ESRB pulls over Grand Theft Auto for soliciting sex
Published: July 10, 2005 1:20 PM PDT
Carl Johnson may have to serve time for sexual misconduct. The lead character in Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas can reportedly participate in sexual mini-games with an added modification called, "Hot Coffee". The ESRB, a ratings board that determines age appropriate content in video games, has opened an investigation into the unlockable content.
The distributor of the modification said that the download unlocks code already programmed into San Andreas, and does not create the addition of the mini-games.
The ESRB's investigation will determine whether distributor Take-Two Interactive violated the board's requirement to fully disclose pertinent content.
The mini-games allow the main character to participate in sexual acts through the use of the controller.
The Grand Theft Auto franchise has been under fire from media groups prior to the recent sex scandal. The game lets users interact in a virtual crime-spree in cities based on real locations. The open-ended gameplay made it an instant hit with video game fans.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the sequel the the multi-million selling franchise. San Andreas has sold over 12 million copies at retail on Sony's Playstation 2 and recently shipped for Microsoft's Xbox.