Tech & Science Germany lifts ban on swastika, Hitler mustache in Wolfenstein video game

23:26  10 august  2018
23:26  10 august  2018 Source:   dw.com

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A German computer industry body has ruled that swastikas and Hitler 's mustache can be depicted in the World War II game Wolfenstein . A computer game that was barred from showing swastikas and other Nazi iconography in Germany should be allowed to do so, an industry body has ruled.

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A German computer industry body has ruled that swastikas and Hitler's moustache can be depicted in the World War II game Wolfenstein.

The group had previously judged that images should be doctored to remove Nazi symbols.

  Germany lifts ban on swastika, Hitler mustache in Wolfenstein video game © YouTube/DerSorbus

A computer game that was barred from showing swastikas and other Nazi iconography in Germany should be allowed to do so, an industry body has ruled.

The German Entertainment Software Self Regulation Body (USK) decided that games should be examined on a case-by-case basis, rather than being subject to a blanket ban.

The USK, which is tasked with regulating age ratings and game content, had previously deemed that the game broke German law by depicting "anti-constitutional" symbols such as the swastika.

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This led to games like Wolfenstein 2, which revolves around killing Nazis, being heavily censored and edited in Germany . As it so happens, swastikas were replaced with other symbols, and Hitler ’s mustache was even removed.

Although German law allows the depiction of Nazi-themed films and other "art or science, research or teaching," the rules around computer games are a gray area.

Hitler's missing moustache

Wolfenstein is a series of computer games that originated in the early 1980s in which players battle against Nazi German forces in an alternative universe.

In the German version of the newest edition of the game, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, images of Adolf Hitler were changed to remove his moustache and the swastika was replaced with an alternative symbol in the Nazi flag.

The USK, which was given responsibility for policing content by Germany's youth protection services, also said that games themed on the Nazi era would be subject to an age limit.

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The German version of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, for instance, features no swastikas or other Nazi imagery, makes no references to Hitler as the Fuhrer, and even does away with his notorious mustache . But that situation is about to change, as Germany 's game rating agency USK

Germany has softened its longstanding and strict ban on swastikas and other Nazi symbols, to allow their inclusion in computer and video games , after a heated public debate over the Wolfenstein video game franchise.

"Through the change in the interpretation of the law, games that critically look at current affairs can, for the first time, be given an age rating by the USK," said USK managing director Elisabeth Secker.

Gamer uproar

"This has long been the case for films and with regards to the freedom of the arts, this is now rightly also the case with computer and video games," she said.

'Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus' exhibit during the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.© Getty 'Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus' exhibit during the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

From now on, USK judges will decide if content has "an artistic or scientific purpose, or helps to depict current or historical events."

The alterations to the game had sparked uproar in the gaming community, which said games should be treated like films.

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