Left 4 Dead 2 refused classification again in Australia

Thursday, 22nd October 2009 09:57 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Here we go again.

Left 4 Dead 2 has been refused classification by the OFLC once again, despite recieving a MA 15+ rating for a watered down version two weeks ago.

This is what it says in the media send-out, sent by the OFLC.

A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board (the Review Board) has unanimously
determined that the computer game Left 4 Dead 2 is classified RC (Refused Classification).

In the Review Board’s opinion, Left 4 Dead 2 could not be accommodated within the MA 15+
classification. The computer game contains a level of violence which is high in impact, prolonged,
repeated frequently and realistic within the context of the game.

In addition, 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.

It was refused the first time in mid-September.

Thanks, wearetheinternetz and mescalineeyes.



  1. Blerk

    Zombies look ‘sort of like humans’ shocker!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. mescalineeyes

    “insufficient delineation between the
    depiction of general zombie figures and the human figures, as opposed to the clearly fictional ‘infected’ characters”

    a) what does that even mean?
    b) did anyone else who played Left 4 Dead 2 didn’t think it was THAT much more violent than the first one?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Yoshi

    Thats what happens when you put Mexican characters in a game.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Redh3lix

    OMG, Australia really is shit, isn’t it?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. distraet

    When there’s a zombie outbreak, Australia is going down first. They’re doing themselves a big disservice.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Digital Forge

    Nice to see a panel of just 3 dimwits can decide what a nation of adults can play =/

    #6 5 years ago
  7. f1r3storm

    Does that apply to the cut version?

    It’s still MA 15+ here:!OpenDocument

    #7 5 years ago
  8. mescalineeyes

    the cut version remains MA15+ and is the version that will be released come nov 17th

    #8 5 years ago
  9. TheDifficult3rdAlbum

    “This was a major consideration of the Review Board in determining the impact of this game on minors”

    Dear Australia,

    Some countries have this system where they rate a game “18″ and it is not allowed to be sold to minors. I think they do it for films and stuff too when they feel films are too violent for minors. I think the UK do that, for example. You should try that.

    Best Regards,

    Mr. Roflcopter.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Robo_1

    Nanny state pillocks.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Blerk

    The cut version is the one that’s been banned, is it not? So there’s now effectively no Australian release at all again.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. freedoms_stain

    It’s pretty easy to discriminate between human characters and regular infected, the humans being the human looking ones and the infected being the gray skinned black eyed growly types.

    I get it, they must’ve been playing on an sdtv with the sound off, only way they could come up with this crappola

    #12 5 years ago
  13. asphaltcowboy

    “Left 4 Dead 2 is classified RC (Refused Classification)”

    What a paradox!

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Freek

    That’s the catch: they can’t decide what adults can play because there is no 18 rating.
    They can only decide what kids can play. And L4D 2 is not a kids game, obivously.
    Neither are allot of video games, so in order to release they have to work through loop holes and censored versions.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. SticKboy

    And this is from the country putting out another Mad Max movie… sigh.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. TJ

    I’m pretty sure the situation here is that in order to introduce 18+ rating to Oz, they need universal agreement from a bunch of politicians. Unfortunately, there’s one or two in that bunch who think (perhaps correctly) that allowing 18+ rated games into the country at all will increase the number of children playing them illegally. Therefore, better to restrict a small handful of games and piss off a few adults, than mess up the kids. They think this applies specifically to games because they’re interactive (or at least, some of them do).

    Therefore L4D2 is still being released as a censored MA 15+ version as planned. This story (I think) regards the appeal Valve made regarding the uncut version – they’ve just had it rejected again.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Blerk

    Ah, I see. The original story is clearer on that point.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. JonFE

    Do kids play doctor down there or is that also classified RC?


    #18 5 years ago
  19. DaMan

    don’t you see, they are doing this for the children.. for the people!

    #19 5 years ago
  20. deftangel

    The fact that they were able to accommodate some modified version at MA 15+ shows just how ludicrous not having an adult rating over there is.

    The game is about shooting zombies, lots of them, in the face and enjoying it. Removing the blood, decals and bodies doesn’t change that very much ultimately. Given it’s supposedly the interactivity that makes games “different” either that core mechanic is ok, or it’s not.

    George Romero’s Land of the Dead got an MA 15+ and is noted as including bloody violence and gore.

    What’s the difference?

    #20 5 years ago
  21. TJ

    Nothing, it’s completely inconsistent.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Uncontested

    lol @ australia thinking 15 and 18 are the same thing way to screw yourself over with a stupid rating system

    #22 5 years ago
  23. TJ

    They don’t think 15 and 18 are the same thing, they just think 18+ rated games are SO dangerous for children that they can’t even allow them into the country JUST IN CASE.

    Which, really, is far more stupid.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. DarkElfa

    I say we get a coalition of the fed up and invade Australia, then liberate it for gamers.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. pracer

    It will change eventualy. All of those kids that are playing chopped games right now will someday grow up and be in posistions of power. This is typical old out of touch folks trying to make rules on things that they don’t understand. They honestly think that games are just for kids. I am 38 yr old and have been gaming for years. I am not going to suddenly out grow it(much to my mothers dismay). Someday it will change. Till then … organize and turn up the noise level. But then again it is not my country. I just think it is sad.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Gekidami

    Bah, just import it and give your government the finger.

    #26 5 years ago

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