Swiss Police Call For Ban On The Darkness II

A Swiss police association is calling for a ban on The Darkness II because the game includes moments of police being shot and killed, a Swiss newspaper reports.

"Politicians, game producers and sellers have been advised that such games be immediately removed from circulation," according to The Swiss Christian Police Association.

"When police in England are the target of mobs running amok, it is important that police are not portrayed as the enemy," said Felix Ceccato, president of the association.

His call was backed up by Thomas Richter from the Swiss Institute for the prevention of Crime.

Fortunately, Switzerland has some level-headed, game-savvy folks as well. Take for instance Gamerights, a Swiss consumer association for adult computer and video gamers.

"Unfortunately it is not new that certain scenes in video games are taken out of context and deliberately portrayed as the total goal of the game," said Thomas Riediker, co-founder of the association. "Those against deliberately try to misinform, robbing games of their complexity and depth, portraying the most shocking and offensive view. Unfortunately that seems to be only partially effective."

Update: Not only that, rumours of cop-killing are false, says the game's publisher, 2K Games, because there are no cops in the game.

"Reported stories regarding police officers in The Darkness II were erroneous. To be clear, there are no police officers in the game," 2K Games said in a statement to Kotaku.

Swiss police have called for a ban on a violent computer game in which players shoot at police. [The Local]


Comments

    Seriously?!? This witch hunt needs to stop, NOW! It's getting totally rediculous.

    That's just ridiculous...

    I propose a ban on life. There are cops that get killed during "in real life" and we should ban it NOW!

    Christians in particular never gather data in a scientific manner.

    So are they demanding somebody ban The Godfather (the movie, I mean)? Michael Corleone shoots a cop straight through the head in that one.

    What about Heat? How many cops get shot during the bank robbery scene in that movie? And let's not even get started on Reservoir Dogs...

    i swear every time some one complains about a game because it has this and it has that and it should be banned. Always, ALWAYS the first thing that pops to me and probably everyones head.

    "Well, you can already do that in GTA"

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