Following the ridiculous reaction to the whole "Hot Coffee" mod in Grand Theft Auto (which allowed users to set up a consensual sex mini-game in the middle of a game that already supported carjacking, prostitution, murder and, well, general mayhem) some people joked that "The Sims" might now face trouble because some users had made add-ons that would make the Sims characters naked. It was a joke, right? Apparently it's not a joke to some. Jack Thompson, better known as the "blame the video game lawyer," is taking it very seriously. Thompson, you should recall, is the lawyer who seems to show up wherever there's youth violence and it turns out that the kid also played video games. He seems to believe that kids who are violent are never responsible for their own actions -- and all the blame must go to video games, despite plenty of evidence that youth violence continues to drop as video games get more popular. He has sued over Grand Theft Auto numerous times, and must be upset that he isn't getting any press coverage in this latest situation. So, he's written Electronic Arts and a bunch of politicians a letter demanding that "The Sims 2" be re-rated as an "Adults Only" game as well because some users, completely separate from the game itself, have created add-ons that could show naked people. You can pretty much see the steam rising from the spokesperson who responded from EA: "This is nonsense. Reasonable people understand there is nothing improper in the game. Reasonable people recognize what mods are... Reasonable people understand the San Jose Mercury News is not responsible for vulgar things that people doodle into the margins of the paper." Indeed. But, it often seems like we're seeing fewer and fewer reasonable people around these days. Update: And now someone is suing Rockstar because they bought the game for their 14-year-old grandson. The complaint says that the woman never would have bought the game for her grandson if she had known it had that sexual content in it. Hmm. First of all, the game was rated "M" -- which means only for those over 17 years old. Second, the game warning clearly states that it has sexual content. Third, the rest of the game is all about breaking laws, killing people, stealing cars and finding prostitutes. And, now she's suddenly worried that it had hidden consensual sex that her grandson probably never would have seen anyway?
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