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GTA Sex Game Leads to ESRB Fracas 732

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At first, it was nothing more than a rumour. A "sex mini-game" in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, left in the code for the PC version and unlocked by inquisitive players. Then, as more and more information became available it seemed as though the sex game might be real. This revelation has lead to California Speaker pro-tem Yee blasting the ESRB for their apparent slip-up in examining all the content in the game. The ESRB has responded by pledging a "thorough and objective investigation" of the claims to get to the bottom of the situation. Commentary is available from Joystiq, GamesAreFun, and Buttonmashing.
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GTA Sex Game Leads to ESRB Fracas

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  • oh man (Score:3, Funny)

    by BilldaCat (19181) on Friday July 08, 2005 @04:23PM (#13016340) Homepage
    think of the children!
  • Larry (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 08, 2005 @04:24PM (#13016349)
    I hear that there's also a code you can enter into Leisure Suit Larry that unlocks a secret driving game.
  • Re:oh man (Score:5, Funny)

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) on Friday July 08, 2005 @04:24PM (#13016359)
    Are you asking for a pedophile minigame in GTA:SA as well?
  • Ridiculous! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Quick Sick Nick (822060) on Friday July 08, 2005 @04:31PM (#13016419)
    As a parent, this concerns me.

    I don't care if my child carjacks a senior.

    I don't care if he runs over innocent bystanders.

    I don't care if he joins the mafia.

    I don't care if he kills police oficers.

    I don't care if he picks up prostitutes then kills them to get their money.

    I don't care if he takes a golf club and starts clubbing to death pedestrians.

    But he may never, over my dead body, have adult on adult, consensual sex!
  • by jamsessionjay (802511) on Friday July 08, 2005 @04:32PM (#13016426)
    unless I live in some Bizzaro World im pretty sure just about every 17 year old has either had sex
    You must be new here, may I greet you to slashdot; advertisements for nerds, stuff that won't get you laid.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 08, 2005 @04:37PM (#13016473)
    >>>>unless I live in some Bizzaro World im pretty sure just about every 17 year old has either had sex

    >>You must be new here, may I greet you to slashdot; advertisements for nerds, stuff that won't get you laid.

    You must be retarded, may I greet you to an english language primer so to much help read all of sentence..."OR SEEN PORN"

    Dammit man, if you're going to rehash a stale joke for the umpteenth time your Asperger bin baby, at least freaking do it when it *applies*!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 08, 2005 @04:40PM (#13016499)
    I used MSPaint to draw some boobs, why doesn't somebody do something about this indecency!
  • Re:oh man (Score:3, Funny)

    by Hogwash McFly (678207) on Friday July 08, 2005 @04:42PM (#13016524)
    ...while running them over in a stolen ambulance?
  • Re:Stupid (Score:3, Funny)

    by Zangief (461457) on Friday July 08, 2005 @04:44PM (#13016543) Homepage Journal
    <irony>

    What do you propose, to ban parents?!

    </irony>
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 08, 2005 @04:47PM (#13016570)
    If you play the game backwards, satan is telling you to be nice to old ladies ...
  • by $RANDOMLUSER (804576) on Friday July 08, 2005 @04:51PM (#13016602)
    > Because sex is, obviously, so much more damaging to the mind of a 17 year old than killing people.

    And here I thought that Columbine happened 'cause those two weren't getting any sex.
    My bad.

  • by multiplexo (27356) on Friday July 08, 2005 @04:53PM (#13016624) Journal
    politicians such as LeLand Yee (Dickhead, San Francisco) can find the time to bloviate about non-issues such as this while everything else goes to Hell around them. California has huge problems, the educational system is shot, high-tech companies are moving jobs out of the state as fast as they can, it's difficult to start a business there due to the regulatory environment, the infrastructure is decaying and this useless fucktard is whining about a hack to GTA III, a game which isn't exactly kid-friendly to begin with, that allows you to see some pixellated titties.

    Now, perhaps if this was the My Little Pony game and there was an easy hack to allow my little pony to join a donkey show in Tijuana and violate the PowerPuff girls in graphic detail with animations of horse-jism and blood squirting out of Buttercup as she's bent over the back of a chair and held down by the Mario Brothers and introduced to the animal kingdom then I could see some cause for concern. But for fuck's sake, it's GTA III. Leland Yee is a worthless, grandstanding sack of shit and what's amazing is that with this tantrum of his he manages to stand out from the other worthless, grandstanding sacks of shit that comprise the state government of California.

  • by JohnPerkins (243021) on Friday July 08, 2005 @05:05PM (#13016709) Homepage
    There was a one-page scene in Mad Magazine, I think in the 90s.

    Movie production studio. Guy rushes into the boss's office: "Hey, RJ, I got the ratings people to give (movie) an R instead of an x!"

    RJ: "Great! How'd you do it?"

    Guy: "Remember that scene where Brad takes Michelle home and makes wild, passionate love to her?"

    RJ (looking excitied): "Boy, do I!"

