Germany Unbans Quake

Germany Unbans Quake

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Good news, everyone! Quake is now legal in Germany!

German gamers sure are a lucky bunch these days. In August you were finally cleared to play the famous id shooters Doom and Doom 2 and now, just a few months later, comes word that you're allowed to play Quake! That's hot stuff!

Let me give you the lowdown on what you've missed. Quake isn't the most coherent shooter ever devised but it's a technical marvel - or at least it was back in 1996. Its fully 3D engine was unprecedented and while the single-player experience was a little iffy, it absolutely revolutionized online multiplayer gaming, particularly with the Team Fortress mod, which introduced the world to class-based team battles. You guys are going to love it.

According to the Google-translated Heise Online, publishers of games that end up on Germany's index for youth-endangering media [which is where Dead Island recently landed] can request that they be removed after a minimum of ten years. It's been 15 years for Quake, but better late than never, am I right?

Having made Doom and Quake safe for German citizens, Bethesda reportedly now has its sights set on the Scourge of Armagon and Dissolution of Eternity expansions, which you totally do not want to miss.

via: Joystiq

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Next, Max Payne should be legalized here.

Oh well, never stopped me from playing it anyway...

What a ground breaking development!

Oh my, just wait until they get a load of Doom 3

or Quake 2 for that matter.

Kalezian:
Oh my, just wait until they get a load of Doom 3

or Quake 2 for that matter.

I thought we all agreed that we would never speak of those again. Hell, give them Quake 3 instead and call it good.

Kalezian:
Oh my, just wait until they get a load of Doom 3

or Quake 2 for that matter.

I'm waiting for them to be disappointed by Duke Nukem Forever.

Please

Andy Chalk:
Germany Unbans Quake

Good news, everyone! Quake is now legal in Germany! [...]

Please Andy, be careful about your statements here.
I'm no lawyer but there is a huge difference between indexing and banning.

Quake has been indexed not banned.
It was never illegal to own a copy or even to buy one. It wasn't allowed to be seen on the shelves and you have to prove your maturity to buy one. Additionally you are going to get in trouble if you sell that game to someone who is underage. But that's it!
In other words:

It's not a big deal.

Especially considering that Germany never made a fuss about "sex Scenes" in Mass Effect but that's another topic.

Anyway, I could be wrong of course (Again I'm no lawyer) But according to my sources you are overreacting. Quake is no longer "interesting" or "dangerous" enough to be on the Index of "Jugendgefährdender Medien" meaning media with youth endangering content.
That's not even slightly impressive.

I have removed my words from this site.

DeadpanLunatic:
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Couldn't have said it better, though I think they deserve less credit as their decisions isn't featured by modernistic perspective but rather in a sad effort not to lose their face (because those games are outright ugly and the whole discussion about youth endangering content is rather obnoxious.

TLS14:

Kalezian:
Oh my, just wait until they get a load of Doom 3

or Quake 2 for that matter.

I thought we all agreed that we would never speak of those again. Hell, give them Quake 3 instead and call it good.

Quake 2 was a solid game. I don't see what you're whining about.

 

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