This falls under the, "Oh yeah, remember that ?!" category.
Grand Theft Auto is now one of the biggest franchises in video game history. And during its peak, after three consecutive critically acclaimed and ridiculously well-selling titles released, developer Rockstar Games came under fire.
And why? Because back in 2005, some savvy gamers found a sex mini-game in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas , which was to become known as the "Hot Coffee" scandal. And in a recent Guardian interview , Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser spoke about the profound effect that situation had on his company. He said it was "draining and upsetting" and that it was a "tough time." However, he also added that despite the outcry, "the massive social decay" the incident was supposed to have caused didn't actually happen. 'wink wink'.
Houser also said the game was unfairly attacked simply because it was a video game and not another form of entertainment:
"If all of this stuff had been put into a book or a movie, people wouldn't have blinked an eye. And there are far bigger issues to worry about in society than this."
You may forget just how big of a deal this was: The FTC got involved, Hilary Clinton addressed it and in the end, the whole fiasco probably cost publisher Take-Two Interactive in excess of $50 million. Bottom line? Don't let the uneducated alarmists get a hold of something with which they can make headlines. They want attention, nothing more.
Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas