Left 4 Dead 2 ban appeal fails

News: 

While Valve have already prepared a less gory version of Left 4 Dead 2 version for Australians just in case their appeal to lift the ban of the original version fails, it's not the version they want to ever see released. However, it looks like that will be what we will be playing come November 17. An independent review has agreed with the original OFLC ruling to refuse classification for the zombie action game in its original state, which means that it cannot be sold on our shores.

From Shacknews.com...

"It was the Review Board's opinion that there was insufficient delineation between the depiction of general zombie figures and the human figures, as opposed to the clearly fictional 'infected' characters"

"This was a major consideration of the Review Board in determining the impact of this game on minors."

The new edited version for release in Australia will have no zombie decapitations, dismemberment, wound detail, nor will zombie bodies linger on the ground when they're taken down.

Comments

Anonymous's picture

They can just uncensor it in the first update. Shame it had to come to this though.

Anonymous's picture

*shakes head*

Nothing wrong with movies like Hostel. Are we ever going to get an 18+ rating here? It defies logic and reason.

Anonymous's picture

is the version being sold on Steam the uncensored version?

I bought it for $45 US ($50AUS :D:D) hoping that it might be the uncensored version. Still cheaper anyway!

souri's picture

I think you're going to get the censored version. There's word that if someone from the U.S gifts you a copy, then that will be an uncensored version, but it doesn't seem concrete to me. Besides, I'm not even sure how Valve would be managing the whole inter-mingling of versions and whether you could play others with differing adjustments.

Anyway, let us know how it goes.

Anonymous's picture

I don't see why it would be the censored version. how does the Australian Clasification Board have jurisdiction over online content? I thought the whole point was that they didn't hence why MMO's do not receive a proper rating? Doesn't the board just prevent the retail sale of unclassified games?