Monday, July 25, 2005

GTA - Waste of Time

NZ's classification board has decided to waste time and money reclassifying the video game - GTA San Andreas after Hillary Clinton other American politicians with nothing better to do kicked up a stink about 'hidden' sex scenes in the game which can only be unlocked by altering part of the game's code. It's a tad odd to base a rating of a game on something which is not viewable without "hacking" or altering part of the game code. Much like what happened to "Dead or Alive: Extreme Beach Volleyball" what would happen if someone made a 'mod' or alteration to the game "Rugby 2005" to remove the player's uniforms and have them play naked? Would that then require the game's rating of "G" to be changed?
Given the Censors gave the game "Playboy - the Mansion" a R16 rating and GTA San Andreas already has the rating of R18 there's little prospect of a rating change or a ban, which makes for a big waste of time for all concerned and good advertising and sales for the game itself.

6 comments:

Ivy said...

Hey, nice blog. I don't play video games at all, but hear a lot of controversy about it. I usually just stay out, cuz I dunno what to think about it. lol.
~Ivy

noizy said...

what would happen if someone made a 'mod' or alteration to the game "Rugby 2005" to remove the player's uniforms and have them play naked? Would that then require the game's rating of "G" to be changed?

No, as the game-makers aren't liable in that instance. In this case, the Hot Coffee mini-game was built into GTA in the same way many other 'easter egg' features are in modern games. All you need to do to unlock it is to jump through a few technical hoops.

Nick Eynon said...

The mini-game was part of the game but inaccessiable without hex-editing the game files - the act of doing so could arguably be a breach of the licence agreement under which the software is sold. The nude scenes is not in the original code without a edited models file, each of the "dates" in the mini-game are designed to have different outfits. (The nurse is the best.)
The portion of the game in question is not available in an off-the-shelf copy to end users without intentional external alteration of the game. It's not as if it's a "easter egg" in the traditional sense of having to push a combinations of buttons in a certain order.

noizy said...

still, my point is that the scenes were in the game to start with, and weren't the result of a 'nude' mod, as can be found for various other games kicking around the place. they were obviously put in there to be discovered, as, well, why else would you put them in there?

I also agree that reviewing the game again is a total waste of time.

Nick Eynon said...

What's even more ridiculous is the censors think the PC version of the game is the only version to contain the 'hidden' sex mini-game, when the code is present in all three versions, it's just a little more difficult to access it via external editing in the XBox and PS2 versions.

Uroskin said...

Having rugby players play naked would make rugby watching a worthwhile activity.