HOT COFFEE MOD: In case you have no idea what this is, a little game called Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is making waves throughout the video gaming world. It was released last November and it’s an ultra-violent, role-playing game. I own it (hey, it’s too much fun) but new revelations about the game’s, um, more explicit content has come out in the past couple of weeks.
Basically, a downloadable mod has been found that unlocks a pornographic sequence in the game. It’s available on PC and PS2 (and soon XBox) and it’s called “Hot Coffee.”
I’ve seen some video of the scene in question (don’t have the PC game and you need a special piece of hardware to unlock the sequence on a PS2) and it’s not that exciting, although it’s one of those things that’s really ticked off a few people in the U.S., most notably Senator (and future Presidential nominee) Rodham-Clinton. So, game gets a new Adults Only rating.
Personally, I really don’t see why this is such a big deal. Further, wouldn’t it make more sense for a game that’s now more than six months old and is just being released on XBox to have some controversy behind it? Rockstar Games says the porn part in the game was part of an earlier edit, but hey – makes for good hype and publicity.
PATRIOT ACT: Did you know that the U.S. House of Representatives voted to indefinitely extend the Patriot Act? Only two provisions in the Act have Sunset Clauses now and they have an expiration of 10 years hence: the right for federal officials to intercept phone and Internet communications, and the right to search business and medical records and the like. I’ve never liked this act. It’s alarmingly Draconian and gives the U.S. government far, far too much power over individual privacy rights. I can’t believe people aren’t that upset over this. Why is something like this – an attack on individual freedoms and rights in the U.S. – being given less play than a series of small-time bombings in London done largely by amateurs? Fear seems to get more powerful in manufacturing consent every passing year.
WINDOWS VISTA: The next Windows OS after XP is being called Vista. Will I get the upgrade when it comes out next year? We’ll see. Apparently, you’re going to likely need a brand new computer for it. The OS will reportedly need a whole boat load of power behind it.