Saturday, July 16, 2005

Some Bitter "Hot Coffee"...

As someone who at least tries to keep tabs on the Religious Right[being a fan of wrestling and video games will do that], I've been following the whole 'Grand Theft Auto' sex game story.

The basic story is this: Someone [or a group of someones] released a mod called Hot Coffee for the PC version of GTA: San Andreas. The mod, or modification allowed the player to engage in a button-pressing game to satisfy his girlfriend.

Rockstar Games, the creators of the GTA franchise replied that the modification was created...
"In violation of the software user agreement, hackers created the 'Hot
Coffee' modification by disassembling and then combining, recompiling and
altering the game's source code."
This made some sense, since many PC games come with tools so users can create new scenarios, missions and in some cases entirely new games.

But Rockstar's claims seem to fly in the face of recent news. Gamespot and others have discovers that with a few minor tweaks, the PS2 version of San Andreas contains the same scenes. You can find how they did it here.

While the game is nowhere near as explicit as the video-game crusaders claim, it's cold comfort as it looks like Rockstar deliberately lied.

If you don't like others telling you what you can and can't buy, it would serve you well to watch where this story goes. I'll make sure to update when events warrant.

Mike G.

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