Australia Left 4 Dead

During these difficult times of economic downfall, redundancies are rife, unemployment is gradually rising and for many, budgets have to be scrimped as utility prices hit the roof. Looking at the positives though it could be worse, you could live in Australia. The news has just broke that Left 4 Dead 2 has been refused classification down-under on the grounds that the game exceeds the maximum rating of MA15+.


And the reason why? According to the board of classification these are the factors that are depriving poor Australians from guitar meleeing co-op zombie slaughtering goodness:

  • The game features high impact violence and is therefore unsuitable for persons aged under 18 to play.
  • Melee weapons “inflict the most damage” and cause “copious amounts of blood spray and splatter, decapitations and limbs dismemberment…or even cause intestines to spill from the wounds.”
  • The board find that in conclusion the “interactive nature of the game  increases the overall impact of frequent and intense depiction of violence. This coupled with graphic depictions of blood and gore combine to create a playing impact which is high.”

All I know is that come November there is going to be either a lot of imports, pirate copies of the game circling, or Australia’s gaming community will unison decide to go on “vacation” overseas. If anything this will only increase the popularity of the game tremendously. Thanks for the free marketing campaign Office of Film and Literature Classification!

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  1. Can’t they just pass a damn law that says you need to card anyone who buys an 18+ game and get it over with? Seriously, an adult can make an adult decision, and as someone who’s played violent games for nearly two decades, I can say that any psychological harm suffered from games is only experienced by hypochondriacs.

    Watch the import market in Australia take money from the local companies. XD

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