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Swiss Government to Ban Violent Video Games

Switzerland is now following in line with Germany and Australia on unacceptable content in video games, as new laws will be introduced that will lead to the complete ban of all violent video games in the country. The Swiss authorities have now obtained the power to introduce new measures on video games which will soon be outlined in a new governing legislation.

The Christian Democratic Party had originally requested that all first person shooters rated 16+ or 18+ by PEGI, receive an outright ban on distribution and sales within the country, however the new legislation which has not yet been finalised will likely see a ban on any title that “requires cruel acts of violence against humans and humanlike creatures for in-game success”. Games such as ‘Modern Warfare 2′ and ‘Left 4 Dead 2′ would be taken off retailers shelves and any future sales would be deemed illegal.

The Swiss population do have the right to object to any new law before it is enforced, but each person would have to give a validating reason on how the new law could have a negative affect on the country. Although the law has been passed, the legislation detailing what is deemed unacceptable has not yet come into effect - until that day, gamers in Switzerland without ‘Modern Warfare 2′ may want to hit the shops fairly soon!

Thanks to Jonah Falcon for the news submission.

Source: MCVUK

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