Up to 1 year prison for playing Counter-Strike

@psyclone (244)
Romania
December 9, 2006 8:29am CST
As reaction to an amok-run of a young german ca. 1 week ago in Emsdetten, some german politicans now want to change german law that way, that all ppl "producing, selling or playing "Killerspiele" (killergames) an be punished with up to 1 year prison. Can computergames really cause somebody to start such crimes? Would such a law, in times of internet, filesharing and open borders, really stop young ppl from playing shooters? My opinion: Such politicans have no idea what they┬┤re talking about, as they never even had a look at the games they hate so much. Some are talking in TV about how bad CS is, as it gives the player extra-points for cut of arms and heads Roll Eyes IMO they only start the "ban all computergames" campaign again, as its the easiest target. Its easier to say games are bad, then to face, that the whole enviroment (parents, school, frioends, all media) invluence the behaviour of a kid, not only some games. Diascuss
37 responses
@blueman (16513)
• India
9 Dec 06
i don't think anybody can but you in jail for playing video games, how real or how much the game might have but still it is a game nothing concerning reality.
@psyclone (244)
• Romania
10 Dec 06
I think the politicians would say "Watch me!" :D
• United States
10 Dec 06
yeah, they have the ability to make it illegal, however this law would never pass
@nzk786 (453)
• India
9 Dec 06
This is just another example of targetting something which is easy to do than try to catch the real culprit behind the crime.Politicians always find an easy way out!!!
@cloud9 (176)
• Philippines
9 Dec 06
What's the connection between this game and crimes? I've known people who play these kind of games and none of them showed any sign of violence or even a possibility of doing crimes. Well, I think that your government should focus on serious real crimes and not this kind of leisure or activities.
@psyclone (244)
• Romania
9 Dec 06
True. That is what politicians do. Pretend that they found a solution, so, we the stupid ones will believe them and give them their vote.
@Shadetail (103)
10 Dec 06
I think thats the stupidest thing ever. Germany cannot take on the world. With all the file sharing and games companies, the game companies alone could take on the german government. They will never succeed. German gamers would rise up against them, as would the gamers of the world. IN THE NAME OF GAMING FREEDOM, WE SALUTE YE !
@psyclone (244)
• Romania
10 Dec 06
That sounds like a revolution :)
• United States
10 Dec 06
This is the most ridiculous law I have ever heard of. I hate it when people try to make arguments about how games like CS and Grand Theft Auto make teenagers go to school and shoot people. The people that are going to school and shoothing people are already messed up in the head to a certain level where there is no way a video game could even make a mark on their thoughts. It is terrible how stupid some lawmakers are. However, I have to say that this law will never pass. Thank God.
@medooley (1874)
• United States
10 Dec 06
There sure is a lot of stupid laws on the books, to think that this one would not pass is kinda silly... it just might.
• United States
10 Dec 06
thats stupid, games are just games... they'll find a reason or exuse for everything
@psyclone (244)
• Romania
10 Dec 06
...or hide something
• United States
9 Dec 06
My son plays Counter strike, and he has yet to "run amok." It is easy to point to and blame external factors such as popular games, music, et cetera rather than to closely examine the actions of a small group of people. Additionally, by focusing the public on this issue, the political establishment effectively diverts the voting population's attention way from more substantial issues to which difficult decisions must be taken.
• United States
10 Dec 06
Ive played video games like counter strike, and halo since they have came out and im a non killer christian lol
• Romania
9 Dec 06
It's the stupidest thing I have ever heard! :D What happens if you are the son of one of those politicians? Or if you are a minor? They want to ruin a child's life because he playes a computer game? That's insane!
• Nigeria
11 Dec 06
am very sure that if there child is found playing such computer game they are not going to do anything...am sure of that...I mean this is agaist the human right...
@zman87 (634)
• United States
9 Dec 06
Wow i just hate that some people whine and blame some peoples actions on a video game i have been playing violent games for a long time now and i have never wanted to go out and kill someone.......
@psyclone (244)
• Romania
9 Dec 06
Yea, you`re right. Maybe they just want to justify the murders that happened. And even if you dont fine the real cause, you must blame somee ore something for this.
• India
9 Dec 06
i guess dese german r mad....dey wer doin the actual mass killings sum 50 years bak n now they want to stop killings in video games also...wat jerks
• Nigeria
9 Dec 06
yes I agree with you this is ridiculous ....i dont think this should be happening in a civlized country like Germany
• Romania
9 Dec 06
they are right in some way...music, movies, games they all produce violance...but i don't think that a normal kid that plays such a game would kill somebody...i play these kinds of games and i haven't tried to kill someone. but i think that the criminals are just people who are not normal.
@hawk88 (121)
• Pakistan
9 Dec 06
yes u r rite in rural areas the peaople there dont have computers and they r ivolve in crime so they r taking from games no the crime is in the mind of the person it not came from game or computer.
@emmet18 (1116)
• Romania
19 Dec 06
Those germans are rellystrange, In my country we are payd to play counter-strike, there are a lot of tournaments all over the world.
@Nardimm (218)
• Brazil
18 Dec 06
i it deppens of people who plays online games... some people get sick because of games...
• India
12 Dec 06
i hink people r going crazy its a wonderful game and u even feel better after u play it........
10 Dec 06
germans are like that....they always want back-doors and removal of content from certain programs and games. I remeber there was an ip masking program that the germans wanted a back door to so they could track their pedos. They are just the strange want to spy on everyone type of people... and a world without counter-strike would be hell, people would end up taking their anger out in other ways, so I think violence would increase!!! stupid people!
@r0ck_r0ck (1953)
• India
10 Dec 06
HOLY SHI...... DONT SAY LIKE THIS I AM A Q3 RAILER! MAY B I LL GET LIEFE SENTENCE!
• Singapore
10 Dec 06
computer games are there to relieve stress. but people treat them so seriously that they get upset when they lost a few pixels of things over some quarrels.
• Philippines
10 Dec 06
counter strike is my favorite game aside from playing frozen throne, damn those politicians who think that way. its just a game
• Kuwait
10 Dec 06
well, for my opinion the killer game,like counter strike encouraging children to do the same for the think its nice to be strong and destroy things. that games is providing idea to children how war is and how to deal with it so they want to prove themself too.
• India
10 Dec 06
In my opinion what the government did was a good thing. It may directly or indirectly influence the children and even adults, we have so many stories to tell about the bad influence part.
@djpeya (45)
• Romania
10 Dec 06
Bullshit :( That is my opinion