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

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User Info: SorsShinjo

SorsShinjo
4 years ago#211
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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User Info: mcsmellington

mcsmellington
4 years ago#212
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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User Info: Eoin

Eoin
4 years ago#213
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".

User Info: mcsmellington

mcsmellington
4 years ago#214
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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User Info: Rai_Jin

Rai_Jin
4 years ago#215
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/

User Info: Eoin

Eoin
4 years ago#216
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.

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Rai_Jin
4 years ago#217
It is kind of strange that only countries with PEGI and Germany are hit then...

User Info: Eoin

Eoin
4 years ago#218
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.

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Rai_Jin
4 years ago#219
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?

User Info: Eoin

Eoin
4 years ago#220
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.
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