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can say is that this is hugely disappointing news, and it’s disheartening to live in a country with such a ridiculously outdated classification system.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.