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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Burned Over Hot Coffee? Game Developers Speak Out

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Burned Over Hot Coffee? Game Developers Speak Out

"Game developers speak out on Wednesday's decision to change GTA: San Andreas' rating from M to AO.

It's always been an issue that has been in the back of most game developers and publisher's minds but until today it has never happened in the history of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. That changed on Wednesday when the voluntary video game ratings system finished their investigation of Rockstar Games's hugely popular crime action game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The game, which had sold millions of copies for the PS2 since its launch last October and was just released for the PC and Xbox last month, had its rating changed by the ESRB from a "M" (Mature) rating to an "AO" (Adults Only) rating, thanks to the discovery of a mini-game with sexual content that was put there originally by the developers at Rockstar but could only be acceed via the "Hot Coffee" mod created by Patrick Wildenborg for the PC version and via cheat code hardware devices for the Xbox and PS2 versions. (When contacted for comment vie email by Gamecloud, Wildenborg stated to us, "I'm sorry, but I have no comments on the current situation." His website has also pulled the Hot Coffee mod)" [more]

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