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Swedish stores refuse to sell violent video game

Published onsdag 28 januari 2015 kl 16.24
"I do not think it'll be fun to play"
(5:01 min)
Games about survival, not sheer violence, are more popular. Photo: Patrik Lundin/TT
Games about survival, not sheer violence, are more popular, according to Angelica Norgren. File photo: Patrik Lundin/TT

A new shooter video game called Hatred is scheduled for release this year, but the trailer has already stirred controversy and several Swedish stores have said they will not sell it.

The third-person game, developed by a Polish company, revolves around a violent plot where the main character enacts a "genocide crusade". It has been rated "Adults Only" by the ESRB, the video game ratings board of the United States and Canada

Angelica Norgren, a gamer enthusiast and host of P3 Spel - a Swedish Radio show about computer games - tells Radio Sweden that it is up to companies to decide whether they want to sell a game or not. "But," she adds, "video games are part of culture and should not be censured".

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