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Gabe Newell may be going to Australia, but his latest game, Left 4 Dead 2, is not. The Australian government has refused classification to the upcoming zombie shooter’s “realistic, frenetic and unrelenting violence.” Because the Australian ratings system doesn’t offer an 18+ rating for games, Left 4 Dead 2 joins the growing list of games banned by the government.
While Valve is unlikely to look upon this decision favorably, it can turn this ban into a marketing bullet point. The first game received a MA15 rating, meaning Left 4 Dead 2 must have a totally noticeable and sequel-worthy increase in violence.
Hopefully the New Zealand distributor has the guts to run it past Film & Video here to get it classified so that Kiwi gamers can enjoy some more zombie killing. Madman have lead the way by decided to classify and release the ‘banned in Aussie‘ game Risen.