Australia Finally Uncensors Left 4 Dead 2

Australia Finally Uncensors Left 4 Dead 2

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Valve has finally gotten around to resubmitting the uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2 under Australia's new R18+ rating.

You may recall that back in the dark ages (ie: a few years ago), Australia lacked an R18+ rating for video games, leading to some particularly violent games being heavily censored, or banned outright. Valve's zombie slaughter simulator Left 4 Dead 2 was one of the games to go under the censorship knife, and even though we did eventually get the rating some time after its release, the censored version of the game remained the only one (legally) available to Australians.

Now, it looks like Valve has finally gotten around to resubmitting the game to Australia's classification board. I'm happy to report that the board has approved the game under the R18+ rating, meaning that Left 4 Dead 2 will soon be available to Australians in its full, uncensored glory.

Whether this means that Valve will re-publish the game through Electronic Arts, its distributor in the region, is yet to be known. For PC gamers, you can safely assume that the developer will probably just update the Steam version of the game to bring it in line with the rest of the world.

Ever since Australia got its R18+ rating, some games that would otherwise have been refused are able to get in, however, despite the rating, other games are still inexplicably censored. Baby steps, people.

Source: Australian Classification Board via PC Gamer

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My reaction was literally :YEEEEEEES!
About time we had a non gimped version and we can put that R rating to good use.

Yeah about that, I don't know anyone who had the censored version, it wasn't exactly hard to get around. Still it's good they've updated it to current classification standards and removed the issue completely.

About damn time. We have been so slow to getting to use our r18 and even then we still censor bullshit.

Not even in video games. The only way to watch game of thrones uncensored for instance is online or get the dvd as our main paid tv service (foxtel) still censors things even when the show is rated r18.

Dark Knifer:
About damn time. We have been so slow to getting to use our r18 and even then we still censor bullshit.

Not even in video games. The only way to watch game of thrones uncensored for instance is online or get the dvd as our main paid tv service (foxtel) still censors things even when the show is rated r18.

To be fair that's foxtel being stupid and editing the series rather than the government censoring it. Problem is if they didn't and someone complained it could cause them issues, their removing the risk.

Finally! It is a great day for us all! And an even greater day when they update it. Seeing all the zombies fade and vanish after shooting them made me sad. Same with chopping them, and making them go boom.

well i own it. got it free. but it was never worth downloading and installing because of the censorship so this will be interesting for me. thanks for the news :)

RicoADF:

Dark Knifer:
About damn time. We have been so slow to getting to use our r18 and even then we still censor bullshit.

Not even in video games. The only way to watch game of thrones uncensored for instance is online or get the dvd as our main paid tv service (foxtel) still censors things even when the show is rated r18.

To be fair that's foxtel being stupid and editing the series rather than the government censoring it. Problem is if they didn't and someone complained it could cause them issues, their removing the risk.

Yeah, its dumb though. You'd expect a paid service with clear warnings would not hold anything back.

I don't like how not wanting to upset someone possibly takes priority over showing the show as the artist intended.

Dark Knifer:

Yeah, its dumb though. You'd expect a paid service with clear warnings would not hold anything back.

I don't like how not wanting to upset someone possibly takes priority over showing the show as the artist intended.

Yeah, I agree I wish they would put the warning and that's that. However the reason is that because it's broadcast on TV anyone can watch it thus it's too easy for kids to go behind their parents back. Unlike buying in store where they must check your age. True that there's child lockouts available but most people don't know about them etc etc, the usual must accommodate for the lowest common denominator issue.

RicoADF:
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Is it just us who do this or do cable services in other countries not have this problem?

I remember being gutted about this game being, well, gutted and that piece of garbage AvP game made it through in unscathed....

The R18 rating has been out for ages now and Valved only just noticed. Even that Valve didn't have to censer the game as much as they did.

Dark Knifer:
About damn time. We have been so slow to getting to use our r18 and even then we still censor bullshit.

Congratulations, you're now Germany (except warmer and with Kangoroos)

Bindal:

Dark Knifer:
About damn time. We have been so slow to getting to use our r18 and even then we still censor bullshit.

