German game retailers are taking a stand on "adult" games. According to excellent video game site gamepolitics.com, retailer Galeria Kaufhof has decided it's not going to market games that are rated for adults. The chain of stores has also decided to drop violent movies from its shelves.
The store's actions are a response to a mass murder committed by Tim Kretschmer, who shot down 15 people before turning his Beretta 92 on himself. Kretschmer was reportedly a fan of Far Cry 2 and both his choice in clothing and weapon have been traced by some authorities back to the game.
"I think (Kaufhof's decision) is a complete overreaction. It borders on impulsive hysteria," says Stephan Reichart, managing director at German video game developers association G.A.M.E., to The London Times. "It would be sufficient if retailers made sure their cashiers don't sell this material to young people."
It also bears mentioning that Kretschmer may have been rejected by a girl at a party prior to the shootings. As yet, there hasn't been any German bans on parties or girls.
Seriously, as well-intentioned as German retailers may be, by all accounts, Kretschmer was a troubled young man obsessed with guns and violence. It's insulting to imagine games made him that way. It's insulting to the millions of people who play video games who wouldn't hurt a fly... like TheFeed's Jeffery Kanjanapanga. That dude is practically a Buddhist who's as peaceful as you could possibly imagine, but he was way into Manhunt.