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L4D2 AU Ban Appealed

Valve announces the final ratings for Left 4 Dead 2 for all territories except the UK and New Zealand, where final ratings are expected in days. They also address the recent news that the co-op zombie shooter sequel is refused classification by the OFLC for sale in Australia by saying they have appealed that decision. Here is the rundown of Left 4 Dead 2 ratings as of now:

COMPLETED RATINGS
PEGI (continental Europe) - 18+
ESRB (North America) - M
CERO (Japan) -Z (corresponds to Mature in US)
IFCO (Ireland) - Approved the title for classification.
USK (Germany) - 18+
Singapore - Mature 18
FPB (South Africa) - 18+
KGRB (Korea) -18+

PENDING RATINGS
OLFC New Zealand - In progress.
BBFC (UK) - In progress.
OFLC Australia - Refused to rate on September 17. Appealed September 23.

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15. Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 25, 2009, 14:52 Kxmode
 
lol maybe the videogame industry should impose sanctions on the Australian government.

You mean that penal colony?! Bah! I'll not give legitimacy to a collection of dissenters, riffraff, street thugs, street urchins, and ruffians! God save the Queen!
 
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14. Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 25, 2009, 05:50 Lit_Reflex001
 
lol maybe the videogame industry should impose sanctions on the Australian government. Give 'em a little squeeze like we did with the Cuban embargo!  
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13. Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 25, 2009, 00:56 StingingVelvet
 
I don't have any more nanny-state Aussie rants in me, but... go Valve.  
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12. Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 25, 2009, 00:30 kabloie
 
Team-building anti-zombie exercises and simulated undead situations are necessary for humanity to survive. What if a zombie attacked your family? Won't they think of the children!?  
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11. Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 24, 2009, 20:04 Karl_L
 
So Aussies, get on the phone with your elected officials and demand they educate themselves on this!

Well its just one guy blocking it. Which is pretty screwed up.
Oh well, Good thing I'm moving back to New Zealand, Legal Violent Video games and Hookers! WOoo
 
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10. Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 24, 2009, 19:33 Riker
 
Whoa, did the Führer die or something? Perhaps it will only be playable in monitored, government-sanctioned zones?  
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9. Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 24, 2009, 19:31 Ronin
 
In fact, evidence has pointed to the contrary - as violent videogames become more prevalent in American society, youth violence has been steadily dropping over the same time period.

Aye, in fact, if I recall from a research paper I did a while back, violent crime among youth stopped climbing and started to drop in 1993...that should ring a bell, DOOM came out the same year.
 
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8. Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 24, 2009, 19:13 Prez
 
What's going on here is a 2-fold dynamic. Firstly, in a world increasingly marred by violence in every corner, Australia remains a country of extremely low violent crime, high public order, and very high standards of living, and for obvious reasons would like to keep it that way. The second dynamic is that they've apparently bought into the junk science that declares violent videogames to be intrinsically influencing youth violence world-wide. Of course, therein lies the problem. There is virtually no provable causality between playing a game and committing acts of violence. In societies like the US with extremely high instances of violence and high videogame use, the evidence is at best circumstantial. To whit - does anyone actaully violent crime would be affected at all were violent games completely removed from society? I have yet to hear even the most ardent anti-videogame nut make that claim, as there is absolutely no basis whatsoever. In fact, evidence has pointed to the contrary - as violent videogames become more prevalent in American society, youth violence has been steadily dropping over the same time period.

So Aussies, get on the phone with your elected officials and demand they educate themselves on this!

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7. Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 24, 2009, 18:06 Kxmode
 
CERO (Japan) -Z (corresponds to Mature in US)

Actually the "Z" means zombie!
 
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6. Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 24, 2009, 17:06 necrosis
 
Kosumo-

LOL +1
 
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5. Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 24, 2009, 16:51  Blue 
 
Same:

Actually that links was for Payback... not sure why SoF2 didn't have a problem.
 
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4. Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 24, 2009, 16:47 ReverendTed
 
Their press release definitely makes it clear what they think about the OFLC's rating system.
Namely: "Your lack of an 18+ category is preposterous."

I have to agree. Suggesting that the most mature content allowed in the region is fit for 15-year-olds is absurd.
 
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3. Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 24, 2009, 16:46 Kosumo
 
I reckon that the pic in the following link explains why the aussies have a bee up there ass on this one.

http://www.blog.last-save.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/l4d-cricket-wtf.jpg
 
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2. Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 24, 2009, 16:46  Blue 
 
I wonder what they thought of Soldier of Fortune 2! lol

Same:

http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewstory&threadid=81957
 
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1. Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 24, 2009, 16:29 Lit_Reflex001
 
These Australian content cops are absolutely ridiculous. I'll bet you the gore isn't anything unusual at all.

I wonder what they thought of Soldier of Fortune 2! lol
 
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