To all the Australian gamers out there who were pulling for an unedited version of Valve’s upcoming zombie slay-fest Left 4 Dead 2, I’d just like to say I’m sorry. Australia’s Office of Film and Literature Classification has once again rejected Electronic Arts’ attempts to gain an MA 15+ classification (the highest rating available) for the uncensored version of the game, Game Politics reports.
Electronic Arts asked the board to re-review the game a few weeks back after an edited version of the game was approved for MA 15+ certification. Had the unedited version of the game been approved upon re-review, Valve would have then released a patch for the censored version that would have unlocked the original content.
The three-member board unanimously agreed to deny L4D2’s classification, stating in the official decision:
“It was the Review Board’s opinion that there was insufficient delineation between the depiction of general zombie figures and the human figures, as opposed to the clearly fictional ‘infected’ characters. This was a major consideration of the Review Board in determining the impact of this game on minors.”
In prior decisions, the board cited the game’s excessive amounts of gore, dismemberments, and unrelenting carnage, so it’s kind of funny to hear them complain about the fact that some of the zombies aren’t quite “zombified” enough. I guess they want to avoid any zombie Flanders incidents (“He was a zombie?”). Of course, all of this censorship madness wouldn’t be an issue if Australia would just let games receive Restricted 18+ classifications like it does with movies. Clearly, it makes much more sense to release censored versions of games or just ban them all together.