I am german - and it is a lie that we "still think it's fine to show children having sex with donkeys on public television" ?? Don't know how somebody can really believe such a rumor.
In fact - Germany has a very hard child-welfare and Laws for the protection of minors. This does not only hit Computergames - it hits Drugs, Sex, Alcohol, Nicotin as well.
And it is not true that one drop of blood becomes only a 16+ Version available. There are also 18+ Uncut german Versions in Retail Stores available. But Steam does not sell them and the Developers of BlackOps decided to make a 16+ Version because for 18+ Games there is no public marketing allowed! Electronic Arts have a better Solution in their Shop. They sell the 18+ Versions of their Games online at german IP Ranges only between 10 PM and 6 AM.
BTW - Games getting 18+ certificate if Violence is showed just for Fun and not in a ficitve Scenario. Crysis for example is not cencsored in Germany and available in a 16+ and a 18+ Version. Hope this could explain the german handling a little bit.
[Edited by redlabour, 11/30/2010 11:18:44 AM]
And the blood shown in the german Version is not that much less then in the PEGI Edition. It is quiet enough to get a real gaming Feeling without useless violence.
[Edited by redlabour, 12/1/2010 7:18:02 AM]