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{{ContentAdvisory}}In June, 2005, a file dubbed '''Hot Coffee''' was released that modifies ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]''. After installing the patch/mod, users can enter the [[Protagonist|protagonist's]] [[Girlfriends in GTA San Andreas|girlfriends']] houses and engage in a crudely rendered, partially clothed sexual intercourse mini-game.
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{{Quote|Coffee huh, I only want sex!|One of several responses from [[Carl Johnson]] upon accepting a girlfriend's offer for coffee.}}
   
This feature was disabled from the game before release, but not actually removed. PatrickW (real name Patrick Wildenborg) released a modification (the ''Hot Coffee mod'') to enable it. This was made available for download on [[Personal Computer|PC]] in June 9, 2005 through GTAGarage.com and was released for the [[PlayStation 2|PS2]] and [[Xbox]] soon after.
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In June, 2005, a file dubbed '''Hot Coffee''' was released that modifies ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]''. After installing the modification, users can enter the [[Protagonist|protagonist's]] [[Girlfriends in GTA San Andreas|girlfriends']] houses and engage in a crudely rendered, partially clothed or nude (depending on the version) sexual intercourse mini-game.
   
The second major release of the Hot Coffee mod, often referred to by its version name '''Hot Coffee v2''' to differentiate from the original, was released just days after the original and largely replaced it. The v2 version is identical in gameplay to the original but replaces the semi-nude girlfriends' textures with unclothed bitmaps that cannot be seen without the mod and also includes the "sacensor" program which can flip the status of the in-game censorship for easier access. 
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This feature was disabled from the game before release, but not actually removed. The files containing the mini-game content were soon discovered and Patrick Wildenborg (through his online account PatrickW) released the ''Hot Coffee'' mod to enable it. The PC mod itself is only an edited copy of the main game script file ("main.scm") with a single bit changed. The mod was also made possible on the console versions by changing the bit inside a user's saved game file or by using a third-party modding device. The mod was first released for download on [[Personal Computer|PC]] in June 9, 2005 through GTAGarage.com and was released for the [[PlayStation 2|PS2]] and [[Xbox]] soon after.
   
The original download link to the mod was later removed over a month after its release in July 2005 by PatrickW as a sign of support towards Rockstar following the controversy surrounding it. However, numerous copies of the originals as well as newly created versions continue to be availiable for download. All versions of the mod are limited to being compatable with the first version of GTA: SA as subsequent releases have removed vital scenes and coding essential to launching the mod after the controversy.
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The second major release of the ''Hot Coffee'' mod, often referred to by its version name '''Hot Coffee v2''' to differentiate from the original, was released just days after the original and largely replaced it. The v2 version is identical in gameplay but includes a new edited copy of the disc image file "script" containing unclothed bitmaps that replaces the semi-nude girlfriends' textures from the first version. The v2 version also includes the "sacensor" program which can detect and flip the status of the in-game censorship for easier access. 
   
== Name's Reference ==
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The original download link to the mod was later removed over a month after its release in July 2005 by PatrickW as a sign of support towards Rockstar following the controversy surrounding it. However, numerous copies of the originals as well as newly created versions continue to be available for download. All versions of the mod are limited to being compatible with the first version of GTA: SA as subsequent releases have removed vital scenes and coding essential to launching the mod after the controversy.
The name "Hot Coffee" refers to the way the released game alludes to the unseen sex scenes. In the unmodified game, the player takes his girlfriend to her front door and she asks him if he would like to come in for "some coffee." He agrees, and the camera stays outside, swaying back and forth a bit, while moaning sounds are heard and various comments from Carl and his girlfriend. Since the camera is outside the house, all these sounds are severely muted. "Coffee" is usually offered once Carl reaches a certain relationship percentage, although if he collects all the [[oyster]] pick-ups, coffee is offered automatically, even after the first date.
 
