Hillary probes for sex in video game

Not for young people, she says

Just wondering what kind of hands-on research Senator RodHam was conducting during her probe:

Clinton seeks video game sex scene probe

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Clinton seeks video game sex scene probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sen. Hillary Clinton pressed Thursday for a government investigation into how simulated sex cropped up in a modified version of the blockbuster criminal adventure video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas."

Clinton asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the origins of a downloadable modification that allows simulated sex in the personal computer version of one of the most popular and controversial video games in history.

“We should all be deeply disturbed that a game which now permits the simulation of lewd sexual acts in an interactive format with highly realistic graphics has fallen into the hands of young people across the country,” Clinton wrote in a letter to the head of the Federal Trade Commission.

Saying the problem of explicit video games was “spiraling out of control,” Clinton also said she was introducing legislation that would crack down on the sale of violent and sex-laden games to minors.

The legislation would impose a $5,000 penalty on retailers who sell adult-rated video games to underage children.

Clinton asked the FTC to look into whether Grand Theft Auto’s rating of “M” (Mature 17+) should be changed to the rare “AO” (Adult Only), which would threaten to crimp sales at large retail outlets.

The PlayStation2 version of “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” was the No. 1 game of 2004, selling just over 5 million copies, according to industry researcher NPD Funworld.

She requested the agency to study whether retailers’ enforcement policies were adequate to keep adult-rated video games out of the hands of minors.

An FTC spokeswoman said the agency had received Clinton’s letter and was reviewing it.

Clinton’s comments were the latest in a chorus of criticism that has intensified since the revelation about sex scenes in the modified Grand Theft Auto. The game series has drawn numerous detractors because of its sexual and violent content.

Players who download a modification, known as “hot coffee,” from the Internet can make a male character engage in various sex acts with a virtual “girlfriend.” Sex is suggested in the official version of the game, but does not happen on screen.

The game’s manufacturer, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. called Rockstar Games, has said hackers are responsible for the modification.

In a statement released Thursday, Rockstar said it supported the video game rating system and efforts to keep adult-rated games away from children.

But without referring to Clinton, the company said it was “disappointed by comments that misrepresent Grand Theft Auto, detracting from the innovative and artistic merits of the game.”

“Unfortunately, the recent confusion only serves to suggest that games do not deserve the same treatment as other forms of creative expression,” Rockstar said in its statement.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board last week launched a probe into whether the sexual minigame content was deliberately hidden in the game code and unlocked by the “hot coffee” modification, or if it was solely the result of the modification.

The “hot coffee” modification, which violates the game’s software user agreement, is the result of hackers disassembling and then combining, recompiling and altering the game’s source code, Rockstar said.

you have to be f—ing kidding me… i wonder how many illegal aliens crossed our borders while this woman was wasting time on something so trivial… she should leave the attacks on our freedom to view whatever the #### we want, to the republicans…

vote libertarian in '08!!.. or for the porn candidate!..

isaac

I praise Ms. Clinton for looking into this. Many video games are terrible IMO.

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Many video games are terrible IMO.


i’m not much of a gamer, but i can agree with this… however, i can’t see how you can praise her when efforts could be better focused elsewhere… i can only criticize her for this… this is a trivial matter that should be left to the family to decide… although i suspect that there are many republicans who will side with her, and they will be criticized as well… i can’t believe that this even made news…

isaac

Remember I’m a Democrat - I believe in passing laws to protect people.

It made the news because Hillary’s in the news - that’s the only reason.

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Remember I’m a Democrat - I believe in passing laws to protect people.


you really want more governmental intervention in your life?.. arguably (very easily), video games should fall far lower than other priorities in “passing laws to protect people”… this whole argument over a stupid video game is simply rubbish… the government needs to sit down, shut up, and get out of my life except for when they’re invited or if i start beating people… though, i am unlikely to do either of those things…

isaac

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I praise Ms. Clinton for looking into this. Many video games are terrible IMO.

