Viewing news posted in July 2005

San Andreas banned in Australia

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By Adriaan | 29th Jul 2005 at 19:54 GMT in San Andreas | 21 Comments
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Yep mate, it's banned. As of today you won't find a single copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the PS2, Xbox and PC version in Australian shops. The Office of Film and Literature Classification said in a statement sales of the game are outlawed and they have stripped it of its official classification after learning of the explicit content.

Revocation of a classification means the computer game cannot be legally sold, hired, advertised or exhibited in Australia from the date the decision is made.[29 July 2005]


So if you happen to live in Aus and didn't buy the game yet, then your out of luck. Just remember that this doesn't mean that Liberty City Stories or any other new Grand Theft Auto will be banned in the country. San Andreas was only banned due to the fact it had sexual content on it.

*UPDATE*
Take 2 has just released a press release confirming the ban. They also mention that the European version's rating won't be affected in any way and will keep it's 18+ rating.

O.A.P Wants To Sue Rockstar!

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Jul
2005
By Chris | 28th Jul 2005 at 17:50 GMT in San Andreas | 12 Comments
Well if there was ever a time you had to laugh over the Hot Coffee fiasco this is it.

Florence Cohen, 85, of New York, said in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that the game's manufacturer, Rockstar Games, and its parent company, New York-based Take Two Interactive Software Inc., engaged in false, misleading and deceptive practices.

An 85 year old grandmother wants to sue Rockstar after she bought the game for her underage 14 year old grandson. Because she didn't know it contained sex and violence. Now it clearly says on the back of the box "strong sexual content". And her grandson is underage anyway even when it was rated M for mature - people over the age of 17, therefore she hasn't got a hope in hell of winning the case.
It's obvious from the words "grand", "theft" and "auto" that you can commit crimes in the game. So presumably this was all OK with her beforehand. It just doesn't make sense, some people really amaze me with their stupidity. Mrs. Cohen is one of them.

Source: CNN

Take Two Announce Federal Trade Comission Inquiry

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Jul
2005
By Chris | 26th Jul 2005 at 21:21 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
Take Two have just issued the following press release. I won't bother picking out the main quotes as it's easier if you read the entire thing.

New York, NY - July 26, 2005 - Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) announced today that it has been notified that the staff of the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Division of Advertising Practices is conducting an inquiry into advertising claims made for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The Company intends to fully cooperate with the FTC inquiry, and believes that it acted in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The Company cooperated with a recently concluded Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) investigation into this matter and has taken decisive and immediate corrective action.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, as originally marketed and sold, was intended for mature audiences - those 17 and older - and was labeled with five ESRB content descriptors: blood and gore, intense violence, strong language, strong sexual content and use of drugs. The title's M rating combined with the content descriptors reflected the game's mature themes. After it was widely reported that a third party modification could alter the retail version of the game on all platforms, the ESRB re-rated the title from "Mature 17+" (M) to "Adults Only 18+" (AO).

Rockstar Games and Take Two Interactive regret that consumers may have been exposed to content that was not intended to be accessible in the playable version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The Company has taken significant steps to remedy this situation, including halting production of the current version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and has begun working on a version of the game that will not contain the elements used to enable the "hot coffee" modification. Going forward, the Company will refine the process by which it edits games and will enhance the protection of its game code to prevent such future modifications.

Take-Two Interactive recognizes and takes seriously its responsibility to ensure that its games are rated and marketed appropriately. The Company will continue to support and promote the ESRB rating system to help keep mature-themed video game content out of the hands of children.


Link to PR: Take Two Press Release

San Andreas may get banned in New Zealand

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Jul
2005
By Adriaan | 25th Jul 2005 at 14:16 GMT in San Andreas | 8 Comments
Radio New Zealand recently reported that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been called in for re-classification after it was found that it may contain sexual content. The Classification Office slapped a "R18" sticker onto the game back in 2004, because of its extreme crime and violence. Being the fact that an "R18" rating is the highest a game can be rated in New Zealand, if they find that the game indeed has sexual content on the game it may get banned in the country. Investigation will start soon.

Also interesting to mention is the following quotes from recent shows of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" with the ever so funny Conan himself.

“Parents across the country are furious because the video game ‘Grand Theft Auto San Andreas’ contains hidden sex scenes. … Yeah, the parents say, ‘We bought our kids Grand Theft Auto so they could be exposed to violent carjackings, not sex.’”


