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Quake, For Your Doom is Nigh

I don't know how it is in other countries, but here, in Germany the government bodies, responsible for reviewing the media, harmful to young persons, are a bit… let me put it mildly… pushy. While the rest of the world was enjoying butchering hordes of mosters in Doom and Quake, the German teenagers had to play some boring, yawn-inducing gamesmwith pink fowers, fairies, and butterflies flying all around.

Now these times are over, as The Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (German: ''Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien'' or BPjM) has deleted the famous games by idSoftware from its 'List of Prohibited Games'. Actually, Doom got dropped from there about two montrhs ago, and it is Quake, which has now become fully available for the German youth.

On the one hand, I appreciate the effort of the German state to protect the minors from the brutalizing influence of Doom and Quake (we all remember the story of the Columbine campus), but on the other and I cannot help thinking the BPjM methods are a bit too harsh. So, back in the 1950-s they banned Sindbad from cinemas.

And now, more than 15 years after the initial releases of these games, they admit they have become cultural phenomena. Cultural phenomena, which were unavailable for the wide masses of German population. Sad.


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