Congratulations, you're now Germany (except warmer and with Kangoroos)

Uh, yay?

amazing it took that long. but i guess they had to do all the formal legislation crap to get through.
i guess i was one of the lucky ones who got the uncensored version over ebay and even with an aussie account, i could play it uncensored. good thing was that i came across who had the uncut version as well and only rarely bump in to someone who had the cut version. was really stupid that your game turns to cut version when the host has the cut version.

Sweet hope this means I don't have to re-buy it on steam though cause fuck that.

Well, that is good for the people who wanted to buy it.
Though what does it mean for the people who have already bought it?

Hopefully, it will become an update. Surly it would not cost anything ...
*sigh* Still, it will be quite nice if I ever do replay the game.

Our R rating hardly even counts as an R rating. Seriously, as it is now, South Park, The Last of Us and Saints Row IV were still censored. Plus Fallout 3 would still be declined a rating if the uncensored version was submitted here (although that's not going to happen since they censored it worldwide so that the game was the same everywhere.)

People need to start demanding a REAL R rating for Australia.

Bindal:

Congratulations, you're now Germany (except warmer and with Kangoroos)

Well, in Germany L4D2 is still censored even though we have an adult rating for it :/

Lmao, imported this years ago. Interested to see sales figures though.

And here I'm sitting in germany with the censored version on my account...

Piorn:
And here I'm sitting in germany with the censored version on my account...

Well at least you guys get the four hidden Counter-strike guns in an attempt make up for it. Aussies didn't get anything for their censorship - except a reskin of the cricket bat weapon I believe. It may not mean much, but you have no idea how hard the rest of the world has tried to mod & hack the game to have others get to use those weapons..

In other news: Australia finally legalizes women voting and admits the world might not be flat.

Seriously, I lived a year in Australia and loved the country and the people, but some parts of it are just mind boggling.

Lt. Rocky:

Piorn:
And here I'm sitting in germany with the censored version on my account...

Well at least you guys get the four hidden Counter-strike guns in an attempt make up for it. Aussies didn't get anything for their censorship - except a reskin of the cricket bat weapon I believe. It may not mean much, but you have no idea how hard the rest of the world has tried to mod & hack the game to have others get to use those weapons..

Counter-Strike weapons?
And I guess if we're being objective, at least you immediately know if something is dead so you don't waste ammo and have a clear vision. Still hurts a little to have an inferior product.

sibrenfetter:
In other news: Australia finally legalizes women voting and admits the world might not be flat.

Seriously, I lived a year in Australia and loved the country and the people, but some parts of it are just mind boggling.

We're not that backwards, even if certain politicians would love us to regress back to the '50s-60s.

smithy_2045:

sibrenfetter:
In other news: Australia finally legalizes women voting and admits the world might not be flat.

Seriously, I lived a year in Australia and loved the country and the people, but some parts of it are just mind boggling.

We're not that backwards, even if certain politicians would love us to regress back to the '50s-60s.

My question is who is voting for these backwards idiots?

So I won't have to switch to my alt account I used three VPNs and an intense CSI-style hacking session to get the UK version on? Excellent!

Lt. Rocky:

Piorn:
And here I'm sitting in germany with the censored version on my account...

Well at least you guys get the four hidden Counter-strike guns in an attempt make up for it. Aussies didn't get anything for their censorship - except a reskin of the cricket bat weapon I believe. It may not mean much, but you have no idea how hard the rest of the world has tried to mod & hack the game to have others get to use those weapons..

...Or to fix the sound mods that all broke when The Passing came out.

I've been playing with those weapons for ages, though. o.o

Well, sort of...if it's online it only works on certain servers. Offline, you can spawn them in via the console but I don't know the codes to make them do any damage. IIRC, Funreal and DoktorHaus made some mods for the CS weapons somewhere.

Er, but you probably know that stuff already! XD It must be a pain in the posterior to mod that game sometimes.

If you see Millenia, please tell them their textures are glorious.

killerbee256:
My question is who is voting for these backwards idiots?

Retirees, mostly retirees that have an entrenched line in the sand that says that their party "knows what it is doing" and the other guy/girl has no idea. retirees that have entrenched confirmation bias, and can't think for themselves.

which is a strange dichotomy for politicians to have to promote and spend effort engaging people who don't passively absorb news through daily or hourly broadcasts.

which is why they find the online world so unenthusiastic and difficult to manipulate. as it was designed to be.