Always blindly towing the party line, eh?

Actually, the game is already rated as “mature” and is not supposed to be sold to anyone under the age of 17(?). The sex scenes are not a part of the game, and had been “removed” before the code went gold. In order to re-insert the sex scenes into the game, the software must be “patched” via a hack that someone put together. (Isn’t this a violation of the DMCA?)

Whatever politicians are jumping on this bandwagon now (dem or repub) are nothing more than cheap opportunists. Why has there been no outrage over the violence in this game?!? One of the missions required the player to murder a construction foreman by using a bulldozer to push a porta-potty (with the victim trapped inside) into a ditch, and then use a cement truck to fill the ditch with cement. Based on the apparent lack of outcry, this is OK with Ms. Clinton and others. Bah. Her placatory behavior reminds me too much of her husband.

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you really want more governmental intervention in your life?..

Yes - when it’s good.
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you really want more governmental intervention in your life?...

Yes - when it's good.
ok, but do you believe that video game content is a priority in the legislative effort "to protect people"?...

isaac

i meant to add… your definition of “good governmental intervention” is incredibly subjective… as with “snob” in an earlier post, “good” can be kicked around until we’re bleeding from the eyes…

isaac

Priority is a rather subjective thing don’t you think?

Where in the article does it say that Clinton is making this a priority or that it’s the only thing that she’s working on? Ms. Clinton serves the people of NY. Maybe it’s a priority there? If it’s something that needs to be addressed, then it should be addressed now.

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Priority is a rather subjective thing don’t you think?


exactly!.. now you’re getting it… and this issue is not (to me) of the slightest importance… i could care less about video games… but for an issue require any amount of time, then it has a priority…

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Clinton asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate…


the ftc has more important things to do… like killing spammers… :D

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Maybe it’s a priority there?


are you serious?.. one of the largest cities in the world… imports, exports, business, drugs, truancy, yadd yadda - and video games are a “priority”?.. what’s next, shutting down arcades?..
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simulation of lewd sexual acts in an interactive format with highly realistic graphics…

dear God, no, we can’t see other people naked!.. i haven’t seen the video for this yet, but i have seen some of the absolute trash that kids are watching on mtv, fox, et al…

isaac

Can’t the FTC decide what’s priorities should be, regardless of who asks them to investigate whatever?

Ms. Clinton is a politician. Somebody’s got her ear on this one. There’s not much more to it than that?

Her ear or is she more deeply involved??

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Can't the FTC decide what's priorities should be, regardless of who asks them to investigate whatever?

Ms. Clinton is a politician. Somebody's got her ear on this one. There's not much more to it than that?

and shouldn't a senator be bright and responsible enough to query an issue's relative importance?... the people involved with this simply want to be able to claim that they've acted to protect "the children"... an opportunist's dream... asking for an investigation is the same as saying, "look at me! but now, i just going to pass the buck onto someone else! give in to the power of government!"... it's just silly...

a freedom found is a new opportunity for someone else to attempt to restrict that new found freedom... it's the mom or dad with the only real claim to any authority in this case...

37,984 pesos (or $0.02),
isaac

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Her ear or is she more deeply involved??

Oh please - tell us your theory. I need a good conspiracy theory for the weekend :laugh:

Why do you say this isn’t important? Just because it’s not important to you doesn’t mean it’s not important.

Bubba isn’t keeping her occupied …

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Clinton asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the origins of a downloadable modification that allows simulated sex …


“Hmmm, there’s a joystick …”

Pretty good, but we’ve known that for quite some time :laugh:

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Just because it’s not important to you doesn’t mean it’s not important.


yes, i stated this earlier… you seem to consider it an issue of importance, whereas i do not… which is exactly why i am bemoaning the subject…

i think we’re running in circles now… which will probably only stir up more tones in my head today! :D

thanks,
isaac