    Guy: "I changed the script. Now he kills her!"
  • by mbourgon (186257) on Friday July 08, 2005 @05:10PM (#13016743) Homepage
    How's the gameplay?
  • by PCM2 (4486) on Friday July 08, 2005 @05:15PM (#13016785) Homepage
    OK, forgive me if I've missed the whole point, but i actually played GTA for about 15 minutes last night, and though I couldn't figure out what the actual object of the game was, this was a typical sequence:
    1. Walk up to a random character. For the sake of illustration, let's say it's a female.
    2. Start mashing buttons. Your character begins punching the female in the face, interjecting with expressions like, "You're just a bitch!"
    3. Chase the character around while still mashing buttons. You will win the "fight." She will then fall over backwards, exposing her panties.
    4. Keep mashing buttons. Your character will then begin violently stomping the disabled and compromisingly-positioned female in the crotch, while yelling more epithets.
    5. At some point, the female character will die (become immobile and cease making noise). If you then step back, you will see a pool of blood emanating from the character's crotch area, where you were stomping on it.
    Wait, so where was I going with this? Oh, right -- depicting sex in a video game is bad.
  • by The Lynxpro (657990) <`lynxpro' `at' `gmail.com'> on Friday July 08, 2005 @05:18PM (#13016801)
    "Maybe he should come down with an STD if he fucks every skank in the neighborhood. Or maybe he can be have his cash taken away to support the kid he fathered."

    I can already see the sequel:

    GTA: Baby Momma Drama

    Hey, can you have more than one woman at a time in the game? I don't have the PC version... :0

  • by idonthack (883680) on Friday July 08, 2005 @05:21PM (#13016816)
    You forgot the
    or seen porn.
    part. I hear that kind of thing is popular around here.
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  • OK, forgive me if I've missed the whole point, but i actually played Pac Man for about 15 minutes last night, and though I couldn't figure out what the actual object of the game was, this was a typical sequence:

    1. Walk up to a random character. For the sake of illustration, let's say it's the pink one.
    2. Start wiggling the joystick around. Your character begins running in circles while you shout out "no, run away, you stupid biatch!"
    3. Keep wiggling the joystick. Your character will eventually be eaten, while you yell more epithets.
    4. At some point, some music will play. Then you get to do it all over again.

      Wait, so where was I going with this? Oh, right -- judging a game based on 15 minutes of play time without reading the manual, trying any of the objectives, or even having the slightest idea that there could be a concept for the game is a stupid idea.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 08, 2005 @05:32PM (#13016913)

    Well, it has prolonged scenes of intense violence...

    I hate being a grammar nazi, but you should have said:

    ... it is a prolonged scene of intense violence...

  • by hixie (116369) <ian@hixie.ch> on Friday July 08, 2005 @05:39PM (#13016976) Homepage
    Not at all! The violence is occasionally interrupted by non-violent sex.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 08, 2005 @05:57PM (#13017122)
    the smart ones have already left :)
  • by d34thm0nk3y (653414) on Friday July 08, 2005 @06:08PM (#13017208)
    Despite all this I can't help but laugh.

    Like usual all of a sudden I want to get my hands on a copy of this game I have been putting off buying for months...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 08, 2005 @06:16PM (#13017280)
    pro wrestling is fake, so no one ever gets bashed by a chair. they pretend to get bashed by a chair.

    Besides, it's not a sin to beat the shit out of someone. Murder, yes. sex out of wedlock, yes. What's so difficult to understand?

  • by buckhead_buddy (186384) on Friday July 08, 2005 @06:32PM (#13017384)
    Let's hope that no GTA characters come near an orphanage or adoption program for abused children. We might see similar arguments. :-)
    I'm certainly not going to argue that violence is ok and [adoption] is not, however [adoption] does carry with it certain responsibilities. The fear in parents is that their children will be attracted to unsafe and irresponsible [adoption]. Also that [adoption] won't be associated with love but rather just used in a physical manner

    Unprotected [adoption] can lead to disease including [typhoid, rabies, hepatitis C, and mad cow disease] which will change your life forever and kill you. Unprotected [adoption] can also lead to [another mouth to feed] which in a lot of ways is worse than disease as it impacts an entirely new life. [Sex] has a dramatic physchological impact and can't be considered an "easy" solution to [adoption].

    Now I'm all for more [adoption] and less violence and I don't consider the [orphaned] human body something sinful. The fact is though, that depicting [adoption] should also educate about the possible dangers. Maybe virtual [adoption] needs virtual [adoption agencies]. After all your GTA character gets fat if he eats too much junk food and doesn't exercise. Maybe he should come down with a [child transmitted disease] if he [adopts] every [abused and neglected child] in the neighborhood. Or maybe he can be have his cash taken away to support the kid he [adopted].

  • by javaxman (705658) on Friday July 08, 2005 @06:34PM (#13017395) Journal
    I like to wait until a game drops below $35 or so before buying it.

    It looks like I won't be able to pick up GTA:SA for quite a while longer, now. This ought to send it flying off the shelves *again*...

  • by HTH NE1 (675604) on Friday July 08, 2005 @06:36PM (#13017409)
    Maybe he should come down with an STD if he fucks every skank in the neighborhood. Or maybe he can be have his cash taken away to support the kid he fathered.

