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Grand Theft Auto V has been with­drawn from sale at dis­count re­tail gi­ants Tar­get and Kmart amid con­tro­versy re­gard­ing the game’s de­pic­tion of vi­o­lence against women. The decision to pull the game from shelves seemed to be in di­rect re­sponse to a pe­ti­tion hosted on change.org which gar­nered almost 50,000 sup­port­ers. “It’s a game that en­cour­ages play­ers to mur­der women for en­ter­tain­ment,” said the pe­ti­tion, launched by three sur­vivors of sex­ual vi­o­lence. “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.” ... It only took an en­tire year and a re-re­lease on the new 8th gen con­soles (with a forth­com­ing re­lease on the PC) but Grand Theft Auto V has fi­nally, as ex­pected, pro­voked moral panic and out­rage amongst peo­ple who we’re as­sum­ing have never played the game first-hand. Granted, GTAV is an ex­cep­tion­ally vi­o­lent game de­serv­ing of its R18+ rat­ing, but the de­prav­ity is for the most part in­dis­crim­i­nate. But there is one thing we agree with in the pe­ti­tion – Tar­get, who ad­ver­tised the game in the toys se­lec­tion of their cat­a­logue along­side Peppa Pig stuffed toys, Bar­bie Dolls, and Spi­derman ac­tion fig­ures, should not have pro­moted it as a Christ­mas stock­ing stuffer. >> The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been once-again de­layed un­til May 19, 2015. Fol­low­ing their pre­vi­ous decision to push back the re­lease from Spring 2014 to Fe­bru­ary 2015 to al­low more time to ‘fine-tune’ de­tails, de­vel­op­ers CD Pro­jekt Red have post­poned the re­lease by a fur­ther three months in or­der to make sure the game is as pol­ished as pos­si­ble on re­lease, cit­ing the “sheer size and com­plex­ity” of the ti­tle as the rea­son for fur­ther de­lay. “When we re­lease the most im­por­tant game in our stu­dio’s his­tory we must be ab­so­lutely sure that we did ev­ery­thing we could to limit any bugs to a level that will al­low you to en­joy the game thor­oughly,” the company said in an of­fi­cial blog post. “We set the re­lease date too hastily. It’s a hard les­son, one to take to heart for the fu­ture. We know what we want to do to make Wild Hunt one of the best RPGs you will ever play. And we con­tinue to work hard to achieve just that. So, we apol­o­gize and ask for your trust. >> … We’re go­ing to do our best to leave aside our char­ac­ter­is­tic cyn­i­cism on this one, sup­press our mount­ing fear that the con­tin­ual de­lays are in­dica­tive of fun­da­men­tal prob­lems with the game, and call on an oft men­tioned quote from old mate Shiggy for re­as­sur­ance: “a de­layed game is even­tu­ally good, but a rushed game is for­ever bad.” >> Fi­nal Fan­tasy VII will be com­ing to the PlaySta­tion 4 next Au­tumn, but it won’t be re­ceiv­ing the full-blown HD re­make treat­ment fans have been de­mand­ing for over a decade. In­stead, the re­lease on the PS4 will be a straight port of the PC ver­sion cur­rently avail­able on Steam. >> … Con­grat­u­la­tions, Square Enix – our col­lec­tive dis­ap­point­ment (which was al­ready so high fol­low­ing the grad­ual trans­for­ma­tion of your once fan­tas­tic se­ries into a 60+ hour se­quence of cut-scenes) now ri­vals your af­fec­tion for gen­der am­bigu­ous he­roes and de­riv­a­tive plot­lines!

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