   
== Re-ratings and Controversies ==
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==Hot Coffee in a unmodified game==
[[Jack Thompson]] and other anti-gaming advocates denounced the Hot Coffee mod in the media, as if it were an existing feature of the game that children could easily stumble across. This led to the game being pulled from stores across the [[United States of America|USA]], and re-rated as AO (Adults Only) by the [[Entertainment Software Rating Board|ESRB]] (already an 18 in the [[United Kingdom|UK]]). [[Rockstar Games|Rockstar]] was forced to permanently remove this feature and they soon released a non-modifiable 2nd edition of GTA San Andreas, which regained the M rating.
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The name "Hot Coffee" refers to the way the released game alludes to unseen sex scenes. In the unmodified game, Carl takes his girlfriend to her front door and she asks him if he would like to come in for "some coffee". If the player agrees, the camera stays outside, swaying back and forth a bit, while moaning sounds are heard along with various comments from Carl and his girlfriend. Since the camera is outside the house, all of these sounds are severely muted. "Coffee" is usually offered once Carl reaches a certain relationship percentage, although if he collects all the [[oyster]] pick-ups, coffee is offered automatically, even after the first date.
   
{{wikipedia|Hot Coffee minigame controversy}}
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==Response==
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{{wikipedia|Hot Coffee minigame controversy}}The revelation of the mini-games existence, it's explicit content, and Rockstar's attempt to cover it up soon made it a minor international news story from various media outlets. Repercussions due to it's discovery varied from intense public and media scrutiny to legal and political action being taken against it.
   
In the middle of July 2005, the ESRB, as well as various politicians including Senator [[wikipedia:Hillary Clinton|Hillary Clinton]] (D-NY), launched an investigation into the Hot Coffee mod. Initially, Rockstar released a statement that strongly suggested that the Hot Coffee content was entirely created by "hackers". However, this claim was undermined when codes were released on web forums for the PlayStation 2 [[wikipedia:Gameshark|Gameshark]] and [[wikipedia:Action Replay|AR Max]] cheating devices that demonstrated that the controversial content was, indeed, built into the console versions.
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===Legal and federal===
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Activist and then attorney [[Jack Thompson]] and other anti-gaming advocates denounced the Hot Coffee mod in the media, as if it were an existing feature of the game that children could easily stumble across. Thompson had previously been involved in a number of suits against Rockstar regarding in-game violence from previous GTA titles as a possible influence on murderers who played the games.
   
On [[2005#July 20|July 20]], [[2005]], ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'' was re-rated as "AO" (Adults Only) by the ESRB. Rockstar has halted production of all versions of ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'' and planned to release a censored version of the game, which intended to conform to the initial "M" rating, later that year. Due to the new AO rating, many major retail outlets, including Sears, Hollywood Video, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Blockbuster Video, Target and GameStop, pulled the PC and console versions of the game from their shelves.
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In the middle of July 2005, politicians including U.S Senator [[wikipedia:Hillary Clinton|Hillary Clinton]] (D-NY) launched an [[wikipedia:Federal Trade Commision|FTC]] investigation into the Hot Coffee mod following the re-rating of ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'' by the [[wikipedia:Entertainment Software Rating Board|ESRB]] (see re-ratings). Clinton had urged her colleagues to "take immediate action to determine the source of graphic pornographic and violent content appearing on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game." This led to a U.S. House Resolution introduced by Congressman [[wikipedia:Fred Upton|Fred Upton]] (R-MI) to determine if Rockstar had intentionally deceived the ESRB to avoid an Adults Only rating. The resolution passed 355 to 21.
   
On [[2005#July 29|July 29]], [[2005]], as a result of the newly discovered scenes, the (OFLC) Office of Film and Literature Classification (Australia) revoked the game's "MA15+" classification (the highest available for computer games in Australia at the time), and changed the game's status to "RC" (Refused Classification) meaning that the original version could no longer be sold in Australia. The patched version was given an "MA15+" classification on [[2005#September 12|September 12]], [[2005]].
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Initially, Rockstar released a statement that strongly suggested that the Hot Coffee content was entirely created by "hackers". However, this claim was undermined when codes were released on web forums for the PlayStation 2 [[wikipedia:Gameshark|Gameshark]] and [[wikipedia:Action Replay|AR Max]] cheating devices that demonstrated that the controversial content was, indeed, built into the console versions.
   
