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Left 4 Dead 2 BANNED in Australia!
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Posted 9/18/09


THE sequel to a popular video game has been banned in Australia after failing to receive a rating of MA15+.

Left 4 Dead 2 was refused classification by the Classifications Board this week, meaning it will be banned from sale.

In its report the board said the game, due to be released in November, contained "realistic, frenetic and unrelenting violence".

"The game contains violence that is high in impact and is therefore unsuitable for persons under 18 years to play," the report said.

There is no adult rating for video games in Australia. Any game that fails to meet the criteria for MA15+ is refused classification.

Gametraders national marketing manager Chad Polley said the decision was "hugely disappointing".

"Left 4 Dead 2 was expected to be even bigger than the original version," he said.

"We had huge predictions of sales."

At least one member of the Classifications Board disagreed with the decision.

"A minority of the board is of the opinion that the violence is strong in playing impact and therefore warrants an MA15+ classification," the report said.

Such a classification would have allowed the game to be sold in Australia.

Mr Polley said the decision highlighted the need to reform the rating system for games.

"We would love to see an R18+ rating introduced for more transparency around games," he said.

Earlier today distributor Electronic Arts told gaming blog Kotaku it was in discussions with the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

"(We) are still working through the submission process with the OFLC and want to explore all opportunities before making any comment," the company said.

Left 4 Dead 2 is the fourth title to be banned in Australia this year after strip poker game Sexy Poker, shooter Necrovision and role-playing game Risen.

Edited versions of Sexy Poker and Necrovision were both rated M after resubmission.

The plot of the original Left 4 Dead followed four survivors of a medical pandemic as they battled zombie-like victims. It received several end-of-year awards from gaming publications.
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Posted 9/18/09
OH MY GOD. man that sucks sooooooo much!!!!!!
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You Could Always Order It Online From Someother Country.
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Posted 9/18/09
tough luck :3
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Posted 9/18/09

NaruHina2210 wrote:

You Could Always Order It Online From Someother Country.


yeah that's probably the best solution for now.
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Posted 9/18/09
~moved to Games
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Posted 9/18/09
Wow, that sucks.

Just import it.
Problem solved /\_/\
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Posted 9/23/09
If it's banned that means importing it is a crime...
But honestly New Zealand and Australia ban everything... NZ banned Puni Puni Poemi and Australia has banned so many video games, I'm not surprised that they banned Left 4 Dead 2. But that's what happens when you decide anything that isn't appropriate for a 15 year old isn't appropriate for everyone...
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Posted 9/23/09
Lol pawned.. Too many unwanted violence XD
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Posted 9/23/09
No. It's just illegal to sell the game in the country. Buying it off Steam or importing is perfectly legal. Australia really needs to get an R/Adult rating though.
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Posted 9/24/09
Play steam :3 , lmao xD
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Posted 9/24/09 , edited 9/24/09
That is the biggest bunch of steaming bull**** i have ever heard, the OFLC deserves a swift and hard kick up the rear for this fuck up becuase they dont have a R18+ rating and MA15+ is the be all and end all of game classification. It shows the backwards thinking that is prevalant in these sorts of offices not only in Australia but across the world. I reckon there should be a R-18 or atleast a MA17 rating as the final classification because MA15 is just too low.
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Posted 9/26/09
Me and my Group loves the original sequel, and we are already dying to play part 2 here in the Phil.
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Posted 9/26/09
:O
Poor Australians D:
l love that game
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Posted 9/28/09
you can always try ebay
or dl it online
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