I've heard plenty of things about draconian anti-video game laws in Australia, but I had no idea that Germany had a "Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons," which had effectively
banned such dangerous games as DOOM and DOOM2. It's not a total ban, as the game can be sold but with significant limitations
, which did effectively ban such games. However, it appears that nearly two decades after DOOM came out, Germany has recognized that maybe DOOM isn't quite so harmful
, and it's been removed from the "index" list. It's still being designated as 16+, but that, at least, allows the game to be sold in the country.
In the meantime, I'm fascinated by the idea of a Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons. It's like the official agency of moral panics, where hype and ignorance win out over any form of evidence. What a soulless concept.