Gta Hot Coffee Controversy: Hackers discovered an embarrassingly crude sex minigame deleted from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas fifteen years ago, igniting the gaming industry. Hackers have purportedly discovered that the code for the iconic “Hot Coffee” function is still there in the so-called “definitive version” of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy in 2021.
Rockstar confirmed to VGC that GTA: The Trilogy was pulled offline on PC due to “unintentionally included files” in that version of the game. According to data miners, these files contain all of the music tracks deleted from Vice City and San Andreas owing to licensing concerns, as well as an uncompiled version of the game’s scripting files, which may include chopped or missing stuff such as “Hot Coffee.” (Perhaps we’ll get Darkel’s missions back in GTA 3 since they were cut due to 9/11.) Modding community, get to work!)
SAME SHIT, DIFFERENT DAY
Though the “Hot Coffee” incident may appear innocuous today (the models were fully dressed, after all), it was a significant deal at the time since the ESRB would label any game depicting sex as “Adults Only.” Because many stores, such as Wal-Mart, refused to offer AO-rated titles, it was basically a commercial death knell for any large game, and the following litigation cost Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two millions of dollars in legal expenses.
Given the cost of these events, you’d think Grove Street Games would be wise enough not to include such files in these re-releases, but apparently not. However, every part of these remasters is so badly done that it defies belief, from the strange character representations to the entire gameplay. The PC edition of GTA: The Trilogy is back online after being pulled down a few hours ago, however, we don’t advocate playing it in its present state unless you love making humorous physics-based memes for Reddit.
ROCKING THE BOAT
Meanwhile, several customers have asked for refunds for the game. Rockstar fans are so dissatisfied with the re-quality release’s that the official GTA subreddit has gone offline in protest. The subreddit’s admins express their displeasure with Rockstar for withdrawing the original titles from sale before of the remaster’s release, among other concerns, in a statement.
As someone who grew up with Grand Theft Auto 3, I was excited to rediscover these games, but it appears that Rockstar has bungled this project in every manner conceivable. We can only hope that modders can correct these new PC versions and provide fans with the upgraded versions that these legendary games deserve.