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Doom and Doom 2 now acceptable in Germany, why so late to the game?

(CBS/CNET) - After 17 years, Germany has lifted the ban on sales of Doom and its sequel.

A spokesman for Bethesda Softworks, which owns id Software, the creators of Doom, welcomed the news but was unable to say when the game would become widely available for sale in Germany.

So what made Doom so objectionable to have merited blacklisting?

According to BBC News, in 1994 the government's judgment was that the game was likely to harm youth and thus Doom got relegated to the same category as pornography with sales being limited to adult-only outlets.

Germany decided to loosen the restrictions because it now believes Doom is "mainly of historical interest" and that it pales in comparison to gorier games that are now widely distributed.

In the history of gaming, Doom occupies a special niche. Although Wolfenstein 3D, also an id Software creation, had introduced gamers to the concept of the first-person shooter in 1992, the dazzling potential of the concept was driven home to millions of gamers when Doom debuted a year later.

Doom and Doom 2 are now classified inside Germany as USK-16, which means a buyer needs to be at least 16 years old.

The government continues to maintain a ban against one version of the game because it contains Nazi imagery, the BBC reports.

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