What's violence and a life of crime without sex? Well, certainly not something boring, but nevertheless, something that is surely quite far from reality.
So, how could a game that wants to be as real as possible not include this important aspect (and we're talking about GTA: San Andreas here)? Well, it seems that this is not the case, because it looks like the game, which has created a lot of controversy around it due to its violent nature, contains some scenes that would make even a porn director envious.
Thus, according to Patrick Wildenborg, a Dutch gamer, GTA has some very explicit sex scenes included in the game,
but which have to be unblocked by using a special mod, called "Hot Coffee", as reported by the Boston Globe.
Wildenborg is a "modder," a gamer who uses software tools to modify the look and feel of his favorite games, and then share the results, called mods, with other gamers by publishing them on the Internet.
The ''Hot Coffee," a GTA mod created by Wildenborg and some of his friends, allows the player to view highly explicit images, which actually resemble a real pornographic movie, except for the fact that they are computer-generated.
However, this is not the main problem regarding this mod. According to Wildenborg, "All the material that is used during the sex scenes of the 'Hot Coffee' mod are on the official San Andreas release,".
The "modder" says that it's harder to get at the porno video in GTA. It can be done only on the version for desktop PCs, and it requires running the ''Hot Coffee" program, which changes one bit of data in the computer's memory -- ''the censor flag,".
"If the censor flag is set, all the sexually explicit scenes are blocked from the normal flow of events," he said. ''If, however, the censor flag is cleared," said Wildenborg, ''all the explicit scenes are tied into the normal gameplay."
Wildenborg says that the sexual content was already built into the game, rather than added by his crew of modders. Take 2 Interactive, which makes the GTA game series, could clarify the matter in a minute, but it won't. A company spokesman said Take 2 never comments on the activities of the modder community.