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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  1. identicon
    Jaqenn, 18 Apr 2008 @ 11:29am

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    I agree that parents letting their children play GTA are stupid. But we legally respect their right to make those decisions, so we're stuck with the problem of helping them make informed decisions.

    The ESRB free approach would work on the PC, but I believe that console developers are (usually) contractually obligated when they buy a console development kit to have their games rated by the ESRB and keep the rating at M or below. Which is why an AO rating was such a big deal for Manhunt 2...not only would Walmart not carry it, but they were legally bound not to sell it themselves either.

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