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Uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2 to remain banned in Australia

While expected it's also disappointing to hear that Australia's game ratings system has refused to lift their ban on the original version of Left 4 Dead 2. Valve's zombie co-op shooter sequel was denied a rating by the board in its original form a number of weeks ago, which makes that version of the game unavailable for sale in that country.

Valve tried to get the board to reconsider while at the same time getting them to approve a censored version of the game that will now be sold in Australia under their MA 15+ rating. However, the original version, according to the board, has violence that is "high in impact, prolonged, repeated frequently and realistic within the context of the game." The board also felt the game's visuals did not make the distinction wide enough between the human characters and the regular run-of-the-mill zombies. Therefore the original version "could not be accommodated within the MA 15+ classification."

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