Wolfenstein Recalled in Germany - UPDATED

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Wolfenstein Recalled in Germany - UPDATED

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Activision has ordered a recall of Wolfenstein in Germany and while nobody seems to be quite sure why, I think we can all make a pretty good guess.

It's been more than six decades but Germany is apparently still a bit touchy about all that war business back in the 30s and 40s. It turns out that touching off a world-wide conflagration that consumed 60 million souls is the sort of thing that weighs a little heavy on the national psyche and thus, images of swastikas and other Nazi-related symbols are strictly verboten in German videogames.

This should not come as a big surprise to anyone; German authorities banned the original Wolfenstein 3-D in 1994 due to the presence of swastikas and the use of "Horst Wessel Lied," the official anthem of the Nazi party, as the game's theme song. It doesn't seem terribly likely that Activision would overlook all that history prior to launching Raven's recent namesake shooter in the country, yet speculation is that some sort of Nazi connection managed to slip through the cracks and into the German edition of the game.

PCGames.de has reported that Activision is recalling all German versions of Wolfenstein (get your Google translation right here) and has asked all dealers to pull the game from their shelves. It seems likely, according to the report, that some small piece of constitutionally-forbidden Nazi imagery was left in the game and that Activision is making a preemptive strike to handle the problem. The publisher is expected to release a statement regarding the recall in the next few days and we will of course update when we have more.

UPDATE: As expected, it looks like the uproar has to do with an errant swastika that slipped past Activision. It's not hard to see why; it's clear enough when you've got a bright red arrow pointing at it but hardly the sort of thing that leaps out at you unbidden. Given the extent to which the game was de-Nazified for German release (via schnittberichte.com), I think we can safely say this was just an honest and understandable mistake.

Thanks to aBlackKnight for the tip.

via: VE3D

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Nazis about nazism.

Ironic.

And everyone who bought the German version handed it in. Why? No one did, I'll bet everyone imported the English version, German version all suck.

The Infamous Scamola:
Nazis about nazism.

Ironic.

I was about to say, "why must Germany be such nazi's", but hey.

Glefistus:
And everyone who bought the German version handed it in. Why? No one did, I'll bet everyone imported the English version, German version all suck.

Its well known that hen it comes to localization the Germans are pretty hardcore, although any Germanic folks I know that want Resident Evil 4 with the super gun or whatever you travel across the border to buy it.

Quite how they can get every single copy back I'd love to know.

That's right Germany, you go to your room and think long and hard about what did.

This happened with the original Wolf too.

Well,duh,there's swastikas all over Wolfenstein's gameworld. It was,to say the least,expected.

I think most of the world has put that page in history behind them. I think its time Germany did too.

God, can't we just get over it? It's been over 60 years, that's a whole generation of people (and the second one coming) that didn't have anything to do with god damn Nazis.

Personally I think it's not about Wolfenstein's inclusions, rather the fact that Germany loves to scream "Das ist verboten!"

i thought they were allowed to use the swastika in art and such. guess video games don't qualify

cleverlymadeup:
i thought they were allowed to use the swastika in art and such. guess video games don't qualify

I remember reading about this and I think video games in Germany are classed a "kid toys" and you can only have swastikas in art and movies. Let me see if I can find the link.

Edit - Here it is, I don't know if it's true.

Not surprising, although it is rather amusing.

Hey germany:
Get over it! We have!

Glefistus:
And everyone who bought the German version handed it in. Why? No one did, I'll bet everyone imported the English version, German version all suck.

I'm pretty sure this just means they're going to take the game off of store shelves and such. I doubt they could just take it away from the people who already own it.

cyber_andyy:
Hey germany:
Get over it! We have!

We have, too... it's just that the people who run our country can't afford to admit it (or even seem to admit it) for worries about international reprimands.

The German version of Wolfenstien had everyone in the game turned into robots and was renamed Probostien.

I'm still annoyed there's no mecha-Hitler.

AmrasCalmacil:

cyber_andyy:
Hey germany:
Get over it! We have!

Really?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_of_Duty_(series)

If it was a big taboo subject, then Call of Doody would have never been made.

Sonicron:

cyber_andyy:
Hey germany:
Get over it! We have!

We have, too... it's just that the people who run our country can't afford to admit it (or even seem to admit it) for worries about international reprimands.

Generally what I meant by the comment. I don't see why any one with common sense would reprimand them now when it's been 60+ years and so on and so forth.

Sonicron:

cyber_andyy:
Hey germany:
Get over it! We have!

We have, too... it's just that the people who run our country can't afford to admit it (or even seem to admit it) for worries about international reprimands.

I couldn't agree more. I think the average German guy / girl has gotten over it a long time ago, but some of our laws concerning this matter are a bit outdated.

