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Posted FriFriday 18 SepSeptember 2009 at 7:50pmFriFriday 18 SepSeptember 2009 at 7:50pm, updated FriFriday 12 AugAugust 2011 at 12:48amFriFriday 12 AugAugust 2011 at 12:48am


Gaming fans are outraged over a decision to ban the sale of a highly-anticipated zombie video game in Australia.

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Left 4 Dead 2 – a sequel to the popular video game – has been banned from sale across Australia because there is no R18+ classification and it has failed to receive the highest classification of MA15+.

Australia is the only country in the western world which does not have an R18+ rating.

In its report, the Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification says the interactive nature of the game “increases the overall impact of the frequent and intense depictions of violence”.

“This, coupled with the graphic depictions of blood and gore, combine to create a playing impact which is high,” the report says.

But fans have hit back at the decision to ban the game and are calling for a higher classification to be introduced nationwide.

Jason, who works in the industry and is an avid gaming fan, has seen parts of the game and does not think it needs to be banned.

“From what I’ve seen, there’s a little bit more ,” he said.

“But if you compare it to other games which have been let through – and especially movies – really I think it’s quite unwarranted.”

Jason says that many zombie movies have been let through but, unlike films, games cannot be freely viewed on TV.

“I’m 23 myself and I’m being told I can’t play an adult game, so it’s a bit unfair,” he said.


The issue is nothing new to groups such as the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia, which in recent years has been calling for uniformity with film and game classifications.

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At the Gen Con expo in Brisbane yesterday – Australia’s game-playing convention – there were many gaming enthusiasts who were up in arms about the lack of a higher classification.

As a Left 4 Dead fan, Cassie, 18, was not happy about the banning of the sequel.

“I’m not a fan of the whole censorship rule … it should be available to be sold, but just kiểm tra for ID,” she said.

Tom, who is also 18, argues that games and films are not that different.

“Movies are allowed to be bought by 18+, so why not games?” he asked.

“Games aren’t just for children, quite a lot of people do play games.”

A guide, not a rule

But it is not just the younger generation that is calling for a more standard approach.

Ian Houlihan, the director of Gen Con in Australia, wants to see the R18+ restriction put in place.

“It needs one, it’s as simple as that. Without that, it just leaves is way too open for certain games to get through,” he said.

He says it should always be up to the parent to determine whether a game is appropriate for their child.

And he thinks that many decisions made by the classification board are quite personal.

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“Sometimes it can be a very personal choice by the people doing the ratings. They can determine if they don’t lượt thích a game they can put a rating on it that may not be appropriate,” he said.

“It should be a guide, rather than a rule.”

Posted 18 SepSeptember 2009FriFriday 18 SepSeptember 2009 at 7:50pm, updated 12 AugAugust 2011FriFriday 12 AugAugust 2011 at 12:48am

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