Germany is known for being one of the most strict countries when it comes to entertainment contents. The government is allowed to restrict or ban completely the selling of video games for using excessive violence, drug use or sexual themes.
One of these games that have been banned in the country is Red Faction. A third-person shooter which was developed by Volition, and back then published by THQ (Which, if you remember, sold all its property after a messy bankrupt. The company was acquired by Nordic Games, and hence its new name “THQ Nordic”). 4 years later, due to massive push from Nordic THQ, the game is now considered legal to distribute.
Jans Binsmaier, publishing Director at the company, stated “At THQ Nordic we were aware of the implications of this momentous decision, and needed to adopt a bold approach”. He also discussed future plans to bring other banned titles to stores, “We will of course still be nurturing our extensive games portfolio that now comprises over 350 titles, and will do our utmost to ensure that gamers can play our games in the future”.
This is quite troubling for German gamers since THQ heavily used the word “comprise” to describe this situation.
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