It seems that the only other country that compete with Germany for the “harshest censorship laws” prize is Australia. According to their Review Board, the game is simply too violent to be accommodated in their MA15+ age-rating slot in its current form. The level of violence is apparently impactful, prolonged and realistic. In addition, the review board thought that there was simply not enough discernable difference between human characters and the zombies which make up the bulk of the players’ opponents – unlike the clearly monstrous and more powerful infected zombies. For this reason, Left 4 Dead 2 was issued an RC (refused classification) rating, making it illegal to sell, demonstrate or own in Australia. If Valve wishes to see a release of the second instalment of their anticipated team-based zombie blaster in Australia, it seems they’ll have to release a severely toned-down version. Is it bad that gaming censorship laws like this would affect my choice of destination should I ever choose to emigrate?

If you're going to feature bipedal enemies with two arms in your videogame in Autralia, you'd better make damn sure it's easy to tell that they're not human.

If you're going to feature bipedal enemies with two arms in your videogame in Autralia, you'd better make damn sure it's easy to tell that they're not human.

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