Germany Drops Paintball Ban, Goes After Bomberman

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Germany Drops Paintball Ban, Goes After Bomberman

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Germany has dropped its plan to outlaw paintball in favor of doing something even weirder: Authorities have charged a former politician with using Bomberman to incite violence against Nazis.

We should probably start at the beginning. Last week it was reported that Germany's Social Democrat coalition government had settled on a proposal to outlaw "all games in which players shoot at each other with pellets," a measure which covers a lot of ground but is obviously aimed squarely at paintball. The decision was part of the ongoing reaction to the Winnenden school shooting in March, in which 15 students were killed.

But the proposal to ban the sport has now been dropped, according to The Local (via GamePolitics), although legislators are still considering other restrictions against paintball, such as increasing the age at which people can legally play the game. Paintball in Germany is currently restricted to people 18 years of age or older, and the site says players "generally" do not wear military fatigues when playing as they do in other countries.

What led to the change of heart? Perhaps it was common sense, or perhaps the German authorities were forced to divert their resources to more critical cases such as that of Martin Budich, who has been charged with invoking violent acts against Nazis by posting a Bomberman image on his website. The image, which was actually created by a group of leftist activists, shows Bomberman holding a cake with a fuse for a candle along with a message that roughly translates to, "No cakewalk for Nazis."

The problem? The image was posted to protest a demonstration by Nazis in October 2008, which was met with a counter-protest by left-wing opposition. Shockingly, outbursts of violence apparently took place when the two sides came together and because Bomberman's fuse-topped cake was obviously just a cleverly-disguised bomb meant to be thrown at the Nazi crowd, it was Budich's fault. And in case you think the charges will never stick, Negative Gamer points out that Budich was convicted of similar charges in 2003 for using an anti-Nazi poster featuring a cartoon character aiming a slingshot.

And you thought Japan was strange.

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*sigh* just introduce a national Hug a Fascist under the happy German rainbow day already.

Well we certainly wouldn't want to hurt the Nazis' feelings. It's not like they've ever said or done anything mean to anyone.

eh, k, wow. What, it's against the law to say you don't like a political group. Or was it a threat like, "we're gonna bomb your nazi headquaters". 'cause if thats the case they are really grasping at straws.

ElephantGuts:
Well we certainly wouldn't want to hurt the Nazis' feelings. It's not like they've ever said or done anything mean to anyone.

... and now those poor kids will have a dilemma whether or not playing Bomberman is right!

GUILTY.

I thought that the Nazi group was outlawed in Germany and anyone who was a Nazi was jailed... or something like that.

Don't forget to outlaw cake.

WanderFreak:
Don't forget to outlaw cake.

Or kittens. They've got to go.

What the heck? Why of all mascots would you want to attack Bomberman? He is as timeless as the rest of the mascots of the NES era. Using bombs to overcome any problems is his thing and even lately he hasn't really used the bombs at all except for a very complicated version of tag.

The cake also bears the Antifa logo which AFAIK is a group dedicated to using violence against neonazis. It's pretty clear that exploding cake refers to violence (or at least not passively standing nearby and waving a banner) and while I doubt the image specifically caused violence incitement is illegal anyway. Noone likes neonazis but they still have a right to demonstrate peacefully and without getting involved in a riot.

Tenmar:
What the heck? Why of all mascots would you want to attack Bomberman? He is as timeless as the rest of the mascots of the NES era. Using bombs to overcome any problems is his thing and even lately he hasn't really used the bombs at all except for a very complicated version of tag.

It's not about Bomberman himself but an ad that includes him to invite people to assault a demonstration by Neonazis.

KDR_11k:
The cake also bears the Antifa logo which AFAIK is a group dedicated to using violence against neonazis. It's pretty clear that exploding cake refers to violence (or at least not passively standing nearby and waving a banner) and while I doubt the image specifically caused violence incitement is illegal anyway. Noone likes neonazis but they still have a right to demonstrate peacefully and without getting involved in a riot.

Tenmar:
What the heck? Why of all mascots would you want to attack Bomberman? He is as timeless as the rest of the mascots of the NES era. Using bombs to overcome any problems is his thing and even lately he hasn't really used the bombs at all except for a very complicated version of tag.

It's not about Bomberman himself but an ad that includes him to invite people to assault a demonstration by Neonazis.

Finding that out...oh my...that is NOT how you use family friendly mascots! I thought we learned this during the 1940's! You do not use mascots or any figure to inspire violence of any kind. Heroes like Bomberman fight against the use of violence.

Ok, there is still a nazi party? This is news to me. after the whole war thing i wouldnt have thought they would be all that popular.
At leas the retarded ban on paintball has been lifted.

Cousin_IT:
*sigh* just introduce a national Hug a Fascist under the happy German rainbow day already.

LOL!

READ THIS:
As a german I'll translate what it says (with regards to content). It says "tough times for Nazis - stop the NPD demonstration!". NPD is a "nationalist" party (be careful what you call them...) - once we tried to outlaw them, but because of procedural error they were allowed to persist. Yes, we could try again, but new proceedings are blocked by some politicians (Wolfgang Schäuble being one of them - just saying... maybe you have heared of our Minister of the Interior who is also one of the major forces behind internet-censorship and massive extension of surveillance authorization)

johnman:
Ok, there is still a nazi party? This is news to me. after the whole war thing i wouldnt have thought they would be all that popular.
At leas the retarded ban on paintball has been lifted.

