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German police boss wants violent games ban

Threat to minors can't be discounted says chief

Hessen German Police Union boss Heini Schmitt has said that all violent video games should be banned in the wake of this month's German school massacre, in which one German teenager attacked his school before dying in a shoot-out with police.

The high-profile police figure is concerned that one-third of young people use the escapism of "virtual worlds" regularly, while age ratings are routinely ignored.

Schmitt concedes that hard evidence suggesting that games can be held accountable is thin on the ground, but he argues that games can't be dismissed either, hence the need to legislate against them.

"The world would be no poorer if there were no more killergames," he offered, according to GamePolitics.

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