UPDATED: Another petition has sprung up on change.org to parody the original petition which aimed to get retailers to pull GTA5 — the Bible is accused by petitioners of being far too violent and encouraging violence and abuse of women.
The language used is a near copy of the petition against GTA5, only with words related to the game swapped out for ones related to the Bible. This petition currently has 51,846 signatures, just 23,154 shy of its final goal.
Jim Cooper, Target Australia’s General Manager Corporate Affairs, issued in a statement today that the corporation will no longer stock the latest game in the popular Grand Theft Auto series, citing complaints from the community as the reason for the pull. “We’ve been speaking to many customers over recent days about the game, and there is a significant level of concern about the game’s content,” Mr. Cooper said. “We’ve also had customer feedback in support of us selling the game, and we respect their perspective. However, we feel the decision to stop selling Grand Theft Auto 5 is in line with the majority view of our customers.”
The move also has resulted in a Change.org petition from Australian gamers hoping that the shopping giant will return the game to store shelves. The petition’s page states that they believe those who originally called for the ban of the game did so under false pretenses and played up accusations of violence against women that are in no way central to GTA5‘s plot or gameplay experience.
A comment found on the petition page states:
“The petition that started this was initiated by very misinformed people. They claim the game ‘encourages’ you to commit sexually violent or generally violent acts against women. As someone who has played the game in question extensively (almost 200 hours), I can confirm that this is a false claim. The game NEVER encourages this. They also completely ignore the fact that there’s much more violence against men than women, but it’s definitely not on a level that should have the video game removed from stores. P the game has an R18+ rating for a reason.”
As of writing this petition has 175 of the 40,000 signatures it needs to reach its goal. [UPDATE] This is not the only petition to have made the rounds on the internet as of late discussing the possible banning of GTA 5 from stores shelves, this time originating from Canada. The petition calls for the same sort of action that the original did in Australia did and cite violence against women as a the primary reason those supporting the petition wish for Rockstar Games to remove copies of the title from store shelves.
The Grand Theft Auto series is no stranger to controversy and is often attacked by media critics based on its crime-based gameplay and violent nature. While no link has been ever proven between playing violent video games and carrying out violent acts in real life, many still claim such connection exists, and games like GTA often bear the brunt of attacks on the gaming industry and its products. Only time will tell if Grand Theft Auto 5 will return to Target, but you can be sure we at APGNation will bring you the latest on this story as it breaks both here at our website and on Twitter @APGNation.