Every old gamer in this country knows this game – although it was banned for decades: “Wolfenstein 3-D”. 30 years after its launch, it has now got a youth release.
The video game “Wolfenstein 3-D” was first approved by the USK 30 years after its release. Publisher Bethesda announced this in a press release. The prequel “Wolfenstein 3-D: Spear of Destiny” also received USK approval, but could only be sold to adults.
This means that both games can now go on sale regularly in Germany for the first time. “Wolfenstein 3-D” was first published in May 1992 for PCs with MS-DOS. Two years later, it was confiscated nationwide because of its depiction of unconstitutional license plates, and it was also indexed for depicting violence. “Wolfenstein 3-D: Spear of Destiny” was eventually also sequenced in 1999.
Indexed shares must be revalued after 25 years and may be removed from the index after this time. Shortly before this deadline expired in 2018, “Wolfenstein 3-D” was moved to List Part B by the Federal Inspection Office for Media Harmful to Young Persons, resulting in the Public Prosecutor’s Office being charged with suspected legal violations. was informed about. A year later, however, the forfeiture was withdrawn and the title was also removed from the index.
Only recently have games with Nazi symbols received USK approval in selected cases.
Only in recent years has the testing practice of voluntary self-control entertainment software (USK) changed, according to which titles with Nazi symbols were also tested, taking into account the social adequacy clause of section 86a(3) of the Criminal Code. keeping. It also allowed for two “Wolfenstein” titles to be examined.