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Valve Appeals Left 4 Dead 2 Ban in Australia

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Valve Software has appealed Australia's decision to ban Left 4 Dead 2 in that territory.

Yesterday Valve Software sent along a small announcement that it has formally appealed the OFLC's Australian ruling that has virtually banned the sale and distribution of Left 4 Dead 2 in that territory. Currently the game has scored ratings in all other foreign countries including Europe, Japan, Germany (gasp!), and even Korea. However, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are still marked as "in progress."

Last week the Australian Classifications Board refused to classify Valve's upcoming zombie shooter sequel, banning the game based on its "realistic, frenetic, and unrelenting violence," a feature many FPS games of late actually share. The game's high-impact violence was thus deemed unsuitable for gamers less than 18 years of age, and since there are no Adult Only ratings in Australia, the game thus remains in limbo.

"We were surprised to hear of this news yesterday," Valve's Doug Lombardi said last week. "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."

But there might be hope for L4D2. Apparently, there are some members on the OFLC who believes that the game could still classify under the MA 15+ rating, but with an added caption that advises consumers against strong violence as seen with the first Left 4 Dead installment. Valve said it would keep us informed on the issue.

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    the associate , September 26, 2009 3:38 AM
    it's a game about shooting zombies isn't it? how in hell is that a bad thing? I wouldn't mind having a populace mentally trained and prepped for popping a zombie horde, would you?
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    B-Unit , September 26, 2009 3:47 AM
    Yes, because we all know how effective a training tool an FPS is for actual use of a firearm.

    That and all these damn zombies running around...
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    r0x0r , September 26, 2009 3:48 AM
    And the government can also get the taxes on it.

    Seriously, if I want to play L4D2 here what is stopping me from buying it digitally from overseas and playing on an overseas server? If the overseas retailer won't sell it to me then I'll just fire up utorrent and then everyone loses.

    Just another example of how backward South Australia* is.

    *The only reason we do not have R18+ games in Australia is because of the South Australian attorney-general Michael Atkinson is opposed to it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Atkinson
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    Anonymous , September 26, 2009 3:08 AM
    All they need to do is introduce an R18+ rating for games in Australia. Ppl will play the games anyway its just going to make it safer and more controlled.
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    rebel conquest , September 26, 2009 3:29 AM
    That's a very backward law :S
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    the associate , September 26, 2009 3:38 AM
    it's a game about shooting zombies isn't it? how in hell is that a bad thing? I wouldn't mind having a populace mentally trained and prepped for popping a zombie horde, would you?
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    charlesxuma , September 26, 2009 3:47 AM
    rebel conquestThat's a very backward law :S


    seriously ..... i mean how stupid can it get..... this is by far the dumbest thing iv heard ..... (until the next dumbest country makes some new crap up) we'v got australia in #1 dumbest .... second we have germany in #2 ....... any one else for 3rd (new zealand or UK maybe) ?

    .......to be continued
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    B-Unit , September 26, 2009 3:47 AM
    Yes, because we all know how effective a training tool an FPS is for actual use of a firearm.

    That and all these damn zombies running around...
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    r0x0r , September 26, 2009 3:48 AM
    And the government can also get the taxes on it.

    Seriously, if I want to play L4D2 here what is stopping me from buying it digitally from overseas and playing on an overseas server? If the overseas retailer won't sell it to me then I'll just fire up utorrent and then everyone loses.

    Just another example of how backward South Australia* is.

    *The only reason we do not have R18+ games in Australia is because of the South Australian attorney-general Michael Atkinson is opposed to it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Atkinson
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    pirateboy , September 26, 2009 3:48 AM
    just replace the zombies with politicians and we will have heaven on earth
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    the associate , September 26, 2009 3:52 AM
    B-UnitYes, because we all know how effective a training tool an FPS is for actual use of a firearm. That and all these damn zombies running around...


