Bavarian Minister of the Interior: Killer games are manslaughter training software
No trade with manslaughter training software - that's the analogous translation of a press release headline published by the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior.
As an aftermath of the school shooting in Winnenden, Germany, the calls for tougher restrictions for violent video games have increased again. Now Joachim Herrmann, the Minister of the Interior of the German federal state Bavaria, said in a press release that so called killer games would be training software for manslaughter. See the website of the Bavaria Ministry of the Interior for the original press release (German language!).
Herrmann claims that it has been scientifically proven that the continuous consume of games where violence is, in difference to movies, actively committed and controlled would enhance the propensity towards violence and that the ability to commiserate would shrivel. Furthermore the minister demanded from the video game industry to abdicate the production and distribution of killer games in Germany. Herrmann said that trade with such manslaughter trainings software, which for example is used by the US Army to prepare soldiers for combat operations, should be allowed in Germany.
Such software would be one of the causes for violence among youth and massacres. The minister is also worried by the dangers of addiction that come from such games, too. Worlds of virtual violence would be the reason why teenagers don't have time for school and education and thus would be lost for the society. Herrmann also establishes a relationship between killer games, drugs and child pornography. According to the press release the games in their malicious effect are on the same level as drugs and child pornography.
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