The German Family Affairs Ministry has blacklisted EA’s new game Command & Conquer: Generals because it “portrays war as the only way to resolve conflicts,” and that “it gives military force an aesthetic appeal.”

When I first heard about C&C: Generals, I have to admit that I was a bit surprised at its premise of having Americans, Chinese and ‘terrorists’ fighting around the world; usually C&C stays well away from present day scenarios, preferring alternate history or science fiction. It did occur to me that some might be offended.

However, it didn’t bother me too much. After all, it’s only a game. If Germany wants to get irritated about C&C, it might want to have a look at the innumerable other highly violent FPS games out there, in addition to the various wargames. Slippery slope, etc…

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