Germany lifts ban on Nazi swastikas in video games


The German USK brings parity between TV, film and games.

Germany has lifted a ban on the appearance of the Nazi swastika in video games. reported on the new decision by the USK, the German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body.

The decision means that games like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus or Call of Duty: WWI will no longer need a special version without the visual for Germany. The site does point out, (via translation), that visuals like swastikas, images of Adolf Hitler and SS runes may be shown in-game “after examination of the individual case”. It continues to say USK age rating guidelines will also apply to the content.

The site points out that a “social adequacy clause” has been used with television and film in Germany to allow for Nazi visuals, so it’s only proper it is extended to video games.

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