Seventeen years after being banned in the country, iconic first-person shooter Doom and its sequel are to be made available for sale in Germany.
The nation is well known for coming down hard on games that feature gore and violence, and the country’s stringent rules have caused countless games — including Left 4 Dead 2, Dead Rising and The Darkness — to be banned or reworked to be blood-free.
The same goes for id software’s demon-blaster Doom. The game’s violence, gore and satanic imagery caused plenty of controversy around the world (especially once it was revealed that the kids behind the Columbine High School massacre were avid players), and it was “indexed” in Germany.
Indexed games are put in the same legal category as pornography, so German citizens over 18 can own the games, but they can’t be sold in general retailers, by post or over the internet. Gamers in Germany have often relied on importing the games from overseas to avoid the bans and the blood-free editions.