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Some claim "high german" was standarized mainly by the brothers Grimm (yes, the fairy tale ones) starting as late as 1818 and technically they weren't finished by 1863, when the last of them died. Both were deep into the idea making Germany a true nation state with one ruler (again) after the shattering of the napoleonic era. Jacob Grimm even was a delegate in the Reichstag in Frankfurt in 1848. And only after Prussia nicked 2/3rds of Germany after unification in 1871 standard German was teached in school among the various states (including modern day Austria). The brothers Grimm finalized the standard German at the university of Göttingen, Kingdom of Hannover, which is the reason, why Hannoveranians are credited with talking the clearest standard German, even though it has strong middle German influences, since they started their work in Kassel, Hessen. Und wenn ein Germanistikstudent dies hier liest und den Drang verspürt mich zu korrigieren, darf er oder sie dies gerne tun.

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Oh most honourable @Legate of Mineta, did the team get the news about the new games approval policy adopted by the USK* in Germany this week?

In short games are now treated like book and films as the use of symbols as the Swastika in games is now subsumed under the exemption from the criminal code films and books already enjoy. 
So under certain circumstances Swastikas and other Nazi symbols are now legal to use in games. You have to apply with the game and it's all fresh and without any precedences, but the legal possibility is now there.

§86 (3) StGB (german crimnal code) reads as follows:
[Die Benutzung eines verbotenen Propagandamittels ist nicht strafbar,] "wenn das Propagandamittel oder die Handlung der staatsbürgerlichen Aufklärung, der Abwehr verfassungswidriger Bestrebungen, der Kunst oder der Wissenschaft, der Forschung oder der Lehre, der Berichterstattung über Vorgänge des Zeitgeschehens oder der Geschichte oder ähnlichen Zwecken dient."
[The use of prohibited propaganda is not punishable], "if the piece propaganda or the (prohibited) act is used for the elucidation of state citizens, the defense against anticonstitutional endeavours, art or science, research or teaching, reporting about contemporary events or history or similiar puposes."

Games can now classify as art or any other case of the above on a case to case basis. A bit like book or films. There is no general exemption as of now.

Just wanted to tell you in case you missed.

*USK = Unterhaltungssoftwarekontrolle / Entertainment software control. Those nasty bug... I mean friendly feds who give games an age rating in Germany or tell you to change it or suffer a ban (which is not a 100% ban, but it feels like one). To protect the kids.

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We did not, but that's *great* news! We'll still have the toggle option, though, but it's nice to know that we wouldn't need multiple versions. :)

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