Why would this be a "surprise"? It's in the game. Anyone who's played the original GTA doubtless has fond memories of GOURANGA!, which is to say, running over an entire line of schoolchildren out on a field trip. You get a hefty point bonus for it.
I think you'll find that the Gouranga bonus was for driving over a line of Hare Krishnas.. hence the word "Gouranga", which is a popular Hare Krishna chant
"The new console also takes measures to protect itself from overheating, so RRoDs shouldn't be a problem with this revision." Except it still has the same faulty X-clamps. Has even worse overheating issues than the original. And has already had green dots of death. (they removed the RRoD in favor of a green dot.)
Got any links to back that up?
It is masked but always present. I don't know who built to it. It came before the first kernel.