Switzerland preparing to ban violent videogames

Switzerland looks like it could be following the lead of Germany, Venezuela, and Australia, and clamping down further on violent videogames in the near future.

The Swiss parliament has passed a proposal to ban any game that “requires cruel acts of violence against humans and human-like creatures for in-game success”. The law is still being discussed amongst Swiss politicians, though violent videogames could eventually be completely outlawed in Switzerland. At least they’ll still have Toblerone.

The Christian Democratic Party has requested a ban for all first-person shooters rated 16+ or 18+ by PEGI, the European ratings body; that would mean games such as Modern Warfare 2, Halo ODST , Killzone 2, and Left 4 Dead 2 get banned. And I thought the Swiss were a liberal bunch!

There is still hope, however – Swiss citizens can challenge any new law passed by their government, providing enough of them bother to put down their damn Alphorns and oppose it.

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[Via GamesIndustry.biz]