First, Rockstar has released a comment stating they are fully cooperating with the ESRB investigation, and, when asked by Gamespot if the code was on the manufactured disc that was distributed, Rockstar's spokesperson said, "It was not".
As for the second update, ESRB president Patricia Vance ripped Leeland Yee a new one after he accused the nonprofit ESRB of having a "conflict of interest in rating games". Vance stated, "Assemblyman Yee has been on a crusade for years to undermine the integrity of the ESRB, and in so doing, generate support for his legislative agenda. His latest attempt to win political points is to claim, without any legitimate basis, that a game rated for ages 17 and older, with explicit content descriptors prominently displayed on every box, has been inappropriately rated".
On a personal note, I find it interesting that Yee attacked the ESRB for the actions of Rockstar (if Rockstar even played a role in the mod, which they deny). The one way to ensure mature video games will get into the hands of kids is to undermine the ESRB, but, for sleezy politicians who always want an easy platform to run on, then making sure violent video games continue to get into the hands of kids is a good thing, isn't it?
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