"The other day, former President Clinton played golf with Yankee manager Joe Torre. Apparently they spent most of the time trying to figure out who's a bigger pain in the ass, Hillary Clinton or George Steinbrenner."


If you don't know why I mentioned that last quote, then I would like to remind you that Hillary is one of the reasons San Andreas got rated Adults only.

Industry could lose up to $50 million

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Jul
2005
By Adriaan | 23rd Jul 2005 at 01:12 GMT in San Andreas | 4 Comments
Now that's a lot of money! Especially if you are the one losing it. A few minutes ago Senior Editor of Gamespot, Curt Feldman, reported that the game industry could lose up to 50 million dollars!

One analyst's math? Starting with the numbers Take-Two put out yesterday--lowered guidance of about $40 million--and figuring that number to be 80 percent of the retail sales (assuming a markup of 20 percent), the analyst's estimate of lost retail sales could go as high as $50 million.


In another note the video game rental company Gamefly stated due to the game now being "Adults Only" they have suspended rentals and stopped buying the game. The Take 2 Interactive shares dropped earlier today, but gained again just before the closing bell. Interestingly since GTA: San Andreas got the AO sticker, alot of shareholders decided to sell their shares, 1000's being sold already. We'll keep you updated on the progress of this.

Link: Gamespot

San Andreas kicked out of the store

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Jul
2005
By Adriaan | 22nd Jul 2005 at 14:36 GMT in San Andreas | 9 Comments
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As we reported earlier, GTA: San Andreas is now rated adults only in the United States. Since then Take 2 Interactive shares have dropped, production of the game has been put to a stop, Developers Strikes Back and Hilary Clinton still think "M for Mature" is a rating meant for little children.

Since yesterday stores such as Walmart, EBGames, Target and Circuit City have removed all GTA San Andreas copies from their shelves. Even though Take 2 Interactive said they will be releasing a new version in the fourth quarter ,which will not contain any of the sex scenes, retailers including Wal-Mart and Best Buy said yesterday that they were not certain they would carry a cleaned-up version of the game.

EBgames, who have about 1500 stores around the US, is only removing it from their shelves for about a week. The company said it will give them enough time to put "Adults Only" stickers on each game.

Over all, about 55 percent of retailers who sells the game took the game off their shelves. When IGN interviewed Rockstar Games this is what they had to say about the "Hot Coffee" mod:

We are obviously aware of the mod community, but the skill, expertise and knowledge of Grand Theft Auto code required to create this mod surprised all of us. These elements were never meant to be found.


A patch for the current PC version of GTA: San Andreas is also expected to be released soon. Not only will it have some bug fixes, but it will also remove the sex scenes from the game.

More Piss Taking

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Jul
2005
By Chris | 22nd Jul 2005 at 11:39 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
As you can imagine with this farce over the Hot Coffee modification and it's now AO rating (meaning you have to be 1 whole year older to buy it!!!!).
A lot of websites have been satirising the whole situation and completely ripping the piss out of Rockstar and take Two.
We've come across a couple more articles today. We already posted about the video that the Neistat Brothers made at VideogamesAreEvil. We also posted about the great comic at Penny-Arcade.
But now, even Gamespy have jumped on the bandwagon with their article - PlanetFargo: Morality, Mortality, and Mayhem....This week, Fargo presents an alternate opinion on the San Andreas fallout.

And even the legendary Maddox has taken to the ludicrous actions of the ESRB and has written I just wanted a video game, not eternal damnation in hell. In the same articulate, eloquent style from Maddox we know and love. He's written my exact feelings on this. It's a very enjoyable read.
Post anymore articles you've come across...

San Andreas Given AO Rating!

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Jul
2005
By Chris | 20th Jul 2005 at 20:24 GMT in San Andreas | 34 Comments
What a busy day for GTA news it's been today, this is the 4th post I'm writing and the most shocking.

A press release by Take Two Interactive has informed us that GTA San Andreas will now be made with an AO rating.

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) announced today that the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has changed the rating of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on all platforms from "Mature 17+" (M) to "Adults Only 18+" (AO) because of the so-called "hot coffee mod," an unauthorized third party modification that alters the retail version of the game. Take-Two cooperated fully with the ESRB's investigation.

Rockstar have now stopped making the current version of the game and are working on making the game more secure (from game 'hackers').

