Now in their 30s, they still remind me of the trauma this day.
Adolf Hitler, to my generation, was the original boogeyman. When I was growing up, he was a figure of fun - the awful power he wielded awfully was something that, to my parents' generation, who had lived through the war, could only be undermined by making fun of it. It was, as much as anything, a coping mechanism. It diminished his power.
Remember the comedian Freddie Starr? He had a whole routine where he'd dress up as Hitler and goose-step around the stage. This was something that could be seen on primetime TV, pre-watershed. Could you imagine, say, the outrage if Michael McIntyre presented the 2019 Royal Variety Show dressed in an SS uniform? Or if some tatty, low-rent, video game blog wrote an article in which Hitler was portrayed as an idiot?
That's how we used to see Nazis, you see; idiots, who happened to do something unspeakably evil. Those few who still clung to the ideology were diminished by our license to take the piss out of them. Now we're all much more fearful that Nazis aren't quite as mired in the past as they once were.
Of course, Germany has had a very different attitude to all things Nazi, and with good reason. Until last year, any image associated with Nazism - such as the swastika - was banned. Since the German ratings board, the USK, relaxed its rules, Nazi and other extremist imagery is now allowed in a video games, which are finally classed as an artistic product.
Before the change though, games featuring swastikas were either banned outright, or had to be altered for the German market. Here are some of the more notable examples.
"Oooh, what could possibly be under it?!"
Additionally, instead of being called "Führer", Hitler was only ever referred to as the apparently less-offensive "chancellor".
Weirdly, in the Japanese released, he was given the name "Adolf Trautmann" - which means "Familiar Man".
Furthermore, Germany was renamed the "Master State", the enemies spoke English instead of German, almost all blood was removed (as it often is in German releases), and dogs became giant rats.