Kmart AU Follows Target AU, Removes GTA V From Shelves
Kmart Australia is looking to follow Target Australia in the removal of Grand Theft Auto V from its shelves following customer complaints.
Recently, Target Australia has collected feedback from its customers and removed Grand Theft Auto V from its shelves and now Kmart Australia is doing the same. It also seems that the removal may have taken place because Kmart Australia and Target Australia are owned by the same parent company. Polygon reports that the whole thing started when a Change.org petition, which was "started by survivors of violence, including sex industry workers," pleaded with Target Australia to take the game off of its shelves.
Among others, the main complaint stated in the petition was that, "GTA 5 literally makes a game of bashing, killing and horrific violence against women." The creators of the petition also claim, "Games like this are grooming yet another generation of boys to tolerate violence against women."
However, the officials at the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (which is an organization similar to the U.S.' ESA) seem to have a different opinion.
"Over the past few decades video games have taken their place alongside film, literature, and television as a medium capable of entertaining all ages," an IGEA official said when asked about the matter. "As a result, IGEA are surprised by the recent removal of a popular R18 game from retail shelves given the average age of a gamer in this country is 32."
The official went on to say that games should be treated the same as books, music, movies, or television with the same rating and that the consumers, no matter if they're the player, parents, or caregivers, should be able to decide for themselves what is and isn't okay for them in a game.
While there doesn't seem to be any threat of the game being removed from Target's U.S. branches, Australia seems to be continuing to have video game problems just as it has had in the past.