German politicians seek ban

On games with violent content.

A group of German politicians have proposed a ban on all games which depict lethal violence.

The coalition wants a revision of the country's child protection laws, which are designed to reduce the amount of violent media which kids are exposed to, with a focus on videogames.

Speaking to Der Spiegel magazine, Andreas Scheuer of the Christian Social Union said that "killing games" have "no place in Germany's bedrooms."

Scheuer added that while parents must take responsibility for the games their children play, the government should help less media-aware adults by bringing in a complete ban.

The new proposal already has critics - Grietje Bettin of the Grun party commented:"The laws read in such a way as if the coalition partners are not familiar with the existing regulations at all."

Olaf Wolters, head of Germany's interactive software association, told Der Spiegel: "As far we are concerned, there are no such things as killer games, but adult games." Wolters added that he was willing to work with the government to resolve the issue.

Germany already has some of the strictest censorship laws in the world when it comes to the regulation of videogames. But many politicians argued that these laws do not go far enough after, in 2002, a 19 year old shot and killed 16 people in the town of Erfurt before turning the gun on himself. The gunman was said to be an avid fan of shooting game Counter-Strike, and the game was eventually pulled from store shelves.

If approved, the new legislation will come into effect in March 2008.

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