Take Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, who publish Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, part of the GTA video game series whose claim to fame is armed robbery, car-jacking, general auto theft, murder, and other assorted mayhem, has agreed to pay $20 million to investors who sued the company for including questionable moral content in the San Andreas edition.
What was that questional content, you ask? Perhaps one of the many car-jackings, robberies, or murders?
Nope. It was an "optional" sex scene.
A programmer on the game included a hidden scene, in which the star of the game can accept an invitation for "hot coffee" from a woman. Hot coffee apparently means sex.
When a computer hacker released a key of sorts that unlocked the hidden scene, parents found out and got angry. The company's stock suffered. And then investors grew angry.
So let me get this straight: Parents, who for years have been OK with their kids playing this game series that sometimes features extreme, cold-hearted violent crime, were appalled that the San Andreas version included something so immoral as two animated characters gettin' it on?
And investors, who for years were happy to pour their money into a video game series that sometimes features extreme, cold-hearted violent crime, were upset not over the morality of the sex scene but over the fact that the scene's discovery caused them to lose money.
Hypocrites annoy me.
BTW, in the interest of full disclosure, I've played Grand Theft Auto, and I enjoyed it.
What? I never pretended the game had high moral character!
Coffee's good too.
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