As of July 23, 2005, the PEGI rating for the game remained unchanged, although it was likely that the PEGI sexual content label was going to be added to the game cover.
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In December 2005, U.S. Senators Hillary Clinton, Joe Lieberman and Evan Bayh introduced the [[wikipedia:Family Entertainment Protection Act|Family Entertainment Protection Act]], which called for a federal mandate enforcement of the ESRB ratings system in order to protect children from inappropriate content. This bill did not become law and expired at the end of the 109th Congress without further action.
   
On [[2005#August 10|August 10]], [[2005]], Rockstar Games officially released a [http://nomorehotcoffee.com patch] for ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas''. Nicknamed the "Cold Coffee Patch" by some, the patch fixed many performance issues and bugs. However, the most notable addition was that the patch disabled the controversial "Hot Coffee" scenes, even if the "Hot Coffee" mod was reinstalled.
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On January 27, 2006, the city of Los Angeles filed a lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive, the game's publisher, accusing the company of failing to disclose the game's sexual content.
   
The game has since been re-released with the "Hot Coffee" scenes removed (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2.0 and subsequent releases), allowing the game to return to its "M" rating. However, the "Hot Coffee" mod dashed financial expectations for TakeTwo Games, which lost $28.8 million in its fiscal 3rd quarter of 2005 (May to July) partly because of the re-rating; the company lost $14.4 million in the same quarter in 2004.
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On June 8, 2006, Rockstar, Take-Two and the FTC settled. They are required to "clearly and prominently disclose on product packaging and in any promotion or advertisement for electronic games, content relevant to the rating, unless that content had been disclosed sufficiently in prior submissions to the rating authority." Should the companies violate the settlement they are liable for $11,000 in civil penalties
   
In December 2007, Take Two Interactive approved a class action settlement with an exchange or refund for the original game copies. According to [http://www.gtasettlement.com/docs/Plts%20Memo%20in%20Supp%20of%20Final%20Approval%20of%20Class%20Action%20Settlement.pdf final report] only 2,676 people were reported to have returned game, compared to over twelve-million sales.
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In 2006 attorneys brought several class actions alleging Take-Two committed consumer fraud. In December 2007, a settlement of the litigation was reached. In 2008, Ted Frank filed an objection to the settlement on the grounds that the settlement sought $1 million for attorneys' fees, but the total payout to class members was less than $27,000. A court hearing was already scheduled on June 25, 2008. Frank previously told GamePolitics that the lawsuits were meritless and extortionate.
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As part of the settlement, Take-Two will pay a $873,000 cy-près award to the National Parent-Teacher Association and the ESRB.
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In December 2007, Take Two Interactive approved a class action settlement with an exchange or refund for the original game copies. According to the [http://www.gtasettlement.com/docs/Plts%20Memo%20in%20Supp%20of%20Final%20Approval%20of%20Class%20Action%20Settlement.pdf final report] only 2,676 people were reported to have returned game, compared to over twelve-million sales, for which the plaintiff's attorneys expressed disappointment. Frank expressed that this was further proof that the case had no merit
   
 
In September 2009, Take Two finally settled the class-action lawsuit brought against them for US$20m, of which 15m will be paid by insurers and 5m by the company itself.[http://kotaku.com/5350482/take+two-reaches-20m-settlement-in-gta-hot-coffee-suit]
 
In September 2009, Take Two finally settled the class-action lawsuit brought against them for US$20m, of which 15m will be paid by insurers and 5m by the company itself.[http://kotaku.com/5350482/take+two-reaches-20m-settlement-in-gta-hot-coffee-suit]
   
