In a move that is sure to rouse some controversy, Germany’s game rating agency USK decided that games will now be given the same consideration as movies.

Springtime for Hitler

Germany has a troubled relationship with Nazism, to say the least. It was always very difficult for them to strike the middle ground of accepting depictions of Nazi regime for the purpose of education, art and parody and suppressing it for the sake of, you know, not helping the modern Nazis spread their ideas through symbolism. Works of art like movies have always been exempt from the ban, but games, as up-to-now products of entertainment, weren’t.

This is changing as games will now be eligible for a special rating which allows for depictions of Nazism. How stringent their rating policy will be remains to be seen, hard to say whether they’ll just open the flood gates, Valve-style, or carefully police each individual game. My guess is they will first attempt the latter and then, realizing it’s unfeasible, resort to the former.

While the move has been received very positively internet-wide (which is both unsurprising and worrying), personally I don’t think this is a good idea. In an age when gamers have a hard time accepting a Battlefield game as not being “historically accurate” (a code for: show me only things I want to see) and have a real hard time distinguishing what is meant for the purposes of their factual education and what is meant to be an artistic representation, I can’t help but think that maybe it should have went the other way around, and movies should have gotten the ban too.

But your thoughts on the matter are your own. Statistically speaking, you’ll disagree with me and that’s fine. Just bare in mind that there ARE still Nazis among us who will attempt to abuse it, ok? Ok. That’s that.