    Sarcasm exists you know, and mental preparation doesn't = training use with actual firearms
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    Kelavarus , September 26, 2009 4:01 AM
    charlesxumaseriously ..... i mean how stupid can it get..... this is by far the dumbest thing iv heard ..... (until the next dumbest country makes some new crap up) we'v got australia in #1 dumbest .... second we have germany in #2 ....... any one else for 3rd (new zealand or UK maybe) ? .......to be continued


    1. If that's the dumbest thing you've heard, you haven't seen your own posts.

    2. Compared to things like the patent lawsuits, this is small apples for stupidity.

    the associateSarcasm exists you know, and mental preparation doesn't = training use with actual firearms


    ... Wasn't he using sarcasm right there himself?
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    eklipz330 , September 26, 2009 4:09 AM
    Last week the Australian Classifications Board refused to classify Valve's upcoming zombie shooter sequel, banning the game based on its "realistic, frenetic, and unrelenting violence," a feature many FPS games of late actually share.


    yes, because shooting zombies is real, against the law, and racist. they have feelings too.

    no but seriously, its a rehash of the first game which came out not even a year ago, why do they make asses of themselves
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    Trashit , September 26, 2009 4:42 AM
    Michael Atkinson > Common sense

    Unfortunetlty Aus has laws that allow one person to ruin fun for every one. Solution: replace ingame zombie skins with Michael Atkinson. Then the whole world can have fun mowing down zombie Michael Atkinsons (which is actually closer to the real thing lol).

    ...patiently awaits L4D2....
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    virtualban , September 26, 2009 4:49 AM
    In or out of topic:
    All those adds of 'resident evil 5' lying around were really really really annoying me. They're built in such a way my 'hardware visual processor' and my 'software mental processor' can't automatically ignore, so I installed addblock just to feel free to read the articles. After that, peace at least. So much peace I actually forgot the name of the game and had to disable the filter to check it again for this comment.
    NO! I won't be playing your game if you keep bombarding me like that!
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    r0x0r , September 26, 2009 4:59 AM
    trashitMichael Atkinson > Common senseUnfortunetlty Aus has laws that allow one person to ruin fun for every one. Solution: replace ingame zombie skins with Michael Atkinson. Then the whole world can have fun mowing down zombie Michael Atkinsons (which is actually closer to the real thing lol)....patiently awaits L4D2....


    Brilliant idea!

    Michael Atkinson is Australia's Jack Thompson (probably).
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    sciencectn , September 26, 2009 5:28 AM
    Why ban violent games? Because humans TOTALLY weren't violent before video games!
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    randomizer , September 26, 2009 6:10 AM
    the associateit's a game about shooting zombies isn't it? how in hell is that a bad thing? I wouldn't mind having a populace mentally trained and prepped for popping a zombie horde, would you?

    It's not about zombies, it's about (quoting the report) "living humans infected with a rabies-like virus that causes them to act violently." Now of course, no other games with gore have living humans. :sarcastic: 
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    manitoublack , September 26, 2009 9:13 AM
    All that means is that the only way to get it here in OZ is to get it illegally. Top move OFLC ;) 

    No body wins
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    Regulas , September 26, 2009 10:05 AM
    Australia says, "All your game belongs to us". I didn't buy the first one, no Steam control for me.
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    anamaniac , September 26, 2009 10:30 AM
    B-UnitYes, because we all know how effective a training tool an FPS is for actual use of a firearm. That and all these damn zombies running around...


    I headshot boom in games. =D
    With an actual rifle, I can't hit the side of a fucking barn... so yeah...
    sciencectnWhy ban violent games? Because humans TOTALLY weren't violent before video games!

    ha
    No, not at all...
    Hey, who's up for some games in the colliseum? I'll bring the popcorn. Hope I catch some guys arm.
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    blackened144 , September 26, 2009 1:30 PM
    Does Australia have a large zombie population that they are worried about offending?
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    Trashit , September 26, 2009 5:18 PM
    blackened144Does Australia have a large zombie population that they are worried about offending?


    Why yes, we do have a large zombie population. We keep them in our capital building and just gave them a pay rise so they would leave our brains alone. Sadly though all we get in return is our games banned. This is to go with our nice filtered, capped and overpriced internets.
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