German Elections Bring Good News, Bad News for Gamers

September 29, 2008 -

A high-ranking German official who has in the past advocated jail time for creators and players of violent games may be forced to give up his post following weekend regional elections.

As reported by Forbes, the status of Bavarian state premier Guenther Beckstein (left) is in jeopardy after voters rejected his party, the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU).

That's the good news. The bad news is Forbes' speculation that Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, a fellow CSU member, may be in line to succeed Beckstein. As GamePolitics reported last month, Herrmann is pushing a ban on what he terms Killerspiele (killer games).

Thanks to: Long time GP reader Bart George, aka Soldat Louis...

 


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Re: German Elections Bring Good News, Bad News for Gamers

Dont they realize that this is the same thing the Nazis would have done, and did do (to other forms of art). They havent learned anything.

Re: German Elections Bring Good News, Bad News for Gamers

Wow! Who expected a GERMAN wanted to tell people what they can and can't do?!

Re: German Elections Bring Good News, Bad News for Gamers

You know what? Fuck Germany! They are one of the most hypocritical and borderline police state nations on things like this. They need to have a revolution there soon.

Re: German Elections Bring Good News, Bad News for Gamers

Uh remember what happened last time Germany had a large political revolution?

I hate to incite Godwin's law for a joke, but sometimes it's too hard to resist.

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Re: German Elections Bring Good News, Bad News for Gamers

ULTIMATE Fail.

"Godwin's Law is overrated and overused." -King of Fiji

^ Start living it!

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Re: German Elections Bring Good News, Bad News for Gamers

The king of Fiji? Oh wow the King of freaking fiji said it. I mean if the king of Fiji said it it MUST be true. Tell me who the hell the king of fiji is and why I should care what he has to say about the internet? Although the whole point of Godwin's law is that Nazi references are over used so if you need someone to point that out to you then you really are missing the point. I'm tempted to label you a failure but I don't think that's necessary.

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Re: German Elections Bring Good News, Bad News for Gamers

Sometimes, I truly agree with with my quote.

 

So this guy wants to arrest gamers of violent video games?  Oh wow,  this isn's the 1930s, you old bastard.

 

This guy is worster than Jack Thompson.

"We may be human, but we're still animals" -Steve Vai (World's greatest guitarist!)

"We may be human, but we're still animals" -Steve Vai (World's greatest guitarist!)

Re: German Elections Bring Good News, Bad News for Gamers

This is bullshit. 'Nuff said.

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Re: German Elections Bring Good News, Bad News for Gamers

Of course, when applied to the CSU in Bavaria, "rejected" means "no absolute majority". The CSU is still the largest fraction in Bavarian state parliament by far, getting about 43% of the votes (next largest party: about 19%, not even half as many). And even if Beckstein is to go, and even if Herrmann is not his successor, this still isn't any kind of success for gamers. The next state premier will still be a CSU-man, and they're all the same.

Re: German Elections Bring Good News, Bad News for Gamers

Hey wait if violent games are banned won't players face punishment anyway?

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Re: German Elections Bring Good News, Bad News for Gamers

How come ignorant people always get elected?

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Re: German Elections Bring Good News, Bad News for Gamers

Because ignorant people vote?

United we Stand, Divided we fall.

There have always been motherf*ckers, there will always be motherf*ckers, but what we can't do is let them control our motherf*cking lives. -John Oliver, December 1st, 2008

Re: German Elections Bring Good News, Bad News for Gamers

Oi, Jerry? We know you aren't Nazis anymore. Now stop overcompensating.

 
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