's hemophobia) applies. For games going to europe: Any images of blood are to be logged as critical bugs.
    Now, in the U.S., however, the same rule applies to nipples (which reminds me, I'm undercafeinated).

    So I'm really not surprised that they're taking another step down the slippery slope of censoring games. It's not going to DO anything about real violence, like hiding nipples is not going to stop the desire for nipples, but it's not the actions of a sane mindset, it's a hysterical show, starring a straw man.
    After all, the waltz will cause wanton sexuality, I mean, rock and roll is the devil's music, no wait, I meant comic books will turn kids into axe murderers... er, no, that's pot: smoking reefers turns kids into violent psychos. Yeah... games are bad, mmm-kay?
  • by Das Modell ( 969371 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @09:58PM (#16960476)
    The problem is kids today are coddled until they're too weak to fend for themselves. They can't handle ridicule and therefore break down. A few go to extremes.

    Great. Let's blame the victims instead of the aggressors. Do you apply this logic to rapes and murders as well?

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