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Hot Coffee Controvesy Scarred Rockstar Bigwig, Few Others

Wired Magazine’s GameLife blog posted an interesting exceprt from journalist Harold Goldberg’s new book All Your Base Are Belong To Us, which could shape up to be the definitive history of the video game industry.

The excerpt details some of the mental anguish experienced by Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser, who was forced to testify before the Federal Trade Comission in 2005 after a Dutch hacker found files for a sexually explicit minigame in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Although the content was impossible to access without downloading a difficult to find user-created patch, lawyers pounced on the in-game hanky panky for a quick buck. Fortunately, common sense prevailed and less than 3,000 individuals claimed they had been offended by the cartoony love-making of San Andreas protaganist C.J., netting each person named in the suit a settlement ranging from $5 to $30.

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