== Rockstar's Actions ==
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===Re-ratings===
Rockstar has since vowed legal action against any subsequent sources that reveal how to access this part of the game, mainly cheat device code sites.
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On July 20, 2005, ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'' was re-rated as "AO" (Adults Only) by the ESRB. Rockstar halted production of all versions of ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'' and planned to release a censored version of the game, which intended to conform to the initial "M" rating, later that year. Due to the AO rating, many major retail outlets, including Sears, Hollywood Video, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Blockbuster Video, Target and GameStop, pulled the PC and console versions of the game from their shelves.
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On July 29, 2005, as a result of the newly discovered scenes, the (OFLC) Office of Film and Literature Classification (Australia) revoked the game's "MA15+" classification (the highest available for computer games in Australia at the time), and changed the game's status to "RC" (Refused Classification) meaning that the original version could no longer be sold in Australia. The patched version was given an "MA15+" classification on [[2005#September 12|September 12]], [[2005]].
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As of July 23, 2005, the PEGI rating for the game remained unchanged, although it was likely that the PEGI sexual content label was going to be added to the game cover.
  +
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On August 10, 2005, Rockstar Games officially released a [http://nomorehotcoffee.com patch] for ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas''. Nicknamed the "Cold Coffee Patch" by some, the patch fixed many performance issues and bugs. However, the most notable addition was that the patch disabled the controversial "Hot Coffee" scenes, even if the "Hot Coffee" mod was reinstalled.
  +
  +
The game has since been re-released with the "Hot Coffee" scenes removed (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2.0 and subsequent releases), allowing the game to return to its "M" rating. However, the "Hot Coffee" mod dashed financial expectations for TakeTwo Games, which lost $28.8 million in its fiscal 3rd quarter of 2005 (May to July) partly because of the re-rating; the company lost $14.4 million in the same quarter in 2004.
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===Other===
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Actor [[James Woods]] who voiced [[Mike Toreno]] in GTA: SA and is the only voice actor to have spoken out publicly on the subject stated that he was not aware of the ''Hot Coffee'' mini-game's existence during development and was vocally upset in having participated in GTA: SA as a result. Implying that he would not have done so had he known about it.
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===Rockstar's Actions===
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Rockstar vowed legal action against any sources that revealed how to access the ''Hot Coffee'' mini-game but it appears that they no longer enforce this policy.
   
On the iOS and Steam ports of GTA: SA, the codes are cut out completely, along with the models.
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On all subsequent releases of GTA: SA starting with 2.0 (see above). Rockstar removed all codes and models relating to ''Hot Coffee'' completely. The 2.0 version also made modding other areas of the games files more difficult or impossible as a consequence. The only way to get around this being a version downgrade to the first release. The 3.0 version released on Steam made it even more difficult to mod or even downgrade to an earlier version of the game. Though interestingly it is easier to mod the 3.0 version on jailbroken mobile devices and consoles.
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
*In ''[[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]'', there are references to the Hot Coffee incident. An [[Achievements in GTA IV|achievement]] called "[[Warm Coffee]]" can be unlocked. When coming back from a date with any girlfriend, [[Niko Bellic]] asks "Could I come in for some hot coffee?" Depending on how well the date went, the girlfriend can let Niko go to her apartment or refuse to let him in. The aforementioned achievement is unlocked when Niko is first invited into the girlfriend's apartment. (Ironically, ''GTA IV'', due in part to its improved graphics, features content somewhat more suggestive than that of the hot coffee scenes, such as in Niko's interaction with prostitutes and strippers).
 
*In ''[[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]'', there are references to the Hot Coffee incident. An [[Achievements in GTA IV|achievement]] called "[[Warm Coffee]]" can be unlocked. When coming back from a date with any girlfriend, [[Niko Bellic]] asks "Could I come in for some hot coffee?" Depending on how well the date went, the girlfriend can let Niko go to her apartment or refuse to let him in. The aforementioned achievement is unlocked when Niko is first invited into the girlfriend's apartment. (Ironically, ''GTA IV'', due in part to its improved graphics, features content somewhat more suggestive than that of the hot coffee scenes, such as in Niko's interaction with prostitutes and strippers).
 
**Sometimes, the girlfriend will ask Niko if he wants coffee, but if the player decides against this, Niko will respond with "I'm sorry, but I don't want to get burned."
 
