German ban on violent games halted

Petition wins out

A sweeping ban on violent games has been prevented thanks to a petition urging the German government to respect individual freedom and preserve the right to buy violent games. reports that a petition boasting more than 73,000 signatures has prompted the German government to back down from updating a stringent law restricting the sale of violent games.

"The decision of the federal government supports our belief that banning video games is not an efficient way to monitor content," says EA senior vice president Jen Uwe in the article.

German officials are instead planning to launch a program to educate citizens about the nation's rating system. The hope is that such a program will empower parents to make smart choices about content for their kids.

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