From: Utlima Thule
Not sure I even know where to begin with this
But then I do not understand why games sold in the UK do not display the Swastika; essentially "they" are saying were I to play such a game I would immediately become a disciple of Adolf Hitler, shave my head and join the British National Party
I think the best that can be said is that some of these companies are at least trying to do what they consider the right thing.
What next? Yes slavery was, is and always will be totally abhorent, but where does this go? Ban the Union Jack, the French tricolour, the Spanish flag, the Belgian, the Portuguese etc etc? How many African flags could be displayed? Why is the Hammer and Sickle allowed?
agree, in this context this is a spectacularly silly decision.
There is a specific issue with the swastika etc. When I was working as a mod on the paradox forums, there were two strands to the ban. One was that publishers were really worried about the implications of the German laws in this regard and, given digital download, there was no way they could keep copies sold into Germany apart from the rest of the world (even if it was financially viable to produce a with/out version). The second was that there is small but real portion among those with a taste for WW2 era games who are *ahem* a wee bit enthusiastic about adolf et al. So the ban removed debate and grey areas and just made life easy all around.
I know this is inconsistent as a number of ex-Soviet republics have similar bans concerning Soviet emblems. Equally I still treasure the long and irate PM I got from someone who really beieved that Stalin was a really nice man and I was being grossly unfair in suggesting otherwise. Specifically you'll be pleased to know that Beria was a real cutie who stopped all abuses by the NKVD. So it tends to be an illogically conceived, but pretty sensible, rule.
Now of course, the Union Jack should be banned, and the Saltire . I mean think of all the past crimes committed under those banners.