Biblical Nasty

From THE REGISTER:

Angry Aussie gamers were up in arms this week after Target and Kmart pulled Grand Theft Auto V from sale in the country. The shops dumped the game after a petition on Change.org claimed that GTA5 “encourages players to murder women for entertainment”:

The incentive is to commit sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get 'health' points – and now Target are stocking it and promoting it for your Xmas stocking. This is Grand Theft Auto 5. This game means that after various sex acts, players are given options to kill women by punching her unconscious, killing with a machete, bat or guns to get their money returned.

Target’s GM of corporate affairs Jim Cooper didn’t quite agree with the premise of the argument, but he was swayed by the amount of feedback from customers:

But gamers have started a Change.org petition of their own that’s trying to get another bastion of sex, violence and misogyny banned – the Holy Bible:

The incentive is to commit sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get 'god' points – and now Target are stocking it and promoting it for your Xmas stocking. This is The Holy Bible. This book means that after various sex acts, readers are given options to kill women by stoning her unconscious, Setting them on fire, cutting off their hands, and killing their children!

So far, the gamers' petition has racked up nearly 60,000 signatures.

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