South Park in hot water in Germany

The South Park video game, The Stick Of Truth, which has been in the centre of a censorship row, over Nazi images, has got its publishers Ubisoft in trouble in Germany.

The game upset many people in the US with its use of the Nazi swastika but it seems that Ubisoft in Germany did not get the memo about the controversy and accidently have the uncensored copy in the Fatherland and they wanted to release it.

Ever since that pre-EU incident involving the invasion of several countries by German forces, the use of the swastika is banned. This is annoying for Ganesha worshippers who see nothing wrong with it and angers the Far Right who think Hitler would now want them killing Turks under that same symbol.

Needless to say word got out that the uncensored version was set to be released and officials have been on the blower to explain to Ubisoft why this would be a bad idea.

Users are posting on Steam’s forums that the German and Austrian versions of the game have been hit with an 11th-hour delay.

Ironically, the people making the most noise about the censorship on news groups are the Americans who feel that banning the swastika is somehow limiting humour. Given that American humour usually requires a laughter tape the concept of the US lecturing Germans on what is funny has to be considered ironic – particularly as both sides have problems with irony.

Putting it into context, the Germans cracking jokes with swastikas is a little like Americans making Native American or slavery gags, it is possible but it has to be carefully done. South Park is not legendary for its subtlety.