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Here is an email I sent to the UN Office of Human Rights.

To whom it may concern,

I have noticed that several countries are trying to censor video games based on their content. Examples include the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and Australia. Politicians in these countries think that video games are not protected speech and that they need to "protect" children from games that they shouldn't be playing in the first place. It's perfectly acceptable for adults to play these games, which is why there are rating systems in place. Some countries, such as Great Britain, Germany, and Australia, have rating systems that are controlled by the government. This is, in my opinion, a violation of human rights. Governments should not be permitted to govern how people entertain themselves unless the method they choose is dangerous to others. I believe that video games, no matter how graphic, are not dangerous to others. This is because the characters depicted are fictional. Last year, the British Board of Film Classification outright banned Manhunt 2 because they believed it was too violent. After the developers appealed their case and won, the BBFC dug in their heels and appealed to the High Court, which sided with them. The final authority went to the Video Appeals Committee, which handled the developers' appeal the first time, where the BBFC was forced to give the game the appropriate rating. In Germany, the problem goes back to the original Wolfenstein 3D. The game depicted a captured American soldier in World War II escaping from a German castle. The game was banned because there were swastikas in it. For more information on what Germany is doing now to censor video games, go to [url]www.gamepolitics.com[/url]. I hope that something can be done to stop this excessive censorship before it can spread to other media.

What do you think of this? I feel that it is their obligation to stop the censorship of video games because it could possibly spread to other forms of media.

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