German stance on Nazi iconography in games softens

Germany has always been very severe against anything related to nazi iconography in video games. So the developers of the Wolfenstein games had to release some special versions of their games where the nazi symbols were replaced by some neutral symbols, and any reference to Hitler removed.

These rules didn’t apply to movies, where the rules were far less strict than for video games. But the German games regulation organization (USK) has announced that video games will now be authorized to represent such symbols after an analysis of each game, and how these symbols are used – for some artistic purposes like Wolfenstein.

You can read more details about this on MCV, or on this blog post of the German game developers association.

Here is a comparison of the regular and censored versions of Wolfenstein: The New Order by Eurogamer:

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