Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Hot Coffee Mod

A Look back at the Murder and Sex Simulators within GTA

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas


In 2005 there was a lot of buzz surrounding Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, and its unofficial mods. The Grand Theft Auto series has taken a lot of heat from lawyers, politicians, and select members of the gaming community. The original heat was for the extreme violence within the game, but the game developer and publisher came under heavy fire due to unlockable sexual content on the Xbox, PS2, and PC versions of the game.

It's no secret that every game in the Grand Theft Auto series is filled with violence, but it is also no secret that these are the very type of games that do well on the sales charts. Ask any gamer if they are familiar with the series, and almost all of them will tell you they are, and that they have more than likely played or own at least one of the games in the series.

Murder Simulators in Video Games?

The term murder simulator came into play as lawyers tried to place blame on video games and developers for the actions of a few select people who might not have been in their right minds. CBS News ran a story pointing a finger at the game, saying that it, in effect, trained 18-year-old Devin Moore to murder. Citing a specific area in the game where you stand on top of a bridge and take fire at police and pedestrians.

Now let's be honest, there are millions of people who play this game and others like it that don't kill people. The claim that the game is at fault for the murders committed by Devin Moore, should be taken with a grain of salt. Moreover, if video games can train to kill, what about the television, or movies that normally depict much more graphic content and label it for younger audiences?

The larger an industry becomes financially, the bigger a target they become civilly. The games that are being questioned are already rated for Mature audiences by the ESRB (Electronic Software Ratings Board) and are not allowed to be sold to anyone under the age of 17 in most states. It's very unlikely for a 17-year-old to not see a murder in a movie or on television. If they haven't, they were probably sheltered, in which case, it's very doubtful that their parents would allow them to play Mature-rated games.

Sex Simulators and the GTA Hot Coffee Mod Scandal

It became widely known that there was a sexual mini-game within Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, namely what is now referred to as the Hot Coffee Mod. The Hot Coffee Mod gained its name due to the way the mini games are encountered. In an unmodified version of the game, after a successful date, the main character's girlfriend asks him in for coffee, but you don't see anything happen and have no control over the game. With the Hot Coffee Mod active, you see what was once blocked, and have control over what is going on.

This was something Rockstar created, and before the release locked the code out of the final version (the uncensored version was never in the code by the developer, it is a third party download). What's interesting is that, while there have been nude patches for other games--such as Dead Or Alive and The Sims, and even completely nude movie footage in BMX XXX--there was never an outcry like there is now. Senator Hilary Clinton has even issued a statement on the subject.

Violence in Video Games vs Violence IRL

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but remember, people are more complicated than the games they play. If someone exhibits aggressive behavior, it's usually a sign that there's more going on than meets the eye. Children may be impressionable, but that's all the more reason to find help for them when violent behavior occurs IRL.