Kmart Has Now Pulled Grand Theft Auto V In Australia

We've just gotten official word that Kmart Australia has also pulled Grand Theft Auto V from stores in Australia. More news on this soon.

An official from Kmart Australia confirmed the news to Kotaku over the phone.

"Following a significant review of all content in Grand Theft Auto Games Kmart has taken the decision to remove this product immediately," read a statement. "Kmart apologises for not being closer to the content of this game."

This comes in the wake of news that Target pulled the game from shelves after receiving a 41,000 strong petition.

It's worth noting that both Kmart and Target are owned by the same retail group, Wesfarmers. It could be that the group itself is simply covering all possible bases after the petition.


    *checks window*

    Is that the sky falling?

      Given the absurdity and hysteria of the past few threads? KotakAU's community might just be able to pull the sky down all by themselves.

        On the contrary I have seen some really intelligent conversation on these GTA controversy threads!

          absolutely. also some that's, well, less intelligent. unfortunately

        Well. It's kind of what we do every day over every thing. But this is IMPORTANT, DAMMIT.

        Yeah, seriously, is this even a vaguely big deal? Family department store decides not to stock R18+ game anymore after it is brought to their attention. Hardly front page news. Pretty sure they don't generally stock R18+ movies either.

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          Since they "rejuvenated" the K-Mart store near my place they barely stock moves at all, let alone R-rated ones. Same goes for games. I guess when you're completely non-competitive on pricing you tend not to sell many.

          You sure about that?

            that's different because Game of Thrones and Rambo are for adults and video games are for children. :|

          Yeah this is how it starts. Then its the next game is banned completely. Then its the R18 rating being removed and going back to how it was. Not saying it will go that far but it doesn't take much to convince those geriatrics in charge to start making changes when enough do-gooders complain.

          I don't think their removing stock of other R18+ games, just GTA

          The issue is not the fact that the game itself was removed (everyone that wants it, has it now). It's that the petition that was signed was filled to the brim with completely false information, over exaggerations and biased 'facts'.

          Just read this article-

          One of many. And you'll see what I mean. They are claiming things like:

          "It encourages players to have sexual involvement with women before violently killing them. Prompts such as “you’re not going to let her take your money” promote horrific sexual violence."

          And that's just one.

          Last edited 05/12/14 12:24 am

        I haven't actually seen that at all on this topic. Unless you make blanket generalisations of others, I actually think this has been one of the more thoughtful responses by the community in recent times. Nice to paint the expected narrative though, right?

      Nah, just the Feminazis

    So it begins.

    Edit*** Why do i smell a review and banning coming?

    Last edited 04/12/14 1:11 pm

      The game is over a year old! What's different about the PS4/XBONE version?!

        First person mode changes things quite a bit

          First person completes the immersion and removes the line between the game and reality to the point where player is unable to distinguish between the two and soon takes to the streets of the real world and commences attacks on random people, all the while thinking that they are still playing the game.

          (This is what petitioners actually believe.)

            It's true though! Name one case of a violent incident that occurred before the invention of video games. Name one case of violence against a sex worker before GTA invented the idea. You can't!

            I get the first person thing changing the game though, some reviewers noted how the violence is much more intense seeing it up close. But that still bears no influence on real life violence and it is already in a game that is rated r and not suitable for children in the first place.

            Last edited 04/12/14 2:20 pm

              Jack the Ripper would like a word with you =)

                Jack the ripper the serial killer who was never identified
                You don't know Jack. A video game
                What more proof do you need that video games cause murder

                  I think the missing link is the controllers shaped like guns that teach you how to shoot people.

         Valve, remove ''You Don't Know Jack'' from Steam

                  like those light guns for time crisis and such ? :P (reply to Inquisitorsz since it wouldnt lemme :P)

            Reads like a south park episode. Have they done one on video game violence yet?

              Actually, the whole thing reads like the script of South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut just replacing 'movie' with 'video game'.

        Exactly, this is the reason this whole mess is so goddamned fucking retarded, there is very little difference between versions other than 30 seconds of dry fully clothed first person humping.

        Other than that, absolute jack shit.

