Classified as 'youth-endangering media', video game Dead Island is the latest in a growing list of tech to get banned in Germany. HTC smartphones could be next on the censored list, but it's not just tech that has been rejected by our European counterparts as the following examples reveal.
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The Game boy version was released before the German ratings bureau came into existence and remains unclassified. therefore, the game is technically considered “adults only.”
Silly kids’ names
You won’t find any Apples or Fifi trixibelles in German schools. All monickers have to be officially sanctioned according to whether the name could open the child up to abuse.
Ironic heavy metal
German metal outfit Rammstein have been banned from performing their catchy ditty Ich tue Dir Weh (I Want to Hurt You) live, in case it incites violence.
Over 19 million Germans use the social networking phenomenon that is Facebook, but parties can’t be promoted on the site. Authorities claim they pose a threat to law and order.
Mrs Jay-Z’s appearance in Video Phone was banned because she was “wearing copyright infringing underwear” (black and white pants that supposedly ripped off another designer)
Red Bull Cola
When German food regulators found trace amounts of cocaine in the drink they took the drink off the shelves, even though about 12,000 litres of the stuff would be needed to cause harm
Shooting scenes for his 2008 flick Valkyrie in Germany became Mission Impossible because of his Scientology membership card. Scientology is monitored because its activities are “directed against the free democratic order.”