I touched on this issue briefly in one of my replies
to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 topic
My opinion is that the government shouldn't have the right to tell you what you can and cannot do in situations such as playing video games. In situations such as purchasing and administering drugs, murder, or rape, then of course I would expect the government to have strong laws against such offenses as those. However, video games are simply virtual reality, so who is it really hurting by seeing the gore in these games eludes me. I truly don't understand the purpose of censoring gore in a game such as Left 4 Dead 2. Like EXreaction has point out, just because the gore is disabled in the game doesn't mean that it still isn't violent. You can still fire off bullets, chop zombies in half with melee weapons, and see dead bodies on the ground. So, OK, there's not more blood. Congratulations to you, government. Now what have you accomplished? There is still violence evident in the game, but you're allowing that to remain uncensored. I can't help but believe that governments are simply ignorant on various issues in society today, yet they haughtily act as though they know exactly what they are doing. But, let's not get into that right now. My point is that it should be up to the person whether or not they wish to engage themselves in a game that involves such gore, and if you're a parent, then it is your job to decide whether or not your child is mature enough to handle such a game.
This may sound like a typical American perspective of a "free world," but how can you blame me - it's what I've lived under all my life, and it's the true way life was meant to be lived. Now, America isn't the perfect place by any means, and some of our freedoms are still debated even though they're outlined in the constitution; but the people in any country should still be given the freedom to choose what they would like to do in certain situations, and I feel that this is one of them.
On a lighter note, I'm quite surprised that Australia was one of the countries who had gore censored in Left 4 Dead 2. I never saw them as that type of country before, but, on the other hand, I've never lived or even visited there, so I have no leg to stand on with that claim.
Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:this was not a topic for me to go off on a rant about the social problems of our age......
Heh, you're not kidding. Trust me, I've got a whole list of my own on this subject.