Uncensored Half-Life Now Officially Available In Germany

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An uncensored Half-Life is now officially available for the first time in Germany which has a history of censoring games. German people can now pick up the uncensored game for free on Steam.

This uncensored version replaces the original when it’s installed (via Polygon). Some things to note is that your progress will remain intact and you cannot revert to the original, edited version after making the switch.

Up until now, Half-Life was in the list to be considered to be potentially damaging to the country’s young people. Red Faction and Fallout 3 have recently been also removed from the list. Additionally, the German government lifted its ban on Doom in 2011 after 17 years.

It’s not immediately clear what drove the decision to remove Half-Life from the list this week.

In an interview with Link in 1998, Valve boss Gabe Newell explained that the edited version of Half-Life for Germany replaced blood with oil and made human characters effectively robots (“body parts are replaced with mechanical components like springs and cogs”) to comply with Germany’s rules.

Some games remain edited in Germany. For example, in the German version of Wolfenstein: The New Order, Nazis are called “The Regime” and no Swastikas are shown.