Germany is DOOMed (DOOM’d?)

On the retro gaming front, Germany is getting a heavy dose of an old game for the very first time (officially, anyway). The original DOOM, first released in late 1993 by id Software as shareware, was banned in Germany for 17 years. According to Engadget, the game was “‘indexed’ by the country’s Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons.” Now, it is considered “of historical interest”, so the ban has been lifted and the game given a USK-16 rating.

I’m sure DOOM has already been pirated many, many times in Germany, but now they’re getting it all official-like, which is awesome. Who knows? Maybe this will spark a resurgence of DOOM-related and inspired material/ ideas. What do you guys think? Is Germany a big enough country to influence the world with a new obsession with an almost 18-year-old game? Will there be an obsession? Probably not, but you never know! Since the game has been pirated, as I said, now it’s up to the mainstream audiences who don’t pirate to spark something.

(It should also be noted that the ban has been lifted on DOOM II as well)


~ by The Retro Gamer on September 3, 2011.

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