The realistic computer game “Battlefield 3″ treats animals in a sadistic manner. The game gives players the option to kill a rat with a combat knife in the back in order to then lift it by its tail, then toss it away. Killing virtual animals can have a brutalizing effect on the young male target audience. There have been repeated cases of animal cruelty in Germany, where young people kill animals. Inspiration behind these acts often came from movies and computer games.
I know Germany just seems to accepts out of hand that violent videogames directly produce violent children, but by now, it's such well-trodden territory that new reports claiming that connection almost come off as satire. I hope at some point we can put a stop the whole violent videogames beget violent culture/violent culture begets violent videogames carousel, but it looks like it won't be today.