People coming to Australia, won't notice the rambling and corrupting influence of political actions almost anywhere but in the general depression of the citizens. we're quite open about complaining about both sides being completely stuffed, rather than any one person, it's usually someone being extremely stupid that gets knocked down, or it's the rare outlier that stands up and faces that scrutiny.

For Australia, that's Abbot and Palmer for different reasons. And, sadly for the rest of the world, not exactly intelligent or good people.

Also, Unfortunately for Australian Politics, having had a female figurehead might seem to be a sign of being progressive at first, it's really kind of screwed up a lot of things for regular citizens, because the Labour Party has had to 'prove themselves' by being tough on security and nanny state options for PR purposes.

If they didn't have to avoid having a continuing and inevitable series of embarrassing problems pointed out to them in keeping election or party promises, it would have been fine. So, like every political party in existence, they pedal things to try and score cheap points.

And the Liberal Party that came in afterwards, in what could be seen as ironic, from outside, is going about the same kind of defensive bullshit and cutting services, and pushing the idea of monitoring and recording metadata for our version of the NSA, ASIO.

Which is facing some serious horror because if the monitoring comes through, it also introduces most of the infrastructure for ISP's to filter the internet as part of the conditions of having an ISP license. after all, it's a small router and a small bridge to cross from simply monitoring all traffic, to selectively filtering all traffic through a DNS blacklist, as the UK does now. or full firewalls that china has implemented on content. it's just a matter of cost and infrastructure, and applying the metadata restrictions will also make it easier to implement a filter in a few years.

We already have some shitty internet connections and a telecom monopoly to deal with, having the monopoly freeze out ISP's because they can't filter the internet would be pretty trivial at this point.

Justifying this won't be hard. It only takes a desperate politician who's done something wrong, looking to score points to set up their agenda on "thinking of the children in a non pedophile way" in securing the internet from terrorists. and people with political agendas. in the same way that fighting fire requires a steady supply of flamethrowers and gasoline, it's rather inevitable that things will happen by design if the gate is even slightly open.

Having a violent culture of teens playing unrated content, seems patently stupid. just as it did 5 years ago. it's unlikely to be any kind of popular idea in culture since the 1980's, as there's a rising percentage of 40-50 year old gamers who still regularly play games, so it's going to become a cultural identity that the politicians in power, will have actually played or understood the art and culture of media that isn't radio, newspapers, and TV.

Thanks for the detailed reply. I had an Australian with me in a class last year and I've been watching Yahtzee "let's drown out" videos on you tube so I got I've heard bits and pieces before but never the whole picture. It occurs to me that someone :cough: Murdock :cough: is using the same play book that was created and tested here in the US. Destroy the function of government and then use that dysfunction you've created as a talking point to be reelected "hey look government doesn't work better reelect us so we...can break it more... err I mean fix it.

killerbee256:

smithy_2045:

sibrenfetter:
In other news: Australia finally legalizes women voting and admits the world might not be flat.

Seriously, I lived a year in Australia and loved the country and the people, but some parts of it are just mind boggling.

We're not that backwards, even if certain politicians would love us to regress back to the '50s-60s.

My question is who is voting for these backwards idiots?

A combination of old people who miss the "good old days", rich people who directly benefit from their policies, and ignorant people who like the sound of 3-word slogans like "stop the boats" or "axe the tax".

smithy_2045:

killerbee256:

smithy_2045:

We're not that backwards, even if certain politicians would love us to regress back to the '50s-60s.

My question is who is voting for these backwards idiots?

A combination of old people who miss the "good old days", rich people who directly benefit from their policies, and ignorant people who like the sound of 3-word slogans like "stop the boats" or "axe the tax".

Plus, no doubt, a few normal, hardworking and perfectly nice people who just happen to have different views to yourself on immigration or taxation :)

Awww yeah! Finally, no disappearing bodies.

Better late then never I guess ...

so it'll be what? another 6-7 years before SR4 and South Park get an uncensored release?

Well now I might actually get around to buying it. When it goes on sale. Maybe.

 

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