The tides are changing for Call of Duty: Black Ops, or from what I’ve heard people calling it, BlOps, being banned in Germany this week. The German website Schnittberichte reported that the Federal Department of Media Harmful to Young Persons (BPjM) were given an “urgent action to ban the Austrian version of the game last week.” A censored version of Black Ops with a USK 18 rating, and an Austrian imported version rated by PEGI are available. Both versions of the game can be found on Amazon.de with both SKUs, with the PEGI version being (of course) more popular.
It’s also reported that Activision has removed rag-doll effects, blood spatter and torture scene from the USK 18 version of Black Ops. The BPjM would not give any further detail on this ongoing case with GamesIndustry.biz Germany, but a finalized decision on the matter is said to be made by Wednesday.
If a ban is made, it would “cover all international versions of the game and could affect imports from UK retailers and mail order companies into Germany.”