The problem is that Nazi influences are banned by Germany's Constitution (at least that's what I heard). It would take an amendment to the constitution to allow sawstika and the like to be included in games again.

I'm also sure Nazi imagery is illegal for the purpose preventing any resurgence of the Nazi party at any point in the future.

1) It only cost 60 million lives if you actually believe the "Holocaust" really happened.
2) Activision didn't care enough to look into Germany's laws before putting the game on the shelf? Lazy bastards.

germany is so paranoid about nazi stuff BECAUSE the rest of the world hasnt forgotten. They dont want to be reminded either. havent you ever seen "Apt Pupil"? Swastikas in games could make germany fall back into its nazi ways!

/Fawlty_Towers

Shush. Don't mention the war, I did once but I think I got away with it.

Mr.Pandah:
I think most of the world has put that page in history behind them. I think its time Germany did too.

Yeah, even Poland doesn't care about games with Nazis anymore. I don't think we ever did.

Earthmonger:
1) It only cost 60 million lives if you actually believe the "Holocaust" really happened.
2) Activision didn't care enough to look into Germany's laws before putting the game on the shelf? Lazy bastards.

1) You are an idiot if you think it didn't happen. Visit some of the concentration camps in Poland, I dare you.

Abedeus:

Earthmonger:
1) It only cost 60 million lives if you actually believe the "Holocaust" really happened.
2) Activision didn't care enough to look into Germany's laws before putting the game on the shelf? Lazy bastards.

1) You are an idiot if you think it didn't happen. Visit some of the concentration camps in Poland, I dare you.

And you sir, are an idiot for failing to observe my sarcasm. But, I guess I should have used some ridiculous smiley face.

Edit: Think I may visit them someday. With wine and cheese, and a blanket to stretch out on the ground, as I enjoy the silence.

Mr.Pandah:
I think most of the world has put that page in history behind them. I think its time Germany did too.

America hasn't.

I mean, look at the amount of movies/games based on them.

sneak_copter:

Mr.Pandah:
I think most of the world has put that page in history behind them. I think its time Germany did too.

America hasn't.

I mean, look at the amount of movies/games based on them.

Yeah like Inglorious Basterds, which is a totally 100% serious look at WWII.

Wait.

You seem to be mistaking "getting over it" for "wanting to do historical fiction based around it because we have gotten over it to the point we can look back at it" and I'm not even sure why I'm using the royal "we" here because frankly treating all of America as one hive-minded entity is something I'm never going to understand. In a country of 300 million people you're going to have different mindsets.

And for the record I am very tired of all the WWII shooters, but at the same time since I haven't played a lot of them it's not like I'm fed up with their existence. But if we "got over it" to the degree people seem to think we should then I'm guessing it would be "in the 1940s some bad thing happened but we're past that now so let's not talk about it anymore, k?"

sneak_copter:

Mr.Pandah:
I think most of the world has put that page in history behind them. I think its time Germany did too.

America hasn't.

I mean, look at the amount of movies/games based on them.

That isn't what I meant.

Looks like their community service is done

/yahtzee quotes

Couldnt germany just put all the WW11 stuff behind them, and anyways its not like ALL of them where gun crazed nazi's, just a bunch.

Earthmonger:

Abedeus:

Earthmonger:
1) It only cost 60 million lives if you actually believe the "Holocaust" really happened.
2) Activision didn't care enough to look into Germany's laws before putting the game on the shelf? Lazy bastards.

1) You are an idiot if you think it didn't happen. Visit some of the concentration camps in Poland, I dare you.

And you sir, are an idiot for failing to observe my sarcasm. But, I guess I should have used some ridiculous smiley face.

Edit: Think I may visit them someday. With wine and cheese, and a blanket to stretch out on the ground, as I enjoy the silence.

You know it's not really a "sarcasm" when it's not even visible when you KNOW it's sarcastic?

tsb247:
The problem is that Nazi influences are banned by Germany's Constitution (at least that's what I heard). It would take an amendment to the constitution to allow sawstika and the like to be included in games again.

I'm also sure Nazi imagery is illegal for the purpose preventing any resurgence of the Nazi party at any point in the future.

Yes because if we hide the naughty pictures, they never come back. XP

I am curious when governments will catch onto what parents have known for years. Forbidding imagery doesn't stop the mentality. It is like a parent banning porn, little Billy will just ninja it.

Hehe a little touchy are we ze Germany? Oh well, from what I've heard they aren't missing out on anything. Wolfenstein sounds pretty mediocre. Now Wolfenstein-3D, now there's something they missed out on! Well 20 years ago, I doubt they'd be impressed today :p

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