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Wolfenstein 3D disappears from Swiss and Austrian App Stores

By Rachel Weber

Thu 25 Aug 2011 8:10am GMT / 4:10am EDT / 1:10am PDT

id Software blames Nazi symbols for disappearance


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id Software has reported that Wolfenstein 3D Classic is no longer available in both the Swiss and Austrian versions of the iOS App Store.

John Carmack, technical director of id Software, tweeted the news from his personal account.

"The iOS App Stores in Switzerland and Austria just lost Wolfenstein Classic due to the offensive swastikas. :-("

In 1994 the PC version of Wolfenstein 3D was pulled from sale in Germany for the inclusion of the Nazi symbol. For the Super NES version all swastikas were removed.

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Andrew Lee Pearson Studying Game Designer, Train2Game

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Why hide the past REMEMBER so it never happens again.

Posted:5 years ago


Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator

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Wolfenstein though is hardly a 'historical game'.

Posted:5 years ago


Mihai Cozma Indie Games Developer

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It is not only a Nazi symbol, it is way more ancient than that:

Posted:5 years ago


Doug McFarlane Co-Owner, KodeSource

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Umm . . . how to you measure 'offensive'?
Everything is offensive to somebody, and that offends me.
I'm surprised PETA isn't up in arms about being able to shoot the dogs in Wolfenstein! (if that made it into the port)

I'm glad companies are censoring this art form. I'm completely incapable of making my own opinion based on my personal values. Their values are the same as mine right?

Posted:5 years ago


Alex Bunch Proof Reader, ZiCorp Studios

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And yet the Swiss were only to happy to take all the Nazi gold....

Posted:5 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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As I tweeted to Carmack, id should have let Switzerland and Austria use the SNES port of Wolfenstein 3D with NO swastikas (or German shepherds, as that version changed them into giant rats)..

Posted:5 years ago


Armin Seuchter Studying Business Management, University of Surrey

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@ Andrew Lee Pearson: It really isn't hiding the past when there are films and museums dedicated to the subject matter for anyone to watch and attend. Video games simply aren't accepted to be on the same level as the aforementioned mediums and are thus censored and not taken as seriously.

Posted:5 years ago


Frankie Kang Producer / Consultant, First Post LLC

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Does this mean the Swedish Govt is going to shutdown IKEA, as well? What's more heinous; a 15+ year old game with Nazis AS THE BAD GUYS, or the real deal billionaire that used to support em?

Posted:5 years ago


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