      Please not before the PC version is released.

      I've already traded in my PS3 copy, so if I have to fart arse around importing a PC copy rather than just buying it on Steam then I will be pissed.

      As long as it comes after the PC version is released I don't really care

    Well, they are both owned by Wesfarmers. So not really surprised.

    If I saw Big W doing the same, then I would be surprised.

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      Yes but this shows that they're clearly doing it because they've examined the reasoning behind the argument of the petition, instead of simply due to bad press or negativity associated with Target, in my opinion. I don't see what they're gaining by removing it for their other stores when the petition raised controversy against Target itself.

        Targets Demographic don't want them to stock a product, they would be stupid to stock it against the wishes of their Demographic.

        Making you Demographic happy will keep you in buisness.

        At the end of the day we can buy GTA 5 from JB, EB, Big W and Online retailers. The petition was not to have the game banned from shelves, simply to have it removed from Target (and K-Mart who are part of the same parent company). Big W may even follow suit. But EB and JB won't. It will be available on the online services (wait for a sale). You can still get the game, if you own it you can still play and enjoy it.

          It is a victory for the twits who want the game banned though and it will embolden them to push for other kinds of restrictions. It also creates a low level media fuss around the game which will help them draw more nitwits out of the closet to support their cause.

          They want Target to pull the game because they don’t want it to be available. They targeted Target because they’re an easy target (heh) and it will help them to push for other retailers to drop the game and ultimately lead to the kind of bad press that certain politicians love to get up in arms about.

          Westfarmers don’t have to sell the game in their “family” stores if they’re too stupid to properly monitor the sales of these games. Even in the US it’s common for major retailers not to stock content which is rated ‘X’ even if it’s legal for them to do so. I don’t have a problem with them not stocking the game if enough people want to whinge about it.

          Youre right though, as long as the firestorm doesn’t get to the point that people start discussing having the games classification reviewed (or worse, the whole system) then it really doesn’t matter for most gamers. I can’t see a handful of hysterical losers getting organised enough to put real pressure on places like JB where thousands and thousands of gamers actually hand over cash (not petitions) in support of the game.

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      Lucky Westfarmers don’t own Liquorland, 1st Choice Liquor or Vintage Cellars. They wouldn’t want to run the risk of selling a product which is 100% proven to contribute to TENS OF THOUSANDS of assaults of all types on people of all ages and genders every year.

      Oh wait....

        You beat me to it. If you want to take something off shelves that contributes to violence against women ... ban beer

          Whoa buddy, let's not suggest anything we can't take back now.

    FFS this is BS. Look i get the reasoning behind it but maybe if people played the game first they would understand.

      I wouldn't be surprised if Kmart, Target, BigW etc. pulled it and other R18+ games, do they sell R18 movies in their stores?

        I know they sell GOT. They also sell Hangover which was R18+ from memory

          Hangover was MA15+, not R

            Mine was R18+ although i may have gotten the extra scenes edition.

            Edit: yes the extended editions were R18+ my apologies.

            Last edited 04/12/14 3:03 pm

    The fuck is going on here? Seriously..... What.... the..... fuck.....

    >implying they didn't know that killing prostitutes has been part of the GTA series since 2001.


      Since the game has been in 1st person there has been more attention given to this than before - it's rediculous. A few of my relatives if this was the first GTA game with prostitutes in it, which made me lol. No ma, Prostitutes have been in the GTA games since '01.

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    are you fucking KIDDING me? seriously what in the actual fuck.

    ”Kmart apologises for not being closer to the content of this game.”

    Kmart apologises for not noticing the R18+ sticker on the box for a year. *facepalm*

    i do so regret taking this so light and cynically this morning....

    Rockstar have always had a bit of a "IDGAF" attitude.
    It would be amazing if they included a female protagonist in the next game. Controversy galore!

    Last edited 04/12/14 1:25 pm

      I Don't Greet Any Kryptonian?

        yeah, fuck those guys!

          ahh its been edited to an F i was trying to figure out what the K was haha even had urban dictionary up thinking i had no idea.

