After 18 years, Germany finally says it's OK for kids to play Doom

First-person shooters may be a dime a dozen now, but there was a time when only a scant few franchises in the genre existed. In the early '90s, none was more popular than Doom ... except in Germany, apparently.

Ah, Doom. A videogame opus by programming god John Romero that made its way into nearly every kid's home in 1993. It's the classic story of a nameless space marine who gets stuck on Mars when, unexpectedly, a portal to hell opens. Full of horrible beasts, Wilhelm screams and a weapons arsenal that would make even the surliest psychopath blush, Doom has gone down in history as one of the most popular and influential series in gaming history.

So why not Germany? Well, you can thank the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons. Yes, Big Brother is responsible for this travesty. Apparently there was some concern that the minds of kids might be warped and turned violent by a game all about blood, gore and endless killing. Go figure.

For nearly the last two decades, Doom has only been available to German gamers through non-corporate brick-and-mortar stores and the occasional mail order. Thanks to copyright holders Zenimax, though, the ban has finally been lifted.

Doom now carries a rating of USK16+ and can be found wherever 20-year-old games are sold. Better late than never, right?

(The Escapist via The Daily What)

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