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Germans Shun Violent Video Games

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Posted by Allison on August 23, 2004 10:09 AM
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According to an article out of Reuters UK, Germans have proved to be a tough audience when it comes to violent video games, and video games, in general. The assumption is, with Germany's fairly recent Nazi history, many Germans are still plagued with shame and have developed a natural aversion to violence. While kids today don't have a memory of the atrocities of Hitler's regime, German mothers almost all have parents who lived through it, and German mothers take seriously their "gatekeeper" role, so kids are not getting their hands on these games.
Germans also suffer from "PC bias". According to the article, "Germans loath to shell out for games consoles", so they keep most of their gaming on their computers. When you have a population that plays mostly PC games, you have a population that plays mostly pirated games. It's an interesting article, give it a read.

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