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.

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    TheTraveler, 18 Apr 2008 @ 12:00pm

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    The fact that anyone bitches about the game is beyond me… you know the rating if it says “M” then damn it if you don’t think your 14 year old should have it, then don’t buy it for him/her. The whole thing comes down to parents not wanting to parent there child and when shit hits the fan they want to blame someone! The blame should be on the parents not the company. Now the company does have a certain responsibilities but only on the initial programming and rating. Those who are “Damaged” by something like this are stupider then a drunken camel with walking through the forest!

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