Both characters remained fully clothed and there were no genital shots. But this was still the most explicit sexual content Wildenborg had seen in a video game. “It was at this point I decided to release the patch to the public,” he says. “I tossed the name 'Hot Coffee' on the file, based on the fact that the girlfriends would ask CJ in for some 'coffee' as a euphemism for sex. Hot Coffee was the first modification for San Andreas.”
- The history of Grand Theft Auto's infamous "Hot Coffee" mod.
Rockstar Games/Team Bondi's open world adventure game LA Noire
was released last month to near-universal praise.
However, several long-form essays have been written exploring it's problems. The Shadows Of LA Noire
criticizes its lack of noir feel. Press X For Beer Bottle
(some spoilers) uses the game's lack of freedom to explore the nature of gaming. Finally, Kill Screen Daily's review
finds a metaphysical explanation for some of its most obvious issues.
Videogames reach the uncanny valley with the facial animations
(yt video) in Rockstar's L.A. Noir
, their 1940s Los Angeles set detective game.
God Gave Rock and Roll To You
With more than 7 million records sold, four Grammy Awards, ten Dove Awards and an induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame - the first rock band ever to be so honored - Petra (wiki)
is widely considered the father of Christian rock. [more inside]
As someone who's not interested in being threatened with a lawsuit, I thought I'd mention that Michael Savage
is in no way connected to Rockstar Energy Drink, which just happens to be run by his son, with his wife acting as director, treasurer, and secretary of both companies, and run from the same address. When Charles Tsai claimed otherwise, his Facebook boycott group was taken down, his account was disabled and he was forced into making a public apology
. [more inside]
Grand Theft Auto IV
(video, SFW despite age verification and Philip Glass) is coming. Even six months before its release, it is promoting rage and anger
(...in NYC politicians). Fansite
and Wikipedia article
"Never in the history of gaming has a judge ever asked to review a game before its release — and that is going to happen here tomorrow.”
Judge Friedman asks Take-Two to produce a final copy of Bully
, while Wal-Mart is poised to release the game on Tuesday. Everyone's favorite game censor Jack Thompson (discussed here
, and here
) couldn't be happier, meanwhile those who've played it
say it's without blood or gore and generally innocent.
To add more twists to this plot, the employee picked by Take-Two that will play almost 100 hours of the game for the judge might be unable to make the flight to Miami because of the earlier-mentioned crash of a
helicopter plane into a manhattan high-rise
One week after publicly declaring his lack of support
for our troops, LA Times columnist & professional nerd humorist Joel Stein comes out in favor of
Grand Theft Auto's Hot Coffee mod
, which has recently been the focus of a lawsuit brought by the city of Los Angeles against Rockstar Games, the makers of GTA. "Because if these teen computer geniuses are given the opportunity to unlock a video-game sex scene, then they'll be just one step away from breaking the code that allows them to type dirty words into Google."
Here's an article
in the New York Post that initially looked like another bulletin on yet a new company being investigated by the SEC. But read the entire text. It has some very
strong words to say against the gaming industry and particularly this game
, calling it "10,000 times worse than the worst thing anybody thinks Michael Jackson ever did to a little boy". Via Penny-Arcade, their reaction is really worth a read.
- "Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger is to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music, newspapers reported on Sunday." What's the point in knighting old rock stars? What's the point in being a knighted rock star? It probably wasn't even on Her Britannic Majesty's request, but just the result of some silly committee deal.