    I haven't played San Andreas (been waiting for the PC version's price to drop), but with the population I've seen in GTA3 and Vice City, the whole population must be sterile. (Or at least half of it.) Everyone apparently reproduces by full body mitosis whenever you turn your back on them. Even their clothes get in on the cloning action.

    As to STDs, I don't know what ones you think you can catch from the sex depicted in those two games. You're just sitting motionless in the front seats of a car while its shocks bounce it around. The characters don't even touch each other. As far as I can tell, it's the car that's getting off!
  • Re:MIRROR (Score:1, Funny)

    by bhtooefr (649901) <bhtooefr@b[ ]oefr.org ['hto' in gap]> on Friday July 08, 2005 @06:42PM (#13017452) Homepage Journal
    Ehm... you are either:

    A. A repost troll
    B. Posting in the wrong story. Try the ESRB and GTA story next time, m'kay?
  • by atomm1024 (570507) on Friday July 08, 2005 @06:44PM (#13017462)
    Heheh, vulgar variable names. That brings back memories. I was 7 years old, programming in BASIC on my Apple IIGS, writing a very long, silly, useless program. And I used vulgar variable names wherever possible... at least whatever vulgar words I knew at that point. Years later, I learned that Apple BASIC only took the first two letters of a variable name into consideration. :'(

    In retrospect, this explains why I was having that bug involving the BOOBIE$ and BONER$ variables.
  • by Basehart (633304) on Friday July 08, 2005 @06:46PM (#13017474)
    There's also a pretty realistic living hell in Windows ME
  • by The Big Ugly (738455) on Friday July 08, 2005 @06:54PM (#13017522) Homepage
    live in some Bizzaro World im pretty sure just about every 17 year old has either had sex or seen porn...

    this is slashdot. most of us have seen, hosted, and archived porn. Sex, that's something most of us can only dream and read about....
  • by dancingmad (128588) on Friday July 08, 2005 @08:01PM (#13017931)
    I for one have dated a couple virgin nerds and subsequently deflowered them. I found that once they got over their issues, they were quite spectacular in bed. Non-nerds can't compete in that arena, IMHO.

    Obligatory Futurama quote:

    Bender: "C'mon, it's just like making love! Y'know...Left, down...Rotate 62 degrees...Engage rotor..."
  • by danila (69889) on Friday July 08, 2005 @08:19PM (#13018032) Homepage
    Sure, there are times when players just "go nuts", start messing around and go on random killing sprees, seeing how much carnage they can commit before being caught or killed - but if you persist, the consequences will always, always catch up with you.

    Unless you have a tank.

    Which, once again, conclusively proves - the one with the bigger stick makes the rules.
  • You mention that you can find sexual material on the internet.. Care to list some examples?
  • by master_meio (834537) on Friday July 08, 2005 @08:38PM (#13018116)
    When was the last time you felt a woman's breasts? It doesn't count if your girlfriend is overweight.
  • by TrappedByMyself (861094) on Friday July 08, 2005 @09:22PM (#13018284)
    Because sex is, obviously, so much more damaging to the mind of a 17 year old than killing people.

    Nah, it helps keep the country strong. We want the stupid kids to kill each other off. And dear god no, we don't want them to reproduce.

    The smart kids will figure it all out.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 08, 2005 @09:22PM (#13018289)
    wait until you get a virgin in his mid 40's!
  • by anagama (611277) <obamaisaneocon@nothingchanged.org> on Friday July 08, 2005 @09:46PM (#13018401) Homepage

    No doubt -- this will send sales through the roof. Why doesn't someone break down and just make a great porn game? I mean, anyone remember Passionate Patty? If Larry got some in the early 90s, why isn't any one doing something similar anymore? Even with EGA graphics, helping Larry get laid was a blast. Nowadays, all we get is FPS after FPS? Damnit ... I'd really like an FPF instead!!

  • by maxpublic (450413) on Friday July 08, 2005 @11:13PM (#13018705) Homepage
    Lessee...some amoral politician looking to secure reelection latches onto a non-issue like a very badly made sex scene in a video game - cut out and only accessible through an externally produced mod. A few anal-retentive assholes who see this as another good way to tell the rest of us how to live our lives, or raise our children, jump on the bandwagon.

    How exactly is this news? Happens just about every goddamned day in the former land of the free, so far as I can see.

    Fuck it. I'm going to load up Carmageddon and run over a few hundred screaming pedestrians, pretending all the while they're either extremist righties or extremist lefties. No sex in that game, so the politicians and their whacked out fascist-jackboot-wannabes shouldn't even life an eyebrow at the carnage....

    Max
  • 1. How many times have you watched graphic sexual content (pornagraphy, whatever) and wanted to have sex yourself during or after viewing it?

    Remember, folks, if you never watch porn you'll never want to have sex.

    And remember that wanting to have sex is Wrong(TM).

  • by KDR_11k (778916) on Saturday July 09, 2005 @05:55AM (#13019764)
    He said "great" not "so bad it hurts AND involving elementary school children".

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