RockStar Confirms Sex Mod Not a Hack

@ 2005/07/22
The fight over Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas came to a climax on Wednesday as the Parents Television Council called for a recall of the video game, and a statement from the game maker Rockstar seemed to confirm the Hot Coffee modification was indeed not a hack and was present within the game.

RockStar issued a statement late Monday saying it was providing a patch to prevent the modification in already purchased titles, and would stop selling the game while it works on a non-modifiable version. Wednesday's developments ostensibly confirmed that the scenes depicted within the game were created by the game manufacturer.

Comment from jmke @ 2005/07/22
ESRB Revokes San Andreas Rating

In a stunning move, the ESRB has advised retailers to stop selling Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. This report follows public pressure over the Hot Coffee debacle. Rockstar, the publishers of the game have given retailers the option of restickering the game with an 18+ rating or exchanging it for a new version with the controversial content removed. ESRB head Patricia Vance says '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