WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

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WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by DroothR on Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:48 pm

http://au.xbox360.ign.com/articles/104/1047522p1.html

Censorship of this kind has NEVER been this cruel and unusual before...

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by Octane on Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:31 pm

Hopefully EA New Zealand has not done the same. (since it should be easier to get a cheaper copy there than UK)

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by Sledge Hammer! on Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:15 pm

After what happened with GTA 4, F.E.A.R. 2, Silent Hill: Homecoming, Dark Sector and so on, I can't say I'm at all surprised, either at the game being initially denied classification or of companies getting sick of editing content in games just for the Australian market (the only country in the entire western world without an adult equivalent 18+ rating for video games), and half assing it and cutting corners when they are forced to edit content.

And all because one man, SA Attorney-General Michael f-ing Atkinson, won't vote yes on an R rating for games, despite the fact that the OFLC thinks we should have one, the experts hired to examine the issue by the OFLC determined that we should have one in their report, and every other States Attorney-General votes that yes, we should implement such a rating.

But no, Atkinson won't be swayed, not by logic nor by popular opinion, and though he initially stated that he would be open to public consultation and research on the matter, as he was confident that the Australian people would side with his moral choice for no r-rating for games, he then later withdrew his support for a discussion paper and public consultation when it became clear that they too would show an overwhelming support for an R rating to be introduced.

So one stubborn and shortsighted man forces his morality on an entire nation, prevents a long overdue r-rating for games to be introduced, and stops all australians of age from being able to enjoy r-rated level video game content, and there is nothing the government or anyone else can do about it while he is in power because of the way the laws are structured, to require a unanimous yes vote by all states Atorneys-General to make any such change, such as introducing said R rating for games. It's a great f-ing system, isn't it?

No, instead we have to wait for him to step down, get replaced, or get hit by a bus, before anything is likely to happen. And I don't see any of those happening any time soon...

Grrrr...

But yeah, this sucks, but is just another in a long line of video game suckage in this country, and I fear there's plenty more to come...

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by MAN on Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:15 am

Going to import this game. $30 cheaper than normal retail.

Thanks for that Droothr, I've been wanting to know what they have taken out.

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by TheSweetestThing on Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:30 am

Apparently there are patches and such available for use.

I already had my spaz attack on the sogc forums once I found out it had been refused classification initially. The problem is, Valve would not been interested in doing a proper edit, instead just doing a quick job to get it through the OFLC. I don't blame them.

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by Hemish on Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:47 am

There are already places telling you how to turn the gore back on in the PC version, its not different enough for me to warrent buying it at full price, will wait till steam have it discounted.

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by Sledge Hammer! on Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:47 am

I just import banned/edited games, and hope that they don't get spotted by customs and siezed, been doing it for years now, and been lucky each time so far. I know a few people who haven't been so lucky though...

It still sucks though that being an adult and wanting to play the games as they were intended means you have to break the law to import them and take your chances with being caught. Stupid backwards system.

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by TheSweetestThing on Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:13 am

I watched that example montage vid directly before leaving for work this morning - comedy gold! Shame its really real though Sad

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by Mahzian on Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:42 am

damn they really messed up that game, I dont blame the developers for making such a shoddy job though, kind of like them saying "eh we arn't going to put much effort in because of some backwards old fart"

i think it would be better if they made the zombies turn into bunnies when they died though

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by The Dr Of Style on Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:57 am

Stupid........I have also never ever seen anyone under the age of 18 smoking or drinking alcohol........

Hell I've chatted to yr 8 students of mine about the airport scene in Modernwarefare 2 where you are mowing down innocents.... there's a guy who is crawling draging his legs behind himself creating a long line of blood.....and bodies pieles everywhere at the end......how did that get through?.....Bah!

