Left 4 Dead 2's original box art censored by ESRB

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  1. Vidboy10
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    Source: http://www.gamepro.com/article/news/210878...nsored-by-esrb/

    Also, here's the original box art:
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    And now heres the new one:
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  2. ENDscape

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    They should have kept the original one. This way kids will learn what happens when they shoot guns in real life.
     
  3. Hop2089

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    The game is going to be rated M come on ESRB think.

    Such idiocy
     
  4. Finishoff

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    So tired of censorship arggh! [​IMG]
     
  5. Vidboy10
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    It could have been much worse...
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  6. Celice

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    What's the harm, that people are going to see severed fingers?

    Are they that uncomfortable with mutilation? It's what happens to your flesh! Why would people want to hide from something so obvious >.> I know people can't deal with actuality and hide in religion, but has it really extended this far that people don't want to be exposed to natural things as well?
     
  7. Trolly

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    This is a bit ridiculous, but tbh most people will never even own the game cover because of downloading from Steam, so it's not worth making a fuss over.
     
  8. kobykaan

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    This crappy censoring also happened with the SAW movies and their respective posters! ..

    Again Severed fingers causing an issue!
     
  9. Canonbeat234

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    I don't get it. What the hell are they trying to do, to lessen the truth with a pseudo version of the real thing!? It seems like we American's have gotten soft when it comes to horror genre. If this game was made being the early 1990's, the box art would of showed a decayed hand with two fingers, flies swarming about it, and to top it off, holographic zombie blood oozing out from the severed fingers.
     
  10. SkyintheSea

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    Left 4 Dead rocks, hope they make a good sequel. The original box art is better anyways.
     
  11. Skyline969

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    More or less. I dunno what the big deal is, it's just some severed fingers. If the game is rated M anyways, what's the big deal? If parents don't want their kids seeing the box in Wal-Mart or , then they should be with their kids to keep them away from the M-rated titles. The common saying goes: "Don't like it? Don't look at it."
     
  12. Celice

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    The argument for that would be that not all parents or guardians are able to control what their kids are exposed to. Which is how it should be, but whatever.

    This would probably recieve a response like: "Well, it didn't look real then." Like that matters.
     
  13. Law

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    The box art would have been drawn, the quality of the in game graphics would have nothing to do with it.

    Thinking back to the Sega CD, there were a few games back then that did look real due to it having FMV sequences, one that sticks in my mind is Night Trap, which would probably be banned if it was released these days. Not to mention a few PC games that were nothing but FMV.


    Also the whole world has gotten soft, not just America.
     
  14. Celice

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    Either one would be relevant.
     
  15. RupeeClock

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    So I guess severed thumbs are okay because they aren't fingers? [​IMG]
     
  16. cocomonk22

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    Exactly!
     
  17. Cablephish

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    I'm pretty glad they did this. Pictures of hands with severed fingers scare me anyway.

    Arigatou gozaimasu, ESRB.

    They could've avoided the problem by saying the hand had 3 severed thumbs. Oh well. Not like I care about game boxart anyway.

    Unless it's holographic. 0.0
     
  18. shakirmoledina

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    lol funny... strange but nothin too special about that
    the interesting thing is what makes such a difference that one has to censor something so small? True the comments above are correct but still, but be something they were thinking
    maybe the boxart indicates are censored the game will be inside from now
     
  19. Master Mo

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    Hmm, if you ask me the new one looks better [​IMG] But I still don`t see the pointer of forcing the developer in censoring the boxart, because it is not that much of a difference in this case [​IMG]
     
  20. Cablephish

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    They were thinking that mothers were gonna hear there children say, "Look mama!! Severed fingers!!".
    Then eventually they would get a couple of complaints and people would start bitching about things are rated eventually.

    They should've just went with the 2 left hands, the first one with 4 fingers and a severed thumb, and the second one with 2 severed fingers and a severed thumb.