RESTRICTIONS ON SALES OR USE OF VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES IN GERMANY

Germany is one of the world's largest markets for video games. LAN parties -- temporary, sometimes spontaneous, gatherings of people with their computers, which they network together primarily for the purpose of playing multiparty computer games -- are regularly scheduled around the country. Germany also hosts Europe's largest gaming trade show, called the Games Convention in Leipzig. There are concerns, however, that violent video games are breeding violent youths. Existing legislation has been toughened to ban the sale of violent games. This article provides information about German’s new law against violent video games and the country’ approach the problematic these games may involve.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the German Protection of Young Persons Act?
What are the PYPA 2008- Amendments Relevant to the Video Game Industry?
What other measures are German courts taking in order to control violent video games?
What are some of the arguments against banning violent video games?
Is Germany’s history part of the debate about violent video games?

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