Wolfenstein 3D disappears from Swiss and Austrian App Stores

id Software blames Nazi symbols for disappearance

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, Train2Game6 years ago
Why hide the past REMEMBER so it never happens again.
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 6 years ago
Wolfenstein though is hardly a 'historical game'.
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Mihai Cozma Indie Games Developer 6 years ago
It is not only a Nazi symbol, it is way more ancient than that:
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Doug McFarlane Co-Owner, KodeSource6 years ago
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?
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Alex Bunch Proof Reader, ZiCorp Studios6 years ago
And yet the Swiss were only to happy to take all the Nazi gold....
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 6 years ago
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)..
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Armin Seuchter Studying Business Management, University of Surrey6 years ago
@ 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.
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Frankie Kang Producer / Consultant, First Post LLC6 years ago
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?
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