We know the Valve were "pretty bummed" about the decision to refuse classification for Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia. But how about the game's publisher, Electronic Arts, surely they must be pretty bummed too?
The Australian Classification Board ruled last week that Left 4 Dead 2 "contains violence that is high in impact and is therefore unsuitable for persons aged under 18 to play." The Board found that the "frequent and intense depictions of violence" exceeded the guidelines allowed for an MA15+ rating, the highest allowed under our classification scheme.
Gamespot AU has heard from EA's Tiffany Steckler, who commented on the ruling:
"It’s funny that a place like Australia, which has come up with some pretty violent material in the past with something like Mad Max, can effectively ban video games for the same reason.
"EA believes that adults should have the right to make their own choices when it comes to the content they consume."
Tiffany speaks a lot of sense.
We're still following up with both Valve and EA to find out their plans for the title in Australia. We've asked if they plan to appeal the decision or edit the game to meet the MA15+ rating. We'll let you know when they've decided on those plans.
EA responds to L4D 2 banning down under [Gamespot AU]