After 73,000 signatures and heated opposition from citizens, Germany has lifted the ban on violent video games. Germany originally banned the violent games last year which included both the sale and the playing of violent video games, which would include several popular games.
The petition argued that the government should instead be implementing a plan to teach the general public about the PEGI system, the equivelant of the ESRB system in the United States.
Germany has often been on the offensive against games depicting cruel acts on humans or human-like creatures. They even went so far as to ban Silent Hunter 5 due to its use of swastikas, even in historical context at times.