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 F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Front cover for 300: March to Glory
Front cover for Sniper: Path of Vengeance
Front cover for X-Men: The Ravages of Apocalypse
Front cover for Hardline
Screenshot from F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Screenshot from 300: March to Glory
Screenshot from Sniper: Path of Vengeance
Screenshot from X-Men: The Ravages of Apocalypse
Screenshot from Hardline