Friday, October 22, 2004

Laser tag 'unconstitutional' ruling upheld

Remind me again why the U.S. arrogantly refuses to get entangled in goofy international court schemes?

EU backs German laser game ban

THE European Union's top court has backed a German ban on laser-tag games in which players simulate killing each other in a maze.

"The affront to human dignity posed by that activity justifies a restriction on the freedom to provide services," the European Court of Justice ruled.

Police in the German city of Bonn in 1994 prohibited a German company, Omega Spielhallen- und Automatenaustellungs-GmbH, from operating a "Laserdrome."

German authorities argued that "acts of simulated homicide and the ensuing trivialisation of violence" violated the principle of human dignity in the German constitution.

The owners appealed to Germany's federal administrative court, which sought a ruling from the European court in Luxembourg as to whether the ban contravened the freedom to provide services under EU law.

The German ban only applies to a version of the game that involves shooting at human targets.

Now I remember.

5 Comments:

Blogger Stijn V. said...

I recently played my first game of lasershooting with a bunch of friends. That was really great and exciting, you even get a good exercise from all that running around. It resembles the fun I had as a young boy when playing war with my friends back then. I don't see why you should prohibit that.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

What? You mean that your human dignity wasn't even a little bit affronted? Belgium must be a much more backwards country than Germany (but being the seat of the ECJ, it must also naturally be more advanced than the primal USA).

5:26 PM  
Blogger dfgdthnnbd said...

Man, I love laser tag, and paintball too! Too bad the Germans won't be able to have this much fun. Actually, they can't do much of anything that reminds anyone of Nazi behavior. I don't even think they are allowed to say the word "Nazi". I hope no one accidentally clicks their heels, they might be hauled off to the pokey. Actually, their laws are so restrictive now, that it makes me wonder if the Nazis really are still in charge!

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what you mean. They have a knee-jerk aversion to any appearance of emulating something that might be equated to Nazis, but unfortunately it bears the leftist trademark subordination of substance to style. Recreation with fake guns is a social ill - virtually the whole of Germany marching in blindly uncritical lockstep with the dictates of authority isn't dangerous at all. Guns, not people, kill people, ja?

10:50 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

That was me.

10:59 PM  

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