Switzerland Considering Video Game Ban

Historically, Switzerland has almost always been a non-violent country, having not been involved in military conflict for almost 200 years. Now it appears that this attitude will be spreading the world of video games.

The Swiss National Council, the country’s parliament, has passed a law which gives the government the power to create rules over “violent” video games. The law doesn’t specify what rules should apply, though it appears the most probable outcome is a complete ban.

Several sites are reporting that a ban would likely apply to any game with a Pan-European Game Information rating of 16+ or 18+. PEGI is a voluntary rating system which applies across Europe and ranks games as being suitable for a minimum age of 3, 7, 12, 16 or 18.

If the ban does apply to 16 and 18-rated games, around one in six games would be banned.

In most countries the ratings are purely advisory, though in six the age limit is legally enforced. Ironically, Switzerland is one of the countries which doesn’t currently give any force to the age restrictions, but the new law will change this. It also calls for retailers to be tougher in checking ID, though this will presumably become largely irrelevant if only 12+ and lower rated games can be sold.

When the law was originally drafted, it specified a ban on any game which “requires cruel acts of violence against humans and humanlike creatures for in-game success.” That’s now been replaced with the government getting powers to decide what, if anything, is banned.

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10 Responses to Switzerland Considering Video Game Ban

  1. "That’s now been replaced with the government getting powers to decide what, if anything, is banned"

    And this is exactly the problem. I don't even know one single politician here in Switzerland who is able to take such a decision. (Nor the self-proclaimed "experts" are)

  2. “That’s now been replaced with the government getting powers to decide what, if anything, is banned”

    And this is exactly the problem. I don’t even know one single politician here in Switzerland who is able to take such a decision. (Nor the self-proclaimed “experts” are)

  3. Is there any reason people can't be responsible human beings and decide for THEMSELVES what they believe is appropriate for them and their offspring to play?

    • Considering I played Modern Warfare 2 online against an 11 year old the other day, apparently not.

  4. Is there any reason people can’t be responsible human beings and decide for THEMSELVES what they believe is appropriate for them and their offspring to play?

    • Considering I played Modern Warfare 2 online against an 11 year old the other day, apparently not.

  5. Thank god for Switzerland! I remember hearing the columbine shooters played Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. DISGUSTING! BAN THE GAME!

  6. Thank god for Switzerland! I remember hearing the columbine shooters played Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. DISGUSTING! BAN THE GAME!

  7. Could Graham perhaps be @glinner? In which case he is clearly taking the piss,and fair play to you sir! I expect to see Alan T commenting on here very shortly.

    How ever if it is not then he a troll and does not need feeding simply educating that a time machine has not yet been invented that would allow the Columbine killers to travel to the future to play CODMW2 and then traverse the space time continuum back to there own era and commit murder.

  8. Could Graham perhaps be @glinner? In which case he is clearly taking the piss,and fair play to you sir! I expect to see Alan T commenting on here very shortly.
    How ever if it is not then he a troll and does not need feeding simply educating that a time machine has not yet been invented that would allow the Columbine killers to travel to the future to play CODMW2 and then traverse the space time continuum back to there own era and commit murder.