Rockstar Games has ceased manufacturing of the current version of the title and will begin working on a version of the game with enhanced security to prevent the "hot coffee" modifications. This version will retain the original ESRB M-rating and is expected to be available during the Company's fourth fiscal quarter. Rockstar Games will be providing AO labels for retailers who wish to continue to sell the current version of the title.

Rockstar are going to be releasing a patch shortly to render the Hot Coffee useless.
I myself can't see the patch getting many downloads at all

"Only In America" - The only appropriate phrase I could think of. And just to clear something up this is only in America, every other country doesn't need to worry, it's rated 18 already in the UK anyway.

View the full press release here.

It's Only A Game

20
Jul
2005
By Chris | 20th Jul 2005 at 19:46 GMT in San Andreas | 1 Comment
After all the disparaging news about the now imfamous Hot Coffee Modification, it's nice to see a website that's not against it.

The Neistat Brothers from VideoGamesAreEvil have made a video. The video shows you that installing Hot Coffee is as easy as tieing your shoelaces.
After the satirical view on the "Hardcore Pornography" as they sarcastically refer to it as they give a another satirical but serious message out to parents.
The Neistat Brothers demonstrate how to make an improvised homemade explosive using various household items (and no I am not joking).

The video ends with the message: "There are many potentially harmful items in your house. A videogame is NOT one of them."

WARNING: TheGTAPlace.com are not responsible for any deaths or injuries that occur as a result of making your own bomb. And we discourage doing so unless you know what you're doing. Don't forget to wear protective glasses and gloves if you are going to try it.

Link: VideoGamesAreEvil (You'll need Quicktime to view the video)
Thanks to GTAReactor.de for the news.

Another site are also making fun of Rockstar Games in their current situation. Penny-Arcade have a little comic which is an amusing read.

ZModeler 2 Released with San Andreas DFF Filter

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Jul
2005
By Chris | 20th Jul 2005 at 19:20 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
Yesterday Oleg the creator of Zanoza Modeler 2 released version 2.0.4 of ZModeler along with a DFF filter for San Andreas.
What's so good about this? I hear you ask. Well it means all the modelers can now get to work on making some kick-ass stuff for San Andreas, vehicles, buildings etc.
DFF filters have been out for a few weeks for other 3D modelling programs, but Zmodeler is recognised as the most popular among modders. So you'll being seeing a lot more downloads added soon.

On a sidenote remember to keep checking our downloads database for new files everyday. We even added the first map for San Andreas yesterday!

Links:
Zanoza Modeler 2 Homepage
Download Zmodeler

NOTE: On the downloads page there are also some example meshes from San Andreas which you may want to download and take a look at.

Bill Clinton likes his Hot Coffee!

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Jul
2005
By Adriaan | 18th Jul 2005 at 13:37 GMT in San Andreas | 4 Comments
<img src="http://thegtaplace.c...lintonwave.gif" width="100" height="137" border="1" align="left">"Oh yes! Look at that!" said former President of the United States Bill Clinton when he played GTA San Andreas with the hot coffee mod installed. Now that’s what I’m talking about!” said Clinton, as he deftly manipulated the joystick. “Woo-hooo! How’d you like a little cream with that?” Clinton ended the game shortly thereafter. “That’s the most bad-ass game I’ve ever played. No wonder Hillary is all up-in-arms. That’s the most fun I’ve had since…well…since a week or two at least. That game is sick! I give it my thumbs up-way up.” To read the full article and more spoof visit the ever so popular TheSpoof!

Also something great that some of you may have seen on the web in the past few hours is that a kid posted a few images of him playing with the Xbox 360 over at the Gamespot Forums. He claims that his dad just started working at Microsoft as a "Regulatory Compliance Manager"..... what he doesn’t know is that he most likely costed his father's job! The kid literaly begged the forum moderators to delete the topic, but the images can still be found over here.

San Andreas Camera Hack

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Jul
2005
By Chris | 17th Jul 2005 at 12:50 GMT in San Andreas | 11 Comments
Racer_S, creator of the popular VC Camera Hack. Has put his great skills to use on San Andreas and yesterday released the first version of the San Andreas Camera Hack. Today he has updated it to version 1.1 which fixes a few bugs.
It has the following features:
* 10 Fully Customizable New Views
* Free Look Mode
* Speedometer/Tachometer with 6 Different styles and variable position
* Toggle player visibility On/Off while in car
* 'Near Clipping' disabled for high-detail close-ups
* Adjust FOV and Aspect Ratio

Racer_S says:

This is the real thing.  I haven't finished programming all the views for the cars yet so you may have to make some adjustments when getting in a car I haven't driven yet.  Otherwise it is fully functional and features Analog/Digital Speedometer and Tachometer (RPM).  Grab it while its hot!

