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Australia’s terribly archaic classification system has claimed another victim. The news broke earlier today that Classifications Board have deemed the game “unsuitable for a minor to see or play”, which means that now none of us get to play. More post jump.

Reading through the report (linked below), the central issues seem to be that the player is killing ‘infected humans’ rather than zombies (which is more of a genre in-joke than anything else), and the messy blood splatters, dismembered limbs and decapitations left behind after unleashing the melee weapons on the zombie hordes.

It’s probably fair to say that this won’t be taken sitting down by the Australian gaming public, or hopefully Valve themselves. For now, all I can say is that this is hugely disappointing news, and it’s disheartening to live in a country with such a ridiculously outdated classification system.

There have been countless articles, letters and impassioned blog/forum posts made on the subject already, but the point still stands – our rating system is broken to the point of genuine negligence, and until South Australian attorney general Michael Atkinson and anyone else standing in the way of a proper R18+ rating for Australian games comes to their senses, we’re going to be looked down upon in pity by the global gaming industry.


  1. Resident Evil 5 = Infected Africans, not zombies.
    Left 4 Dead 2 = Infected New Orleans residents, not zombies.

    I’m expecting some ‘Valve is racist’ complaints, just as I would for ‘Australia sucks’ commentary.

  2. Gives us more reason to import and save money I suppose

  3. avatar Avatar

    who wants to sue the government with me


  5. Can I ship anyone a PC copy to y’all from America? Or will I be shot too?

  6. It’d be very marginally edited and resubmitted. All of them are.

  7. I think game developers should start putting Australian flags randomly in the game, maybe if they think the developers are pro Aussie they’d let more of the good stuff get through to them. :)

  8. Ha Jazzman… “y’all.”

    Yankee. :D

  9. @komplex

    Silly as that may sound, you could very well be right :P

  10. Grr Nick, I’ll have to show you my Texas/Tennessee accent one day. Horrible.

  11. avatar Skriptz298

    Honestly i think this is bull. If there calling this like racist or anything what the hell is with Resident Evil 5. Your two white ppl in Africa, shooting a whole continent of Black ppl. Thats just bull.

  12. avatar cheech

    i see what the problem is……Australians have almost no rights as it is. Until somebody does away with the NWO and stands up for their rights to play any bloody game imaginable, the issue is one of fear of the Aussie government. Stand up Aussies….TOGETHER! if all Aussies stood as one and marched on their country’s capitol with whatever issues in mind, there is NO way that the government could stop you! You are the ultimate POWER and you can take your government back!

    • avatar Mehmet

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  13. avatar IR8_PRIM8

    Just buy it over steam. Easy

  14. avatar Khortonworld

    fail…..steam will detect you and wont let you.. just like they do in germany…..

    i feel bad for some country’s…you guys cant play lots of games

  15. avatar Sara'sAngel

    @ cheech
    I know! All you need is the complete cooperation of several million people with opposing viewpoints and morals. Once you achieve that V for Vendetta type accomplishment, it’ll smooth sailing from there.
    Oh wait, this isn’t pretendland. You need some fucking legislation to get things done because a “violent revolution” on the premise of video game bans rates somewhere between slightly retarded and genuinely funny and it might also just ruin it for the rest of us.

  16. avatar warlord

    Sara’sAngel, STFU you jack off. It aint just about games, its also about having simple rights taken away. It will start with something stupid like the right to play certain games, later it’ll be some bullshit like the movie Demolition Man. This planet is being over run with enough dip shit liberals as it is. People deciding what they think is best for others, and not just worrying about them damn selves.

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  17. avatar matt

    for anyone who wants a copy in australia I will mail you one. Fuck your Govt. :)

  18. avatar a

    Liberals removing something like the right to choose to play a game is itself a contradiction, that person would not be a liberal even if they claimed to be so. The right wing is responsible for most of the move towards police states in a western world.

    I just find it weird you seem to blame liberals for granting freedoms and praising the conservatives for granting them when the reality is completely opposite.

  19. avatar a

    I made a mistake above, I meant liberals removing freedoms. My apologies.

  20. avatar Anonymous

    so Australia really isn’t doing itself any favors at the moment, with censoring the internet, reducing internet speed by about 70% and now banning games, whats next do you think?

  21. avatar Eliminatrixxx

    They added Caucasian, Hispanic and Asian people to RE5. And RE4 was solely Hispanic and people didn’t complain. I just don’t get it anymore.

  22. avatar Karma

    You can gift an American copy of L4D2 to an aussie and it will work. Worked for a few of my friends.

  23. avatar annonamys

    tell them about the criminal origins and how deadly Australia is

  24. avatar Riswan

    ntesodomesticatod September 16, 2011 I’m sure you have! I was impatient, but I also wanted it to be a surprise. When it does happen, you’ll be so happy that he kept it a surprise! Even if it was torture in the meantime haha!

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