Who cares what it’s rated?

GTA: San AndreasFor those that haven’t heard the news, Rockstar has received a lot of heat for their new Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas game because a couple hackers developed the "Hot Coffee" patch which unlocks some adult (sex) scenes. This has now caused the ESRB to change the rating from Mature (M) to Adults Only (AO).

First, let me say that I wasn’t going to post anything about the GTA: San Andreas fiasco – it wasn’t that big a deal to me. But, when I read Maddox’s comments, I had to share them because he has such a way with words: "I want to shoot people in the face, bang prostitutes, traffic drugs, steal cars, and terrorize police officers without this filthy smut in my game."

The game is obviously not for children. I makes little difference if it is rated Mature for 17 years and older or Adults Only for 18 and older – one year! I also think it is asinine and unfair for the ESRB to change the rating. For whatever reason, Rockstar locked the content out of their game…. limiting it to a Mature rating. This is not the first time a game has had a 3rd party, unauthorized, unsupported patch modify the game-play (Duke Nukem Penthouse patch, Tombraider Nuderaider patch, The Sims Nude Patch, etc.). None of the other companies were held responsible for how people hacked their software – why should Rockstar?

Feel free to read Rockstar’s comments.

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4 Responses to “Who cares what it’s rated?”

  1. Tom says:

    You can get the Hot Coffee mod here.

    You can see a clip of one of the scenes here.

  2. poppycock says:

    Gamespot has an article arguing that the Sims 2 content is much worse than the Hot Coffee content – and this on a Teen (T) rated game!

  3. holymist says:

    All I got to say is that Maddox rocks.

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