BPjS / BPjM indexed games
Group DescriptionThe following list contains games which were put on the "Index" (German indiziert) by the BPjS/BPjM, and therefore have legal restrictions in Germany on top of possible USK ratings. (Note: Since April 2003, it's known as BPjM; before that date it was known as BPjS)
It is illegal to sell or make any indexed games available to minors in Germany and it is illegal to advertise for them in any form, including putting them on store shelves or publishing reviews in gaming magazines. The games technically disappear from the public. The only way to actually buy these games is via request ("under the desk", German unter der Ladentheke).
There is, however, absolutely no law forbidding any adult to buy an indexed game listed on the so-called List A or List E (majority of entries). There are restrictions for List B indexed games as they (may) violate the German Penal Code (minority of entries). To view List B games that got banned due to excessive violence, see the Germany Criminal Code confiscations (§131: Excess Violence) game group.
BPjS/BPjM = German Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Schriften/Medien = Federal Examination Office for Youth-Endangering Publications/Media.
Front cover for Painkiller: Hell & Damnation
Front cover for Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
Front cover for Army of Two: The 40th Day
Front cover for Rise of Nightmares
Front cover for Prototype 2 (Radnet Edition)
Screenshot from Painkiller: Hell & Damnation
Screenshot from Army of Two: The 40th Day
Screenshot from F.3.A.R.
Screenshot from Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Screenshot from Sleeping Dogs