**Sometimes, the girlfriend will ask Niko if he wants coffee, but if the player decides against this, Niko will respond with "I'm sorry, but I don't want to get burned."
*The hot coffee incident is also referenced in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]'' and ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]]''. In'' GTA Liberty City Stories'', [[Maria Latore]] invites [[Toni Cipriani|Toni]] during the final cutscene of the mission "[[Taken for a Ride]]" to join her for "coffee" at her house. Toni tells her that he'll pass. In ''GTA Chinatown Wars'', [[Huang Lee]] asks [[Ling]] for "coffee" at the end of "[[Pursuit Farce]]" but she rejects his advances.
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*The Hot Coffee incident is also referenced in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]'' and ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]]''. In'' GTA Liberty City Stories'', [[Maria Latore]] invites [[Toni Cipriani|Toni]] during the final cutscene of the mission "[[Taken for a Ride]]" to join her for "coffee" at her house. Toni tells her that he'll pass. In ''GTA Chinatown Wars'', [[Huang Lee]] asks [[Ling]] for "coffee" at the end of "[[Pursuit Farce]]" but she rejects his advances.
 
**It is also referenced on [[Denise Clinton]]'s [[Lifeinvader]] page in ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]'', on which she vents about [[Franklin Clinton|Franklin]] walking in when she has a man "home for coffee."
 
**It is also referenced on [[Denise Clinton]]'s [[Lifeinvader]] page in ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]'', on which she vents about [[Franklin Clinton|Franklin]] walking in when she has a man "home for coffee."
*In November 11, 2005, FOX program ''[[wikipedia:Killer Instinct (TV series)|Killer Instinct]]''<nowiki>'</nowiki>s latest episode ''Game Over'' referenced GTA: SA, the Hot Coffee mod, and murderer [[ Devin Moore]]. The episode focused on a hit online video-game with explicit violence that could cause players to murder people. Other parts of it showed teenagers playing it and unlocking sexually explicit scenes and mini-games. With detectives trying to find the creator of the game, get information and stop the murderer who's been playing the game for hours. The fictional game title was ''Murder One: San Francisco'' and the box art looks similar to ''San Andreas'' and ''Vice City'' but with poorly drawn art. Also, the fake game is actually pre-rendered with models from [[wikipedia:Poser (software)|Poser]]. It is also combined with another controversial game, ''[[wikipedia:25 to Life|25 to Life]]'', a cops and robbers simulator.
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*On November 11, 2005, FOX program ''[[wikipedia:Killer Instinct (TV series)|Killer Instinct]]''<nowiki>'</nowiki>s latest episode ''Game Over'' referenced GTA: SA, the Hot Coffee mod, and murderer [[ Devin Moore]]. The episode focused on a hit online video-game with explicit violence that could cause players to murder people. Other parts of it showed teenagers playing it and unlocking sexually explicit scenes and mini-games. With detectives trying to find the creator of the game, get information and stop the murderer who's been playing the game for hours. The fictional game title was ''Murder One: San Francisco'' and the box art looks similar to ''San Andreas'' and ''Vice City'' but with poorly drawn art. Also, the fake game is actually pre-rendered with models from [[wikipedia:Poser (software)|Poser]]. It is also combined with another controversial game, ''[[wikipedia:25 to Life|25 to Life]]'', a cops and robbers simulator.
   
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==

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"Coffee huh, I only want sex!"
―One of several responses from Carl Johnson upon accepting a girlfriend's offer for coffee.

In June, 2005, a file dubbed Hot Coffee was released that modifies Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. After installing the modification, users can enter the protagonist's girlfriends' houses and engage in a crudely rendered, partially clothed or nude (depending on the version) sexual intercourse mini-game.

This feature was disabled from the game before release, but not actually removed. The files containing the mini-game content were soon discovered and Patrick Wildenborg (through his online account PatrickW) released the Hot Coffee mod to enable it. The PC mod itself is only an edited copy of the main game script file ("main.scm") with a single bit changed. The mod was also made possible on the console versions by changing the bit inside a user's saved game file or by using a third-party modding device. The mod was first released for download on PC in June 9, 2005 through GTAGarage.com and was released for the PS2 and Xbox soon after.

The second major release of the Hot Coffee mod, often referred to by its version name Hot Coffee v2 to differentiate from the original, was released just days after the original and largely replaced it. The v2 version is identical in gameplay but includes a new edited copy of the disc image file "script" containing unclothed bitmaps that replaces the semi-nude girlfriends' textures from the first version. The v2 version also includes the "sacensor" program which can detect and flip the status of the in-game censorship for easier access. 

