Rules relaxed after 17 years on controlled index

Germany lifts ban on selling Doom to teens

Germany has removed restrictions from Doom and Doom II after a ban on selling it to teenagers spanning 17 years.

In 1994, Germany put it on an index of controlled titles, believing that it could harm youths due to its level of violence. The video game could only be bought from adult-only stores.

Now, German officials – the Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (Bundesprufstelle) – have decided that Doom is now only of artistic and scientific interest and will not appeal to youngsters anyway.

Nevertheless, the American version of Doom II remains on the index as Nazi symbols appear in some levels.

According to the report from the BBC, Bethesda Softwarks, which owns id Software, creator of Doom, appealed to the Bundesprufstelle, asking it to reconsider the game’s status.

However, even if Doom does now go on sale in Germany, it will still only be available to 16-year-olds and above.

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