If you haven’t lived under a rock for the last few weeks, you will be very aware of the whole debacle which is the “Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas” Hot Coffee mod outrage.
In short, for you people who dwell in caverns in Siberia, the extremely popular game Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas has a hidden feature, a little mini-game (or rather an animated sequence) where you as the main character can have “sex” with a girlfriend. The quality of the graphics is pretty bad and it is generally very very harmless, in my opinion – at least in comparison to the various other violent acts you can choose to take part in while playing this game.
The hidden feature was not meant to be seen by the general public (there still has been no official statement on why it was put there or who did it) but it was unlocked by some Dutch guy a few months ago. By applying a downloadable patch to the game, you could watch the simulated (poor) sex graphics.
I hardly raised an eyebrow when I first heard about it, because I saw some screenshots of the mod in question and it didn’t appeal to me (too crude, bad graphics etc.) plus I read in the comments about the mod that it modified some of the game-settings so your game-progress in the game would become harmed.
I then read a comment on the Swedish blog Kommenterat.net about Hilary Clinton going all apeshit because of this mod and how it was morally disgusting and whatnot. I laughed about how Americans are still the most stupid people on this earth and continued to drink my hot coffee.
Then the shit hit the fan on July 20, as I read on Kotaku that Mrs.Clinton actually got her wish granted, and the ESRB (Entertainment Software Ratings Board) recalls the earlier rating of M (Mature, not for children under 17 years old) and instead gives GTA:SA the rating AO (Adults Only).
Incredible! Here is a game which is sold under an M rating, meaning that no kids under the age of 17 in theory should have access to it, causing an uproar in the States because of hidden, locked content which had been hacked open by some guy in Holland. (Apparently, the hidden features were available in the PS2 version as well, unlockable by entering a few codes with your Action Replay) And this is the same game that features:
* A main story which involves playing a gang-member
* Several missions which involve shooting other people
* The possibility to murder innocent people (including cops) with the weapon of your choice
Yeah…. I can see why the depiction of sex is the big problem here…..NOT! Damn puritan Americans, you make me sick. I know not all Americans are conservative and puritan, but when you vote for politicial leaders that do these things and voice these opinions, what are you thinking?
Isn’t it the parents’ responsibility to not buy a game for their 11-year-olds that has an M rating? Sure, it features gang-violence, but that’s cool right? Oh, how cute, little Johnny just got $50 in the game buy beating that hooker to death!
America needs to get its priorities straight. And I know I’m not alone on thinking like this. The sad part is that there are lots of Americans who feel that this is stupid too, and for them I do have some sympathy!!!
Here are a few more links to comments about this joke of an “atrocity”