Yesterday afternoon I decided, contrary to previous intent, that I was going to pre-order Left 4 Dead 2. Mainly because of the recent bombshell regarding Modern Warfare 2's Steam price, and lack of dedicated server support.
But, I wanted to ensure I play the uncensored version of L4D2. And the best way I could think of was buying it via Steam from a UK IP. So, I signed up to a trial at AnonymitynNetwork.com for this purpose alone.
I connected to their "England" server, started up Steam, threw L4D2 into my store basket for purchase. L4D2 has an App ID of 550 for all regions, but the Aus Cart ID is 202237 as opposed to the UK Cart ID which is 202182 (hence the different version). While there, I'd also check the price of Modern Warfare 2 for shits and giggles. To my surprise it's available for just 34.99 pounds ($62 AUD) - $36 cheaper than Australian Steam (and retail for that matter).
So I went ahead and bought them both by simply putting in all of my Australian card details, but changing the country to United Kingdom. I quit Steam, disconnected from the VPN, reconnected to Steam 'from Australia' and am pre-loading the L4D2 demo.
I thought I'd detail my experience here, because as far as I'm concerned, everyone else should do the same - stick it up both the Australian OFLC and Infinity Ward's AU MW2 pricing. ____________________________________________________________________________
It's confirmed to work and is not against Steams EULA. Just think of it as if you went to the UK, logged in to your account, bought the game and came back to Australia. That's not a violation of the agreement, so no worries!
Also, if you are paying by credit card, put in your address as normal but just put your country as the UK; it is also completely legal and the currency converts as it should.
This ensures you get Left4Dead2 the way it was meant to be played.
Also, in semi-related news, check out this amazing NES-demake of the original Left4Dead, due for release in 2010!