We actually have more than one nazi party... the NPD (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands - Nationaldemocratic Party of Germany) being the most popular. They (and others) have gained support, even enabling them to get into one or two state parliaments (germany has 16 states). It's a usual development... when things go tits up, people are more voting the extreme parties.

There were several attemps to ban the NPD which all failed... In my Oppinion, this could be the better thing, as it's more possible to observe them as they have to respond to federal instances, as they are registered party. If they go underground, it's even less possible to follow their actions.

I thought Germany got rid of Nazis? Now they want to protect them? I'm VERY confused here.

bernthalbob616:
I thought Germany got rid of Nazis? Now they want to protect them? I'm VERY confused here.

Maybe they're just Nazis minus all the symbolism. Which would make them The Badds from Bionic Commando.

Cousin_IT:
*sigh* just introduce a national Hug a Fascist under the happy German rainbow day already.

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Ok, let me say something about that.
Here in Germany, most of the People that are considered Nazis aren't really Nazis per se.
Most of them are as much of a Nazi as your average republican or conservatist.
But, living in Germany, you're immdiatly a Nazi. Yet, sadly there still are some real Nazis.
The problem is that you can't tell the difference. And that's why we can't forbid the Nazi party's. Coz there aren't "legally" Nazis. You see, after all the oppression and political insanity of the third reich, us Germans got a little sensitive about forbidding political party's or pretty much anything that seemed even the tinyest bit oppressive.But now, nearly seventy years after they were initially approved, those laws are kicking us in our own asses real good.Because, as long as those Nazi Partys don't openly resemble real Nazis (use of Swastikas, openly defamating minorities etc.) we can't stop them, coz that would break the rules we made after the War.Thats the Reason there are several immense left-wing underground movements in germany since the 70's working in socially accepted,open non-violent ways as well as in not-so-much accepted "let's destroy everything we see ways".And the violent wings of this organizations are well known for explosives-based attacks on Nazi demonstration as well as Nazi property.
And that's why bomberman is a big Deal.Coz it can be seen as an open cry for brutal violence.
And that's a no-no.

Aw, those poor, poor Nazis...what did they do to deserve this, Budich, WHAT DID THEY DO?!?

He who fights with Nazis might take care lest he thereby become a Nazi.

I thought Nazi's were illegal in Germany anyway. They have no right to protest.

Anyone has a right to protest, I don't care who they are. And this is coming from a Grandchild of Survivors. And I find it amusing that while everyone is being dumbfounded that Nazi's still exist (hell, if memory serves, a self-professed Nazi almost won in the race for PM), and saying they get what they deserve, I'm far more concerned by Germany's attitudes on banning things willy-nilly. As a paintball player as well as someone who reads, watches the "news," et cetera, I've got to say that from what I can tell, those who play paintball aren't any more likely to flip out and redecorate with their peers' innards. And trying to ban Bomberman because some putz used the image in a way that would incite violence makes little sense. Best ban pictures of cows, because they might be used to incite obesity. Hell, ban images of Dig Dug because it might incite strip-mining. Now I know that this is neither the first, nor the last time a government isn't burdened with things such as logic and critical thinking, but this is pretty silly, even by American alarmist standards.

It's official. Germany is officially the Japan of Europe.

That would explain a whole load of things.

*sigh* Now I'm in the mood for some old-school Bomberman.

meatloaf231:

WanderFreak:
Don't forget to outlaw cake.

Or kittens. They've got to go.

no not the kittens!!! *gasp* what next they begin to outlaw the jewish religion. its WWII all over again. first bombermen and now this.

meatloaf231:

WanderFreak:
Don't forget to outlaw cake.

Or kittens. They've got to go.

Or tickling.

Woe Is You:
It's official. Germany is officially the Japan of Europe.

That would explain a whole load of things.

Well... no... not so much...

Japan is crazy because the people and culture and crazy...
But most people in Germany can be considered normal or at least mostly harmless...

The Problem lies more on the political side of things, with our laws, rules and idiots in charge going totally bananas on each other...
Germany has a lot of people in power who have no idea what is going on and why, but each of them wants to get the biggest piece of a cake they haven´t even found yet. So they all randomly slash out what they think is best for the country without ever stopping to maybe listen to each other or, god beware, think about what they´re doing in the long run...
And the general public sits idly in between and takes all the blows...

If you think that germany is crazy because of stuff like this paintball or bomberman thing, you should try to live there... this is just the tip of the iceberg as the saying goes...

Woe Is You:
It's official. Germany is officially the Japan of Europe.

That would explain a whole load of things.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WWIIMadeJapanAndGermanyJoinedAtTheHip

do you really have to incite violence against Nazis? i think they can do it all on their own

ElephantGuts:
Well we certainly wouldn't want to hurt the Nazis' feelings. It's not like they've ever said or done anything mean to anyone.

Congratulations. You just won the thread!

:D

Wait hold it, there are still Nazis? And the german government is protecting them? WTF?

Bombing Nazi's....that sounds familiar somewhere....

So, someone is facing charges for speaking out against Nazi's?

My response is going to have to be "Wait, what...?

Last time I checked, they were the bad guys.

That government is best which governs least. --Thomas Paine

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