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.