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Rockstar Caught With Pants Down

Filed under: PC | PS2 | Video Game Politics | Xbox
Posted by Allison on July 18, 2005 10:37 AM
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Last week, when Rockstar was directly asked by Gamespot as to whether the code for the now infamous "Hot Coffee" mod was on the manufactured GTA: San Andreas disc that was distributed, Rockstar's spokesperson said, "It was not". This came after, of course, the ESRB launched an investigation into the mod which unlocked (or wrote) a "pornographic" scene to PC versions of the game. Today Gamespot is reporting that the same mod (or one that's strikingly similar) has been found on the PS2 version of the game. Since the PS2 version comes on an unmoddable DVD, it cannot have any content added to it, which means the code to the sexually explicit scene was, indeed, on the manufactured discs. Yes, it requires a lengthy cheat to unlock (or a mod to download), but it does seem as though Rockstar lied to Gamespot (or was very slick with its wording), and misled the ESRB. What the ESRB will do about it is another question. Gamespot is saying the PS2 scene is raunchy and tacky, but question whether it's actually pornographic.
Personally, I'm annoyed with Rockstar for feeling the need to add this code. They may get a kick out of the negative publicity the game is getting for it, but they're hurting the video game industry by acting as though they're above it.

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