The original download link to the mod was later removed over a month after its release in July 2005 by PatrickW as a sign of support towards Rockstar following the controversy surrounding it. However, numerous copies of the originals as well as newly created versions continue to be available for download. All versions of the mod are limited to being compatible with the first version of GTA: SA as subsequent releases have removed vital scenes and coding essential to launching the mod after the controversy.

Hot Coffee in a unmodified game

The name "Hot Coffee" refers to the way the released game alludes to unseen sex scenes. In the unmodified game, Carl takes his girlfriend to her front door and she asks him if he would like to come in for "some coffee". If the player agrees, the camera stays outside, swaying back and forth a bit, while moaning sounds are heard along with various comments from Carl and his girlfriend. Since the camera is outside the house, all of these sounds are severely muted. "Coffee" is usually offered once Carl reaches a certain relationship percentage, although if he collects all the oyster pick-ups, coffee is offered automatically, even after the first date.

Response

WikipediaThe revelation of the mini-games existence, it's explicit content, and Rockstar's attempt to cover it up soon made it a minor international news story from various media outlets. Repercussions due to it's discovery varied from intense public and media scrutiny to legal and political action being taken against it.

Legal and federal

Activist and then attorney Jack Thompson and other anti-gaming advocates denounced the Hot Coffee mod in the media, as if it were an existing feature of the game that children could easily stumble across. Thompson had previously been involved in a number of suits against Rockstar regarding in-game violence from previous GTA titles as a possible influence on murderers who played the games.

In the middle of July 2005, politicians including U.S Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) launched an FTC investigation into the Hot Coffee mod following the re-rating of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas by the ESRB (see re-ratings). Clinton had urged her colleagues to "take immediate action to determine the source of graphic pornographic and violent content appearing on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game." This led to a U.S. House Resolution introduced by Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) to determine if Rockstar had intentionally deceived the ESRB to avoid an Adults Only rating. The resolution passed 355 to 21.

Initially, Rockstar released a statement that strongly suggested that the Hot Coffee content was entirely created by "hackers". However, this claim was undermined when codes were released on web forums for the PlayStation 2 Gameshark and AR Max cheating devices that demonstrated that the controversial content was, indeed, built into the console versions.

In December 2005, U.S. Senators Hillary Clinton, Joe Lieberman and Evan Bayh introduced the Family Entertainment Protection Act, which called for a federal mandate enforcement of the ESRB ratings system in order to protect children from inappropriate content. This bill did not become law and expired at the end of the 109th Congress without further action.

On January 27, 2006, the city of Los Angeles filed a lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive, the game's publisher, accusing the company of failing to disclose the game's sexual content.

On June 8, 2006, Rockstar, Take-Two and the FTC settled. They are required to "clearly and prominently disclose on product packaging and in any promotion or advertisement for electronic games, content relevant to the rating, unless that content had been disclosed sufficiently in prior submissions to the rating authority." Should the companies violate the settlement they are liable for $11,000 in civil penalties

In 2006 attorneys brought several class actions alleging Take-Two committed consumer fraud. In December 2007, a settlement of the litigation was reached. In 2008, Ted Frank filed an objection to the settlement on the grounds that the settlement sought $1 million for attorneys' fees, but the total payout to class members was less than $27,000. A court hearing was already scheduled on June 25, 2008. Frank previously told GamePolitics that the lawsuits were meritless and extortionate.

As part of the settlement, Take-Two will pay a $873,000 cy-près award to the National Parent-Teacher Association and the ESRB.

In December 2007, Take Two Interactive approved a class action settlement with an exchange or refund for the original game copies. According to the final report only 2,676 people were reported to have returned game, compared to over twelve-million sales, for which the plaintiff's attorneys expressed disappointment. Frank expressed that this was further proof that the case had no merit

In September 2009, Take Two finally settled the class-action lawsuit brought against them for US$20m, of which 15m will be paid by insurers and 5m by the company itself.[1]

Re-ratings

On July 20, 2005, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was re-rated as "AO" (Adults Only) by the ESRB. Rockstar halted production of all versions of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and planned to release a censored version of the game, which intended to conform to the initial "M" rating, later that year. Due to the AO rating, many major retail outlets, including Sears, Hollywood Video, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Blockbuster Video, Target and GameStop, pulled the PC and console versions of the game from their shelves.

