Call of Duty: Black Ops Censored in Germany

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Censored in Germany

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If you live in Germany and plan on getting the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops, you may want to consider importing it.

German politicians may have nixed the proposed ban on violent videogames earlier this year, but that doesn't mean the country is all hunky-dory with its blood and guts. Next month's Call of Duty: Black Ops - almost certainly one of the biggest games of the year - has been censored in its German release.

So what's been taken out? According to CODFeed, the violence has been expectedly trimmed down. As far as the campaign is concerned, a scene "where an enemy is shot in slow motion with copious amounts of gore" has been tamed down, and one involving the violent torture of a prisoner has been removed entirely. Meanwhile, explosions will no longer cause limb loss on the part of characters. The game has also been cleansed of what Germany deems "anti-constitutional symbols," whatever that means.

Perhaps the most perplexing excision, however, is the removal of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" from the game's soundtrack in the German release. Given that it is the only song to be cut from the Black Ops soundtrack, it's unlikely (though still possible) that this has anything to do with potential licensing issues.

The only possible reason that comes to mind is that the song's lyrics mention World War II and the blitzkrieg - but only in a single verse. Germany is known for being quite sensitive with regard to World War II references (albeit not without good reason), but is that really enough to get the entire song removed from the game?

Ah well. At least German gamers can still nip on over to one of the other nations in the EU to pick up the regular, non-censored version of the game if it means that much to them.

On an unrelated note, while writing this I mistakenly called the game "Treyarch: Black Ops." That seems like it'd be a fun game to play, though I don't know if game designers would be particularly good at wetworks.

(CODFeed via Destructoid)

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oh wow that is quite a bit still... Luckily I don't live in germany.

Wait, "anti-constitutional symbols" are anything Nazi related. So wait, why would Nazis be in this game?

HG131:
So wait, why would Nazis be in this game?

Zombies?

First Medal of Honor, now this. Brace yourselves people for playing Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood where the assassinations have all been replace with big friendly hugs.

There's never good reason for censorship.

they did this last year if i remember correctly, if you shot any civvies in the airport mission on MW2, it gave you a game over. or they blanked it completely. all im sure of is someone somewhere did something

The Cheezy One:
they did this last year if i remember correctly, if you shot any civvies in MW2, it gave you a game over. or they blanked it completely. all im sure of is someone somewhere did something

Doesn't it do that normally?

AlexLoxate:
First Medal of Honor, now this. Brace yourselves people for playing Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood where the assassinations have all been replace with big friendly hugs.

Sorry hugs were deemed to violent by the German government last year

Just buy the Austrian version. Profit.

VanBasten:

HG131:
So wait, why would Nazis be in this game?

Zombies?

Did they say the Zombies would still be Nazis even though it takes place decades later? All Nazi corpses would be bones by then.

err how unfortunate

and I'm also calling it Treyarch: Black Ops in the sense that I realize this isn't Infinity Ward
I mean, I don't mind, but I just don't wanna be one of those guys who love the game simply cuz I was disappointed by MW2 (I wasn't, but then again I don't play CoD multiplayer much)

This is going a bit far I think.

Grow up Germany, a guy was a dick to everyone else and left his mark. It was like 65 years ago, stop being so over-sensitive.

No I really don't see why it's so censored, it's hardly going to spark a string of slow motion torture-murders is it? Plus, where the hell are the Nazis in this game? I thought it was set in the cold war?

Zee Germans need cuddles and soft blankets it would seem.

...Why is it the EU countries shrunk at the sight of a FPS...tis a real shame

icyneesan:

AlexLoxate:
First Medal of Honor, now this. Brace yourselves people for playing Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood where the assassinations have all been replace with big friendly hugs.

Sorry hugs were deemed to violent by the German government last year

Hand-shakes. O_O? XD

They cut the Stones?!?!? Blasphemy.

Aww, I tought this was gonna be an article about them changing motherfucker to maggotfarmer like in network tv edited versions of war movies...

To be honest with you I find Germany disturbing.

On one hand they go through great lengths to try and convince you they are ashamed of the whole Nazi thing. On the other hand the method they choose to demonstrate this point with is the censorship of foreign products, including things that they somehow feel are "anti-constitutional symbols" which smacks of the kind of hyper-patriotism they claim to be over...

