Disabling Censorship in the Aussie Version of the L4D2 Demo

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If, like me your a slave to the ignorance and intollerance of Michael Atkinson and are stuck with the borked, “censored”, Aussie version of Left4Dead 2 – have hope.  As expected, I don’t think Valve has gone to extreme lengths to “lockdown” the censroship of L4D2.

It’s as simple as changing a single character in 2 files.

  1. First, download and then run the Left4Dead 2 demo.
  2. Quit (you don’t have to play it, the menu is enough.
  3. Goto your “steamappscommonleft 4 dead 2 demo” directory.  On my machine this folder is in “C:Program Files (x86)Steamsteamappscommonleft 4 dead 2 demo”.
  4. Edit the steam_appid.txt file and change “590” to “510”.
  5. Goto your “steamappscommonleft 4 dead 2 demoleft4dead2” folder.
  6. Edit the steam.inf file in notepad (or text editor of your choice) and change the “appID=590” line to “appID=510”.
  7. Go back to the “steamappscommonleft 4 dead 2 demo” folder and run the “left4dead2.exe” file.

You will need to run the game from the exe directly for this hack to work, and steam will report the game as “Left4Dead Dedicated Server” but, despite these, you should have a 100% bona-fide proper version.

Now while this works (and I am grateful that it does) I should never have had to do it.  Australia needs a R rating for video games.  We are one of the few countries that don’t.  And its not about getting raunchy or violent games – its about responsibility.  15 year old children shouldn’t be playing even the censored version of the game – plain and simple.  There are many other examples of games which are marketed and sold to 15+ year old children which simply shouldn’t be (Doom 3 for example).

And the fact is we would have an R rating except for the illinformed and rediculous stance that the Office of Film and Literature Classification has taken with video games. Video game classification in Australia is the most strict in the Western World in terms of not having an adult’s rating (R18+). Currently only Michael Atkinson, South Australian Attorney-General opposes the R18 classification introduction and is also blocking the release of a public paper that canvasses the opinion of the Australian public on whether or not an R18 classification should be introduced.

It staggers me that 1 person can get so much power to effect so many people through inaction.

It’s unconscionable.   Immoral.  And Irresponsible.

2 Replies to “Disabling Censorship in the Aussie Version of the L4D2 Demo”

  1. i agree whats up with no R+18 games? that doesnt make sense! i mean why have r+18 movies if you cant have R+18 games? its just some dude being a mummies boy and nopt manning it up. also i believe that if your mature you can play these games and that the rating is a guidline to the most sensible age. im 14 and i play l4d2 without worries!

  2. Be careful – 14 years old – The government thinks your going to go “postal” and start shooting up the place because (apparently) you are unable to tell the difference between fanstasy and reality!

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