Even with the classification board giving it a hard R18+, Target Australia have stopped selling Grand Theft Auto 5 on all platforms following feedback from customers about the game’s depictions of violence against women.

Target General Manager Corporate Affairs Jim Cooper said the decision was made following extensive community and customer concern about the game.

“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. We’ve also had customer feedback in support of us selling the game, and we respect their perspective on the issue. However, we feel the decision to stop selling GTA V is in line with the majority view of our customers. Target would continue to sell other R-rated DVDs and games. While these products often contain imagery that some customers find offensive, in the vast majority of cases, we believe they are appropriate products for us to sell to adult customers. However, in the case of GTA V, we have listened to the strong feedback from customers that this is not a product they want us to sell.”

Hours later  Kmart has also pulled the game from there shelves. An official from Kmart Australia confirmed the news to our mates at 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.”

While the game will still be available at other retail stores and online this has angered the hearts of many gamers on the interwebs like myself. It seems that once again video games are taking the blame for other people’s actions. While no one I’d like to be friends with condones violence against women, GTA V is violence against the whole world. The players chooses their actions, the game itself doesn’t reward such actions either in fact like the real world GTA V will set the cops on your tail till you are either shot or taken to prison.

If you don’t want your children playing games like this, don’t buy them, simple.