MMGN: Following yesterday's news that Target had pulled GTA V from shelves after a series of complaints about the game's violence, Kmart has followed its lead, confirming today it would also remove the game from sale.
Their loss, I might just not even shop at Kmart or Target anymore after hearing this BS. Pandering to some outspoken idiotic people that don't know anything about gaming, or the game itself.
i think this speaks on the idea that the people who are so out of touch with video games still think they're "kids games." like how we would be playing the Atari or NES at 10 or 15 years old. so when a "game" comes out with lots of violence or nudity or what have you, these people gasp and go, "wait a minute! kids shouldn't be playing this!" well, no shit, you idiots. that's why there's an M on the front of the cover that stands for "mature content," aka you should probably be an adult, or at least late into your teens before you play games like that. i mean, an M rating is the closest parallel to an R rating that gaming has, so why don't they pull R rated movies? we all know why--because people realize that an R rating tends to mean it has content suitable for adults or late teens. with video games, though, it doesn't matter that there's an M rating, because A), many people still view them as toys for kids or teens, and B), people still LET THEIR KIDS PLAY THEM. people within the world of video games are still getting used to the idea that games can be for people of all walks of life--male, female, black, white, asian, latino, gay, straight, old, young, you name it. but outside the video game world, there's still a lot of catching up to do in order to make people see that games aren't just toys.
If you're upset that these stores don't sell a particular item because you shop there, then I would understand. But to be upset because of a decision they made based on whatever made them make that decision is their right. Ultimately, they have to decide if their decision is strong enough to warrant lost sales. In this case, the majority of people who shop at Kmart and Target are probably mothers. Are these customers misinformed or ignorant? Probably. But Target or Kamart probably feel it's better to take the game off the shelves than to upset their main customers. Bottom line is it's business.
Thats not true. Poor people shop at kmart.. not just mothers lol... Point is people are mad because this sets a precedent and it can spread like a virus. Gives credit to politicians who want to outright ban violence in video games. If your not careful we could end up like austrailia who cant even play left 4 dead. At the end of the day people dont like an ignorant small minority that are people who dont even play video games...making decisions for everyone as a whole. Regaurdless .. its decisions like these that show why kmart is going out of buisness. GTA5 is the highest selling game.. like ever.. lol... so much for that revenue.
I love video games and also support restricting the violent and dangerous ones from kids. There are many other places to buy these games, so no problem, IMO.
@ Kury - I never staed that I like it. Just pointing out that it's the right of any business to decide if they want to sell something.
I wanna go there just to see what else they ARE willing to sell. I can look online as it's much cheaper lol. Pretty pathetic actually. Is it just this fps view thing cuz it's a remaster. Did Australia sell the last gen version. They have always been very strict. I think at one time they made all electronics illegal...very brief time.
No, electronics have not been banned here. We only got a game R18+ rating a year so ago though. GTA 5 on last gen consoles was sold here.
Greece banned all video games for a brief time not Australia.
Great publicity for Rockstar and GTA.
Then don't buy there. I support their decision.
kmarts are not here anymore they are going out of business, not a good business decision. Before it closed the one here was still selling SNES games in like 2003. I wish I had looked for megaman x 2/3. I think I would have noticed tho.
That's strange, I saw it at my local Kmart earlier today. Oh well it's not like Kmart has a great range of games anyway. I'd rather shop at JB Hi Fi, Sanity, or Big W.
This is just Australia correct ?
it says on their website: "The Australian PlayStation 4 Community". Come on, dude, at least click on the damn website before you ask these lazy ass questions.
I was reading it on mobile it certainly doesn't say that they're an Australian website when using their mobile version. To thecquestion. I asked if it was JUST them. MEANING ONLY AUSTRALIA. In other words no one has heard anything about the us yet. Calm down sheesh. Would that be your response in person or are just an angry troll. A normal person would answer something along the lines of "yes only AU for now." I asked because the US had pulled San Andreas because of the hidden hot coffee hack. SMH. Let me reask the question. This is just Australia correct? Your answer is "The Australian PlayStation 4 Community" OK so this is ONLY them then?
Yes its JUST Australia and one place in New Zealand.
bad move on their part
Make sure you pull all the violent dvd/blu ray off the shelf too. What a joke
SM... I cant agree enough with you. Sex, Rape, violence is all good when its in a movie.. BUT A GAME.... MOST UNORTHODOX!!!
Their hypocrisy has no bounds!
I respect the right for any business to sell whatever they want just as I respect anybody's right to shop where they want. Where I would have a problem is if the government ripped the game from store shelves.
I can respect and agree with that opinion.
meh, the majority of people who want this game must already have got it by now anyways.
A few people including myself want it, but it won't be happening until there is a price drop or imminent government ban..... But I'm now a little antsy as our pygmy minded government tends to take notice of these things especially from major retailers doing things in unison. May pick it up now before it gets pulled from Australia by some government idiot who doesn't realise that a granny buying an R Rated game for her grandkids, is a granny that cant read or thinks R means ridiculous fun.
Don't be surprised at all. Kmart and Target actually have the same owner.
Sears owns Kmart, Target is its own company and a US company.
Good! I'm f***ing sick of the series anyway @Snookies12: did I say anything about an opinion? No, I didn't. In fact I didnt even ask for yours so kindly piss off.
And you have every right to be, but that's your opinion. Millions of people would disagree, so don't act like this is a good thing when those people can't buy the game at these establishments. Just as I respect your opinion, you should respect others as well.
He gave you the most civilized reply you can find on this site and that was your response? Are you a child? That sure explains your single bubble but that too won't last very long. There's trolls, but then there's you.
Then they should pull all C.O.D. asap as it is way more violent than GTA and far less cartoony in the depiction. I think its the heterosexual elements in GTA 5 that threaten stores like K-get. If the hookers were transgender it would still be on their shelf.
I wonder if they still sell 50 Shades of Grey without parental consent.
Books are censored by the Australian government so even THEY have ratings there.
there's violence against everybody in GTA, not just women, if the player decides to kill the hooker who they just paid for sex with, i'd say that's all on them. i can't recall a single mission in all the GTA games i've played that involved attacking women. not JUST women anyway, there may have been some where you have to kill a group of people and that group included women, but then, you can hardly claim that's violence against women specifically. the GTA games have a very male centric viewpoint, but i wouldn't say they're really sexist. i mean, none of the characters in GTA V really come off as decent people. male or female, not just the main characters, even the supporting cast around them. great characters for a game, but you wouldn't want to meet many, or any, of them in real life, certainly not Trevor anyway.
To be honest, if you have been to any Kmart in Australia, I'd doubt if you would know that they sell games at all these days. Generally tucked up the back somewhere on a 4ft x4ft small wall unit. Nobody is really going to miss GTA there surely. Going cheap and plentiful in Aus these days starts at a Big W and then goes to JB HI FI. Eb Games is a close 3rd only cause they price match and then you can trade towards that, but I shouldn't have to ask the question for the price match IMO.
Oh noes!! Not Kmart! What will I do now when I shop at.....wait..Kmart is still in businesses?!? This alone is news to me.
well target your loos no more games from you
I haven't been to a Kmart in at least 12 years
All my local Super K's are closing down here in the states. So it's ironic they would choose not to sell something.
Big mistake. We gamers know how to hold grudges with the best of them. They will rue the day they crossed the community.
Just when you thought the world could not become any douchier.
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