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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Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed
Sep 24, 2009, 19:13
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Re: L4D2 AU Ban Appealed Sep 24, 2009, 19:13
Sep 24, 2009, 19:13
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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!

This comment was edited on Sep 24, 2009, 19:14.
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