Rockstar (Double)Speaks on "Hot Coffee"

Rockstar speaks out on the brewing (pun most definitely intended) “hot coffee” controversy:

“So far we have learned that the ‘hot coffee’ modification is the work of a determined group of hackers who have gone to significant trouble to alter scenes in the official version of the game. In violation of the software user agreement, hackers created the ‘hot coffee’ modification by disassembling and then combining, recompiling and altering the game’s source code. Since the ‘hot coffee’ scenes cannot be created without intentional and significant technical modifications and reverse engineering of the game’s source code, we are currently investigating ways that we can increase the security protection of the source code and prevent the game from being altered by the ‘hot coffee’ modification.”

A pretty clear refutation, right? A recent news post over at Idle Thumbs thinks it’s a little than and ironclad.

Rockstar claims that the mod “alter(s) scenes in the official version of the game,” but the meaning of “altering scenes” is ambiguous, and can include simply making an otherwise dormant mini-game accessible. Likewise, altering the source code does not imply adding content, as source code would obviously govern the accessibility of the mini-game (assuming it was already there). Rockstar may not have had anything to do with the mod, but their relationship to the sex mini-game itself is still very much in question.

I agree that Rockstar’s statement is more than a little ambiguous. I’m guessing the statement was carefully worded to allow Rockstar enough wiggle room to avoid possibly being caught in an outright lie once this whole thing shakes out. The press should be careful to parse their words accurately.

In a related note, I’ve seen a lot of news posts echoing the following sentiment from Mike over at GameGirlAdvance:

“No button combination would’?ve called up CJ and his hos making a night of it.”

It’s true that there is no known button-combination that will do this, but it’s far from clear whether or not one exists. In fact, given the nature of proving a negative, such a statement is almost impossible to prove. I seem to remember button-press codes for Goldeneye coming out years after the game’s release, so don’t go saying that someone would have found it by now.

In their statement, Rockstar implies that there is no way to unlock the mini-game without significant modification to the code, but as noted above this is far from clearly worded. Outlets talking about this should say that there is no known button-combination that unlocks the game, or that Rockstar has hinted that no such code exists.

Speaking of which, is the double meaning of code throwing anyone else here? Sentence constructions like “You can’t use a code to unlock the code” are technically correct and totally confusing.

2 thoughts on “Rockstar (Double)Speaks on "Hot Coffee"

  1. My understanding of how the mod works is this: The content is there. The content is inaccessible because there is a flag in the code set to censor it. In order to flip the flag, you have to take your game, or potentially a save game, run through with a hex editor or this mod in order to make the changes, which will then flip this flag and allow the scenes to be played.So by the description of the mod author, there’s no way to do this via controller combos or the like. You have to alter the game. And that’s not including altering skins and other gameplay aspects which were added in later versions of the mod by combining it with existing mods.

  2. Attack of the Show just showed the GTA hot coffee http://www.kotaku.com/gaming/hot-coffee/index.php code for Play Station 2. Rock Star is so busted. I’m happy because I never liked the game any way. I don’t like mob movies or games so I’m happy that this happened. Now all the idiot parents who bought the game for their kids will think twice before buying a M rated game. My cousin was one of those idiot parents who bought her kids that game. Her oldest is 16 but it is her youngest who she bought GTA for he is 9. When I told her about hot coffee she took the play station away and brought out the N 64.

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