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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas getting pulled from stores

The Man (aka the ESRB) has taken back the rating they gave Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and have advised retailers to stop selling the game period. That means, drop whatever insignificant thing you're doing now and go pick that game up before the word is loosed upon the world. From the god of gamer sites Kotaku, ESRB head Patricia Vance has stated:
After a thorough investigation, we have concluded that sexually explicit material exists in a fully rendered, unmodified form on the final discs of all three platform versions of the game (i.e., PC CD-ROM, Xbox and PS2).

However, the material was programmed by Rockstar to be inaccessible to the player and they have stated that it was never intended to be made accessible.

The material can only be accessed by downloading a software patch, created by an independent third party without Rockstar’s permission, which is now freely available on the internet and through console accessories.

Considering the existence of the undisclosed and highly pertinent content on the final discs, compounded by the broad distribution of the third party modification, the credibility and utility of the initial ESRB rating has been seriously undermined.
This bascially means that the ESRB is now forced to check all aspects of a game, including the eater eggs and other hidden content and maybe even how a game could be modded. Should Blizzard be worried about World of Warcraft?



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