Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Berlin wall shooting game condemned

A video shooting game set along the Berlin Wall is sparking controversy (AP)

A video shooting game set along the Berlin Wall is sparking controversy, as its release was meant to coincide with the 20th anniversary on Sunday of Germany's reunification.

Axel Klausmeier, director of the Berlin Wall Foundation, said that the game, which features a border guard shooting at fugitives, mocked the suffering of the relatives of those who died trying to escape communist East Germany.

Jens M Stober, a 23-year-old programmer, defended his game, called 1378, saying it was not merely about killing, but aimed to make people question what happened along the border at that time.

Mr Stober's university in Karlsruhe said it had decided to postpone the game's release until December.

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