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    Germany is a country in Central Europe which borders eight countries and is one of the founding members of the European Union. Most World War II-themed games take place in a (mostly caricatured) Nazi-Germany (1939-1945), whether they are RTS or FPS. Frequently, Nazi villains are stereotypical Germans.

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    Germany last edited by Swedenplayer on 10/19/22 12:01PM View full history


    The Federal Republic of Germany, also called Deutschland by German speakers, is a country located in central Europe. The capital city of Germany is Berlin.

    Despite suffering two major wars in the 20th century, Germany is considered to be a global superpower in the modern era - having the second highest population rate in Europe before Russia.

    Since becoming one of the original founding members of the European Union, Germany has been ranked consistently high on the Human Development Index - offering social security, a universal healthcare system, and a tuition-free university education amongst other benefits.

    Gaming Market

    Although Germany has some of the heaviest censorship laws in Europe, the country has a significant hold on the video game market. In addition, several game studios such as Crytek and Kalypso Media are based in Germany.

    Game Appearances

    One of the most likely reasons for Germany being a main setting is the fact that it was a main battle ground in WWII. Germany was the primary aggressor in the war, and Nazis make for a perfect "pure evil" villain stereotype that you can shoot without feeling much guilt. Another possible reason for the pick of Germany, at least in Wolfenstein's case, is the fact that the Nazis had an overly-exaggerated interest in the occult, which, expanded upon fictionally and perhaps combined with one of the many Germanic castles, can be quite an interesting premise.

    Ironically, Germany itself applies the regular German Civil Code to video games, effectively prohibiting any depiction of flags or symbols used by the NSDAP. Even the smallest swastika has to be edited out or changed (often to a simple cross), much to the dismay of foreign developers, who have to adapt their content accordingly. Adolf Hitler usually gets written out of such games altogether, often leading to outlandish storytelling in the German editions. Many German gamers are upset by the double standard since movies, being considered an art form by law, are not limited in this manner at all, as long as they don't aggrandize the Third Reich.


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