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Doom and Doom 2 no longer classified like porn in Germany

first_imgWould you believe that until today it was very difficult to buy a copy of id Software’s classics Doom and Doom2 if you live in Germany? The reason for that is because since their release in 1993 and 1994 both games have been indexed by the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons.Being indexed puts major restrictions on the sale of such media and classifies it basically the same as porn. Any media on the index can only be sold in a shop, which means no mail order or online sales. This also extends to rentals which the index also bans. Even though such media can be sold in a shop, it cannot be displayed where minors can see it, again restricting where it can be made available to buy.When Zenimax acquired id Software a couple of years ago it decided to try and get a reclassification on both games. Surprisingly, it succeeded and both titles have now been awarded a 16+ rating. Although long since surpassed in terms of both graphics and platforms, Bethesda fully intends to stock the German market with copies of these classics, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them get healthy sales if shops and online stores decide to stock them.Lets hope this is a sign that future games released in the region won’t come under such harsh restrictions. If they do, the decision to index a game cannot be appealed for 10 years, which pretty much kills any prospects of it ever doing decent sales.via Joystiqlast_img

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