The lights are on
After more than a decade since the original releases of Doom and Doom II, id's iconic shooters will finally be available to German consumers with fewer restrictions on how shops can sell them.
Previously both games had been "indexed" by Germany's Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons, which drastically limited how retailers could sell them. Indexed games cannot be imported, sold by mail, or rented, displayed, or advertised in places accessible to minors. The two games have now been taken off the list, and will sport friendlier USK 16+ ratings instead.
The change in status was made possible by a law which allows artists to appeal the indexing of their work after ten years has passed. Zenimax Media, id's parent company and Doom rights-holder, decided to appeal the decision after it bought id in 2009, which led to the reclassification. Pete Hines, vice president of PR and marketing at Bethesda Softworks (a fellow subsidiary of Zenimax), spoke with Joystiq about the news."We are obviously very pleased with their decision," Hines stated. "Can't give you details yet on when they will be available in Germany. We'll let everyone know as soon as we know."
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man that sux for the germans, they missed out on some fun times..... and I mean some hella great fuuuun times lol....
I would like to meet the guy who wanted to play this so bad and did not pirate it, he probably died yesterday of heart failure god rest his soul.
but will they want them now that theres so much more coming out.
Hopefully they'll get some HD remakes of them.
There are games that kids should not be playing, but I think most rating systems go a little overkill.
that's a shame Germany is finally getting the original doom. they missed out on this classic in its hay-day. better late than never i suppose.
Im from Germany and played DOOM in the 90s with my friends. I went to my first LAN party at a friends house, just to play DOOM, and later Alien DOOM, DOOM2, Quake, Quake Mods and Quake 2.
The censorship laws over here are obnoxious, but there are still legal options to get almost every game, like importing (except **** like Manhunt, but who cares).
I´m importing most of my games from UK and Austria, so there is no problem for me. English voice acting is better for most of the games anyway.
I hope Germany will adopt the ESRB system in the future, I´d vote for that.
wow, the Germans are a little behind. Hopefully not as far back as Australia though
yeah, ok, and where the hell is DOOM on psn?!?
Way to go DOOOOOM!