Some Germans Want To Burn Video Games In Front Of The Reichstag

There's a movement afoot in Germany to hold a mass burning of "killerspiele" — their word for violent video games — in front of the Reichstag in Berlin on January 27. Leni Riefenstahl died eight years ago, so if this really happens, someone else will have to film it.

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It's hard to tell what kind of popular support this really has beyond the clowns running it. But in addition to the black self-parody of a bunch of Germans burning shit in front of the Reichstag, this is remarkable because the demonstration seems to be organised by German gamers, and not the usual suspects. GameOasis, a German gaming interest site, discovered the protest organisation within a Google group for computer games. Translated, the call to action cites the December 14 massacre at Newtown, Conn., and seems to be an effort by some gamers to distance themselves and their lifestyle from some of the more violent fare available.

What's more, because Austria is basically Grover Dill to Germany's Scut Farkus, there's a group down in Vienna planning a burn of its own, conveniently timing it two days after the one up in Berlin.

Germany is extremely serious about banning anything that conjures up memories of its Nazi past — video games like Wolfenstein's reboot have been pulled simply for the stray appearance of a swastika. I'm a little surprised that anything remotely resembling a book burning, particularly in front of the Reichstag, isn't also illegal as hell there.

Öffentliche Killerspielverbrennung am 27.1.2013 in Berlin vor dem Reichstag! [GamingOasis. h/t Michael M.]


    The last year saw a lot of articles dedicated to sexism in games. I predict that the next year will see a similar round of stories about violence in games. My only hope is that we discuss issues in a thoughtful and scientific manner. A pointless hope.

      Not so much "pointless", maybe whimsical. There are always going to be dumb people with poorly formed opinions, and everyone knows you can't argue or discuss with stupidity.

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      To be fair, articles about violence in video games has been around for decades. Its only recently been ignited again because of the Conneticut school shooting, just like gun control and mental disabilities.

      Sexism on the other hand, i found at least, has been a bit of a taboo subject until just now, when some of us are starting to realize that maybe there is an issue with how women are treated in not just the culture, but the industry. Infact, i believe that the topic of violence in video games has overshadowed the topic of sex and portrayal of women for a long time. I predict next year that sexism will be challenged, and it will be messy, if not at least revealing.

      Speaking of women, i hope we hear something about Beyond Good And Evil 2, but one can dream.

    There's a lot of crap games out there that should be burnt.

    Germans burning media? That usually ends well.

    They got approval because 90% of the pile will be comprised of games from the Resistance franchise. They have been hoarding copies for years in preparation. Good effort.

    Kotaku's weird font made me think it said "Some Germans Want To Bum Video Games In Front Of The Reichstag". Wut?

    Yeah r and n don't really go together that well.
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