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by Shocka on Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:06 pm

Mwaahahahhahahha, played through the entire uncensored game last night, all campaigns, simply amazing game - one of the best of the year. If you bought the censored version on Steam, it only takes a manual edit of two text files in your Steam folder to make it uncensored again. Hilarious. Atkinson can go fuck himself.

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by Shocka on Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:09 pm

Oh yes, and go over to Mighty Ape and import the uncensored NZ version if you want it on 360 - the game is amazing and the achievements are hilarious. There are few games this year that are better and more rewarding to play (Modern Warfare 2 is the only exception that comes to mind, but Arkham Asylum comes close).

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by MAN on Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:03 am

Got my copy from the U.K

AWESOME game.

A.I is a bit stupid, but overall great experience.

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by The Dr Of Style on Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:55 pm

[quote="Sledge Hammer!"]I just import banned/edited games, and hope that they don't get spotted by customs and siezed, been doing it for years now, and been lucky each time so far. I know a few people who haven't been so lucky though... quote]

Just wondering what this means.....fines?

I'm off to Canada this week and considering getting Alien Vs Predator (PS3 region free....not sure about xbox360) and packing in suitcase or posting home..... what do you think?...... anyone want me to buy anything and post home?....let me know and I can organise.........I'm guessing risking the postage is better than having it in my suitcase?

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by TheSweetestThing on Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:23 am

It's ridiculously unlikely that you'd be searched if you didn't bring anything back that you had to declare, and very unlikely they'd even take any notice of the game if they did do a search. I imagine the searchers are looking for more important food stuffs and other made-of-wood etc products.

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by drspleen on Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:01 am

it wouldn't even cross my mind that they'd have issues with you buying games overseas. i wouldn't worry about it...

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by BoloMusashi on Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:40 am

Just don't bring in multiple copies of the same game and you'll be fine. Aussie customs are generally too busy trying to stop the transport of drugs and food/animal material.

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by The Dr Of Style on Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:19 am

Ok so I'm in Canada at the moment.....Left 4 Dead is $69 canadian = 75 Aust.....if anyone wants one...... or an alien vs predator let me know and I'll organise

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by BoloMusashi on Thu Dec 24, 2009 7:40 am

The Dr Of Style wrote:Ok so I'm in Canada at the moment.....Left 4 Dead is $69 canadian = 75 Aust.....if anyone wants one...... or an alien vs predator let me know and I'll organise

I think AvP is now fit for public consumption *it's a Festivous miracle*. Enjoy Canada man, especially this time of year *brrrrr*. Looking forward to my trip next year - during summer/spring this time.

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by ragericho on Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:39 pm

BoloMusashi wrote:
The Dr Of Style wrote:Ok so I'm in Canada at the moment.....Left 4 Dead is $69 canadian = 75 Aust.....if anyone wants one...... or an alien vs predator let me know and I'll organise

I think AvP is now fit for public consumption *it's a Festivous miracle*. Enjoy Canada man, especially this time of year *brrrrr*. Looking forward to my trip next year - during summer/spring this time.

do you mean ''now fit for public'' that it has been waterd down?

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Post by BoloMusashi on Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:46 pm

ragericho wrote:
do you mean ''now fit for public'' that it has been waterd down?

Nope, Sega Australia appealed and got the MA15+ classification. To quote Sega Australia "the game will be released in its original entirety, with no content altered or removed whatsoever".

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2009/12/aliens-vs-predator-appeal-successful-now-rated-ma15/

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Re: WARNING: Do NOT buy Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia

Post by ragericho on Thu Dec 24, 2009 3:46 pm

BoloMusashi wrote:
ragericho wrote:
do you mean ''now fit for public'' that it has been waterd down?

Nope, Sega Australia appealed and got the MA15+ classification. To quote Sega Australia "the game will be released in its original entirety, with no content altered or removed whatsoever".

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2009/12/aliens-vs-predator-appeal-successful-now-rated-ma15/

Yesss! will be buying this game when my new super dooper gaming pc arrvies !

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