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Left 4 Dead 2 Banned (updated)
8 CommentsPosted by Justin Jones on 17/09/2009 at 3:31 pm


As you could have probably guessed, this news doesn’t sit well with Valve. VP of Marketing, Doug Lombardi, told IGN the company was surprised by the ban

“We were surprised to hear of this news. Obviously, everyone at Valve is disappointed,” he said. “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.”

The game was denied classification due to its ‘high impact violence’ against ‘living humans infected with a rabies-like virus.’

EA Australia is currently working through the submission process to see what, if anything can be done. Valve, meanwhile, is still collecting the details as well.

“As for what’s next, we don’t really know yet,” Lombardi added. “We’re still getting information back.”


News is just coming out now that Valve’s latest zombie killer Left 4 Dead 2 has been refused classification by Australian authorities for being uber violent…


Now many gamers will already know that censors in Oz are reasonably conservative and its not uncommon to see things being banned but given the success of the first Left 4 dead game, which was massive globally, the ban in Australia may mean Valve will have to rework some code to comply. The original Left 4 Dead was rated ‘MA 15+’ by the censors in Oz.

EA Australia has issued the following statement: “[We] are still working through the submission process with OFLC and want to explore all opportunities before making any comment.” Once we no more we will update the post but as it stands…sorry digger no Zombie survival for you!


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  • Muntey
    18/09/2009 10:43 am

    This is ridiculous, Australia really need to sort their shit out. I will most likely be getting the steam version anyway, so if they release a censored version in Aus and NZ, hopefully we will be able to get the uncensored version via steam. If not, well I guess a lot of people will be changing their region…

    • Jaydius
      18/09/2009 10:51 am

      Makes PS3 versions a little more appealing too doesn’t it, as they are region free. So buy from the likes of amazon. With the exchange rate as good as it is right now its almost cheaper to do that regardless. At least u get to play it the way they intended it to be.

      • Justin Jones
        18/09/2009 11:11 am

        Here here good on the censors..there is too much violence real or imagined in today’s society that is perpetrated by the immoral gaming industry…I for one will welcome the day all ultra violent games are banned universally…until they are though I will continue to play them with relish and complete and utter disdain for human (or zombie) life

        • Kris Polglase
          18/09/2009 8:35 pm

          Yeah, I don’t get the banning really, it’s only zombies, they stopped being humans ages ago…

  • Kris Polglase
    17/09/2009 8:11 pm

    Whew, thank god we live in a country with an R18 for games!

    • Jaydius
      18/09/2009 8:43 am

      Yep it still amazes me that Aussie hasn’t moved to introduce a hard R rating. What really gets to me is when we also get stuck with the censored version because of it and only get to read about the ‘real’ version online. Good example, GTA4… I’ll never forgive them for that… ;)

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