Many gamers across the world will remember the great game Doom, which at the time was the start of the first person shooter craze we all know and love. The game originally came out in 1993 but was banned in Germany in 1994 as it was thought a risk to youth. Now German gamers can enjoy Doom 17 years late after the ban was finally lifted.
According to the BBC the ban on the game was relaxed because it was felt the game was now only of artistic and scientific interest, and would not appeal to youngsters now. Previously the game was restricted to sales in adult only stores alongside pornography.
There is still one version that remains restricted because it features Nazi symbols on certain levels. Restrictions on Doom and Doom II expired on August 31st after a meeting of the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons otherwise known as The Bundesprufstelle, earlier last month.
The games status was reconsidered following an appeal by Bethesda Softworks, who currently own id Software the developers of the game. They argued that the games aging graphics had long been passed by modern titles, and meant the violence was a lot less realistic.
The Bundesprufstelle have said their original decision was made not just on the quality of the graphics, but did admit that more realistic images can now be found on mobile phones. Originally the decision was made because the game had constant gunplay and “bloody sadistic” violence, which is not balanced out with other scenes.
There were members of Bundesprufstelle that still wanted to keep the restrictions on Doom in place, but these members were outvoted. If the game is released in the country it will still be restricted to those over the age of 16.
An American version of Doom II is still restricted because of the two levels that contain Nazi symbols including swastikas. Do you have fond memories of playing Doom?