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21 Mar 2013 10:50

YYYYEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! They're learning!! They're ****ing learning!!!!
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21 Mar 2013 10:52

Common sense prevails!
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21 Mar 2013 10:54

Saw that today when visiting the eShop (doesn't seem to have been updated yet at the usual time?) Nice to see!
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21 Mar 2013 10:56

So does this count as another sign of Nintendo listening to customer feedback? Because along with swapping to 60hz virtual console releases, I'm really happy with the way they're responding to these small problems.
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21 Mar 2013 10:59

Sammet wrote:Common sense prevails!


I was gonna say just that!
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21 Mar 2013 11:04

Well thank the Lord for small mercies!
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21 Mar 2013 11:09

Sammet wrote:So does this count as another sign of Nintendo listening to customer feedback? Because along with swapping to 60hz virtual console releases, I'm really happy with the way they're responding to these small problems.

In this case I get the feeling that the original measures were never intended to be permanent, but rather a temporary safeguard from a law that could be used against them until they've had time to discuss and work things out with the people in charge of that law and come up with a better way of doing it. Hence why they said they'd been discussing it with that organization. I doubt they ever WANTED to put up those restrictions, they just felt they had to until they could get rid of them without being seen as breaking the law
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21 Mar 2013 11:14

I thought something was up when I purchased ZombiU and AC3 in that Ubisoft sale 10 minutes ago! Awesome! I hated having to wait for some absurd reason.
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21 Mar 2013 11:17

Sweet can buy some 'adult' games at a decent time of day now. Now all I need is a nice hard drive... And some money to buy some more games after Lego city.
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21 Mar 2013 11:33

Excellent news!!! Kudos for Nintendo for listening to the outcry and responding, the world of gamers is a better place for it. I must say I like this new Nintendo that's actually doing things to improve their service and taking the fans into account! Well done.
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21 Mar 2013 11:40

Wait, I noticed it mentioned "adults"... does that mean you have to be 18 or over (or have your user set to 18+), or can you still download if you're underage and your console has no parental restrictions? I'm assuming it will be the latter... does anyone know if this is the case?
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21 Mar 2013 12:11

Popple wrote:Congrats Europe! Now you can be adults like the rest of the world! (Not trying to be sarcastic - just happy that this pointless restriction is finally lifted)

Yeah this is awesome news for our European friends. Congrats guys!
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21 Mar 2013 12:17

Zanreo wrote:Wait, I noticed it mentioned "adults"... does that mean you have to be 18 or over (or have your user set to 18+), or can you still download if you're underage and your console has no parental restrictions? I'm assuming it will be the latter... can anyone under 18 (with their console set to this) confirm?

Why not just tell the children to meet you behind the schoolhouse for a couple smokes? :roll:

Seriously, why are you telling kids to access content that they aren't supposed to?
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21 Mar 2013 12:37

@Sammet

No, because if the government of Germany hadn't given Nintendo the approval the same restrictions would still be in place.

If Nintendo were to have done something in response to customer feedback, they would've created a separate ip-locked store for Germany to meet their governmental regulations instead of just saying "oh well...German restrictions for all of Europe" because they didn't want to take the time to be proactive.
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21 Mar 2013 12:59

BlueRangerVegeta wrote:
Zanreo wrote:Wait, I noticed it mentioned "adults"... does that mean you have to be 18 or over (or have your user set to 18+), or can you still download if you're underage and your console has no parental restrictions? I'm assuming it will be the latter... can anyone under 18 (with their console set to this) confirm?

Why not just tell the children to meet you behind the schoolhouse for a couple smokes? :roll:

Seriously, why are you telling kids to access content that they aren't supposed to?

Ehehe, guess I was just curious to know what that message really meant, since they specified that "adults" can now browse 18+ games... Since I'm 18 there won't be any restrictions for me anyway, so I can't check this. I guess a better question would be if anyone knows if it works that way?
(Plus we all know if there's no age restriction, there are still underage kids that will go and download them even if they're not supposed to play them, if there are no parental controls set...)
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21 Mar 2013 13:47

so it's more the fact that the german rating institution decided that it was ok than another scheme ?
well that was a "tough" four months lol . It's funny that this episode will still be mentioned a few years from now
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21 Mar 2013 14:01

Anclation wrote:
Sammet wrote:Common sense prevails!


I was gonna say just that!


Me too.
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21 Mar 2013 14:51

So happy that i didn't have to wait until 11PM for Assassin's Creed 3 DLC that i am downloading right now
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21 Mar 2013 15:57

melbye wrote:So happy that i didn't have to wait until 11PM for Assassin's Creed 3 DLC that i am downloading right now

You won't be when you play it. It is incredibly short/shallow.
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21 Mar 2013 21:34

Wait... did that say you could only browse and buy games at certain times of the day before? Could someone clarify?
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22 Mar 2013 01:31

@thedreadpirateguy
Yeah, you couldn't access the shop until very late at night. This was due to Germany's violence regulations for games. This made a lot of Wii U owners upset since Nintendo has their office in Germany.

Thankfully they worked together to get around this.
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22 Mar 2013 02:12

Autosaver wrote:@thedreadpirateguy
Yeah, you couldn't access the shop until very late at night. This was due to Germany's violence regulations for games. This made a lot of Wii U owners upset since Nintendo has their office in Germany.

Thankfully they worked together to get around this.


Wow. That's crazy. I had no idea. Well, bravo for getting such a silly restriction lifted.
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22 Mar 2013 04:55

11pm-3am too. Like all adults are up at that time of night and not going to work early in the morning...
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22 Mar 2013 06:36

Autosaver wrote:@thedreadpirateguy
Yeah, you couldn't access the shop until very late at night. This was due to Germany's violence regulations for games. This made a lot of Wii U owners upset since Nintendo has their office in Germany.

Thankfully they worked together to get around this.

this is BS. There was NEVER a law that regulates WHEN you could access +18 content here in Germany. You don't need an approval for that. Don't believe anything regarding German laws. Nintendo talked BS and everybody believed them.
Why hasn't TiLMEN from Nintendomination (German site) said anything about that? Why does everybody talk BS about German laws (that don't exist)?
That's so frustrating.
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22 Mar 2013 06:45

So how do the German versions of Xbox Live and the PlayStation Store handle this? I've never played an Xbox or a Playstation 3, so I'd like to know.
You're all going like "hooray, Nintendo finally lets us be adults", but similar restrictions must be present for German versions Xbox Live and PSN as well - you'd just not notice if you're living outside of Germany. The only difference is that NOE is a company based in Germany, which apparently made these restrictions also affect users from other European countries. The lifting of the restrictions appears to be based on the parental control options of the Wii U being a suitable alternative to generally restricting the time of day when rated content is made available.

NOE joined the USK recently and apparently the USK now confirmed to NOE that the parental control options are suitable to replace the time of day restrictions. So NOE just wanted to be on the safe side when determining whether they abide by the law.

Legromancer wrote:
this is BS. There was NEVER a law that regulates WHEN you could access +18 content here in Germany. You don't need an approval for that. Don't believe anything regarding German laws. Nintendo talked BS and everybody believed them.
Why hasn't TiLMEN from Nintendomination (German site) said anything about that? Why does everybody talk BS about German laws (that don't exist)?
That's so frustrating.

It's called Jugendmedienschutz-Staatsvertrag, look it up.
Here is the part that regulates the times of day:
http://www.landesrecht-bw.de/jportal/?q ... V4StVtr-P5
You can also read about it on the USK site:
http://www.usk.de/en/extramenue/login/p ... mstv/#c558

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