Shacknews has been able to get a few words out of Valve in response to the news that their highly anticipated Zombie shooter, Left 4 Dead 2, has been refused classification in Australia due to its "realistic, frenetic and unrelenting violence". VP of marketing at Valve, Doug Lombardi, had this to say about the whole situation. From Shacknews...
"We were surprised to hear of this news yesterday," the executive informed us. "Obviously, everyone at Valve is pretty bummed."
"It would be a shame if folks in Australia, or anywhere else, are unable to purchase Left 4 Dead 2 because of a ratings issue," Lombardi lamented.
Australia does not have a games classification above MA15+, so any title that doesn't fit for that highest category is unfortunately left with no suitable classification and therefore any chance for sale in Australia.
Reading the actual report, which can be viewed here from news.com.au, it looks like Valve have really outdone themselves in the gore department with the Left 4 Dead sequel, with melee attacks resulting in '"copious amounts of blood spray, decapitations and dismemberment", and features such as locational damage.
If Valve had any marketing pezazz, they'd be sourcing a few quotes from this report from the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) for marketing purposes and box art.