Germany: Minister once again demands ban of "killer games”
As Golem reports, Joachim Herman, Interior Minister of the German federal state Bavaria, argued against the creation and distribution of "killer games”.
In an expert panel of the Bavarian state government he discusses video gaming with Hans-Peter Uhl, a member of the German Bundestag, and Christian Pfeiffer, who is known for his negative attitude towards computer games in Germany. Hermann thinks the current protection of minors in matters of video games to be absolutely insufficient and calls for actions that contain an explicit interdiction of the creation and distribution of virtual killer games on pain of prison sentences up to a year or severe fines. He as an Interior Minister, he could not sit inactive and watch a progress that endangers a whole generation of children and teenagers to numb themselves to violence and drop out of society because of poor school achievements.
What a killer game really is, has not clarified until today - the definition of "gaming program(s) that visualize brutal and inhuman violence against humans or manlike beings and offer the user the participation in visualized acts of suchlike violence” provides space for different interpretations.
At the end of the article, Golem mentions that there are regional elections in Bavaria on September 28.
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