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GOG has announced earlier today that it be removing over 30 games for people with a German IP address. This will be happening sometime this week and is similar to Steam’s recent crackdown, which saw games from way back in the 90s, to the present day, suddenly become unavailable to purchase for German customers.

Unlike Steam, GOG has decided to warn people in advance. They have also ensured us that people who have already purchased these titles, will not be having them removed when it takes effect.

The list of games is as follows:

Aliens Versus Predator Classic 2000

Blake Stone Aliens Of Gold

Blood 2 The Chosen Expansion

One Unit Whole Blood

Bloodrayne

Bloodrayne 2

Cannon Fodder

Carmageddon 2 Carpocalypse Now

Carmageddon Max Pack

The Chaos Engine

Far Cry

Harvester

Kingpin Life Of Crime

Lucius

Medal Of Honor Allied Assault War Chest

Painkiller

Phantasmagoria 2

Postal 2 Complete

Postal Classic And Uncut

Red Faction

Red Faction 2

Redneck Rampage Collection

Rise Of The Triad Dark War

Rune Classic

Shadow Warrior Complete

Sin Gold

Star Wars Dark Forces

Total Overdose A Gunslinger’s Tale In Mexico

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Unreal Tournament GOTY

Mortal Kombat 1, 2, and 3

Whilst some of these decisions may look pretty unusual, they come from a time when Germany was indescribably strict in regards to video game censorship. Like was the case with Steam’s recent actions, these titles have been placed on Germany’s List of Media Harmful to Young People (also known as The Index).

Games placed on List A are unable to be displayed in any form where children may see them (for example, advertising). They must be sold under counters and are also unable to be given a USK rating. List B games, on the other hand, are completely illegal to sell within Germany, no matter what precautions you take.

This news follows the German rating system refusing to give the upcoming Carmageddon: Max Damage a rating, which means it will now be investigated by the German government, who may then place the game on The Index as well.

Have any of you been personally affected by these censorship issues? What are your thoughts on the situation over in Germany? Let us know in the comments below!


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