So, it's technically Germany's fault about the download restriction.

#1Marcster1994Posted 12/8/2012 12:55:00 PM
In Germany there is a law in which content rated 18+ cannot be sold until night time. Seeing as Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany and all their servers are there the law applies to them and unfortunately to the rest of Germany.

Yes, this also effects the PSN and Xbox Live, however only in Germany, it does not effect the rest of the EU.
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#2Ampharos64Posted 12/8/2012 1:04:45 PM
Ah hah, so that's the explanation, thanks. I was puzzled by it since I couldn't think of any UK law that would be affecting it, and it seemed a really odd decision.

So presumably it applies only to sales of digital downloads (films too, I guess then?)? How about the restrictions on trailers, surely that wasn't also necessary, there would be so much that would effect? Maybe they might at least change that?
#3huyiPosted 12/8/2012 1:10:53 PM(edited)
so if it doesn't effect the rest of the EU why are they restricting content to the UK and other eshop regions then? this law shouldn't apply to other countries and should be removed, maybe a epetiton is in order? might as well try something to get our voices heard.
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#4dart246Posted 12/8/2012 1:12:03 PM
huyi posted...
so if it doesn't effect the rest of the EU why are they restricting content to the UK and other eshop regions then? this law shouldn't apply to other countries and should be removed, maybe a epetiton is in order? might as well try something to get our voices heard.


Problem is, the source of the content, Nintendo, is still based in Germany and as such would have to abide the laws of where the item is being distributed.
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#5MotiJrPosted 12/8/2012 1:14:25 PM
I was confused about this too. Even if they did restrict content by time, watershed is at 9pm in the UK but this makes sense now. It's still an annoyance but there isn't much that can be done.
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#6Alyzabeth1990Posted 12/8/2012 4:03:13 PM
If it was porn I could understand but most of these games should be rated PEGI 16. PEGI 18 needs to be limited to the most violent of violent games with no other redeeming factors such as Manhunt or something. Not games that are equivilant to a PG13 movie
#7sloth927Posted 12/8/2012 4:04:06 PM
im in the usa so i feel bad for you Europe dudes.
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#8MetazoiddPosted 12/8/2012 5:10:23 PM
Anybody that can read what Nintendo of Italy said already knew this.
#9PedroMontanaPosted 12/8/2012 6:52:09 PM
Alyzabeth1990 posted...
If it was porn I could understand but most of these games should be rated PEGI 16. PEGI 18 needs to be limited to the most violent of violent games with no other redeeming factors such as Manhunt or something. Not games that are equivilant to a PG13 movie


PEGI is actually not all that relevant here. What is legally enforceable in Germany are USK (Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle)and BPjM (Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien). However, nowadays the ratings of the USK are usually similar to those of PEGI (They used to be ridiculously strict).

Also, i personally think that Europe is absolutely right about not acting as if mild sexual contend was as bad as massive glorification of violence.
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#10emagdnEPosted 12/8/2012 7:07:19 PM
yep

it's a case of lolGermany, not lolNintendo

although a point could be raised about Nintendo's EU headquarters being in Germany.....
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