Judge Decides That Grand Theft Auto's Hot Coffee Mod Didn't Deceive Shareholders

from the easter-eggs-remain-legal dept

Hidden "easter eggs" are quite common. These are little things hidden within software, often for the amusement of the programmers. In video games, it's often fun to try to find these hidden parts. It's really kind of a tradition for some. However, folks who didn't quite understand this freaked out a few years back, when the "Hot Coffee" mod/hidden content was revealed within the game Grand Theft Auto. This was a special modification to the game that would unlock a hidden part of the game allowing players to (gasp!) participate in consensual intercourse. It was such a big deal that various Senators proposed laws to prevent such a thing from ever happening again. And, there was even a class action for all those people "damaged" by this mod. And, because no moral outrage directed at companies is complete without a shareholder class action lawsuit, there was one of those as well -- accusing the company of somehow "misleading shareholders" with Hot Coffee. Luckily a judge has realized how ridiculous this is and has dismissed that particular claim in the shareholder lawsuit. Phew. Now software developers will be able to keep adding easter eggs and hidden content without a special explanation for all shareholders.

Filed Under: grand theft auto, hot coffee, shareholders
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    Rick, 18 Apr 2008 @ 11:22am

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    I see your point on #1. You would have a right to be upset.
    But, with GTA, how could someone be so offended by Hot Coffee with everything else that goes on in game?

    I think those who complained the loudest probably never even owned the game, let alone went out of their way to mod it.

    It's silly really. The game was already rated mature. The ESRB rating has no legal standing. I feel Rockstar should have taken a stand with GTA IV by refusing to allow the game to be rated by the ESRB. Sell the game exclusively via their website if stores refused to carry it.

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