Well, that escalated quickly. In a knee jerk reaction to a moral panic ignited over a petition on Change.org, another Australian retailer Kmart, has joined Target in pulling Rockstar’s critically acclaimed crime-fest GTA V from their shelves.
Kmart Australia confirmed the news with Kotaku stating:
“Following a significant review of all content in Grand Theft Auto Games Kmart has made the decision to remove this product immediately. Kmart apologizes for not being closer to the content of this game.”
The petition in question, which has accrued over 40,000 signatures, called on Target Australia to pull the title from store shelves due to it’s depiction of interactive violence and sexual violence against women in a realistic manner.
This turn of events is hardly surprising, seeing as how both retail outlets are owned by the same parent company Westfarmers. Regardless of your view on the topic, both Target and Kmart sound like they’re going to stick to their guns on this one- pun fully intended.
This won’t affect the local gamer in Australia though, as many more specialist retailers are going to be happily stocking this hot item over the silly season. So if you don’t have a copy yet, just go to one of those outlets and then enjoy one of the best/most frightening snorkeling adventures I’ve ever played!