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Wolfenstein recalled in Germany due to swastika use

By Kath Brice

Wed 23 Sep 2009 10:10am GMT / 6:10am EDT / 3:10am PDT

Publisher makes decision to take game off German market after symbol is left in localised game

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Activision has reportedly made the decision to remove Wolfenstein from sale in Germany after a swastika was discovered in the localised version of the game.

Swastikas are forbidden to be displayed in Germany, except when used in a historical or artistic context, and consequences for doing so are serious unless immediate action is taken to remove them.

"Although it is not a conspicuous element in the normal game[...] we have decided to take this game immediately from the German market," Activision has said in a translated statement reported by Kotaku.

The offending imagery thought to have triggered the voluntary recall is a small swastika displayed as part of an in-game poster.

Wolfenstein has already been blighted with negative press after staff from Raven Software and Endrant Studios, which worked on the game's multiplayer features, were immediately laid off following its release.

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Ross Colgan Experienced Artist, Codemasters

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I think people just need to grow up. It's a part of history, and it will long be talked about far after we're all dead and buried.

Withdrawing a game due to a symbol just seems like madness to me.

Posted:7 years ago


Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games

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That is true for the rest of us. I guess though Germans are still very much sensitive about this matter and they would like it dead and buried.

Posted:7 years ago


Jas Purewal Partner, Purewal & Partners

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I imagine it was not so much motivated by moral considerations than by the real possibility that Activision could face legal action in Germany if they hadn't taken the strongest possible steps as soon as possible to comply with Germany's anti-Nazi laws. Patching it obviously was not considered to be enough.

Of course, a slightly more expansive interpretation of those laws might have called into question the release of the game in Germany in the first place.

Posted:7 years ago


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