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Update 2: "GTA: San Andreas" Sex Scandal

Filed under: Video Game Politics
Posted by Jeremy on July 13, 2005 10:01 AM
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While the political world is currently embroiled in the Karl Rove/Valerie Plame leak scandal, the video game world is undergoing a similar groundbreaking news story, that of the ESRB investigation into the "Hott Coffee" mod in GTA: San Andreas, which unlocks a graphic sex scene. The developer of the mod has claimed that the code already existed and all his mod did was unlock it. Today, Rockstar has released a statement contradicting that claim, "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."

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From Rockstar, via, http://www.pro-g.co.uk/news/nid/88/1073/

"So far we have learned that the "hot coffee" modification is the work of a determined group of hackers who have gone to significant trouble to alter scenes in the official version of the game," reads the statement. "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. Since the 'hot coffee' scenes cannot be created without intentional and significant technical modifications and reverse engineering of the game's source code, we are currently investigating ways that we can increase the security protection of the source code and prevent the game from being altered by the 'hot coffee' modification."

The statement does still leave the door open as to whether or not the code was originally on the disc or not. It seems to say that the hackers significantly altered scenes which were already there. There's a lot of gray area for investigators. The investigation by the ESRB continues and we'll update you on any happenings.

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