After Valve's initial fiasco with Left 4 Dead 2's box art in North America, it seems another has popped up in the UK -- apparently the "reverse V" gesture with the palm facing inward shown on the NA cover symbolizes victory, and essentially means "F U" in the UK.
One story of its origins dates back to battles between the French and British; back then captured British archers would have these fingers cut off so they could no longer fire their longbows (nobody said war was pretty). Amusingly, the archers then invented this gesture to show they still had their fingers and were about to use their longbows appropriately. You can read more about it here.
So with that, we have the new UK box art, pictured here, which now looks more like the "peace" sign than anything. Possibly Valve's inner hippie coming to the forefront, a Winston Churchill reference (he used the gesture often), or a move of political correctness.
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