Congratulations to Australia for finally gaining access to the un-banned merchandise: Left 4 Dead 2. The first-person, co-operative zombie shoot-em up title released by Valve back in 2009 in North America, recently had its classification changed from banned to R18+, which allowed this unedited version to be legally sold in Australia.
Valve’s Doug Lombardi told Kotaku “We are delighted that the full version of L4D2 will be available to fans age 18+ in Australia”. Gamers who sought to play this title prior to its change in legal states were forced to venture through an MA15+ variation of the game, which was edited and the violence scaled down.
To some, this may not seem like a big deal, but for Australia this is a tremendous step. Several games have been banned in Australia for various reasons. It may come to no surprise that games like Grand Theft Auto (franchise) and Saint’s Row IV are on that list, but games like 50 Cent: Bulletproof is on there for promoting gang violence (which received an edit for an MA15+ release, like Left 4 Dead 2) and Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure was banned for being a game that rewarded graffiti. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas landed on that list because the world wide phenomena that was the “Hot Coffee” cheat cause the original version of the game to receive an Adult Only rating in North America and edited prints of the game were later released to replace them. Fallout 3 was banned because the realistic use of drugs to help the hero endure.
The Official Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) board opened up a new rating grade that was higher than the MA15+, Mature rating, in July of 2011 and made official in January of 2013. It took six years for them to overturn the banishment of Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2, but this is a step in a good direction for Australian gamers and could potentially mean there will be more uncensored gaming in the future.
Source: Kotaku, Wiki