You can grab it while it's hot in our downloads database Here. And don't forget we're always adding files to the database. It might be a good idea to sort the files by Date Added, you can then see the latest ones we've added, as we don't always post about them. Click here to view the files by newest date added.

Related Links: ToCA Edit

More Politics...

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Jul
2005
By Chris | 17th Jul 2005 at 11:27 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
Yesterday, Gamespot once again reported on notorious California assemblyman, Leland Yee.
Yee claims that every person ever involved with in the slightest bit modding a Grand Theft Auto game should be sued by Rockstar. So does this mean just changing one bit in the handling file 'modding' the game. Apparently yes, and he wants Rockstar to sue us all for that!
What about all the other millions of games produced? It's ok to mod them is it? We can't get sued for them? Oh but GTA oh no we aren't allowed to mod that we will get sued, it's completely nonsensical. And Mr. Yee is obviously oblivious to the simplicity and ease of modding a game with such capabilities.

There's a lot more we can do than make CJ dry hump pixelated women (or what if we changed the models with men? That would be illegal right?). If we wanted to we could do much more violent and unethical things with the game. I would suggest to Mr. Yee that he takes some time to research just how many modders there are and the types of mods they make. I also suggest he stops contradicting himself because that surely won't get him anywhere.

"If, in fact, as Rockstar claims, these sexually explicit minigames were never in their games whatsoever, then I would assume that these hackers have violated the copyright of Rockstar games, of Grand Theft Auto, and that Rockstar should, in fact, take every action that they can to sue every single penny of those individuals who would violate their copyright," Yee said. "I haven't seen any of that at all, and that's why I'm suspicious of Rockstar's position of innocence."

You know it's amazing. Politics these days. It's just a farce. There are much more important things to be worrying about, poverty, war, surely this is more important than a videogame, where the emphasis is on game, i.e it's simulated behaviour, not real life.

Mr. Yee also believes that GTA is a game that 'trains people to murder women'

"When you're talking about training kids how to kill and how to maim and demean women, you cannot cross that line"

How exactly a videogame trains us to do this is beyond me, plus there are many other factors involved. For instance you need to acquire a gun, which is very hard unless you live in the USA, secondly, it takes a lot of balls to murder someone, it's not just a matter of "oh I'll think I'll go out and kill a cop". If somone is like that then they need help and it should be picked up early on to be honest.

Related: Gamespot

GTA LVS Total Conversion

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Jul
2005
By Adriaan | 15th Jul 2005 at 20:36 GMT in San Andreas | 6 Comments
<img src="http://thegtaplace.c...s/news/lvs.jpg" width="200" height="150" border="1" align="left">For a few weeks now a great team over at LVS was busy implementing Liberty City and Vice City into the map of San Andreas. Currently they are finished with GTA 3's Liberty City around about 50% and have released 2 screenshots so far. They promise to be releasing alot more info and screenshots in the coming days so we'll keep you posted on that. For now visit the official site by click here.

Young Maylay denies sex scenes

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Jul
2005
By Adriaan | 15th Jul 2005 at 02:15 GMT in San Andreas | 3 Comments
I recently spoke to my good friend Lil Jay from YoungMaylay.net and when I asked him what does Young himself say about these sex animations, he claimed that Young Maylay never even did those scenes. That the game was hacked. So this could mean the folks at Rockstargames could have used someone elses body to do the motion capturing for the animations seen when unlocked using the Hot Coffee mod or using the Armax codes.

Hillary Clinton On GTA

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2005
By Chris | 15th Jul 2005 at 01:56 GMT in San Andreas | 18 Comments
Even Hillary Clinton has jumped on the bandwagon to attack Rockstar Games in regard to the Hot Coffee modification.
Articles have gone up on various websites around the web. Gamespot have posted an article which you can read if you haven't already.

Earlier today Clinton's letter to the chairwoman of the FTC was put up on the senator's website for all to read. She wants to introduce a new legislation...

