Grand Theft Auto under fire The revelation of the mini-game sparked a fair amount of controversy around Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, with some politicians firing harsh words at both the game's developer and the Entertainment Software Rating Board ESRB , the organization which establishes content ratings for video games in North America.
It also rekindled the debate over the influence of video games in general with new protests against several other games such as Killer7 , The Sims 2 , and Bully. Jack Thompson was one of the first to criticize the game for its hidden content, believing violent media is one of the main causes of violent crime in America.
Thompson lashed out against Rockstar Games on several occasions for previous games they have developed. Senator Hillary Clinton suggested that new regulations be put on video games sales. Cohen's lawsuit claimed that Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive , the publisher of the game, are guilty of deception , false advertising , fraud and abuse.
The accusation of deception is based on the change from M-rated to AO, meaning according to the lawsuit that the original rating was a deceptive practice. The group demonstrated against San Andreas as well as the game Bully , the latter due to fears that the content could inspire children to become bullies themselves.
In the fourth quarter of , Rockstar released this "clean" version with the "Hot Coffee" scenes removed Grand Theft Auto: However, the patch also disabled the controversial "Hot Coffee" scenes, even if the "Hot Coffee" mod was re-installed.
There was little reaction in Europe. Product withdrawal and recall[ edit ] Wikinews has related news: Stores drop game "Grand Theft Auto: SA, should they decide to keep selling the original product. SA that had been reported by the eBay community. This section requires a credit card to validate the age of the eBay user. Given the higher value of the "uncensored" versions, it is doubtful that many gamers will return their copies voluntarily. However, those who were over 18 or 21 depending on region have grandfathered these copies of the game to their collection.
SA, which omitted the sexual mini-game content, was designed by Rockstar to crash if the game data files were modified. This made it necessary for players to use a previous version if they wished to install multiplayer game modifications such as San Andreas Multiplayer or Multi Theft Auto and other game modifications that include new scripts or vehicles.
Certain pirated or illegally distributed versions of the original game may also be made available on the Internet or from illegal retail outlets. Downgraders are also available to unpatch and revert the game version and support the Hot Coffee mini-game again. This limitation later was overcome  by two members of the unofficial Grand Theft Auto modding community, who discovered a method of creating modifications which would work with version 2.
Users of version 2. This is an allusion for her role in the controversy. They are required to "clearly and prominently disclose on product packaging and in any promotion or advertisement for electronic games, content relevant to the rating, unless that content had been disclosed sufficiently in prior submissions to the rating authority.
In December , a settlement of the litigation was reached. Frank previously told GamePolitics that the lawsuits were meritless and extortionate.