I'll also go so far as to point out that a lot of this seems to be grand standing for the rest of the world, because despite the job done on wiping out the Nazi idealogy, I have in the past hung out with a number of people into music generes like "Death Metal" who would swear up and down about how the Germans are so much better at it than everyone else, while demonstrating how they spliced the screams of Nazi concentration camp victims into the music, or added them in subliminally. I've remained intentionally ignorant of the specific bands that were doing this kind of thing, but the bottom line is that it make quite an impression on me at the time. If you have Germany producing this kind of thing domestically, not to mention garden variety heavy metal which can get far worse than "The Rolling Stones" has ever been, I can't take their censorship of foreign products on these grounds as anything but a political publicity stunt, or more disturbingly attempts to filter outside ideas justified by only the thinnest veneer of logic

Censorship is a bad thig in general, and if there is any country I have problems with exercising any kind of information control at all it's Germany. My referances are pretty vague (and I admit that) but I'm pretty sure if someone really wanted to examine this kind of thing under a microscope, and compared domestically generated products compared to their censorship of ones coming in from outside, they would be revealed as hypocrits of the worst kind.

icyneesan:

AlexLoxate:
First Medal of Honor, now this. Brace yourselves people for playing Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood where the assassinations have all been replace with big friendly hugs.

Sorry hugs were deemed to violent by the German government last year

Now it's just going to be Poke Creed...

OT: Well, I could see why sensoring anti-constitutional signs is relevent. But the Rolling Stones is too far...

why do people believe the media, when they say that there is a connection between violent video games and youth crime. It's just ridiculous! In my opinion it is all about the parenting, if the parents had raised their kids correctly in the first place, then no crime would be committed! Simple as that.

We have this thread every week!

AlexLoxate:
First Medal of Honor, now this. Brace yourselves people for playing Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood where the assassinations have all been replace with big friendly hugs.

lol, this made me laugh ;)

less gore and no flying bodyparts are pretty standart stuff around here, though the thing about sympathy for the devil is a bit weird.

The song itself is freely available around here, so cutting it doesn't make a lot of sense. It may be something about the context the song is used, but copyright issues seem more likely.

Therumancer:
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you have no idea what you're talking about, do you?

At this point I could give a shit about the absence of pixellated blood, but the complete removal of "Sympathy For the Devil"? What's the German government got against good tunes?

Jaredin:
...Why is it the EU countries shrunk at the sight of a FPS...tis a real shame

Does Germany count as the EU as a whole now?

Corohan:
Does Germany count as the EU as a whole now?

Just wondered that myself.

On topic: Poor Germans, don't worry... every other country will sell you it for a fair price.
Or so we say.

Korten12:

The Cheezy One:
they did this last year if i remember correctly, if you shot any civvies in MW2, it gave you a game over. or they blanked it completely. all im sure of is someone somewhere did something

Doesn't it do that normally?

not in the airport mission. sorry ill correct that

Almost every 16+ game is censored in Germany anyway (which is complete and utter BS in my opinion).

HG131:

VanBasten:

HG131:
So wait, why would Nazis be in this game?

Zombies?

Did they say the Zombies would still be Nazis even though it takes place decades later? All Nazi corpses would be bones by then.

Nah, they won't be Nazi zombies, that would mess with the game too much. It's just a zombie mode as far as I understand. I don't think people could cope with the story bending to both have zombies and Nazis in it.

KaiRai:
Plus, where the hell are the Nazis in this game? I thought it was set in the cold war?

The USSR flag and other communist imagery is also banned there. And you can't really made a cold war game without the soviets.

In Germany we've got something called "Entnazifizierung" which means rougly translated to rid the country of Nazi-Symbols like the SS-Rune or Swastikas or anything similar. Since videogames are not, yet, considered art its a crime to "play" with Nazi-Symbols or to distriubte these games.
On the gore; yes our government thinks violent videogames, esp. extreme gore like ragdoll physics(bodies which can be moved by shooting at them) or limbs getting ripped apart, are not supposed to be played even by adults so they refuse to give permission to advertise them publicly - unless the publisher makes a few changes.

Travan:
At this point I could give a shit about the absence of pixellated blood, but the complete removal of "Sympathy For the Devil"? What's the German government got against good tunes?

It's the context in which the song is used. The sequenz is a rail shooter scene in which the player is using a mounted machine gun on a boat to shoot huts and enemys on the other river side. With this song in the background playing that "could" feel to much like a fun sequence instead of a serious war battle. At least thats my only explaination besides copyright issues.

Unsurprising really. It's easy to say there's never a good reason for censorship (attitudes like that are why America has idiots waving signs saying "God hates fags" completely unpunished) but I can totally understand why people are concerned about graphic violence in video games. Plus the Germans might be a bit more concerned than others given their recent history, especially the ones still alive from that time.

Wonderful, I'm moving to Germany in two years time. Looks like I'll be doing a lot of importing if they keep this up. The world seriously needs to stop panicking about the effects of video game content on their children.

Therumancer:
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Wow, my Bullshit-O-Meter's going off the scale here! I should have known that with a thread about Germany, there would come a woefully misinformed idiot with a post filled with conspiracy theories.

Well thank you USK, now my money goes to the UK yet again.

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