Hi fellas !
Sometimes, when I check some outrageously over-the-top anti-game or anti-violence literature, I check the author and I think : man, this guy has just entered my top 5 / top 10 / top 20 absolute worst game critics I've encountered. And after years of translating German articles, I had plenty of occasions to fill my "black list". So I wanted to share it with you, who had to deal with them firsthand : according to you, who are the worst of the worst among German (or German-speaking) video game critics, no matter their job, religion or political party ?
By "the worst", I may mean a lot of things. Who made the most outrageous/scornful/hateful/fake statements about "killerspiele" ? Who made the most extremist/dangerous demands about "killerspielverbot" ? Whose contribution (be it printed or audio-visual) was the most detrimental to the advancement of video games as a medium in Germany ? Who was the most despicable adversary we had ?
Here are the people I think of :
- Rudolf Hänsel
- Werner Hopf
- Rudolf H. Weiß
- Sabine Schiffer
- Manfred Spitzer
- Christian Pfeiffer
- Rainer Fromm
- Gerald Huther
- Michael Wallies
- Uwe Schünemann
- Günther Beckstein
- Helmut Lukesch
- Heribert Rech
- Jörg Schönbohm
- Elke Ostbomk-Fischer
- Maria Mies
- Joachim Herrmann
- Werner Glogauer
- Christoph Hirte
- Roland Näf
It's quite hard to select even 5 of them and label them "worse" than the others, but I have some names I could spare, and others I would put to the top immediately.
So here is my personal "top 5" :1/ Rudolf Hänsel
Of all the German and German-speaking critics I had the displeasure to encounter, this one reached, in my opinion, the absolute low. He despises video games so much that he cannot find any merit in them, he's ready to believe any conspiracy theory, he edited one of the first specific "anti-killerspiele" books ("Da spiel ich nicht mit !") and wrote another ("Game over"), he hates "killerspiele" so much that he wants to eradicate them, not only from Germany, but also from the entire world. Well, you could say that from a lot of people in the list. Except that I always found "Rudi" Hänsel more over-the-top than the others, more extremist than the others, more persistent too. Plus, his writing style is awful. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/d ... 8nx3THY1cJhttps://www.zeitenschrift.com/news/aus- ... CDHv1_Kzzs2/ Elke Ostbomk-Fischer
She was one of the GWG psychotherapists who called for a "killerspielverbot" in 2007, claiming these games were "landmines for the soul". She wrote one "Menschenbild und Medienbildung", one of the most influential "anti-killerspiele" articles, but also one of the most dogmatic and manichean ones. And she is the co-author (with her colleague Maria Mies) and co-ordinator of the "Kölner Aufruf gegen Computergewalt", which is to me a declaration of war against video games. https://www.f01.th-koeln.de/imperia/md/ ... ildung.pdfhttp://www.nrhz.de/flyer/media/13254/Au ... gewalt.pdf3/ Günther Beckstein
He coined the term "killerspiele" for the first time. He blamed video games before it was cool, I mean, before the Erfurt Massacre. He also fought and lobbied to ban "killerspiele" production and distribution for everyone, claiming it was "child pornography". He wanted to put the makers of theses games in jail, and possibly players too. 4/ Rainer Fromm
He seems more intelligent, open-minded and game friendly than the others. But he's also the guy who started it all with his "Frontal 21" episodes, especially "Videogemetzel im Kinderzimmer" in 2004 and "Toten am Bildschrim" in 2007, which inspired legions of anti-game activists, researchers and politicians, to take measures against violent games.5/ Rudolf H Weiß
He was one of the 3 researchers, among Werner Hopf and Günther Huber, who published a longitudinal study claiming that violent video games were the most important predictor for future violent criminality among the youth. He was one of the few game critics who talked back to gamers, but he did it with all the scorn and contempt he could give. He also co-founded the Mediengewalt e.V. association, and right now, he's practically the only one writing for it. I had difficulties choosing between him and Werner Hopf for this 5th place, because Hopf is equally vindictive, scornful and game-hating. But I finally chose Weiß because he was more prolific.
What about you ? What do you think ?