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jamyskis: OK. Let's be perfectly clear about one thing here. There is no "law" prohibiting video games from displaying Nazi symbols. The problem in question here is Section 86a of the German Criminal Code, which prohibits the use of anti-constitutional symbols for the glorification of forbidden organisations, which includes the NSDAP.

The suppression of games using Nazi symbolism is down to the abuse of this law by a number of neo-fascist, self-righteous a bunch of bitter old fuckwits who want to ban anything they don't like and who apparently don't want Nazism being associated with evil. These cunts have abused a law with a valuable purpose to front a rather unpleasant political agenda.

Games are art - that much has been acknowledged by the German Kulturrat, and the use of this law for the suppression of art is forbidden in that very same paragraph. Therefore, any claim to the banning of games based on the use of these symbols is illegitimate.

And anyone - ANYONE - who complies with these interpretations is complicit in this violation. That now includes GOG.
That is a valid opinion which you're free to have. A game company's job is not to agree or disagree with laws of individual countries, but to make and sell video games and not get sued into oblivion anywhere. Challenging the laws of some country might get brownie points for bravery or justice or whatever but it doesn't produce profit and that is what game developers are in it for - profit.

Years ago I worked for a company that used flags as a language selector during the installation of the product. You clicked on your flag to choose your language, however this was problematic for many reasons. For one, a language is not a flag, nor is it a country. Country flags can change anytime, and countries come and go. So using flags to choose a language is just a bad technical idea to say the least. However, what happened was we displayed a Chinese flag for mainland China "Traditional Chinese" language, and a Taiwanese flag for "Simplified Chinese". This pissed off the Chinese government who informed us that we would have to remove the Taiwan flag from our product or be in violation of Chinese law and be unable to legally sell our product there.

The company was headquartered in the USA and like probably every country outside of mainland China, recognized Taiwan as it's own country but not by making a political statement about it. It's just the way it was up until the Chinese government stuffed a "get rid of the Taiwan flag or piss off" note to us. This puts a software company in a difficult position. As a software company you want to sell your product to the widest audience possible no matter what country they are in. You generally do NOT want to play one side or the other in political, geo-political religious or other such disputes because doing so puts you into a lose-lose situation that will either reduce profit or worse - cost you even more money in legal troubles or other expenditures. So you try to find the best solution for your company, avoid taking political sides in issues you can't do anything about and that it isn't your role to do anything about.

Removing the Taiwan flag would have pissed off Taiwanese, and many others in the world who support Taiwan being a separate entity, but leaving it there would mean no sales in China. We're talking multi-million if not billion dollars at stake. Taking a political side would be suicide really. The goal then was to solve the problem for ourselves by trying to make the product comply with Chinese laws or demands or whatever label one wants to put on it, while trying not to piss off the Chinese nor Taiwanese government or people. So, we removed all of the flags completely from all countries and changed the language selection tools in the entire OS to just use words without any images. The Chinese government approved, and someTaiwanese people hated us for complying with China. You're totally fucked no matter what you do really, so you do what is best for yourself and let the others battle their own politics out. It's not your problem.

Germany's banning of games whether justified or not, or just perceived to be or not, is Germany's own problem to sort out, not Bethesda's or any other game company including GOG. Germans who care about it need to go vote, and I know more Germans living there who agree with this (because they've told me this themselves) than who blame it on the rest of the world.