Senator Clinton announced that the legislation she will introduce will put some teeth into video game ratings by instituting a financial penalty for retailers who fail to enforce the rules. It will prohibit the sale of violent and sexually explicit video games to minors and put in place a 00 penalty for those who violate the law.

Feel free to contact her about the whole GTA-porn issue, you can do so via the contact page on the senator's official site, although we don't suggest spamming her and calling her objectionable names.

The amount of news/media coverage this thing is getting is overwhelming, and it's all spawned from PatrickW playing around with the code... Well, in the meantime let's hope everything turns out good for Rockstar.

New San Andreas PS2 ARMAX Codes

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Jul
2005
By Chris | 14th Jul 2005 at 13:08 GMT in San Andreas | 4 Comments
FNG from CodeJunkies.com has got some great codes for the ARMAX that unlock some nice features. Including uncensoring the 'Hot Coffee' mod. These codes only work on the NTSC version of the game though, hopefully we'll have some PAL conversions soon.

**UPDATE** Skiller at GTAForums has posted the PAL versions of these codes.
Since the post would be too long to put on the main page I've put them in seperate posts. Links below.

San Andreas ARMAX PS2 Codes:
NTSC Codes
PAL Codes

Thanks to our friends at GTA-SanAndreas for the heads up.

Young Maylay mix tape goes on sale!

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Jul
2005
By Adriaan | 12th Jul 2005 at 22:56 GMT in San Andreas | 3 Comments
<img src="http://www.thegtapla.../youngtape.gif" width="200" height="200" border="0" align="left"> Just a reminder that the Young Maylay mix tape went on sale today for only $8.99. Visit YoungMaylay.NET for more Posted Image

Rockstar denies sex in San Andreas?

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Jul
2005
By Adriaan | 11th Jul 2005 at 21:01 GMT in San Andreas | 12 Comments
About 30 mins ago from posting this, Tim Surette from Gamespot wrote another article about this "Hot Coffee" madness. In that article he says that they were contacted by a representative from Rockstar on Friday. Him claiming that the explicit code was not inserted by Rockstar or its agents in the retail discs. Very, very strange. Either the representative or Tim Surette doesnt know what their talking about. We'll have more on this as this interesting case progresses.

Gamespot article

Well lets see what the author of this mod, Patrick Wildenborg, has to say about all of this.

All the contents of this mod was already available on the original disks. Therefor the scriptcode, the models, the animations and the dialogs by the original voice-actors were all created by RockStar. The only thing I had to do to enable the mini-games was toggling a single bit in the main.scm file. (Of course it was not easy to find the correct bit). The Nude models that are used as a bonus in the Quick action version of the mod, were also already present on the original disk.
But all this material is completely inaccesible in an unmodded version of the game. It can therefor not be considered a cheat, easter-egg or hidden feature. But is most probably just leftover material from a gameplay idea that didn't make the final release. I would really like to stress that this material is only accessible after willfully applying the hot coffee mod (or something similar) to the game.
- Patrick Wildenborg



Now its time for Rockstar Games themselves to comment on the issue:

"So far we have learned that the 'hot coffee' modification is the work of a determined group of hackers who have gone to significant trouble to alter scenes in the official version of the game. In violation of the software user agreement, hackers created the 'hot coffee' modification by combining, reconstituting, and altering the game's source code......

....since the 'hot coffee' scenes cannot be created without intentional and significant technical modifications to the game's source code, we are currently investigating ways that we can increase the security protection of the source code and prevent the game from being altered by the 'hot coffee' modification.

GTA Sex Scene Controversy - Worldwide

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Jul
2005
By Chris | 11th Jul 2005 at 12:26 GMT in San Andreas | 14 Comments
In over 2 and half years of writing news for The GTA Place I've come across a fair amount of articles with controversial views. But never in those 2 and a half years have I come across controversy quite like this.

It has all happened after Politician's in the USA finding out about the "Hot Coffee" mod and consequently wanting the game to be sold with an Adult Only rating. The "Hot Coffee" mod unlocks secret sex scenes that Rockstar had censored in the game code. You are NOT able to view the crude sex scenes without this mod. And therefore the game cannot be sold with an AO rating in my opinion. Only through downloading this mod are you able to.

