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Valve Responds to Left 4 Dead 2 Ban

Yesterday News.com.au reported that the Australian Classifications Board refused to classify Valve Software's upcoming game, Left 4 Dead 2, thus banning the game from retail shelves in that country. The Board refused the game based on its "realistic, frenetic and unrelenting violence," a feature many FPS games of late actually share.

According to the Board's report, the game contains high-impact violence and is thus deemed unsuitable for gamers less than 18 years to play. As it stands in Australia, there are no adult ratings for video games, so anything that fails to meet the criteria for MA15+ is refused classification. Although one of the Board members disagreed with the decision, the majority ruled that the game was just too violent.

Upon hearing the news regarding the Board's decision, Valve Software's VP of marketing Doug Lombardi said that the entire staff was disappointed. "We were surprised to hear of this news yesterday," he told Shacknews. "Obviously, everyone at Valve is pretty bummed. It would be a shame if folks in Australia, or anywhere else, are unable to purchase Left 4 Dead 2 because of a ratings issue."

Left 4 Dead 2 is still on track for a November 17 ship date here in North America, heading to the PC and Xbox 360.