On July 29, 2005, as a result of the newly discovered scenes, the (OFLC) Office of Film and Literature Classification (Australia) revoked the game's "MA15+" classification (the highest available for computer games in Australia at the time), and changed the game's status to "RC" (Refused Classification) meaning that the original version could no longer be sold in Australia. The patched version was given an "MA15+" classification on September 12, 2005.

As of July 23, 2005, the PEGI rating for the game remained unchanged, although it was likely that the PEGI sexual content label was going to be added to the game cover.

On August 10, 2005, Rockstar Games officially released a patch for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Nicknamed the "Cold Coffee Patch" by some, the patch fixed many performance issues and bugs. However, the most notable addition was that the patch disabled the controversial "Hot Coffee" scenes, even if the "Hot Coffee" mod was reinstalled.

The game has since been re-released with the "Hot Coffee" scenes removed (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2.0 and subsequent releases), allowing the game to return to its "M" rating. However, the "Hot Coffee" mod dashed financial expectations for TakeTwo Games, which lost $28.8 million in its fiscal 3rd quarter of 2005 (May to July) partly because of the re-rating; the company lost $14.4 million in the same quarter in 2004.

Other

Actor James Woods who voiced Mike Toreno in GTA: SA and is the only voice actor to have spoken out publicly on the subject stated that he was not aware of the Hot Coffee mini-game's existence during development and was vocally upset in having participated in GTA: SA as a result. Implying that he would not have done so had he known about it.

Rockstar's Actions

Rockstar vowed legal action against any sources that revealed how to access the Hot Coffee mini-game but it appears that they no longer enforce this policy.

On all subsequent releases of GTA: SA starting with 2.0 (see above). Rockstar removed all codes and models relating to Hot Coffee completely. The 2.0 version also made modding other areas of the games files more difficult or impossible as a consequence. The only way to get around this being a version downgrade to the first release. The 3.0 version released on Steam made it even more difficult to mod or even downgrade to an earlier version of the game. Though interestingly it is easier to mod the 3.0 version on jailbroken mobile devices and consoles.

Trivia

  • In GTA IV, there are references to the Hot Coffee incident. An achievement called "Warm Coffee" can be unlocked. When coming back from a date with any girlfriend, Niko Bellic asks "Could I come in for some hot coffee?" Depending on how well the date went, the girlfriend can let Niko go to her apartment or refuse to let him in. The aforementioned achievement is unlocked when Niko is first invited into the girlfriend's apartment. (Ironically, GTA IV, due in part to its improved graphics, features content somewhat more suggestive than that of the hot coffee scenes, such as in Niko's interaction with prostitutes and strippers).
    • Sometimes, the girlfriend will ask Niko if he wants coffee, but if the player decides against this, Niko will respond with "I'm sorry, but I don't want to get burned."
  • The Hot Coffee incident is also referenced in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. In GTA Liberty City Stories, Maria Latore invites Toni during the final cutscene of the mission "Taken for a Ride" to join her for "coffee" at her house. Toni tells her that he'll pass. In GTA Chinatown Wars, Huang Lee asks Ling for "coffee" at the end of "Pursuit Farce" but she rejects his advances.
  • On November 11, 2005, FOX program Killer Instinct's latest episode Game Over referenced GTA: SA, the Hot Coffee mod, and murderer Devin Moore. The episode focused on a hit online video-game with explicit violence that could cause players to murder people. Other parts of it showed teenagers playing it and unlocking sexually explicit scenes and mini-games. With detectives trying to find the creator of the game, get information and stop the murderer who's been playing the game for hours. The fictional game title was Murder One: San Francisco and the box art looks similar to San Andreas and Vice City but with poorly drawn art. Also, the fake game is actually pre-rendered with models from Poser. It is also combined with another controversial game, 25 to Life, a cops and robbers simulator.

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