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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    Rekrul, 18 Apr 2008 @ 12:26pm

    The content was not accessable from within the game. There is no way that the content could be accessed "accidentally". Users had to intentionally run third-party tools to access it.

    While it might have been smarter for the company to completely remove the content, the fact that there was no way to access it with intentionally using tools made for the purpose of unlocking it should absolve them of any wrong-doing in this case.

    Is Eidos resposible for selling an adult game just because some user figured out how to replace Lara Croft's normal "skin" with one showing her nude?

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