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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    ToySouljah, 19 Apr 2008 @ 2:27am

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    I really wish developers would sell directly to the public and not go through the ratings system either...or at least have like a "Director's Cut" or "Unrated"...this would have been awesome for Manhunt 2 as well since I was kind of disappointed with the blurred scenes...I'm 28 and I've seen much worse things on the news, movies, and real life situations than what they are willing to show in a video game. They card you (at least suppose to) for M rated games...BTW...what is the difference between being 17 and 18 that they need to make a whole new rating (AO) for? They should do away with the AO rating (since no one seems to want to touch it) and leave it at M. If they came out with 2 versions (as a test) of a game M and AO and see how they sell...I can almost guarantee the AO would sell more...I know I would have preferred to have spent my money on it rather than being treated like a child for my own protection..pffft. Or the developers need to grow a pair and just put out the games they want and say screw you if you don't want to sell it...we'll still make it available through other means. The ones that would lose out would be the retailers who don't want to carry it since the demand will still be there...or the retailers will be hassled by customers until they give in and decide to sell it.

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