Nintendo block 18+ rated content from being viewed/bought at certain times

#211SorsShinjoPosted 12/10/2012 3:19:24 AM
mcsmellington posted...
Turns out it is German law!

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-12-10-nintendo-explains-crazy-wii-u-eshop-restrictions

Fair play to those who called it. Guess it's because their headquarters are there, which is why Sony/Microsoft don't have the same restrictions.

Still don't get the logic behind the 10 - 4 / 11 - 3 time restriction though.


Im from germany, and this is simply a lie.
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#212mcsmellington(Topic Creator)Posted 12/10/2012 3:21:10 AM
I wonder if they'd consider moving their offices or whatever to avoid this? I know Germany's a well off country and that, but surely having something like this is bad for business - it sours their image, it angers their fans and wouldn't it put a strain on the servers if everyone in Europe has to download 18+ content in that 5 hour slot?
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#213EoinPosted 12/10/2012 3:29:10 AM
mcsmellington posted...
Turns out it is German law!

It's still not that simple. It's Nintendo's lack of a reaction towards German law. The appropriate response to "if your servers are located here you have to follow ridiculous restrictions that will damage your business" is not "OK, that sounds completely fine".
#214mcsmellington(Topic Creator)Posted 12/10/2012 3:33:25 AM
Eoin posted...
mcsmellington posted...
Turns out it is German law!

It's still not that simple. It's Nintendo's lack of a reaction towards German law. The appropriate response to "if your servers are located here you have to follow ridiculous restrictions that will damage your business" is not "OK, that sounds completely fine".


Yeah I understand that, but the reason they're giving is 'it's German law'. They really should look at ways around it though, I saw your comment on the EG article and agree completely.
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#215Rai_JinPosted 12/10/2012 3:55:09 AM
The reason Nintendo blocks the content in many countries is not German law, it's the PEGI:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_European_Game_Information

Apparently the content is blocked in all countries where games are rated by PEGI and in Germany, which uses USK instead, but has its own restrictions. However, the PEGI is the cause in the other countries.

http://www.computerbase.de/news/2012-12/nintendo-sperrt-zugang-zu-pegi-18-material-vor-23-uhr/
#216EoinPosted 12/10/2012 4:04:23 AM
Rai_Jin posted...
The reason Nintendo blocks the content in many countries is not German law, it's the PEGI:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_European_Game_Information

Apparently the content is blocked in all countries where games are rated by PEGI and in Germany, which uses USK instead, but has its own restrictions. However, the PEGI is the cause in the other countries.

http://www.computerbase.de/news/2012-12/nintendo-sperrt-zugang-zu-pegi-18-material-vor-23-uhr/

There are no such PEGI restrictions. None.
#217Rai_JinPosted 12/10/2012 4:17:26 AM
It is kind of strange that only countries with PEGI and Germany are hit then...
#218EoinPosted 12/10/2012 4:38:58 AM
Rai_Jin posted...
It is kind of strange that only countries with PEGI and Germany are hit then...

If it were a PEGI restriction, anything like the eShop that operated in Europe would be affected, such as the PlayStation Store and XBL.

It's a(n over)reaction to German law, nothing to do with PEGI.
#219Rai_JinPosted 12/10/2012 5:08:59 AM
Eoin posted...
Rai_Jin posted...
It is kind of strange that only countries with PEGI and Germany are hit then...

If it were a PEGI restriction, anything like the eShop that operated in Europe would be affected, such as the PlayStation Store and XBL.

It's a(n over)reaction to German law, nothing to do with PEGI.


But the German PlayStation Store at least isn't restricted, could this be because the PSN cards are 18+ anyway?
#220EoinPosted 12/10/2012 5:25:51 AM
Rai_Jin posted...
But the German PlayStation Store at least isn't restricted, could this be because the PSN cards are 18+ anyway?

Yes (and some content doesn't appear in the German PlayStation Store at all, and occasionally some Plus content needs to be changed for Germany, and one of the Welcome Back games for Germany was different.

The PlayStation Store does operate under some restrictions in Germany, it's just that those restrictions don't affect other countries.