Council officials in Goettingen, Germany have taken it upon themselves to heavily tax violent games in their local arcades. In an effort to minimise the number of people exposed to unsavoury images, a 700 per cent tax is in place for shoot-em-ups.
Germany has had a long-standing problem with video game violence; any game with human depiction and blood is a no go. Officials hope this latest measure will kerb the popularity of shooters.
Of course, this could backfire. Banning violent video games could simply lead to them becoming more appealing to rebellious teenagers keen to flout authority.