It looks like the dead won't be rising down under anytime soon.
Valve's zombie-survival shooter has received a major set-back after being refused classification by the Australian Government's Classification Board. The ruling states that the game fails to adhere to guidelines for material warranting an MA15+ rating, and is therefore ineligible for classification. Without classification it is illegal to buy, sell or rent the game in Australia.
In a breakdown of the decision, received by our colleagues at GameSpot Australia, the Classification Board indicated that violence was the key concern for the team assessing the game.
Left 4 Dead 2 is the fourth game banned in Australia this year, and adds further fuel to the debate as to whether the government should introduce an R18+ classification for video games, similar to the system used to classify the suitability of movies. For a detailed discussion of the debate check out GameSpot Australia's Censory Overload feature.