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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.

Hitler 's toothbrush moustache was digitally removed from the German version of WW2-themed video game Wolfenstein II Computer and video games featuring Nazi symbols such as the swastika can now be sold in Germany uncensored after a regulatory body lifted the longstanding ban .

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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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 To celebrate the updated interpretation of Germany 's swastika law, here are 21 GIFs of Nazis getting owned in Wolfenstein 2: The New

In games like the Wolfenstein series, German editions would change Hitler 's name, remove his moustache , and replace swastikas with The ban on extremist symbols is still in place, but rating body USK said the rules will now be applied to video games in the same way they are used for films.

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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Lifting ban , industry body says games that 'critically look at current affairs' may display swastikas and Hitler with a mustache . Accordingly in “ Wolfenstein II,” images of Adolf Hitler were doctored to remove his mustache and the swastika in the Nazi flag was replaced with a triangular symbol.

Germany is very careful to make sure Nazi imagery in games is censored, removing Hitler ’s moustache in Wolfenstein II’s Germanic release Though this statement could mean some Nazi themes in games will still be censored in one way or another, it does mean that swastikas will now

"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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