In news that is sure to spike last minute sales of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as the insatiable gamers rush to get a copy of the PC version before Wal-Mart yanks it off the shelves, an investigation has been launched to determine if creator Rockstar Games intentionally encoded sexually explicit material within.
The website of 36-year-old Dutchman Patrick Woldenborg has been flooded with visitors trying to download a software code he developed that unlocks secret sex scenes within best-selling and highly criticized Grand Theft Auto video game.
The free code, named “Hot Coffee,” works as a software key that unlocks secret sexual material in the game. For example, one scene in the movie depicts a young couple having coffee and then retreating to another room “other activities.” In the original game, rated M for mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, the couple can be heard having sex. Woldenborg claims the code allows you to see what is happening, instead.
Hidden features like “Easter eggs” or cheat codes that allow certain advantages and secrets are common in video games, usually reserved for the most savvy of gamers. Sometimes they can be stumbled upon by accident. Woldenburg claims this is much different—more like a hacker’s code that unlocks parts of the game that may have been in the original but were disallowed in the final version. He says its impossible to accidentally unlock it, or to do so without the code.
Rockstar Games, owned by Take-Two Interactive, denies any involvement in placing explicit scenes and said in a conference on Friday that it is confident the game will retain its mature rating, allowing for sale in any retailer to purchasers 17 years old or older.
A change in rating to Adult Only could limit the sales of the game, an action understandably not desired by Rockstar Games.