Left 4 Dead 2 is one of Valve’s most memorable games, the game has aged very well and thanks to the modding community it has allowed players to explore new dimensions of the game using custom levels, custom skins to play as your favorite characters (just like minecraft) and allow players to change the infected / zombies skin so that you can have a bit of creativity in your game and don’t have to look at the same skin time and again when replaying the game for the nth time with your friends or random people on the internet. While the game may not be as popular as it was back in the day, There is some good news for the Australian population, the game is now available to you in your region in all its uncensored glory! And to think the game would have been 5 years old in the coming November 17th!
Why is this a big deal? Why are we talking about a 5 year old game becoming available in Australia? for those of who may or may not know, the game was launched with 2 versions. One version is the “uncensored version” with blood, explosions and corpses all over the place and the other version was sold to countries with strict censorship policies, though at the time of the launch no one anticipated this and people from Australia and Germany spent their money to get a horribly censored version of the game where there is minimal blood, the corpses disappear as soon as you kill them (just like my dreams) and something that not many people catch is the removal of the SWAT / Police zombie from the censored versions since the countries believed that killing a zombie policeman might lead to people killing real policemen.
Do you want to know just how censored the original version was? Take a look at the video below and see the difference.
More recently, Australia did make digital alterations to Saints Row 4 and South Park: The Stick of Truth, the latter has some really hilarious censorship portions!
As you can see, this is indeed a bit of good news for the Australian audience, perhaps this will eventually lead to other censored games becoming uncensored but hopefully won’t take as long … It was surprising that it wasn’t until 2013 that a R18+ rating didn’t exist in Australia and that is what lead to steam being able to give Left 4 Dead 2 in for approval to the local rating board that allowed the game to be approved and sold within Australia digitally. While people in Australia and Germany have long since gotten the game through *ahem* “loopholes” or “unofficial channels” and some users may or may not have faced the brunt of their less than legal decision, it is good to see that some progress is being made with regards to lifting a hand on censorship in video games, now we just have to wait till 2018 for Australia to allow South Park: The Stick of Truth uncensored version to be sold.
Doug Lombardi, the official director of Marketing at Valve has said that the uncensored version will be given to Aussie players later today and those who already own the game will be given a free bump to the uncut version, probably via a patch.
Take this news as you will but this is a small victory for gaming, there are still many games out there that are still censored or prohibited from sale in other countries because of ridiculous reasons. We can only hope that this trend picks up and we can eventually say good bye to censored / uncensored versions completely so that we don’t have to worry about buying the wrong version of a game when traveling to a European country.
I would like to hear from anyone in EU, what game do you want to see next as an uncensored / uncut release?