After 19 Years, Germany Can Finally Murder Scientists in ‚Half-Life‘


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Uncensored version shows up on German Steam a week after Germany’s video game censorship body dropped Half-Life from its index.

By Leif Johnson | MOTHERBOARD

The German government traditionally isn’t too big on depictions of violence, and thus video game developers usually have to remove portrayals of blood and dismemberment before they can release their games in the country. One side-effect of that stance is that unpirated copies of the landmark first-person shooter Half-Life have been censored in Germany since shortly after its release in 1998, resulting in a markedly different experience than would-be crowbar-wielding scientists elsewhere in the world have known.

But that’s no longer the case, if players choose. The German gaming site Schnittberichte reported last week that Half-Life had been „canceled prematurely“ from the censorship index of Germany’s Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (USK) and that developer Valve was thus free to release Half-Life to the Teutonic masses as it was always meant to be seen.

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