GTA V removed from Target Australia stores

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  1. Gahars
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    2005 called, they wanted to remind us that they ain't no hollaback girl. Also, they want their moral panic back.

    :arrow:Target.com.au


    And here is the petition that seems to have spurred this action:
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    "They don't gotta burn the books, they just remove 'em," indeed. This is some real bullshit on parade, especially considering the fact that the stores stocked the game for well over a year. Beyond that, Australia already has an R rating equivalent for games with graphic content, so it's not as if this is being sold to lil' Mikeys left and right. If people don't want to buy the game, awesome, but to refuse to sell it altogether? Crikey, mate.

    At least the petition's good for a laugh.
     
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  2. purupuru

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    Get over it clown. Target is a private business and as such they have the right to carry or not carry any product they want. As a manager of a retail store I had to make these types of calls all the time and no books were ever harmed in the process.
     
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    I thought 2005 was about the general violence in the game, not violence against women specifically.
     
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    Meh. So Target loses a little business, not much harm in it other than some whiny mothers get to feel good I guess. With digital distribution and online shopping nowadays, this won't affect jack.
     
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    Of course they're a private business, but a company being pressured into removing a game (or movie, book, etc.) over false outrage is still, you know, concerning. GTA V is a big game, it'll be fine, but it sets a bad precedent; the next developer might not be so large or capable of weathering through.

    If as many people opposed the game as the petition claims, then they could simply refuse to buy the game and the market would take care of the problem. Instead, they want to dictate what other adults spend their money on over claims that are simply false or, at best, extremely misleading. I don't know about you, but I find that objectionable.

    Also, where did I say books were harmed? I think you misread my Bulls on Parade joke.

    Eh, tomato, tomahto.
     
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    INB4 every major retail outlet in Australia follows suit, leading to a nationwide ban of the game.
     
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    One of those complaints has merit (very little, but some nonetheless), the other is hypocritical bullshit.
     
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    "It's a game that encourages players to murder women for entertainment."

    It's a game that encourages players to murder everything for entertainment. That's been a common theme for every single GTA game up till this point. This is why nobody takes social justice warriors seriously.
     
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    Solution : GTA VI : Social Warrior's Revenge.
     
  10. Trevor Belmont

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    I can't wait to get a copy just so I can kill people for fun!
    I mean, enjoy my video game...

    P.S. Don't tell my mom.
     
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    Honestly here is my problem with acts like thus. They act like video games are making people violent while not considering other media. For example sure GTA has stuff that's not OK in real life but so does movies (Godfather which is considered one of the greatest movies ever is also extremely violent) music (listen to rap you hear the b word, n word and often lyrics with violence) and books (Stepehen King anyone) yet many people is the media and what not act like video games are the only form of media that has violence when in fact its been around forever in other types of media.
     
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    And movies and TV shows and books and music and the internet have all gotten the same treatment and have survived. Video games are just the new scapegoat when all the rest failed. Next it'll be all about those dirty "brain wave transmission units!" and whatever other technology people want to blame their problems on.
     
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    Kmart has now followed and pulled it too.

    Rip australia. We're not mature enough for that R18 rating we fought years to get ;-;
     
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    Not sure about new as people in politics and the media have stated that video games caused people to become sociopathes ever since Columbine

    Also forgot Australia is pretty bad bout censorship of games think the censored

    South park stick of truth

    Left for dead

    Overkill

    And many other games
     
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    LOL. Excuse my language, but this is just fucking stupid. Where abouts in the game does it tell you to go out on the street and beat the crap out of women? Nowhere? That's what i thought.
     
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    I guess identification cards, the ESRB rating system AND parenting aren't good enough these days.
    Such a shame and a waste. Tsk-tsk-tsk!
     
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    We should inform Australia that there are many, many games with freedom of choice. It's not even graphic in GTA. In Fallout 3 you can blow a chicks head off and teabag the headless corpse while doing copious amounts of drugs. Bit worse than GTA i'd say.

    On second thought lets not tell Australia.


    Either way importing and digital purchases basically just mean the stores are losing sales for basically no reason. Their loss honestly.
     
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    Australia removed a GTA game? I'm sooooooo shocked
     
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    That reminds me: in New Vegas, I got the first chick who gives you quests out in the middle of nowhere, chopped off her dog's head with a machete, then met her violent response by chopping off her head with the same machete and teabagging the corpse. This is why I can't play games like this.
     
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    Australia does not have explicit freedom of speech in any constitutional or statutory declaration of rights, with the exception of political speech which is protected from criminal prosecution at common law per Australian Capital Television Pty Ltd v Commonwealth.