A fact that reputable companies have already got wrong:
Patrick Wildenborg wrote the code for the sex scenes - WRONG. The code was left in the script and Patrick W. simply found a way to "uncensor" it.
Patrick Wildenborg is fast becoming a household name after huge corporations such as the BBC have quoted his response to the dispute.

What is Take 2's view of things? Well, they aren't commenting, since this is a modification and "Take 2 never comments on the activities of the modder community".

The investigation is being led by the ESRB, a spokeswoman had this to say:
"The aim is to determine if there has been a violation of ESRB Rules and Regulations requiring full disclosure of pertinent content,"

And Rockstar's response? They have issued the following quote:
"We also feel confident that the investigation will uphold the original rating of the game, as the work of the mod community is beyond the scope of either publishers or the ESRB,"

I feel that this contorversy surrounding Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is simply another reason for politician's to attack GTA. The GTA series has always been criticised for violence and the apparent implication's this has on children being violent. And this leads me on to another point about children saying "GTA made me do it" after various acts of violence are carried out, some leading to murder.
Irresponsible children should not be allowed to play GTA, it's rated M for a reason it's not just a guideline.

What I find particularly ironic is that the sex scenes are not at all realistic, sometimes CJ is fully clothed. The characters are pixelated and the sex scenes are rather crude. In fact they are merely suggestive.

What about games like The Sims 2?
Nothing wrong with this game is there? Well you decide. The game is aimed at kids, nude skins are widely available for download and use in the game, add to this the fact you can already have a sex (it is called "WooHoo" in-game but it is an obvious representation and is suggestive just like in GTA San Andreas).
But no, nothing at all controversial about that...Even the original Sims game had nude skins available.
One example of such "adult" content for the sims is at the fansite VeryStrangeSims.com. Which has nudity, gore, and sexually suggestive content.

Please post your comments in this topic, something worthwhile too, like your thoughts and feelings on all of this.

There are a hell of a lot of news sources concerning this, if you read the follow up post I have listed tens of news sources I could find with an article related to this.
I have found that currently there are over 50 related news articles.
Due to the publicity of this mod there are hundreds of news sources, Google News would be a much better place to go to see all the articles, rather than me trying to list them all.

Read more...

Politician wants San Andreas rated AO

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Jul
2005
By Adriaan | 8th Jul 2005 at 00:15 GMT in San Andreas | 12 Comments
Posted ImageLeland Yee, Californian assemblyman and game-restriction advocate has contacted the ESRB asking them to change the "M" rating for GTA San Andreas to "adults only". This happened shortly after Yee reliased that there is a mod availible for download that reveals sexual content within the game. This most certainly is none other than the "Hot Coffee Mod" by PatrickW. Gamespot editor, Curt Feldman, writes that Yee took note of the apparent discovery of sex minigames hidden in the game's code that can be unlocked by a third-party mod. The ESRB saying earlier today it will issue a response to Yee's statement before the close of business today.

Now if I am not mistaken, the original Grand Theft Auto San Andreas that is availible in your store right now does not include sex animations or sex scenes without installing the third-party mod. Yes, r* did develop this feature, but didnt put it in the final game. So even if r* didnt code sex animations afterall, any coder could have come and did this himself and installed it onto the original game.

So the game itself, without being modded, does not reveal this content at all, and the ESRB can not give it "Adult Only" status as this is revealed, just like mister Yee said so himself, by a 3rd party mod.

For the full report visit Gamespot

*UPDATE*
It seems that the ESRB are now going ahead investigating the claims of mister Yee. The ESRB's investigation will examine whether the mod unlocks preexisting code, as appears to be the case, or is actually a purely third-party creation.

If after a thorough and objective investigation of all the relevant facts surrounding this modification, we determine a violation of our rules has occurred, we will take appropriate action
- Patricia Vance, ESRB President

The Young MayLay "San Andreas" mixtape

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Jul
2005
By Adriaan | 5th Jul 2005 at 20:21 GMT in San Andreas | 1 Comment
<img src="http://www.thegtapla.../youngtape.gif" width="200" height="200" border="0" align="left">Most of you will know who this great guy is. Young Maylay,who voiced CJ from Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, has been hard at work the past few months recording the "San Andreas" mixtape. It was suppose to go on sale yesterday, but the webmaster of YoungMaylay.net recently informed me that it has been pushed back to July 12th. You can already pre-order today and have it shipped to you on July 12th. Not only does it come around at a great price of only $8.99, but you also have the change to get yourself an autographed YoungMaylay.net sticker!

