Left 4 Dead 2 Box Art Digital Gore Dialed Down To Appease ESRB

Thanks to the official Left 4 Dead blog, we now know the ESRB's rules for how many gnawed off human fingers one can highlight on a video game box: exactly one.

According to an update to the official blog, courtesy of "L4D Team," the Entertainment Software Ratings Board apparently thought that having a chewed off pinkie and ring finger in addition to the gobbled up thumb, as seen on the original Left 4 Dead, was going a little too far. Left 4 Dead 2 will have to stick to the "one for the thumb" ESRB bylaw for its box art.

UPDATE: Ars Technica has visual proof of that clearly over the top violation of the ratings board's ruling from E3, which looks like another 11th hour change. Frankly, we're all a little upset about this modification to the creator's original vision and will formalize our box art boycott plans as soon as is humanly possible! Grr!

Rules of Thumb [L4D]


    That's not what the blog says at all.

      I have to agree with Mr Sykes here. This article is a complete misrepresentation of the blog:

      "Sadly, the ESRB got wind of this, and cited some fake-sounding legal loophole about it being illegal to take pictures of people biting off parts of their hands"

      the point of the blog was the act of biting, not the number of fingers.

      as I often hear when playing L4D versus:

      "Epic Fail"

        This is the 2nd time in as many weeks that Kotaku has totally misinterpreted, and the proceded to report this misinterpretation.. both times on a Vavle related article too...

        If Im going to have to research everything thats posted here then perhaps I should start looking for alternative sources of gaming news..

      Agreed. This is pure fiction (of what admittedly is likely a half fiction knowing Valve).

      It's not even like the blog posting is so long that someone might want to skim through and accidentally misinterpret it.

      This "story" needs to be scrapped and rewritten correctly.

    You could say its a... rule of thumb. MAUAUAAHAHAHAHA!

    But the saw v cover where a man has a human skin mask is okay?

      Oh but that's different cs, violent movies never inspired someone to go on a killing spree. Video game covers with gory content may provoke unstable teens into chewing off other people's fingers!

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