Lying Media Bastards

July 21, 2005

Meaningless Correction

Okay, this Grand Theft Auto sex scene stuff has just gone too far.

The media keep talking about “sex scenes built into the game.” Kinda sorta not really.

First of all, the game is aimed at adults. Which means that there really wouldn’t be anything wrong with putting sex into it anyway. But, as America still erroneously believes that video games are a kids-only genre, like cartoons and comic books (even though the majority of all three of those media are enjoyed mostly by people in their 20s and 30s these days), it’s time for parental panic.

Secondly, the sex scenes are not in the game. You can play every possible aspect of GTA: San Andreas and you will not see these sex scenes. If you want to see them, you literally have to hack into the game code, change several variables, and then you’ll get to see what looks like an incomplete “mini-game” where the main character has sex with several women.

Bottom line: apparently, the designers of this video game were originally thinking of putting this sex part into the game. They started to create it, then decided not to included it. And rather than delete all of the unused code, they just left it on the disc in some hidden file directory. It would be like building a house, then taking a few extra doorframes you built and chucking them under the floorboards.

That being said, the game is, of course, extremely violent, antisocial, and frequently alarmingly sexist. But I’m tired of these media reports acting as though the game designers were giving porn to 5 year olds.

Posted by Jake on July 21, 2005 10:25 am


  1. Add to this the fact that games close to release date are put into lockdown, meaning that code that isn’t going to be used in the game *cannot* be deleted because doing so might introduce new bugs.

    Comment by Trevor — July 21, 2005 @ 3:23 pm

  2. I have personally played through the game and achieved 100% completion (yes, there is a meter) and have not once seen the sex scenes. I *definitly* agree with you on this one, there was no trace of sex scenes/nudity anywhere in the game.

    Comment by Stephen Clement — July 24, 2005 @ 9:04 pm

  3. You would need to get the Hot Coffee modification to be able to see these scenes. That’s why this whole thing is so ridiculous.

    They should use some of the Japanese adult video games as a basis for comparison.

    Comment by nobody cares — August 1, 2005 @ 11:16 pm

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