'Bomberman' Poster Used To Incite Violence Against Nazis?


Posted May 14, 2009 - By Jake Gaskill

'Bomberman' Poster Used To Incite Violence Against Nazis?Not sure what’s in the water this week, but it’s been a rather amusing few days for both videogames and Germans. On Tuesday, I told you about those two German researchers who claim that the Pentagon is behind the development of violent videogames.

Now, Destructoid reports that some poor sap has been charged with inciting violence against Nazis after he posted a protest poster on his website that featured videogame icon Bomberman holding a cakey bomb with the phrase, “No cake walk for Nazis” above it…Wait…What?

Turns out there was a Nazi demonstration back in October in a German town called Bochum, and the authorities claim that the poster caused tensions to rise at the demonstration between Nazis and anti-Nazi protestors. Makes sense, because I’m sure it would have been nothing but backrubs and stergnitzelhoffen (that’s fake German for whatever cordial activity you deem appropriate) if only this bizarre poster hadn’t existed.

The best part is that the man, Martin Budich, didn’t even design the poster, and he doesn’t even know who Bomberman is. Budich does however have a bit of a history with protesting Nazis via fictional characters. He was previously convicted on similar charges for another anti-Nazi poster that featured a comic character holding a slingshot, the image of which just screams, “Kill every Nazi you see!”

Ok. So just to be clear. An anti-Nazi advocate (quite a brave stance that) protested against a bunch of Nazis, and the  German authorities came down on the side of the Nazis? What a jip. I mean, if you can’t use a videogame-themed poster to incite violence against Nazis, who can you use it against?

Source via Destructoid

'Bomberman' Poster Used To Incite Violence Against Nazis?


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