I still cant believe Germany is still using "too much blood -> color it green" law.
What is that, what does it mean?
I’m not German, so I can’t explain the details.
The short synopsis is, Germany has very uniquely overcensored videogame industry. Some of it is understandable, like censoring memorabilia from WW2. But some of it is downright a weird sideeffect, like the green blood.
In short, games for Germany (or any other prude country) can only have so much blood in it. If the game has any gore, your rating goes up to +18 or something, if not getting the game banned. So game designers have to mod their own games for the German market.
Ironically, while red blood is not allowed, other color blood is. That’s a bit illogical, so in most cases the developers just turn the NPCs into zombies or robots. That’s how Europe got Probotector instead of Contra for the NES in 1988.
Enter Carmageddon in 1997... The ultimate roadrage game. Hundreds of pedestrians, blood everywhere, great stress killer, no guns, just cars, hours of fun. I even used TDR for my driver exam preparations.
Naturally Germany didn't like it, a lot. So the pedestrians were turned into robots and zombies, who bleed black and green.
Now, anyone who played Carmageddon games knows how dumb this is – you are there to satisfy your roadrage hunger with whacky gore and satire. And they turned it into a zombie game a decade before we got flooded with them. The “evil fun” was gone.
Worse, if you don’t know about this, you can endup with the “green blooded” game and not even know it, as was my case with playing Carmageddon 2 and TDR. Now I have to find the time to replay them proper.
This news came to me in the late 90s... I thought they got rid of the green blood idiocy by now.
Evidently they didn’t.
This is why the question "Will there be blood?" may sound stupid to us, but is VERY relevant to other players.
Edited by SX255, 06 September 2014 - 12:37 PM.