Furthermore there is a competition going on where one of you can win yourselves your favourite CJ quote from GTA: San Andreas addressed to you.
For more information visit YoungMaylay.net and pre-order the mix tape by clicking here.

SA-MP Development Update

04
Jul
2005
By Adriaan | 4th Jul 2005 at 14:09 GMT in San Andreas | 5 Comments
<img src="http://thegtaplace.c...a-mp040705.gif" width="200" height="150" border="0" align="left">Recently the SA-MP website got updated with 9 new screenshots showing of their amazing progress. They already managed to implement Drive-bys, Interiors and passengers. Click here to go to the media page of SA-MP.








EDIT: It seems that the SA-MP website got hacked recently. So unfortuneatly you will have to wait a while to see those screens.. let's just hope they had backups.

SA PC Tools, From Russia with Love!

02
Jul
2005
By Adriaan | 2nd Jul 2005 at 19:03 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
<img src="http://thegtaplace.c...ialovemods.gif" width="200" height="150" border="0" align="left"> Today we bring you to two great tools all the way from Russia! This russian grand theft auto site has a few great tools and mods for San Andreas. The first one we bring you is a San Andreas admin console. It has many(and I mean many!) features. For instance while you play San Andreas and your car flips over right in the middle of the mission where say Sweet is in the car, you can ALT+TAB to the console and flip your car back over before it starts fire. It also has a build in "cheat machine" and you can spawn cars in any of your garages around San Andreas(without having cars already stored inside). There is many more features and is worth a download. The only bug I found inside is that they spelled Las Venturas as "Los Venturas".

Secondly, we bring you a San Andreas music extractor for the PC version. It allows you to extract all in-game music to a folder that you specify. It takes around 20-30 seconds to extract, depending on your PC. Here are some of the features:

&bull; Automatic search for stream files (in local folders and CD/DVD drives, including virtual discs).
&bull; The ability to select the destination folder for extracted tracks.
&bull; Automatic moving of radio files to corresponding stations folders.
&bull; Automatic renaming of tracks with proper names of songs and artists.
&bull; Automatic merging of music chunks special options for DJ-style mixing are available).
&bull; Automatic generation of WinAmp-compatible playlists (.m3u).
&bull; Possibility to create one music file for each station.

Each radio station is extracted into it's own folder with a playlist file inside. You can open it with Winamp, but Windows Media player will also work. If you can't seem to play the ".m3u" files you will need to download a codec for it over here, but I already zipped that codec inside the zip file for the Music Extractor.

Links: GTA SA Admin Console , GTA SA Music Extractor(PC)

Bust That Crazy Sh*t Replay Contest (SanAn PC)

02
Jul
2005
By Chris | 2nd Jul 2005 at 10:29 GMT in San Andreas | 5 Comments
Those of you who aren't on the mailing list won't know about this great competition Rockstar are holding for San Andreas, the following excerpt explains everything:

Whether you've made it all the way through Las Venturas,
are spending hours on end perfecting your stunt jumps over the hills of San Fierro, or even if you're still taking your time idly wilding out in the streets of Los Santos
– anyone who's passed time in the state of San Andreas knows there's a hell of a lot of trouble you can get into.

We want to see exactly what you're capable of.

Send us your most jaw-dropping bit of 30 second gameplay using the Replay feature of the PC edition of
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
With three categories of competition each based on the major greater-metropolitan-areas of the state: Los Santos (including Red County), San Fierro (including Whetstone and Flint County), and Las Venturas (including Tierra Robada and
Bone County) – the entrant who submits the replay we deem to be the most spectacular, creative and entertaining in each category will win:

  • a powerful Nvidia GeForce 6800 GT video card
  • a bountiful prize pack of limited-edition San Andreas goods
    &
  • a custom-made, gold-dipped, West Coast style car plate winner's trophy, etched with your name.
    A true San Andreas collectors' item.

Entry deadline is August 15th, 2005.

Visit www.rockstargames.com/sanandreas/pc/contest for all details, entry form, and official rules.


So you've got 45 days to get doing some kick ass stuff on San Andreas. Don't forget there's copious amounts of merchandise up for grabs so I know I'll be entering it!
Visit the official contest page.
Oh and one tool you will no doubt find very useful whilst exercising your impressive skills will be SaRaH, a.k.a the SA Replay Handler

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