Dead Island: Riptide banned from Germany

Dead Island Riptide

Dead Island: Riptide has been banned from Germany due to the country’s infamously strict censorship laws.

The news comes from the game’s creative producer, Sebastian Reichert, who is particularly upset about it being German himself.

“It feels f**king awkward to have one of the most successful games in years and nobody in your country knows it,” he said.

The game’s banning isn’t a surprise however, as the first Dead Island was also blocked from release due to the country’s low tolerance of games containing violence against “human-like characters”.

“It doesn’t matter what [the enemies] are, as long as they’re human-like then you have a problem.

“For Dead Island in particular it was a problem that you could attack the zombies when they are dead, because that’s mutilation of corpses.”

Reichert makes no secret of the fact that he thinks the censorship rules are questionably applied, citing Gears of War as a confusing exception.

“At the moment I’m really confused that you can buy Gears of War 3 in stores in Germany, but not Dead Island. Because where’s the difference? I mean, [the enemies in Gears of War] are human-like.

“That flamethrower finisher; he rams the flamethrower into the body, pulls the trigger and the flames come out of every body part. That’s in stores.”

Source: CVG

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  • Lycanthrope

    Long live censorship.

    Can’t help but wonder if Germany’s insecurities toward violent media is because of their history.

    I know, I’ve invoked Godwin’s Law a bit early but it really seems like they have this kind of bizarre belief that censoring violent media somehow lets them pretend that violence doesn’t exist and helps them feel better about the violent atrocities they committed a century ago.

    Madness. Move on, Germany, and stop trying to tell your citizens what they may and may not expose themselves to.

    I doubt hacking off zombie limbs is going to create another Hitler.

  • Jan Vermeulen

    It’s interesting to see how Germany’s ratings system compares to places like the US and SA where it takes an extra special amount of blood and gore to get a high rating, but any amount of sex will draw looks of disapproval from the ratings boards and general society alike.

    Germany is far more lenient when it comes to sex, but violence is a big no-no.

    Banning something is taking it too far, but I can’t help but wonder if Germany’s general approach of rating violence higher than sex isn’t the right way to do things.

  • Lycanthrope

    I agree. I can’t help but be dumbfounded by the moral dissonance in societies that view violence as more acceptable in media than sex/nudity.

    Although, the histories of those countries tend to belie the heavy influence that Puritanism ingrained in their cultures.

    Frankly, I don’t like being told what I may and may not expose myself to and any government that tries to control what media its populace has access to is a sick government indeed.

    The only path to a healthy society is one where freedoms and rights are protected. Nothing stinks so much as a society that punishes its people for crimes it thinks they “might” be influenced to commit.

    Nutjobbery at its finest.

  • TygerZA

    Thankfully, we can still pirate a game even if it was banned