      Would there be uproar if she slept with male prostitutes and then ran them down for their money? Or would it be framed any number of other ways to suggest it's not as bad as the current situation?

        I'd personally like to think Rockstar wouldn't put too much thought into it. They'd just casually drop a female into one of three playable characters (like GTA V), and then just sit back and see what people say about it.

        It would also kinda flip the bird to Ubisoft if a dev casually says in an interview that it was pretty easy to do.

          I just remembered that there is actually a female character in the game. The hacker girl who you can do heists with. Sure she pretty much says nothing but she is the best hacker you can hire on the job... And there is also a powerful female executive type who is in the Devin Westen parts of the game.

          So I mean even the normal tropes don't fully apply to this game...

      Dude. She is followed by catcallers and even dudes wanting to have sex with her. What does she do? She fucking proceeds to kick the shit out of them and run them over. I back this power fantasy 1000%.

        I wonder if playing as a female character who is constantly getting cat-calls would make men realise how stupid and pathetic it is?

    Yup, GTA is "relevant" again.

      If anything this controversy is going to result in more sales not less....
      Well, less for Target and Kmart. Unlucky.

        I was thinking this, someone at R* is surely just rocking back in their chair thinking: ahhhh, sweet controversy, you can't buy this kind of publicity.

    If worse comes to worst are dodgy characters going to be selling GTA V on the streetcorners?

    Although i am amazed Kmart sold GTA my local one has bugger all games.

      They seem to get the major releases... at least for the first few weeks until the 5 copies they got in are gone.

    oh fuck me dead I better grab a copy of GTA V before it gets banned here!

      Tinfoil hat theory: Rockstar got someone to start the petition to panic people into thinking it would be banned and rush out to buy the PS4/Xbone versions.

    This is what we were afraid of. The chain reaction that may eventually lead to an all out ban on the game.

    Come to think of it, these games can be downloaded onto the console. I bet you this weeks pay that all parents that are against this game have their credit card details saved into their childrens consoles with no hint of parental locking.

    Last edited 04/12/14 1:12 pm


      Mum: Billy, what did you but on the PlayStation Store last week for $100!?
      Billy: GTA 5 mum, it's this great game where you can drive cars, trucks and taxis, fly planes helicopters and even big overseas planes! It's sooo much fun! And I can play online with Sam from school and do missions together and race each other!!
      Mum: oh... That sounds fun.

        That's being a bit over dramatic thought isn't it? I mean first you're assuming that these people aren't also the types to flip out over a $100 purchase on what they consider a kids toy. If you think the XBOX is just a toy then you probably think the prices on the XBOX/PSN stores are way too high (hell, even if you don't think they're toys those prices are nuts).
        Then you're assuming the mother just outright doesn't pay attention to what the kid is doing. Most of the mothers with their noses bent out of shape here see the game being played and get angry that it was sold to them in the first place. If they didn't they wouldn't be aware enough of what's going on to be upset. Their kids would just be playing GTA and annoying me in FPS multiplayer and they'd be none the wiser.
        Lastly you're implying that a good parent considers everything their child says is a lie. As someone who has a mother with no sense of boundaries or privacy I can say that's just a terrible way to raise a kid. I think if you were to go through the people who signed the petition there would be a lot more of those sorts of parents than the lazy ones you describe. They may appear lazy in the store because they assume the place they buy their kids toys is a safe environment to buy their kids games but I've always found these groups to be made up of people who treat their kids like they're made of glass.

        The big difference with digital is that when they go back to the place that sold the game to their kid it's Microsoft. They yell at Microsoft who respond by telling them how to properly configure the parental controls and that usually resolves the situation.

          I think... you may have missed the point... Was intentionally over dramatic to highlight the point I was replying to. Bonus points if anyone smiled.

          Your price concerns also miss the point. Myself, and plenty of others, don't object to spending that money on our children if we have the disposable income to do it. $100 isn't a huge amount of money these days, particularly if a household is brining in $200k p.a. (Underlying assumption here is that parents are well informed and understand that PS4/XB1 are not traditional toys in the same way a Barbie or a plush animal might be considered).

