Ack! (no) Zombies!

18 Sep
A typical afternoon in Kilsyth

A typical afternoon in Kilsyth

Being in the OFLC must be really difficult. Can you imagine the challenge of reviewing video games for classification without the benefit of an adult classification? And not only that, but the daily trials of dealing with Michael Atkinson- a man who embodies the ‘I’m taking my ball and going home’ catch-cry of annoying children everywhere.  As the above image might hint, todays internet outrage has landed squarely at the Australian ratings board for their ‘refusal of classification’ for up coming zombie-massacre sequel-Left 4 Dead 2 .

In all fairness, they have listed their reasons for the ban at the following address.

You may well be too busy to read the slender single-page report in its entirety, but there are some key differences in the sequel which sets it apart from the now acceptable Left 4 Dead. Keep in mind these are things that are unacceptable in a video game, which is why it will not available for sale in Australia.

  • Violence is inflicted upon ‘the infected’ who are living humans infected with a rabies-like virus that causes them to act violently.”  Perfectly reasonable, if that wasn’t what you fought for half of Resident Evil 4.
  • The use of ‘melee’ weapons…which inflict the most damage.These close in attacks cause copious amounts of blood spray and splatter, decapitations and limb dismemberment”  Sitting to my right is a copy of Condemned: Criminal Origins which allows you to swing a sledgehammer directly into an attackers face with a deft and satisfying crunch.
  • The infected attack the player in an unrelenting fashion, with numerous foe attacking the player at one time.” I tried to find a good example for this, but then I realised that this is a feature of nearly every game ever made.

The Australian ratings system for video games is a total shambles, and what makes matters worse is that any potential changes are all blocked by a single man who has the audacity to both powerful and from Adelaide. They really must have nothing to do over there.

P.S If any Dan Brown apologists are still here after Wednesday’s post have a read through this delightful selection of his 20 worst sentences, my favourite being “Physicist Leonardo Vetra smelled burning flesh, and he knew it was his own.”


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