          Also, please don't twist my entirely hypothetical example into an implication that 'good parents consider everything their childs says is a lie'. That's a rather large, inaccurate, leap to make.

            But your example paints the parent as the bad guy because they don't pay enough attention to see their child is lying. It may be a large leap but your joke baits that leap. It almost relies on that leap being made to be funny.
            I do get that you're joking but I don't think it's a very helpful joke. It's the sort of joke that makes one group feel really justified for completely dismissing the views and concerns of a group they're conflicted with. Imagine if I were to make a joke about 18+ gamers being upset over this because now they have to go out and get a life. This comment section would go berserk about how unfair and unrealistic that stereotype is, yet you get a fist full of upvotes for a joke that implies parents are just lazy, easily manipulated idiots.

            As for the cost it's not that $100 is a lot of money it's that it's an abnormal amount for a kids toy. Not an unheard of one obviously but I think it's noteworthy regardless of how much you make.

          A good chunk of people that signed the petition would never have seen the game or know of anyone that plays it. They've seen it on fb or the news and signed on up to protect the children.

      It’s worth noting that both Kmart and Target are owned by the same retail group, Wesfarmers. It could be that the group itself is simply covering all possible bases after the petition.
      Soon as I saw this article I thought "Well, Kmart and Target are owned by the same company, why wouldn't Kmart follow rank?".

      Unless a business outside Wesfarmers pulls the game, there is nothing to worry about.

        I actually didn't know that til reading this article. Makes sense, though. The petition was only to Target, but they're protecting themselves from being accused of only responding for appearance's sake, as opposed to being guided by principles.
        (No matter how completely ignorant and ill-informed those principles may be.)

          But they ARE only responding for appearance's sake. So transparent! This game has been on sale on PS360 for a year or so and OH NOES! Suddenly we have realised that it allows players to commit violence against women ... XD SMH... These guys have no principles but their pursuit of profit. If there hadn't been a petition (and unspoken threat of boycott) they would have continued on their merry way...

            Oh, you don't have to actually have the principles to want to avoid being accused of not having them. :)

      I bet you this weeks pay that all parents that are against this game have their credit card details saved into their childrens consoles with no hint of parental locking.

      To be fair my god damn Microsoft account sucked up every credit card I've ever looked at and put it on my XBOX One 'for my convenience' without telling me. I went to buy something off the XBOX Store a while back and noticed that somehow my Amex was linked to my account. My card without a limit is just sitting there as a payment option on my console with no 'forget you ever saw this or American Express will send goons to break your legs' button.
      I eventually traced it back to a work purchase I made on the Microsoft Store that didn't stop to mention anything about saving my details and linking them to an account that historically you've been able to just ring support and bluff your way through gaining full access to. Sure you can say I should pay more attention and be more mindful, but it's easy for this stuff to slip through the cracks even when you know what you're looking at.

        So uh, what's your first pets name?

        Just, making conversation...

          Pfft. Knowing that is overkill. Just say you're too outraged with how poorly you're being treated to remember the answers to their unreasonable questions like 'what is your name'. Look up when I unlocked my first XBOX One achievement and tell them you brought the console at that time last (my privacy is set to show nothing, but I think my achievements can't be made private). Love that social engineering...

      And here I was thinking you supported the radical feminist agenda, and were ignorant of possible consequences of supporting it... Silly Me!

    Won't sell an R18+ game, but will buy clothing from questionable sources... Sweatshops.

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      It's funny isn't it, the world goes crazy about some whores being smacked around which may or may not be linked to video games but no one bats an eye at about the human rights being violated in a poverty stricken third world sweatshop.

      Some days i don't think humanity is worth redeeming.

      And probably plenty of clothing designed to make teens look like prostitutes.

    So this does not include shipping this game after buying this game on their online stores right?

      i would assume they would fulfill any existing orders but stop stocking the game. but given how knee jerk retarded they are they will probably not ship it and "forget" to give your money back.

    Wonder what's going to happen to all those pulled copies of the game? Oh, to be working at KMart or Target today...

      Like any other recalled or discontinued product, it will go back to the distributor.

    So are they pulling the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions too or just the current gen ones?

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